$360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 5: 200/400 with a 400 ante Flight G Entries: 816
For a few minutes this afternoon, the Hard Rock Event Center was (relatively) quiet as more than 70 tables empty into the halls for the break. Every table is in use between Flight G and the Big O tournament and most of them left the room.
It was a quick walk while they were gone and we found two big stacks standing out. SHRP regular Zoltan Czinkota looks like the current leader with 101,000 to 5x his starting stack and James Milles is not far behind, only a few chips short of 100,000.
$360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 4: 200/300 with a 300 ante Flight G Entries: 692
With a few minutes remaining before the first break of the day, Flight G hit 692 entries. That is good enough to push the combined total for Event 1 up to 3,334 and officially put the prize pool over $1,000,000.
They will continue running it up today with late registration/re-entry available for Flight G until 3:30pm and Flight H goes at 6pm.
On Friday, the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” saw a packed Hard Rock Event Center host two more flights of Event 1 and a one-day Pot Limit Omaha trophy event.
Flights E and F combined to put more than 1,200 entries into the $1,000,000 Guarantee opening event and the tournament is on the verge of pushing the prize pool into seven-digit territory. Another 163 players booked a seat in Day 2 on Sunday as the Event Center stayed busy all day long.
The one-day Pot Limit Omaha event continued the trend this series of topping the fields from last year. In November 2017, the PLO tournament drew 89 entries and this time around it was a huge 137 entry turnout.
$360 Big O “Five Card PLO8” (Re-Entry) Structure Level 1: 25/50
Event 1 keeps blasting along and taking up most of the seats in the Hard Rock Event Center but the RRPO schedule continues to keep something around the non-hold’em folks. The first three, one-day events (Limit Omaha 8, H.O.R.S.E., and PLO) all surpassed their numbers from last year and we have a brand new RRPO game today.
Big O is a popular game these days and we put it on the schedule for the first time in August during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Today they will play the five-card Pot Limit Omaha 8 game again and we will award another trophy later this evening.
The eight-handed tables will start with 10,000 stacks and all levels last 30 minutes long. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm.
Cards go in the air at noon and this should be a fun one.
Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
$360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 2: 100/200 Flight G Entries: 400
Tournament staff announced the blind increase to start Level 2 and the tournament clock hit exactly 400 entries at the same time. The field is less than 300 away from making the $1,000,000 Guarantee and it will not take too long to get there.
Walking the early field, we found three former SHRP winners in early action. Lou Stadler, Chris Nomikos, and Jeff Kessler each conquered won a tournament here but only Kessler owns an RRPO title. His came back in 2013 when he won the Seniors Event.
The three days of the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” all set us up for a huge Saturday of poker. Event 1 has a $1,000,000 Guaranteed prize pool and drew big crowds but today will top them all.
We have 2,642 entries already in the game and we will hit the guarantee before the day is through. There was already a big group of players waiting to take their seats 20 minutes before cards go in the air at 11am.
The tournament has a $360 buy-in and players sit down to 20,000 deep starting stacks. All Day 1 levels last 30 minutes long and they will switch over to 40-minute levels on Day 2. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 at 3:30pm and they will play 14 levels today before bagging up.
If players miss out on advancing in Flight G, their last chance will be Fight H this evening at 6pm.
$1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
Players begin with 20,000 in chips
Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
Day 1 levels last 30 minutes; Day 2 levels last 40 minutes
Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
$360 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 14: 1,500/3,000 with a 3,000 ante Players Remaining: 82 of 617
The sixth flight of the $360 no-limit hold’em re-entry event drew the largest flight thus far with 617 entries comprising the sixth of the eight flights.
Justin Slavin bagged up the chip lead, finishing the day with 535,500 and finished with a huge lead over the other 81 players that made it through the day. He also takes over the overall lead from Peter Pacifico.
Andrea Mastrogiovanni (380,500), Pavlos Kasselouris (369,500), Nashaat Antonious (348,500) and Carlos Rodriguez (340,000) round out the top five Day 1F stacks,
Other notables to make it through the day include Robert Transue (250,000), Nipun Java (231,500), Ely Levy (179,500), Ruslan Dykshteyn (104,500), Bob Mather (86,500) and Manny Minaya (68,000).
2018 Rock N’ Roll Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 4 $360 Pot-Limit Omaha Entries: 137 Prize Pool: $41,100 November 16, 2018
Igor Tretyakov’s first pot-limit Omaha tournament went much better than he could’ve anticipated.
He defeated a field of 137 entries in the $360 pot-limit Omaha on Friday night. He won his first hard rock trophy and $7,673 in a three-way chop.
Treyakov agreed to an even chop with Pavel Bystrov and Alexander Orlov. When they agreed to the deal, Tretyakov was the chip leader and he took credit for the win. Bystrov took second and Orlov finished in third.
The Tampa resident just started playing the game a couple months ago. While not a total novice in the strategy of the game, this is the first time he played the game in a tournament format.
“I don’t know. I’m just a lucky guy,” said Tretyakov. “I just started playing cash PLO two months ago. I was a no-limit hold’em player before that.”
If it wasn’t for a little bit of peer pressure, Tretyakov would still be exclusively be a no-limit hold’em player.
“My friend convinced me,” said Tretyakov of why he decided to switch from two cards to four. “Shout out to Matt.”
The transition seems to be going pretty well. Having only played the game for roughly 60 days, the full-time student at the University of South Florida is already winning tournaments. When it comes to the adjustments he’s had to make with the two extra cards, he just downplays anything he’s learned along the way and likes to chalk it up to positive variance.
“I don’t know. Everything just always goes my way,” said Tretyakov. “I just get it in with ten-nine-jack-whatever with three spades and suck out.”
Tretyakov was making light of the hand he played where he knocked out Stephanie Clayton in fifth place. He check-raised with a semi-bluff and moved all in on the turn. He rivered a straight and shot up the chip counts.
He started the hand in the middle of the pack, but the knockout of Clayton got the ball rolling in the right direction. He knocked out Josh Clanton a few orbits later, took the chip lead and never looked back.
For Tretyakov, this is the continuation of some recent tournament success. This is his second final table at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in as many months.
Last month, Tretyakov finished third in the $250 no-limit hold’em in the October Deep Stack series. He took home $30,225 for that score and last June, he won the Triple 30 at the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa for $9,680.
Tretyakov is in the process of getting his undergraduate degree at USF, but the IT major is hoping that his degree will be irrelevant to the rest of his life.
“I pray that I never have to use it,” said Tretyakov. “Maybe not poker, but maybe something else will come along.”
The top 18 spots finished in the money and here are the results:
1st: Igor Tretyakov – $7,673 2nd: Pavel Bystrov – $7,672 3rd: Alexander Orlov – $7,672 4th: Josh Clanton – $2,589 5th: Stephanie Clayton – $2,014 6th: Edison Barrera – $1,685 7th: Michael Rosenberg – $1,459 8th: Matthew Bretzfield – $1,297 9th: Piragibe Ataide – $1,149 10th: Oleh Ferkalyuk – $1,007 11th: Hamid Kashvari – $1,007 12th: Jason Wells – $1,007 13th: Tony Tran – $873 14th: Aleksey Filatov – $873 15th: William Marsh – $873 16th: Robert Giardini – $750 17th: Aaron Kupin – $750 18th: David Moreno – $750