The World Poker Tour (WPT) has crowned a champion for the third night in a row. This time it was Brek Schutten emerging victorious in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for $1,261,095.
Schutten put on a dominating display eliminating all but one of the players at the final table en route to his first big live poker victory with the seven-figure haul representing most of his more than $1.6 million in live cashes.
In addition to the huge cash prize, Schutten was also awarded a Hublot Big Bang Steel Watch, a set of Baccarat Crystal, and, of course, will have his name engraved on the WPT Champions Cup alongside the WPT Champions from all 18 seasons of the World Poker Tour. The WPT also added $15,000 in cash to the top prize as the WPT TOC has been canceled this year due to the pandemic.
The event itself was a massive success with 2,482 entries generating a $7,942,400 prize pool for nearly quadruple the $2 million guarantee slapped on the event.
WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Final Table Results
|1||Brek Schutten||United States||$1,261,095|
|2||Steven Snyder||United States||$899,295|
|3||Viet Van Vo||United States||$593,140|
|5||Albert Calderon||United States||$326,750|
|6||Ken Aldridge||United States||$261,700|
Final Table Action
France’s Sonny Franco was the only player from outside the United States at the final table and entered the action with the chip lead with Schutten not too far behind.
According to the WPT Blog, it took more than 40 hands for any player to hit the rail but after then four players quickly hit the rail in succession.
Ken Aldridge (sixth – $261,700) was the first to go when he couldn’t win a flip with king-nine suited against Schutten’s fives. Albert Calderon (fifth – $326,760) soon followed Aldridge to the exit when his ace-nine proved to be no match for Schutten’s big slick.
Franco was the only player not eliminated by Schutten. Steven Snyder eliminated Franco instead in fourth place for $438,500 when his queens held against ace-nine.
Viet Vo was short on chips during three-handed play and was the first player out on the podium in third place when his sevens didn’t win a flip against Schutten’s ten-eight suited.
Schutten entered heads-up play with a nearly 2:1 chip advantage against Snyder and it remaining close to that throughout the heads-up battle. Snyder was eliminated in second place for $899,295 after he got it in with a flush draw on the turn holding ace-deuce suited and didn’t get there against the trips held by Shutten with eight-five.
*Images and hand information courtesy of the WPT Blog.