Colby Covington is one of the best welterweights in the UFC and is currently enjoying his time at the poker tables in the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Recently, Covington defeated a field of 84 participants in a $1,100 buy-in pot-limit Omaha/8 event to earn the title and $25,875 prize.
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Only 11 players made it to the cash, and Covington defeated David Shmuel in the heads-up to secure the title. Shmuel received $15,890 for his runner-up finish.
This is not the best week score for Covington, as he finished in seventh place in the $400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em for $48,295. With 7,703 entries, this was the largest field poker tournament in the history of the Sunshine state.
The champion expressed his views and said he wanted to prove that he could play with the top players in the world. Covington was delighted to have won the event close to his home. Covington said his journey of getting a trophy at Seminole Hard Rock is long and rough. Additionally, Covington considers Hard Rock his home casino and loves playing there.
Talking about his strategy, Covington said he planned to avoid pots against Phil Hui, a three-time WSOP bracelet winner. Interestingly, the strategy seemed to work perfectly, and Hui ended up in the fourth position. This is Covington’s first recorded poker tournament since 2018, when he received $2,702 in a $150 daily in Pompano Beach, Florida.
2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open: Event # 22 Results
Covington and the UFC
Covington is a formidable player with a shining record. Unfortunately, he has lost twice to Kamaru Usman, but if you take out those defeats, he is 17-1 in the ring. The South Florida Local’s career is also controversial for the open support from former US president Donald Trump.
Covington’s dispute with his former close friend and MMA fighter Jorge Masvidal also fuels the controversy. The dispute started over Masvidal disrespecting and abusing Covington, and over the past year, it remained in the highlights. In March 2022, Covington defeated Masvidal via unanimous decision at UFC 272.
2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open: Winners to date
|Date||Event #||Tournament||Participants||Prize Pool||Champion||Prize|
|July27-August 1||1||$400 NLH Re-Entry||7,703||$2,541,990||Andrew Pecina||$225,906|
|27-Jul||2||$400 Seniors NLH 50+||272||$91,120||Robert Garcia||$15,364|
|27-Jul||3||$400 Big Stack Big O||129||$43,215||Hal Rotholz||$11,860|
|27-Jul||4||$200 Quad Stack Double Green Chip Bounty||212||$23,320||Eric Halpern||$5,495|
|28-Jul||5||$600 Limit Omaha 8||109||$57,225||Aaron Kupin||$17,015|
|28-Jul||6||$400 8-Handed PLO||144||$48,240||Kahlil Francis||$13,220|
|28-Jul||7||$150 Big Stack NLH||297||$35,046||Darrell Carril||$7,196|
|29-Jul||8||$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8||81||$27,135||Chris Labrie||$5,328|
|29-Jul||9||$600 Double Black Chip Bounty NLH||188||$61,100||Steve Olivier||$12,478|
|29-Jul||10||$600 Black Chip Bounty 5-Card PLO||149||$63,325||Vincent Fiorenza||$17,240|
|30-Jul||11||$400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8||124||$41,540||Sheila O’Connor||$10,000|
|30-Jul||12||$300 Ladies NLH||66||$17,160||Mica Lamar||$5,000|
|31-Jul||13||$400 Deep Stack NLH||505||$169,175||Donna Stutts||$19,197|
|July 31-August 1||14||$1,100 Six-Max NLH||262||$254,140||Vincent Chauve||$58,030|
|July 31-August 2||15||$600 Deep Stack PLO||500||$260,000||Duff Charette||$48,075|
|31-Jul||16||$600 NLH Turbo||100||$53,000||Jennifer Borsini||$12,500|
|August 1-2||17||$1,100 Seniors 50+||137||$132,890||Neil Blumenfield||$31,670|
|August 1-3||18||$200 Big Stack NLH||2,532||$405,120||Carlos Pino||$54,720|
|August 1-2||19||$600 HORSE||86||$45,150||Phil Hui||$14,460|
|1-Aug||20||$400 NLH Turbo||86||$29,240||Rob Brown||$9,320|
|2-Aug||21||$600 Deep Stack 6-Max NLH||257||$134,925||Nick Yunis||$31,415|
|August 2-3||22||$1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha 8||84||$81,480||Colby Covington||$25,875|
|3-Aug||25||$600 Double Black Chip Bounty PLO||158||$52,930||Brandon Duvdivani||$13,660|
|3-Aug||26||$200 Double Green Chip Bounty NLH||395||$43,500||Jarett Minkoff||$8,460|
|3-Aug||27||$1,100 Deep Stack Turbo NLH||97||$97,000||James Rodriguez||$29,185|
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