Colby Covingtonone of the top welterweights in the UFC, is having a great week at the poker tables during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 2022.
On Thursday, he won his third live poker tournament recorded by Hendon Mob, this one at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, scoring $25,875 in a pot-limit Omaha/8 to 1 event. $100.
Lots of knockouts for UFC Fighter
The tournament attracted 84 attendees, none of whom have been able to knock out a skilled mixed martial artist. It wasn’t the first big score of the week for the South Florida local. Covington took seventh place for $48,295 for finishing seventh in the biggest on-court poker tournament in Sunshine State history – $400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (7,703 entries).
“I wanted to come back and prove it wasn’t just a fluke,” Covington said, “and show that I could play with the best players in the world.”
He has certainly proven that he can compete at a high level in more than just mixed martial arts. The new poker champion was delighted 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. It’s my home casino and I love playing here.
The second ranked UFC welterweight was one of 11 players who cashed in. He beat David Shmuel, who received $15,890 for second place, in the lead to win the title.
Covington said after his win that part of his strategy was to avoid getting into pots against the three-time WSOP bracelet winner. Phil Hui, which finished in fourth place for $6,680. The strategy worked wonders as the athlete won his first recorded poker tournament since 2018 when he shipped $150 a day to Pompano Beach, Florida for $2,702.
2022 SHRPO Event #22 Final Table Results
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Covington in the Octagon
As a UFC fighter, Covington has been nearly unbeatable, as long as he doesn’t face Kamaru Usman, to whom he has lost twice. Other than those losses, he is 17-1 in the octagon.
The 34-year-old is one of the toughest and most controversial fighters around. His open support for former US President Donald Trump has made Covington a love-or-hate fighter. Regardless of your side (love or hate), you can’t deny his talents.
Covington also has a high-profile feud with his former close friend and fellow MMA fighter, Jorge Masvidalwho Covington defeated by unanimous decision at UFC 272 in March, his most recent bout.
Both UFC stars had an infamous fallout on Masvidal disrespecting the poker player saying he “was 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
|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|
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