Wednesday May 19, 2021 at 4:52 am

The 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown set a new record with 2,482 entrants for the $3,500 event and generated a prize pool worth nearly $8 million. The event ended in April with a short delayed final table that was played out in Las Vegas. Brekstyn 'Brek' Schutten outlasted the massive field and a tough final table that included Sonny Franco, Steven Snyder, Ken Aldridge, Albert Calderon, and Viet Vo. Schutten defeated Steven Snyder heads up for the WPT title and $1.2 million for first place.

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The World Poker Tour crowned a new champion for a third night in a row at the PokerGo Studio at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. On Sunday night, Veerab Zakarian won his final table from the 2020 Borgata Winter Poker Open, which was delayed over 16 months before he shipped it for $674K. On Monday night, Balakrishna Patur took down the delayed final table for the 2020 LA Poker Classic for a cool million bucks.

On Tuesday night, it was Brek Schutten's turn to become the newest WPT champion and add his name to the Mike Sexton Champions Trophy.

The 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown attracted 2,482 entrants, which set a new record for a World Poker Tour Event. The SHRP Showdown Main Event had a $3,500 price tag too with a $2 million guaranteed prize pool, which is laugable now considering that they nearly quadrupled it with a $7.95 million prize pool. Yeah, no one expected so many players would flock to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida for a shot at a WPT title and a small mountain of cash.

This year's WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown paid out $1.26 million to the champion and nearly $900K to the runner-up. Everyone at the final table locked up at least $261,700. The top 311 places paid out in this juicy event.

Nate Silver, yes that Nate Silver, was one of the most notable players who took a shot at the WPT title at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

When this WPT event ended a few weeks ago in April, Erik Cajelais bubbled the final table in seventh place and Sonny Franco and Brekstyn Schutten came into the final table as the two big stacks. Franco bagged the lead with 31.5 million, but Schutten was right behind him with 31.35M. Steven Snyder had a snicker under 16M, while Ken Aldridge bagged up 10.6M for fourth overall. Albert Calderon and Viet Vo were the two shortest stacks remaining, Calderon had 4.35M while Vo was the shorty with 4.1M.

It took 41 hands before someone finally busted at the final table. Both of the shorties laddered up, while Ken Aldridge was sent packing sixth place to became the first elimination.

Ken Aldridge made a move with Carte Roi de carreauCarte 9 de carreau, but Brek Schutten picked him off with pocket fives. Schtten flopped a five and it was going to be one of those days. The set of fives held up for Schutten and he pulled close to the chip lead. Aldridge was knocked out in sixth place, which paid out an impressive $261,700.

Three hands later, Albert Calderon made a final stand with Ace-nine against Brek Shuttten's Bog Slick. Schutten flopped a King and rivered Kings up to drag the pot. Calderon hit the bricks in fifth place, which paid out $326,750. Schutten picked off two players within four hands and chipped up to 39.2M as the new leader ahead of Sonny Franco's 30M stack. With four to go, Viet Vo was still the shorty, but he had some breathing room with 10.2M.

Four-handed didn't last long before someone else bowed out. Franco entered the final table as the chip leader, but lost a flip and a flush draw on Hand #40 with Big Slick versus Steven Snyder's pocket Jacks. Another big pair from Snyder finished him off. Sonny Franco made a final stand with Carte As de trèfleCarte Dame de trèfle, but he was ambushed by Steven Snyder's Carte Dame de trèfleCarte Dame de cœur. The pocket Queens held up after Snyder flopped a set and dragged the pot. Franco earned %438,500 for fourth place.

With three remaining, Snyder was second with 42.3M and trailing Schutten's 42.3M. Viet Vo brought up the rear with 10.9M.

Three-handed lased 15 hands before Viet Vo and Brek Schutten rumbled. Vo made a valiant final stand with Carte 7 de cœurCarte 7 de trèfle against Schutten's Carte 10 de trèfleCarte 8 de pique. You knew it was coming, so did Vo. The Carte 10 de pique flopped and Schutten took the lead. On the turn, Vo and Schutten both picked up a gutshot draw, but it never filled in on the river. Pocket sevens were no good for Vo and Schutten picked off another player. Vo banked $593K for third place.

With two to go, it became a heads up battle between Steven Snyder and Brek Schutten. Snyder trailed 37.5M to Schutten's big stack worth 61.8M. Nearly $360K separated first and second place, so this was no ordinary heads-up match.

Heads-up lasted 35 hands before Brek Schutten delivered the knockout blow. He held a 69M to 30M chip lead heading into the final hand.

The board was Carte 10 de carreauCarte 5 de carreauCarte 5 de trèfleCarte 7 de cœur. Snyder bet out on the turn, Schutten jammed all-in, and Snyder called with a nut flush draw and Carte As de carreauCarte 2 de carreau. Schutten held Carte 8 de trèfleCarte 5 de cœur for trip fives. The river was a Carte 2 de trèfle, which imprived Snyder to two pair, but it was not good enough to beat Schutten. Schutten's trips held up and he won the pot... and the tournament.

For a runner-up finish, Snyder earned $899,295 for second place. Not too shabby, eh?

Brek Schutten took down the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown for a sick score worth $1,261,095. He also won the coveted champions trophy and freeroll into the season-ending Tournament of Champions.

Noteworthy players and familiar faces who went deep and cashed in the 2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown included... Tony Dunst, David the Dragon Pham, Nate Silver, Anthony Zinno, Alex Keating, Christian Harder, Sam Panzica, Ali Imsirovic, Faraz Jaka, Blair Hinkle, Leif Force, Simon Tremblay, Farid Jattin, Arthur Conan, Mike Liang, Roy Henson, Donald Maloney, Aaron Massey, Barry Hutter, Steve Karp, Pete Carini, Brock Wilson, Dan Colopys, Vinny Pahuja, Dylan Linde, Sergio Aido, Mike Wang, Jason Dewitt, Paul Snead, Derek Bowers, Alex Rocha, John Racener, David Prociak, Dylan Wilkerson, Jared Jaffee, Joey Weissman, Erkut Yilmaz, Brett Apter, and Darren Rabinowitz.

2021 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Buy-in: $3,500

Entrants: 2,482

Prize Pool: $7,942,400

Payouts: 311


Final Table Payouts:

1. Brek Schutten $1,261,095

2. Steve Snyder $899,295

3. Viet Vo $593,140

4. Sonny Franco $438,500

5. Albert Calderon $326,750

6. Ken Aldridge $261,700

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