Shannon Shorr shared his joy with Seminole Hard Rock poker blog reporters, stating that it felt awesome. He had experienced a rough year playing tournaments full time, but this win was a good relief. Shorr’s wife is expecting their family to grow later this year, and the win came at a good time.
Over 60 events are being hosted at the 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown from April 13 to May 2, with buy-ins ranging from $200 to $50,000. Five high-stakes events with five-figure buy-ins are included in the schedule. Event no. 37 was a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament and the first of these SHRPS high rollers to wrap up. The prize pool grew to $845,500 with 89 entries made. Shannon Shorr emerged as the champion after two days of intense competition, winning $260,600 and a trophy. This was Shorr’s first live tournament title in over a year, bringing his lifetime earnings to over $11.4 million, and he now has 19 recorded titles.
“It feels awesome,” Shorr told Seminole Hard Rock poker blog reporters. “It had been a pretty rough stretch the last year, as it often is playing tournaments full time.”
Shorr and his wife are reportedly expecting their family to grow later this year.
“This takes a little anxiety off as I’m expecting a second baby around Halloween,” said Shorr. “So this comes at a good time.”
In addition to the title and the money, Shorr also earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion of this event, his first title and second POY-qualified final-table finish of the year.
Shorr started the final day of the event in the middle of the pack with nine players remaining, but he managed to bounce back from his low point of around ten big blinds. He outlasted Bryn Kenney, who remains the second-highest-earning tournament player in poker, and other players, including Filipp Khavin, Thomas Boivin, Dan Colpoys, Adam Hendrix, and Dylan Smith.
In the heads-up play, Smith had roughly a 5:4 chip lead on Shorr, but Shorr eventually won the final hand with ADiamond SuitJDiamond Suit against Smith’s 7Heart Suit7Club Suit, making a flush to lock up the pot and the title. Smith earned $160,700 as the runner-up finisher, the third-largest score of his career. He now has nearly $1.6 million in recorded tournament cashes.
Here is the final table Result: