Looking Back at WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker

While the start of the 2024 World Series of Poker has been dominating the headlines, there are still some other events taking place throughout the United States. In fact, some of these events are still attracting mainstays at the WSOP Main Event as the state of that tournament is still weeks away. 

The 2024 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown recently took place, and it was a poker tournament that was filled with some big names. When the final hand was dealt, Joshua Reichard was able to walk away with the win, he took home a nice amount of cash

Reichard is a player that has been competing in tournaments for the past decade, and he has more than 230 cashes at smaller events. He has also won 15 World Series of Poker Circuit rings, but he has yet to cash in with a massive payday. 

That is no longer the case after this tournament as the first place finish for Reichard allowed him to leave the Sunshine State with close to $840,000. Even though it’s been a career filled with success for Reichard, he just now went over the $4 million mark in career earnings by getting first place in this tournament. 

More Success Coming? 

There were nearly 1,900 players in the field for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, and that’s a much bigger event than what Reichard is used to compete in. Most of his tournaments have a buy-in of less than $1,000, and that is one reason that his overall lifetime earnings have been low. 

Now that Reichard has proven that he can win big in a massive field of players, it could set the stage for him to enter into big events at the WSOP. He is a player that has entered many circuit events in the past, but that has allowed him to dodge other big players in most tournaments. 

This event actually began all the way back in mid-April but there were many different starting flights to narrow the field. The buy-in for this event was set at $3,500, and that pushed the total prize pool to nearly $6 million. 

While most final tables at big tournaments are going to have nine players in the mix, there were just three players that advanced to the final day of competition. Reichard was sitting in second place when that action began, but he was within striking distance. 

A Look at Top Finishers

While Reichard was able to take home $839,300 and 1,620 Player of the Year points by winning this tournament, there were other players that cashed in as well. Landon Tice finished in second place in this tournament, and that led to $550,000 and 1,350 POY points. 

Here are some of the other players in this tournament that had a nice payout. 

  • Jesse Lonis $410,000
  • Alexander Queen $305,000
  • Dylan Smith $230,000
  • Aaron Kupin $176,000
  • Dylan Linde $136,000
  • David Mzareulov $105,000

A sports enthusiast, Ryan helps cover sports betting news from around the country, highlighting some of the more interesting events going on in the USA.