Daniel Piela Victorious At Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

Daniel Piela Victorious At Seminole Hard Rock Poker ShowdownDaniel Piela has won the first event of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, after besting a huge field of 1,966 players on his way to capturing the title and pocketing the top prize of $144,294.
Daniel Piela’s previous biggest tournament cash was a mere $4,997, with the mortgage industry worker having earned just $8,200 from live cashes. Interestingly, Piela said he was visiting friends in Florida when he decided to enter a couple of events at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida. After taking down the $560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em tournament, the 42-year-old Illinois man, commented:
“I thought I would stay through the $350 [Event 8, beginning on Wednesday]. I might stay for the Main Event now..It was really tough at times. I was short stacked a lot, especially going into the final table, but patience.. it just took a lot of patience to get through it.”
At least a couple of notable pros reached the final table of nine, with Darryll Fish eventually eliminated in 8th for $23,856, and Chad Brown in 5th for $52,185.
After Ngoc “Angel” Vu was sent to the rail in 4th ($62,622) the remaining three players struck a deal in which Piela received $144,294, Michael Ortiz would get $113,515 and Bryan Green $101,012. The final hand then saw big stack Daniel Piela (A-A) all-in preflop against Bryan Green with pocket kings, and Michael Ortiz with Q-5. The dealer subsequently put out an A-10-7-7-Q board, to end the competition and hand Piela the championship title.
Commenting on his time spent at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, Piela, said: “It was a great experience. I had a lot of fun, people are really friendly here, and I just had a really good time.”
Final Table Results:
1 Daniel Piela  $144,294*
2 Michael Ortiz $113,515*
3 Bryan Green   $101,012*
4 Ngoc Vu        $62,622
5 Chad Brown     $52,185
6 Irwin Block    $42,245
7 Robert Hodson  $32,802
8 Darryll Fish   $23,856
9 Jon Gaviao     $17,395

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