2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 22 $1,100 SHRPO Big 4 Event (Re-Entry) $500,000 Guaranteed Entries: 537 Prize Pool: $537,000 August 12-13, 2019
After a speedy final table, under five hours of play, Keith Brennan took down the Event 22 $1,100 SHRPO Big 4 No Limit Hold’em title. Brennan secured took the biggest piece of the $537,000 prize pool with his first place finish earning $104,035 as well as a prestigious guitar pick trophy.
Event 22 boasted a field of 537 entries surpassing the $500,000 guarantee. The top 68 took home at least $1,480 for their efforts. The starting field contained the usual suspects such as Benjamin Zamani, Marvin Rettenmaier, Mohsin Charania, Tony Miles, Mukul Pahuja, Jerry Wong, Steve Karp, Loni Harwood, and Mark Dube, all of whom finished in the money.
Day 1 moved fast playing to the final table. Here’s a look at how they stacked up overnight heading to Tuesday’s Big 4 finale:
Seat 1: Jack Duong – 2,395,000 (79 bb) Seat 2: Cangir Elcin – 3,040,000 (101 bb) Seat 3: David Castranova – 835,000 (27 bb) Seat 4: Keith Brennan – 865,000 (27 bb) Seat 5: Gary Leibovitz – 910,000 (30 bb) Seat 6: Corey Hochman – 670,000 (22 bb) Seat 7: John Michalak – 865,000 (27 bb) Seat 8: Mario De La Puente – 795,000 (26 bb) Seat 9: Brock Wilson – 365,000 (12 bb)
Brennan came into the final table in the middle of the pack with Turkey native Cangir Elcin leading the way. Poker pro Brock Wilson was the shortest stack, but quickly doubled through Jack Duong when he spiked a set with pocket nines to crack pocket jacks.
First to be eliminated was David Castranova ($10,350) when his top pair got defeated by Jack Duong’s two-pair on the river. Next to go was Corey Hochman ($13,545), when his pocket aces were cracked by Cangir Elicin who made a straight on the turn with queen-nine. Elicin added to his chip lead stacking over 4,600,000.
Brock Wilson, turned his short stack into a seventh place score worth $17,030. Wilson got it in good with Ace Jack versus John Michalak’s King Seven. Wilson flopped a Jack but Michalak ran out a straight to eliminate Wilson.
Cangir Elcin took out the sixth place finisher Mario De La Puente ($20,540) with two-pair when De La Puente missed his straight draw. Elcin extended his chip lead to over 5,700,000 with that hand.
It was the eventual champion’s turn to do some dirty work when Brennan’s pocket tens held against WSOP Bracelet Winner Jack Duong’s pocket fours. Brennan had over 2,300,000 and was gaining ground on Elcin. Duong took home $24,935.
After a few double ups Gary Leibovitz became the fourth place finisher, earning a $32,550 pay day. Chip leader Elcin’s king high held against Leibovitz’s queen high to send it to three-handed play.
Brennan scored a big double up through Elcin when his pocket three’s held against Elcin’s Ace King. Elcin still had a decent lead, but it was short lived. Brennan shoved over a big bet of Elcin a few hands later to take the lead for the first time.
Brennan went on a roll after that and at one point the three-handed counts looked like this:
Seat 2: Cangir Elcin – 1,350,000 Seat 4: Keith Brennan – 8,215,000 Seat 7: John Michalak – 2,355,000
John Michalak wound up being the third place finisher at the hands of Elcin when his Ace Queen fell to Elcin’s Jack Five. Michalak’s third place finish was good for $46,400.
Heads up play started with Brennan holding an over 4 to 1 lead:
It didn’t take long for Brennan to come out on top. He found Ace Jack against Elcin’s pocket nines. In typical crazy poker fashion there was a jack in the window followed by the nine, giving Elcin a set. The turn, an ace, made things interesting. The river was just what Brennan was looking for, another ace. He ended up with a higher full house to eliminate Elcin in second place and become the $1,100 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em Champion.
The Irish poker pro, hailing from Ashbourne, said he made the trip over seas to play here at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at the recommendation of a few friends.
Final Table Results:
1st Place: Keith Brennan – $104,035 + Trophy 2nd Place: Cangir Elcin – $72,285 3rd Place: John Michalak – $46,400 4th Place: Gary Leibovitz – $32,550 5th Place: Jack Duong – $24,935 6th Place: Mario De La Puente – $20,540 7th Place: Brock Wilson – $17,030 8th Place: Corey Hochman – $13,545 9th Place: David Castranova – $10,350
The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Big 4 High Roller might have produced the most talented field of the series from top to bottom. The $25K tournament drew some top-shelf players and they put nearly $3,000,000 in the prize pool.
With the incredible field, it’s no surprise that it produced an outstanding final table that has successful players from all over the poker world.
Andy Andrejevic has the chip lead but every single remaining player has a chance to catch him. Below is the High Roller lineup that will return on Tuesday at 1 pm to compete for the Big 4 crown.
Seat 1: Josh Ray Chip Count – 820,000
The 32-year-old hailing from Chattanooga TN has $76,891 in earnings with most of it coming from this years WSOP Main Event run where he finished in 196th place.
Seat 2: Matthew Wantman Chip Count – 530,000
Professional poker player from Stoneham, MA with over 2,000,000 in earnings. Wantman had his biggest score this last May when he secured his first WPT Title at the ARIA Summer Championship. Wantman took home $443,474 for his efforts.
Seat 3: Shaun Deeb Chip Count – 2,465,000
33-year-old father from Troy, NY coming into the final table second in chips. Deeb is arguably the most accomplished player remaining with $6,813,495 in earnings as well as four WSOP bracelets. Deeb finished runner-up in this event last year to Jake Schindler.
Seat 4: Olivier Busquet Chip Count – 895,000
Another New York native professional poker player, holds the distinction of having the most career earnings at the table with $8,629,996. Busquet finished in 6th place in last years Lucky Hearts Poker Open and is a member of the WPT Champions Club.
Seat 5: TK Miles Chip Count – 1,120,000
A Florida native, born in Tallahassee now living in Miami Beach FL and has $3,461,000 in earnings. His biggest score came last September when he finished runner up in the WPT Borgata Poker Open to Erkut Yilmaz for $383,399
Seat 6: Albert Daher Chip Count – 2,335,000
Daher is from Beirut, Lebanon, and a 32 year old professional poker player with over $3,00,000 in earnings. In May of 2018 Daher had his biggest score of $716,210 in the Monte Carlo EPT $25k High Roller.
Seat 7: Andy Andrejevic Chip Count – 2,940,000
Andrejevic comes into the final table as the chip leader is originally from Belgrade, Serbia and now resides in Miami FL. Andrejevic is first place on the Serbia all-time money list. His best live cash is $1,125, 722 at the 2015 APPT Asia Championship.
Seat 8: Jake Schwartz Chip Count– 400,000
An avid movie fan, considers his greatest poker accomplishment to be “Sitting next to Andy Andrejevic at this final table”. Schwartz is originally from New York and now lives in Fort Lauderdale. This is his second final table of the series with his first coming in Event 14 where he placed fourth. Schwartz has over $2,600,000 in lifetime earnings