October 3, 2017

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Announces Winner of First-Ever World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event

Local Hollywood Resident Joseph Gotlieb Wins Main Event for $257,638

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. concluded its first ever World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit in the early hours of Tuesday. The first time partnership between WSOP and Seminole Gaming featured a $1 Million Guarantee Main Event. The Main Event boasted a final prize pool of more than $1.3 million, with local Hollywood resident Joseph Gotlieb taking home the evening’s top prize.

Local business owner Gotlieb, 52, bested 904 total entries in the $1,675 Main Event, earning $257,638, a WSOP Gold Ring and a $10,000 entry into the WSOP Circuit season-ending Global Casino Championship (GCC).

The Main Event Final Table Results:

1st: Joseph Gotlieb (Hollywood, Fla.) $257,638

2nd: Asher Conniff (Brooklyn, N.Y.) $159,357

3rd: Mauricio Ameller (Miami, Fla.) $117,619

4th: Brian Hastings (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) $88,004

5th: Brett Bader (Boca Raton, Fla.) $66,675

6th: Chad Eveslage (Ramsey, Ind.) $51,148

7th: Jack Shea (Hallandale Beach, Fla.) $39,717

8th: Daniel Genachte (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) $31,229

9th: Michael Amato (Boca Raton, Fla.) $24,842

In addition to Gotlieb, other signature Circuit event winners include:

• Niovel Chirino Alvarez (Miami Lakes, Fla.), winning the $580 NLH Circuit Opener for $135,022
• Anton Wigg (Sweden), winning the $3,250 High Roller NLH for $111,719
• Ryan McAllister (Charleston, S.C.), winning the $1,125 NLH for $48,600

In addition to the 14 WSOP gold ring events, a Casino Champion is awarded at each Circuit stop with a free $10,000 entry into the WSOP GCC. At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Nagui Yassa (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) was the series Casino Champion with the highest number of eligible points, according to WSOP’s points model.

The WSOP Circuit boasted combined prize pool guarantees of more than $2 million. With more than 6,000 overall entries, total cash payouts exceeded the guarantee, topping out at more than $3.5 million. Throughout the two week series, a total of five players won six-figure prizes headlined by Gotlieb’s victory.

The 2017/2018 WSOP Circuit schedule highlights a record number of stops globally, including two stops in Florida. WSOP will return to Florida on Feb. 8 – 19, 2018 with a second Circuit event at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. A total of 13 states will be visited this season with the cumulative entries expected to surpass the WSOP event in Las Vegas.

Poker action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO) on Nov. 15 – Nov. 29, 2017, headlined by a $2 Million Guaranteed Championship.

Future tournament information and poker hotel rates are available at

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About Seminole Hard Rock Poker

Seminole Hard Rock Poker encompasses four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guarantee championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to the SHRPO, Seminole Hard Rock Poker series’ includes the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRPO umbrella with tournament news, live updates and championship live streaming. Visit Join the conversation at #SHRPO, and tag us @SHRPO.

About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is South Florida’s iconic entertainment destination located minutes from Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beach. The AAA Four Diamond-rated resort features 469 luxury guest rooms and suites, award-winning restaurants, a lagoon-style pool and Beach Club Bar & Grill, a Hard Rock-inspired spa, premium meeting and convention space and a 5,500-seat Hard Rock Live concert arena. The casino offers more than 100 table games, 2,000 of the most popular slots and a poker room. Fine dining options include Council Oak Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s signature steakhouse, and Kuro, a luxe and socially vibrant restaurant offering new-style Japanese cuisine. In the heart of the hotel is L Bar, a sophisticated, contemporary lounge showcasing handcrafted classic cocktails with a twist. Contemporary and casual eateries, include Blue Plate, the hotel’s 24-hour diner-inspired restaurant; Constant Grind, a gourmet coffee and pastry shop; and the ever-famous Hard Rock Cafe – Hollywood, part of Hard Rock’s 178 globally recognized rock ‘n’ roll restaurants.

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