Thursday 6th April, 2017

Mercier wins WPT SHRP High Roller; Sinishtaj wins Showdown

By Mad Harper

A lot of big money was being won at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino yesterday with Jason Mercier taking down the  WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker $25k High Roller for $749,600 and Tony Sinishtaj winning the Showdown Championship for $661,283.

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Mercier, who hails from Florida, beat Justin Bonomo heads-up to win the $25k High Roller for $749,600. The victory gave the EPT Sanremo champion his fifth biggest cash and brings his total live earnings to well over $18m. His profile includes five WSOP bracelets, a WPT Alpha8 title, an EPT title and EPT high roller title; he three $1m+ live cashes plus a further 28 six-figure scores.


The High Roller was considered the toughest event of the series, with 116 entries generating a $2.9m prize pool.



1st: Jason Mercier – $794,600
2nd: Justin Bonomo – $556,800
3rd: Loni Harwood – $348,000
4th: Anthony Spinella – $240,700
5th: Olivier Busquet – $153,700
6th: Sam Soverel – $113,100
7th: Bryn Kenney – $92,800
8th: Ari Engel – $78,300
9th: Jeff Gross – $75,400
10th: Jake Schindler – $72,500
11th: Richard Tuhrim – $69,600
12th: Jonathan Little – $66,700
13th: Robert Heidorn – $63,800
14th: Sean Winter – $60,900
15th: Erik Seidel – $58,000
16th: Grayson Ramage – $55,100



Some three hours earlier before Mercier’s victory, Tony Sinishtaj hadachieved a lifetime best cash when he won the Showdown Championship for $661,283. Sinishtaj, who hails from Flushing, New York, has now more than doubled his live tournament winnings and also won himself a seat in tomorrow’s WPT Tournament of Champions. He beat a tough final table which included Dan Colman and Rob Mizrachi for his biggest ever live cash. There were 1,207 entries overall creating a $3,862,400 prize pool.


There have been a total of 102 events on the Seminole schedule. The final of the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Finale is today and the second ever WPT Tournament of Champions starts April 7.

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