This Wednesday saw the final day of the 2017 edition of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Main Event which managed to gather hundreds of poker enthusiasts at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. The buy-in for the event amounted to $3,500 and the lucky winner which claimed the throne in this culminating event was Michael Newman who laid his hands on a total of $374,240 and the coveted by many trophy.
At the beginning of the final day of the Main Event the players who returned were some of the most proficient among the participants, to the likings of Tom Marchese, who is known as a high-roller, Shaun Deeb, who boasts total live earnings amounting to $2,891,980, and Canadian poker player Ari Engel, who is an eight-time WSOP Circuit champion. Even though many experts were forecasting a guaranteed first place to one of them, their many years of experience could not prevent the recreational player Michael Newman from the US to climb all the way to the first place on the leader board.
This first place and the prize coming with it doubled his total live earnings and at the moment Newman has as much as $757,457 to his name. His previous largest cash was won back in 2015 when he took part in the Main Event of this very poker festival and managed to get to the 12th position on the final day. This brought him a well-deserved payday amounting to $30,640, which of course, does not even come close to what the American poker player won this Wednesday. Newman stated that he is always up for the challenge and playing against some of the biggest pros in the industry appeals to him very much.
Payday Ranking at the Main Event
With the guaranteed prize pool amounting to $2,000,000, there was a lot of interest towards the Main Event, however, gathering the money needed some time. In order to amass the last $130,000, there was an overlay in the event and many poker players found that beneficial. Among those who received cash from the Main Event were Brian Hastings, Ben Zamani, Kevin MacPhee, Keven Stammen, Faraz Jaka, David Peters, and Joe McKeehen. Dan Colman, who was one of the most discussed players finished 10th falling short of the final table. It should be noted that back in 2014 he received more than $1.4 million in the same gaming venue, but this time the good fortune was not on his side.
Ari Engel climbed to the fifth position and received as much as $93,560 for his good performance. One step closer to the throne finished Sheddy Siddiqui from the US who managed to receive $121,920. His fellow team member of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker team Darryll Fish got to the third place on the leader board and pocketed $168,920. The runner-up position in the Main Event was reserved for Matas Cimbolas and he was granted with $262,440.