Jake Bazeley, a poker player from Cincinnati in Ohio, won an enormous prize of $568,687, after finishing first in the $3,500 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock “Rock N Roll” Poker Open Championship, an event with a guaranteed prize of $2 million that was held in Hollywood last week. The event, which had two starting flights, attracted a field of 766 players who generated a prize pool as large as $2,451,200. This prize pool was 25% larger than what it was in 2014.
The series, which included 14 poker tournaments, was held in the ballrooms of the casino resort. The first event was a Deep Stack NL Hold’em tournament with a buy-in of $350 and a guaranteed prize of $500k. It had six starting flights and began on Nov 19, Thursday. It attracted a 3,022-strong field, which generated a prize pool as large as $906,600, double the guaranteed prize.
Another big event in the series was the fifth event, which got a prize pool of $250,000. It was an NL Hold’em tournament with a buy-in of $570 and four starting flights, which started on November 23. As many as 830 players registered for the event, generating a $415k prize pool, much larger than the guaranteed prize.
Talented poker pros such as John Racener, Harrison Gimbel, John Dolan, Noah Schwartz, Matt Waxman, Phil Laak, Jonathan Duhamel, and Jason Mercier took part in the championship tournaments. Other noteworthy participants were Vanessa Rousso, who features in Big Brother, a television show; Jennifer Tilly, the actress who was nominated for the Oscar award; and Matt Salsberg, the writer and producer of “Weeds.”
The finalists of the event were David Prociak, Bazeley, Martin Carnero, Joshua Gibson, Jessica Dawley, and Marvin Rettenmaier. The results of the tournament are as follows.
Jake Bazeley ($568,687) and David Prociak ($330,912) were the champion and the runner-up of the event, respectively. The players who finished third, fourth, fifth, and sixth were Joshua Gibson ($202,224), Martin Carnero ($166,682), Marvin Rettenmaier ($134,816), and Jessica Dawley ($110,304), respectively.
The high-stakes action of the last week was broadcast by the national TV poker show “Poker Night in America.” In the spring of 2016, CBS Sports will air the Ladies Night and three cash games, in which some of the best high-stakes poker players have taken part. The final table action of the $2 Million Guaranteed tournament will also be broadcast on “Poker Night: The Tour,” CBS Sports’ new poker show.