The 2016 Seminole Hard Rock main event paid out nearly $2.5 million to 72 players who managed to make it to the money. After defeating 760 entrants and scoring the biggest cash of his career ($564,227), Patrick Mahoney shot to the top of the Player of the Year leaderboard, and pushed his career earnings to over $1 million.
Ben Keeline’s elimination kicked off the final table when he ran into Ari Engel. Matthew Humphrey and Upeshka De Silva were battling for top spot as the final nine got down the business, with Humphrey holding the lead.
Despite ousting Keeline and having kicked off 2016 with a huge win (the Aussie Millions in January), Engel was the first to go of the final table. Holding jacks, he went all in against the A♢,3♢ of De Silva, but busted in ninth. John Spadavecchia was the next to go, followed closely by Matthew Zarcadoolas.
The final six returned the next day to play until the end, where De Silva took the early lead by flopping quads against Humphrey. He was responsible for the day’s first elimination when Bill Jennings busted in sixth. De Silva held about half of the chips when it was down to the final five.
Mark Dube put his A,5 against the A,7 of Billy Pilossoph, but when both players were able to find pairs he was sent away for $133,760 and a fifth-place victory. The win didn’t do much for Pilossoph who busted against Humphrey’s 10s in fourth place. When it came down the three-handed play, Mahoney and De Silva found themselves battling on a board of K♤,9♡,5♤,J♢,3♤. De Silva moved all in with a K♧,Q♤ and was quickly beaten by a king-high flush, putting Mahoney and Humphrey in the hot seats.
Heads-up play lasted just a half hour, and Mahoney had more than a 2-1 lead over his opponent. Humphrey wasn’t able to change the status quo despite his well-set hand of A♧,K♧. Mahoney held jacks and an inconsequential board granted the Minnesota native top spot, and $564,227 in prize money.
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