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Waxman prevails among big names at Seminole Hard Rock

 The Rock & Roll Poker Open wrapped up its main event Monday, drawing not only a large field, but a star-studded one -- which is interesting because they could have chosen to play the World Poker Tour in Montreal instead.

  A player who has been ranked among the world's top 10 -- Matthew Waxman, of Parkland -- was declared the winner after a two-way chop. Other top names who finished in the top 10 included Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi and Darryll Fish. Those two live in South Florida, but the point is the same: the series at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino had some juice.

  A total of 482 entries made for a $723,00 prize pool, surpassing the $500,000 guarantee for the $1,650 buy-in.

  Waxman chopped with Yan Shen, and earned $123,598. Waxman has been on a heater of sorts, four-way chopping first place and earning $84K at the Isle's main event in October. He also earned a WSOP bracelet for 305K and had a total of seven cashes this summer.

 Shen was born in Asia, lived in Charlotte, N.C., and recently moved to South Florida. Third-place finisher Tyler Stafman, 23, is a Weston resident and recent University of Florida graduate. Fish finished fifth ($36,365) and Mizrachi 10th ($10,628).


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