2016 Coco Showdown

2016 Coco Poker Showdown Recap

Seminole Coconut CreekThe 2016 Coco Poker Showdown took place at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek beginning Thursday, January 21 and running through Sunday, January 31. In that time, nine new winners were crowned including a trio of headliners in three standout events — Event 1 ($130 buy in $100,000 guarantee), Event 6 ($350 buy in $250,000 guarantee) and the Championship ($1,100 buy in $100,000 guarantee).

Here’s a look at the series’ champions:

In addition to the above winners, 10 other players walked home with prize money. All Coco Showdown participants earned points toward a nine-tournament race to the top of the series leaderboard. At the conclusion of the final event, the points leader, Miguel Martinez, earned a $1,000 bonus payout. In addition to the Miguel’s payout, nine others left with a score.

The top 10 finishers, their points and payouts were as follows:

1st: Miguel Martinez – 538.7606 – $1,000
2nd: Joseph Patalano  – 430.4768 – $750
3rd: Kevin Chan – 416.3893 – $500
4th: Allan Dungo – 411.3550 – $500
5th: James Newcomb – 367.4650 – $500
6th: David Albertson – 336.2493 – $190
7th: Ryan Anderson – 318.6081 – $190
8th: Eric Riley – 286.61187 – $190
9th: Paul Steiner – 269.8718 – $190
10th: Adam Levy – 263.8950 – $190

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Championship: Stu Paterson Wins Coco Poker Showdown Title

2016 Coco Poker Showdown
Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
Coconut Creek, Fla.
Event #8
$1,100 Championship
Entries: 161
Prize Pool: $161,000
January 30-31, 2016

Championship winner Stu Paterson ($32,785)
Championship winner Stu Paterson ($32,785)

Coconut Creek, Fla. (January 31, 2016) — The 2016 Coco Poker Showdown wrapped Sunday night at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek. The series finale, a $1,100 Championship with a $100,000 guarantee, saw a field of 161 entries amass a prize pool of $161,000. The tournament played out over the course of two days before Stu Paterson emerged victorious to score a $32,785 first prize. Paterson was part of a four-way chop that saw his chip lead earn the lion’s share of the prize pool while Andrew Badecker went home with $32,276, Frederico Dabus with $25,000 and Herbert Woodbery with $20,380.

“It’s nice to get up there and do well,” Paterson said of going deep in the Championship. “I liked the structure — it was fast, but not too fast.”

The $1,100 price point, $100,000 guarantee and the fact the event was Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year points eligible helped the Coco Poker Showdown Championship draw a decorated field. SHRP team member Mike Laake, SHRP POY points leader Timothy Miles and WSOP gold bracelet winner Phil Hui were among those to make a special trip to the property. While Laake and Hui weren’t able to get anything going, Miles graced the final three tables before bowing out late on Day 1.

Action restarted on the second and final day of play Sunday at 1 p.m. with 20 players remaining. Marc Medrano lead the way while Paterson began second. The bubble burst roughly an hour into play when John DePersio was eliminated 19th sending the remaining 18 into the money. From there, it was about two hours until Santan Noronha exited 11th and play consolidated to the final table. Badecker held the chip lead but as play stretched deeper the stacks got thinner. In all, it took about four hours for play to narrow from 10-handed to the final four. The final tablists who finished outside the top four were James Newcomb (5th), Dave Whalen (6th), Israel de la Cerda (7th), Peter Vitantonio (8th), Adam Levy (9th) and Ido Ashkenzai (10th).

No sooner did Newcomb hit the rail did the remaining four pause the clock to maneuver a deal. After a breakdown of the ICM values, Badecker got a little kick back from Dabus and Woodbery and the deal was given the go-ahead.

The Coco Poker Showdown began Thursday, January 21 with a $130 buy-in $100,000 guarnateed event. The tournament drew 1,156 entries and saw local David Albertson earn its $25,225 top prize. From there, the next headliner was Event 6, a $350 buy-in $250,000 guaranteed tournament. The field totaled 721 and saw Edward Novak emerge victorious to the tune of a $63,323 first prize.

Paterson rounded out the trio of headliners Sunday night with his victory in the Championship. Paterson is a 37-year-old professional poker player from nearby Boca Raton. The 1st-place finish marked his first major tournament win and moved him over $700,000 in career tournament earnings.

Championship final results:

1st: Stu Paterson – $32,785
2nd: Andrew Badecker – $32,276
3rd: Frederico Dabus – $25,000
4th: Herbert Woodbery – $20,380
5th: James Newcomb – $10,063
6th: Dave Whalen – $7,648
7th: Israel de la Cerda – $5,957
8th: Peter Vitantonio – $4,428
9th: Adam Levy – $3,140
10th: Ido Ashkenazi – $2,496
11th: Santana Noronha – $2,496
12th: Robert Midgette – $2,496
13th: Ronald Sullivan – $2,093
14th: Marc Medrano – $2,093
15th: Robert Miller – $2,093
16th: Bruce Snell – $1,852
17th: Stephen Diamantas – $1,852
18th: Dolphus Powers – $1,852

Championship: We Have a Deal!

$1,100 Championship
Level 23: 15,000/30,000/3,000 Ante
Players: 4/161

Championship winner Stu Paterson ($32,785)
Championship winner Stu Paterson ($32,785)

The final four players in the Coco Poker Showdown Championship have made a deal. Chip leader Stu Paterson goes home with the title and a $32,785 score. Andrew Badecker is the runner up earning $32,276, Frederico Dabus 3rd for $25,000 and Herbert Woodbery 4th for $20,380.

2nd place Anderw Badecker
2nd place Anderw Badecker ($32,276)
3rd place Frederico Dabus
3rd place Frederico Dabus ($25,000)
4th place Herbert Woodbery
4th place Herbert Woodbery ($20,380)

A full report on Paterson’s victory will be posted shortly. In the meantime, here’s a look at the tournament’s final results:

1st: Stu Paterson – $32,785
2nd: Andrew Badecker – $32,276
3rd: Frederico Dabus – $25,000
4th: Herbert Woodbery – $20,380
5th: James Newcomb – $10,063
6th: Dave Whalen – $7,648
7th: Israel de la Cerda – $5,957
8th: Peter Vitantonio – $4,428
9th: Adam Levy – $3,140
10th: Ido Ashkenazi – $2,496
11th: Santana Noronha – $2,496
12th: Robert Midgette – $2,496
13th: Ronald Sullivan – $2,093
14th: Marc Medrano – $2,093
15th: Robert Miller – $2,093
16th: Bruce Snell – $1,852
17th: Stephen Diamantas – $1,852
18th: Dolphus Powers – $1,852

Championship: The Final Four at a Glance

$1,100 Championship
Level 23: 15,000/30,000/3,000 Ante
Players: 4/161

Chip counts:

Stu Paterson – 1,093,000
Andrew Badecker – 985,000
Frederico Dabus – 703,000
Herbert Woodbery – 445,00

Remaining payouts:

1st – $49,905
2nd – $28,980
3rd – $18,515
4th – $13,041

Updated results:

5th: James Newcomb – $10,063
6th: Dave Whalen – $7,648
7th: Israel de la Cerda – $5,957
8th: Peter Vitantonio – $4,428
9th: Adam Levy – $3,140
10th: Ido Ashkenazi – $2,496
11th: Santan Noronha – $2,496
12th: Robert Midgette – $2,496
13th: Ronald Sullivan – $2,093
14th: Marc Medrano – $2,093
15th: Robert Miller – $2,093
16th: Bruce Snell – $1,852
17th: Stephen Diamantas – $1,852
18th: Dolphus Powers – $1,852

Championship: James Newcomb Eliminated 5th ($10,063)

$1,100 Championship
Level 23: 15,000/30,000/3,000 Ante
Players: 4/161

James Newcomb eliminated 5th ($10,063)
James Newcomb eliminated 5th ($10,063)

James Newcomb open shoved for 299,000 and Stu Paterson jammed for more from his direct left. The remaining players folded and Newcomb was drawing slim for his tournament life.

Paterson: tcth
Newcomb: 9s9c

The board fell qsjh3dqh3c and James Newcomb busted 5th earning $10,063.

The deep run marks Newcomb’s third of the Coco Poker Showdown series. He previous finished runner up in Event 2 and 8th in Event 3.

Championship: Dave Whalen Eliminated 6th ($7,648)

$1,100 Championship
Level 22: 12,000/24,000/3,000 Ante
Players: 5/161

Dave Whalen eliminated 6th ($7,648)
Dave Whalen eliminated 6th ($7,648)

One hand after playing — and losing — a decent-sized pot against Stu Paterson, Dave Whalen open shoved from under the gun. It folded around to Frederico Dabus who woke up with kings in the big blind. Whalen’s qdtd was well behind as the dealer started the burn and turn.

Runout: 6s6d4h2dtc

Whalen never caught up and he was sent to the rail 6th with a $7,648 consolation prize.

The five remaining players are each assured five figures — $10,063.

Championship: Adam Levy Eliminated 9th ($3,140)

$1,100 Championship
Level 21: 10,000/20,000/2,000 Ante
Players: 8/161

Adam Levy eliminated ($3,140)
Adam Levy eliminated 9th ($3,140)

Adam Levy and Stu Paterson got the last of Levy’s chips in preflop. Levy held ad4d and was behind the kskc of Paterson. The board ran out 8d5c3h3c6d and Levy was eliminated 9th for $3,140.

Levy is a professional poker player from Los Angeles. His resume boasts more than $2,300,000 in earnings. In 2010, he finished 12th in the WSOP Main Event pocketing $635,011 in the process.

Championship: Final Nine at a Glance

$1,100 Championship
Level 21: 10,000/20,000/2,000 Ante
Players: 9/161

The 781,000 chips of leader Andrew Badecker
The 781,000 chips of leader Andrew Badecker

Seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: Adam Levy – 168,000
Seat 2: Stuart Peterson – 394,000
Seat 3: Frederico Dabus – 268,000
Seat 4: Dave Whalen – 255,000
Seat 5: Peter Vitantonio – 635,000
Seat 6: Andrew Badecker – 781,000
Seat 7: Israel De La Cerda – 305,000
Seat 8: Herbert Woodbery – 142,000
Seat 9: James Newcomb – 268,000

Remaining payouts:

1st – $49,905
2nd – $28,980
3rd – $18,515
4th – $13,041
5th – $10,063
6th – $7,648
7th – $5,957
8th – $4,428
9th – $3,140

Updated results:

10th: Ido Ashkenazi – $2,496
11th: Santan Noronha – $2,496
12th: Robert Midgette – $2,496
13th: Ronald Sullivan – $2,093
14th: Marc Medrano – $2,093
15th: Robert Miller – $2,093
16th: Bruce Snell – $1,852
17th: Stephen Diamantas – $1,852
18th: Dolphus Powers – $1,852

Championship: Shortstacks Getting Through

$1,100 Championship
Level 20: 8,000/16,000/2,000 Ante
Players: 9/161


Adam Levy and James Newcomb are among the tournament’s shortstacks. Over the course of the last few hands, Levy has opened shoved twice and Newcomb once. On all three occasions no one called the all-in bet.

The average stack currently sits at 22 big blinds.

Championship: Fullhouse vs. Fullhouse

$1,100 Championship
Level 19: 6,000/12,000/1,000 Ante
Players: 9/161

Dave Whalen opened to 25,000 from early position and Peter Vitantonio three-bet to 58,000 from this direct left. Whalen called and they were heads up.

Both players checked the actc4c flop and ad turn. The river fell the jh. Whalen lead for 85,000 and Vitantonio raised to 255,000. After some thought, Whalen called.

Vitantonio: ahjd for aces full
Whalen: tstd for 10s full

The cooler earned Vitantonio a pot that surged his stack up over 800,000 while Whalen was left with a little under 300,000.

Championship: Unofficial Final Table

$1,100 Championship
Level 19: 6,000/12,000/1,000 Ante
Players: 10/161

Championship Final Table
Championship 10-handed final table

Seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: Adam Levy – 173,000
Seat 2: Stuart Peterson – 140,000
Seat 3: Frederico Dabus – 258,000
Seat 4: Dave Whalen – 426,000
Seat 5: Peter Vitantonio – 455,000
Seat 6: Ido Ashkenazi – 90,000
Seat 7: Andrew Badecker – 1,086,000
Seat 8: Israel De La Cerda – 190,000
Seat 9: Herbert Woodbery – 170,000
Seat 10: James Newcomb – 263,000

Remaining payouts:

1st – $49,905
2nd – $28,980
3rd – $18,515
4th – $13,041
5th – $10,063
6th – $7,648
7th – $5,957
8th – $4,428
9th – $3,140
10th – $2,496

Updated results:

11th: Santan Noronha – $2,496
12th: Robert Midgette – $2,496
13th: Ronald Sullivan – $2,093
14th: Marc Medrano – $2,093
15th: Robert Miller – $2,093
16th: Bruce Snell – $1,852
17th: Stephen Diamantas – $1,852
18th: Dolphus Powers – $1,852

Championship: Santana Noronha Eliminated 11th ($2,496); 10 Remain

$1,100 Championship
Level 19: 6,000/12,000/1,000 Ante
Players: 10/161

Santan Noronha eliminated 11th ($2,496)
Santana Noronha eliminated 11th ($2,496)

Santana Noronha fell victim to the 8c4c of Andrew Badecker following an 8d8h3h flop. Noronha had the worst of it with the ace-high ah6h flush draw. He moved all in, Badecker called and the rest was history. Noronha busted 11th earning $2,496.

The remaining 10 players are now re-drawing to the unofficial final table. Seating assignments and chip counts will be posted shortly.

Championship: Ronald Sullivan Eliminated 13th ($2,093)

$1,100 Championship
Level 18: 5,000/10,000/1,000
Players: 12/161

Ronald Sullivan eliminated 13th ($2,093)
Ronald Sullivan eliminated 13th ($2,093)

Ronald Sullivan came out on the wrong of a three-way pot that saw his axtx get bested by the 5c5h of Andrew Badecker and the ahac of Ido Ashkenazi. The money got all in pre and the board ran out kh5d4sqc8s improving Badecker to a set. He doubled through Ashkenazi while busting Sullivan 13th.

Sullivan earned $2,093.

Championship: Marc Medrano Eliminated 14th ($2,093); Peter Vitantonio Leads

$1,100 Championship
Level 18: 5,000/10,000/1,000
Players: 13/161

Marc Medrano eliminated 14th ($2,093)
Marc Medrano eliminated 14th ($2,093)

Chip leader Andrew Badecker raised to 22,000 from early position. Peter Vitantonio called from his direct left and it folded all the way around to Marc Medrano in the big blind. He called and they saw a flop.

The dealer burned and turned kcjs7c. Medrano open shoved his last 55,000. Badecker moved all in over the top and Vitantonio quickly called. Badecker had both players covered.

Vitantonio: asad for an overpair
Badecker: ahkd for top pair, top kicker
Medrano: ks9c for top pair, nine kicker

The board completed with the ts turn and 3h river. Vitantonio’s aces held and he doubled through Badecker while busting Medrano 14th. Once the start-of-day chip leader, Medrano earned $2,093 for his departure.

Peter Vitantonio now holds 460,000 chips to lead the way. Andrew Badecker, meanwhile, sits on 161,000.

Peter Vitantonio busts Marc Medrano while doubling through Andrew Badecker
Peter Vitantonio busts Marc Medrano while doubling through Andrew Badecker

Championship: The Final 15 at a Glance

$1,100 Championship
Level 18: 5,000/10,000/1,000
Players: 15/161

Andrew Badecker leads the final 15 players in the Coco Poker Showdown Championship. Badecker holds 388,000 chips while Robert Miller is the short stack with 53,000.

All remaining players have locked up $2,093 with the tournament’s winner earning $49,905.

Tournament update:

Table 1

Seat 1: James Newcomb – 263,000
Seat 2: Adam Levy – 126,000
Seat 3: Stu Paterson – 129,000
Seat 4: Robert Miller – 53,000
Seat 5: Dave Whalen – 300,000
Seat 6: Israel De La Ceda – 337,000
Seat 7: Herbert Woodbery – 110,000
Seat 8: Robert Midgette – 249,000

Table 2

Seat 1: Marc Medrano – 126,000
Seat 2: Ido Ashkenazi – 242,000
Seat 3: Andrew Badecker – 388,000
Seat 4: Peter Vitantonio – 217,000
Seat 5: Frederico Dabus – 272,000
Seat 6: Ronald Sullivan – 181,000
Seat 7: Santan Noronha – 128,000

Remaining payouts:

1st – $49,905
2nd – $28,980
3rd – $18,515
4th – $13,041
5th – $10,063
6th – $7,648
7th – $5,957
8th – $4,428
9th – $3,140
10th-12th – $2,496
13th-15th – $2,093

Updated results:

16th: Bruce Snell – $1,852
17th: Stephen Diamantas – $1,852
18th: Dolphus Powers – $1,852

Championship: Bruce Snell Eliminated 16th ($1,852)

$1,100 Championship
Level 17: 4,000/8,000/500 Ante
Players: 15/161

Bruce Snell
Bruce Snell eliminated 16th ($1,852)

The board was ac3s2hkd2d and Andrew Badecker open-shoved his last 104,000 chips in a heads-up pot against Bruce Snell. Bruce, who held about 120,000 chips at the time, went in to the tank. He eventually called and Badecker flipped over ad3c for two pair. Snell’s axqx was second best and he was left with less than 20,000 chips.

He busted at the hands of Badecker a short time later when his kxjx couldn’t overtake Badecker’s ax4x.

Snell earned $1,852 for the 16th-place finish. Badecker now leads the final 15 players with over 400,000.

Chip leader Andre Badecker's all-in river bet
Andre Badecker’s all-in river bet
Andrew Badecker's all-in river bet
Andrew Badecker’s all-in river bet

Tournament Series