UFC Star Colby Covington Wins Poker Tournament at Seminole Hard Rock

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Colby Covingtonone of the top welterweights in the UFC, is having quite a week at the poker tables during the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

On Thursday, he won his third-ever Hendon Mob recorded live poker tournament, this one at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, a $25,875 score in a $1,100 buy-in pot-limit Omaha/8 event.

Plenty of Knockouts for UFC Fighter

The tournament attracted 84 entries, none of whom were able to knock out a skilled mixed martial artist. This wasn’t the first large score of the week for the South Florida local. Covington took seventh place for $48,295 for finishing in seventh place in the largest field poker tournament in the Sunshine State’s history — $400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (7,703 entries).

“I wanted to come back and prove that wasn’t just a fluke,” said Covington, “And show that I could play with the best players in the world.”

He certainly did prove he can compete at a high level in more than just mixed martial arts. The new poker champ was ecstatic to have won the tournament so close to home.

“It’s a surreal feeling,” Covington said of his win. “It’s been a long journey to finally get a trophy here at Seminole Hard Rock. This is my home casino, and I love playing here.”

The second ranked UFC welterweight was one of 11 players who cashed. He defeated David Shmuel, who received $15,890 for second place, heads up to win the title outright.

Covington said following his victory that part of his strategy was to avoid entering pots against three-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Hui, who ended up in fourth place for $6,680. The strategy worked like a charm as the athlete won his first recorded poker tournament since 2018 when he shipped a $150 daily in Pompano Beach, Florida for $2,702.

2022 SHRPO Event #22 Final Table Results

Place player Prize
1 Colby Covington $25,875
2 David Shmuel $15,890
3 Salvatore Pipitone $9,985
4 Phil Hui $6,680
5 Tony Cousineau $5,095
6 Aaron Schaff $4,075
7 Errol Massey $3,380
8th Damian Radanov $2,850

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Covington in the Octagon

As a UFC fighter, Covington has been almost unbeatable, so long as he isn’t facing Kamaru Usman, whom he’s lost to twice. Outside of those defeats, he’s 17-1 in the octagon.

The 34-year-old is one of the toughest and also most controversial fighters around. His open support of former US President Donald Trump has made Covington a love-him-or-hate-him fighter. Whichever side you site on (love or hate), you can’t deny his talents.

Covington also has a highly publicized feud with his former close friend and fellow MMA fighter, Jorge Masvidalwhom Covington defeated via unanimous decision at UFC 272 back in March, his most recent fight.

The two UFC stars had an infamous fallout over Masvidal disrespecting the poker player by saying he was “being ab***h.[” Over the past year, the feud has become perhaps the nastiest spat in UFC history.

“I’ll f*****g kill you, bro,” Masvidal told ESPN that Covington shouted. “Don’t ever talk to me like that.”

A decade ago, Masvidal had taken Covington under his wings and helped the young fighter grow. They held a strong bond for quite some time, but those days are long gone.

2022 SHRPO Winners Thus Far

*Date Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize*          
July 27-August 1 Event #1: $400 NLH Re-Entry 7,703 $2,541,990 Andrew Pecina $225,906          
27-Jul Event #2: $400 Seniors NLH 50+ 272 $91,120 Robert Garcia $15,364          
27-Jul Event #3: $400 Big Stack Big O 129 $43,215 Hal Rotholz $11,860          
27-Jul Event #4: $200 Quad Stack Double Green Chip Bounty 212 $23,320 Eric Halpern $5,495          
28-Jul Event #5: $600 Limit Omaha 8 109 $57,225 Aaron Kupin $17,015          
28-Jul Event #6: $400 8-Handed PLO 144 $48,240 Kahlil Francis $13,220          
28-Jul Event #7: $150 Big Stack NLH 297 $35,046 Darrell Carril $7,196          
29-Jul Event #8: $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 81 $27,135 Chris Labrie $5,328          
29-Jul Event #9: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty NLH 188 $61,100 Steve Olivier $12,478          
29-Jul Event #10: $600 Black Chip Bounty 5-Card PLO 149 $63,325 Vincent Fiorenza $17,240          
30-Jul Event #11: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 124 $41,540 Sheila O’Connor $10,000          
30-Jul Event #12: $300 Ladies NLH 66 $17,160 Mica Lamar $5,000          
31-Jul Event #13: $400 Deep Stack NLH 505 $169,175 Donna Stutts $19,197          
July 31-August 1 Event #14: $1,100 Six-Max NLH 262 $254,140 Vincent Chauve $58,030          
July 31-August 2 Event #15: $600 Deep Stack PLO 500 $260,000 Duff Charette $48,075          
31-Jul Event #16: $600 NLH Turbo 100 $53,000 Jennifer Borsini $12,500          
August 1-2 Event #17: $1,100 Seniors 50+ 137 $132,890 Neil Blumenfield $31,670          
August 1-3 Event #18: $200 Big Stack NLH 2,532 $405,120 Carlos Pino $54,720          
August 1-2 Event #19: $600 HORSE 86 $45,150 Phil Hui $14,460          
1-Aug Event #20: $400 NLH Turbo 86 $29,240 Rob Brown $9,320          
2-Aug Event #21: $600 Deep Stack 6-Max NLH 257 $134,925 Nick Yunis $31,415          
August 2-3 Event #22: $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 84 $81,480 Colby Covington $25,875          
3-Aug Event #25: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty PLO 158 $52,930 Brandon Duvdivani $13,660          
3-Aug Event #26: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty NLH 395 $43,500 Jarett Minkoff $8,460          
3-Aug Event #27: $1,100 Deep Stack Turbo NLH 97 $97,000 James Rodriguez $29,185          

*Images courtesy of SHRPO.


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