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Event 15: Recent Eliminations

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 55 of 1,297

Here are the recent eliminations over the last level, which resulted in these payouts:

81st: Carlos Correa – $389
80th: Vendel Johnson – $389
79th: Lukas Pribyl – $389
78th: Lance Liberstein – $389
77th: Jeffrey Yarchever – $389
76th: David Oshry – $389
75th: Jeffrey Leone – $389
74th: Gilles Dalco – $389
73rd: Michael Kopjanski – $389
72nd: Jorge Ramirez – $436
71st: Richard Scola – $436
70th: Andrew Marcus – $436
69th: Igor Korkhin – $436
68th: Carlos Ruzal – $436
67th: Joshua Miller – $436
66th: Jeff Rodriguez – $436
65th: Daimon Parrish – $436
64th: Brian Raik – $436
63rd: Angelo Castaldi – $482
62nd: Suryanarayana Nambala – $482
61st: Tim Shane – $482
60th: Jeram Capinpin – $482
59th: Luis Mantilla – $482
58th: John Hagberg – $482
57th: Ariel Rosello Quintana – $482
56th: John Scigliano – $482

Event 15: In the Money

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 81 of 1,297

The tournament staff instructed the dealers to ‘finish the hand they were dealing and to hold up’ with the impending hand-for-hand action about to start with 82 players remaining.

During that final hand being dealt, the field lost another player and there was no need for hand-for-hand play. There are now 81 players remaining and all of whom are in the money and guaranteed a payout of at least $389.

Event 15: Tri Nguyen Chipping Up as Bubble Nears

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 84 of 1,297

Tri Nguyen

Tri Nguyen raised to 18,000 from the cutoff and the player in the big blind moved all in for 77,000. Nguyen called and the cards were tabled.

Nguyen showed Kh8h and was dominated by the big blind’s KsJd.

The flop was 8d7d6h, however, and Nguyen moved into the lead after spiking a three-outer on the flop. The turn was the 4d, giving the big blind some chop outs, but the Tc on the river sent the pot to Nguyen and eliminated the big blind.

Nguyen won the pot and is chipping up nicely as they are just a few eliminations away from being in the money.

Tri Nguyen – 455,000

Event 15: Alejandro Armas Scores a Knockout

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 117 of 1,297

On a flop of Qh9c2s, Alejandro Armas checked from the big blind and the player in the hijack bet 40,000. Armas check-raised all in and the hijack mulled it over for about a minute before calling.

The hijack was all in for about 105,000 and showed 6c6s. He was in bad shape against Armas’ QdJh.

He needed a six to stay alive, but the 8c on the turn and the Ac on the river sent the pot to Armas and eliminated the hijack.

Alejandro Armas – 251,000

Event 15: Patrick Quinn Extends His Chip Lead

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 2,500/5,000 with a 5,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 135 of 1,297

Patrick Quinn

There was about 110,000 in the pot on the river with a completed board Tc8h8s6c7c. Patrick Quinn bet 50,000 from the small blind and Francis Margaglione called from the hijack.

“I think this gets it all,” said Quinn.

Quinn showed Qc8c, having flopped trip eights and ran clubs for a flush. Margaglione mucked his hand and Quinn took the pot. He came into the day as the chip leader and extended it with his early rungood.

Patrick Quinn – 580,000
Francis Margaglione – 125,000

Event 15: Day 2 Seating Assignments

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guarantee | Structure
Returning to Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 143 of 1,297

Flight A: 134 Entries; 16 Advanced
Flight B: 194 Entries, 22 Advanced
Flight C: 208 Entries, 19 Advanced
Flight D: 207 Entries, 25 Advanced
Flight E: 260 Entries, 28 Advanced
Flight F: 294 Entries, 33 Advanced
Day 2: Wednesday at 2pm

First NameLast NameChip CountTableSeat
LukasPribyl87,000181
CarlosRuzal148,000182
CorneliusRogers46,500183
FrankConway71,000184
DavidOshry169,500185
JonLane63,000186
CoryBlum296,000187
MichaelBucar114,500188
RobertFighera30,500189
RafaelRamos115,500191
JosiasSantos112,000192
PeterFellows41,000193
LuisPereira133,000194
AngeloMiele365,500195
EngelbonthVarela185,000196
StevenFostoff111,000197
AngeloCastaldi288,500198
NestorTorres51,500199
JeromeCapindin104,000201
IrwinBlock339,000202
LuisMantilla65,500203
AngelMarnero228,000204
LucianoNardi156,500205
YuryShaprio102,500206
LeonardClavel84,000207
GiovanniQuintero230,500208
SurmanaramanaNambala226,500209
AlejandroArmas76,500211
VitoPolera82,500212
JairoVelasquez94,500213
JorgeRamirez216,000214
SalimSalem135,500215
HuicunOiao119,500216
JeffreyLeone53,000217
MikeBeasley104,000218
StuartGreenbaum323,500219
JeffYarchever336,000231
BRIANRAIK181,500233
ZACHARYMULLENNIX137,500233
KurtisRuhl90,000234
AlanGreenstein20,000235
MatthewKronenberg154,000236
IrwinCohen213,000237
GavinGowie37,500238
HashemMo114,000239
CHARLESJACOBY62,000241
RoyPaulena175,000242
ElliottZaydman133,500243
TonyTran159,000244
ChristianPham204,000245
JeffGottschalk112,000246
HenryMiller45,500247
BruceSmith216,500248
EphraimUzan113,000249
ArielRosello82,500251
DavidChung87,000252
JoshuaMiller87,500253
TyAkbasli156,500254
DaimanParrish126,000255
MichaelBarry97,500256
DonaldDelancy49,000257
DavidPoces161,000258
AndrewMarcus110,500259
MiguelMcDonald250,000261
MiiceBonsignore70,000262
DimitryAgrachov144,000263
DubrevihMicheh275,500265
JosephHernon84,500266
MatthewGoldman100,500267
JohnScigliano107,500268
HallanderPreap53,000269
BradleyYoung73,000281
BrettGinosky69,500282
DylanMalcomson126,500284
KimberlyJones122,500285
GILLESDALCO97,000286
MICHAELDEPLANCKE159,000287
JordanKasimow94,000288
DanAvitsur131,500289
NickChiappetta148,500291
EuclidZurbaron71,000292
RonelJuali92,000293
LauraLiberstein77,500294
ANDREASIOAKIMIDES206,000295
JeffRodriguez35,500296
JohnHagberg73,000297
CarlosBolanos104,000298
RichardWhitebrook205,500299
JuanReyes343,500301
MickeyMa35,000302
TriNguyen158,500303
MOISESJATTIN2,000304
RONALDLEVY132,000305
ShravanKulshvestha63,500306
PeterShapiro256,000307
KevinScarola87,500308
LarryKlur180,500309
FRANCISMARGAGLIONE198,500311
DavidMaslowski85,500312
JoseGonzalez283,000313
RyanOlilder338,500314
PatrickQuinn445,500315
JustinGuzman111,000316
AldenBelkin117,500317
DannyAlvarez89,000318
JAMESHAMBURGER45,000319
MichaelPawelek354,500331
JosephPetrolina92,500332
JENNIFERSABUEL79,000333
DANIELDIAMOND134,000334
EvanTeitelbaum52,000335
ThomasKornelchuk121,000336
VendelJohnson135,500337
AlvaroPerez92,500338
MiriamToorgeman104,500339
NofAcosta153,000341
EricRice142,000342
JustenBittman46,000343
ScottShchalk71,500344
WilliamValladain245,000345
JoaquinSosa146,500346
RichardScola53,000347
PinchasChakchakor119,000348
NANCYTHOMAS117,500349
NizarDajani48,500351
MichaelKopjanski389,000352
MICHAELCORBETT224,000353
ShaunGlennon109,000354
MiguelBriganty50,000355
ClaudioKalili79,500356
KennethArnaez189,500357
CarlosCorrea275,000358
IgorKooahian64,000359
JoseCavazos169,500361
SamBorger114,500362
MatlanYehuda117,000363
DavidAlbertson91,000364
AlainCandaces53,000365
OryHen138,500366
TIMSHANE97,000367
DONALDWILLIAMS126,000368
DejanPetkovic78,500369
KevinDubrock185,000383

Event 15: Day 2 Chip Counts

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guarantee | Structure
Returning to Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 143 of 1,297

Flight A: 134 Entries; 16 Advanced
Flight B: 194 Entries, 22 Advanced
Flight C: 208 Entries, 19 Advanced
Flight D: 207 Entries, 25 Advanced
Flight E: 260 Entries, 28 Advanced
Flight F: 294 Entries, 33 Advanced
Day 2: Wednesday at 2pm

RankFirst NameLast NameChip Count
1PatrickQuinn445,500
2MichaelKopjanski389,000
3AngeloMiele365,500
4MichaelPawelek354,500
5JuanReyes343,500
6IrwinBlock339,000
7RyanOlilder338,500
8JeffYarchever336,000
9StuartGreenbaum323,500
10CoryBlum296,000
11AngeloCastaldi288,500
12JoseGonzalez283,000
13DubrevihMicheh275,500
14CarlosCorrea275,000
15PeterShapiro256,000
16MiguelMcDonald250,000
17WilliamValladain245,000
18GiovanniQuintero230,500
19AngelMarnero228,000
20SurmanaramanaNambala226,500
21MICHAELCORBETT224,000
22BruceSmith216,500
23JorgeRamirez216,000
24IrwinCohen213,000
25ANDREASIOAKIMIDES206,000
26RichardWhitebrook205,500
27ChristianPham204,000
28FRANCISMARGAGLIONE198,500
29KennethArnaez189,500
30KevinDubrock185,000
31EngelbonthVarela185,000
32BRIANRAIK181,500
33LarryKlur180,500
34RoyPaulena175,000
35JoseCavazos169,500
36DavidOshry169,500
37DavidPoces161,000
38MICHAELDEPLANCKE159,000
39TonyTran159,000
40TriNguyen158,500
41TyAkbasli156,500
42LucianoNardi156,500
43MatthewKronenberg154,000
44NofAcosta153,000
45NickChiappetta148,500
46CarlosRuzal148,000
47JoaquinSosa146,500
48DimitryAgrachov144,000
49EricRice142,000
50OryHen138,500
51ZACHARYMULLENNIX137,500
52SalimSalem135,500
53VendelJohnson135,500
54DANIELDIAMOND134,000
55ElliottZaydman133,500
56LuisPereira133,000
57RONALDLEVY132,000
58DanAvitsur131,500
59DylanMalcomson126,500
60DONALDWILLIAMS126,000
61DaimanParrish126,000
62KimberlyJones122,500
63ThomasKornelchuk121,000
64HuicunOiao119,500
65PinchasChakchakor119,000
66NANCYTHOMAS117,500
67AldenBelkin117,500
68MatlanYehuda117,000
69RafaelRamos115,500
70SamBorger114,500
71MichaelBucar114,500
72HashemMo114,000
73EphraimUzan113,000
74JeffGottschalk112,000
75JosiasSantos112,000
76JustinGuzman111,000
77StevenFostoff111,000
78AndrewMarcus110,500
79ShaunGlennon109,000
80JohnScigliano107,500
81MiriamToorgeman104,500
82CarlosBolanos104,000
83MikeBeasley104,000
84JeromeCapindin104,000
85YuryShaprio102,500
86MatthewGoldman100,500
87MichaelBarry97,500
88GILLESDALCO97,000
89TIMSHANE97,000
90JairoVelasquez94,500
91JordanKasimow94,000
92AlvaroPerez92,500
93JosephPetrolina92,500
94RonelJuali92,000
95DavidAlbertson91,000
96KurtisRuhl90,000
97DannyAlvarez89,000
98KevinScarola87,500
99JoshuaMiller87,500
100DavidChung87,000
101LukasPribyl87,000
102DavidMaslowski85,500
103JosephHernon84,500
104LeonardClavel84,000
105ArielRosello82,500
106VitoPolera82,500
107ClaudioKalili79,500
108JENNIFERSABUEL79,000
109DejanPetkovic78,500
110LauraLiberstein77,500
111AlejandroArmas76,500
112JohnHagberg73,000
113BradleyYoung73,000
114ScottShchalk71,500
115EuclidZurbaron71,000
116FrankConway71,000
117MiiceBonsignore70,000
118BrettGinosky69,500
119LuisMantilla65,500
120IgorKooahian64,000
121ShravanKulshvestha63,500
122JonLane63,000
123CHARLESJACOBY62,000
124RichardScola53,000
125AlainCandaces53,000
126HallanderPreap53,000
127JeffreyLeone53,000
128EvanTeitelbaum52,000
129NestorTorres51,500
130MiguelBriganty50,000
131DonaldDelancy49,000
132NizarDajani48,500
133CorneliusRogers46,500
134JustenBittman46,000
135HenryMiller45,500
136JAMESHAMBURGER45,000
137PeterFellows41,000
138GavinGowie37,500
139JeffRodriguez35,500
140MickeyMa35,000
141RobertFighera30,500
142AlanGreenstein20,000
143MOISESJATTIN2,000

Will Givens Avenges Early Final Table Exit With a Victory in the $1,100 Turbo

2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 19
$1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo       
Entries: 88
Prize Pool: $88,000
November 27, 2018

Will Givens ships the $1,100 no-limit hold’em turbo

Yesterday, Will Givens had a healthy stack at the final table of the $5,000 no-limit hold’em single-day final table. He busted in eighth after David Peters took most of his stack, picking off Givens’ triple barrel bluff with just second pair.

Less than 24 hours later, Givens redeemed himself. He took down the $1,100 no-limit hold’em turbo event to earn the trophy and $28,380. He defeated Alexander Gofman heads-up to topple the 88-entry field.

From the moment cards got in the air, it seemed like Givens was destined to take it down.

“I ran hot most of the day,” said Givens. “The second hand of the day I doubled up and I was just like ‘Alright, if you get there again, don’t mess it up.’ And it feels good that I got there again because usually when you mess up, you don’t get that opportunity. So it just feels amazing.”

Despite missing out on a six-figure score in yesterday’s event, Givens is just happy that he plugged a leak in his game after one of the world’s best exposed it.

“It’s a big difference with the $143,000 yesterday, but still, I’m just happy that I learned my lesson,” said Givens.

Having ran so hot early in the day, Givens came into the final table with a huge chip lead. And with everybody else so short, it wasn’t long before Givens was heads-up with Gofman for all of the proverbial marbles.

“Literally no joke. I sit down, play a few hands, looked up and we were four-handed,” joked Givens. “It was just a turbo that went fast. It was meant to be.”

With a faster structures, the average stack size shrank quickly and made for mostly preflop push/fold spots. With Givens’ extensive online poker background, the push/fold part of his game is one of his strong suits.

“I just know my shove ranges and call ranges,” said the Denver native. “I made a huge laydown against one person who jammed for 35 percent of my stack. Normally, people will call there, but it just wasn’t worth it because more chips saved are better than chips earned.”

Despite playing the tournament in the Hard Rock ballroom, Givens had flashbacks of his online tournament grind.

“Actually, back in the day, I used to ship a lot of turbos,” said Givens. “It was like I was back at home online back in the day.”

The 88-entry field paid out the top 11 spots, but a double knockout on the bubble allowed Marc MacDonnell and Paul Domb to chop the 11th place payout.

Results:

1st: Will Givens – $28,380
2nd: Alexander Gofman – $17,160
3rd: Patrick Quinn – $10,670
4th: Stephen Song – $7,216
5th: Anthony Utnage – $5,500
6th: Jake Embres – $4,400
7th: James Baune – $3,652
8th: Alberto Rodriguez – $3,080
9th: Darryll Fish – $2,838
10th: Maria Feshchenko – $2,640
11th: Marc MacDonnell – $1,232
12th: Paul Domb – $1,232

Event 15: Payouts Released and $38,687 to the Winner

$150 No-Limit Hold’em Re-Entry
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 8: 400/800
Flight F Entries: 294

There were 294 entries in the sixth and final flight of the $150 no-limit hold’em, which brought the total field size to 1,297 entries and well surpassed the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. It generated a prize pool of $155,640 and the top 81 spots will finish in the money. A min-cash is worth $389, while the winner will walk away with $36,687 on Wednesday night.

Full Details:

2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 15
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 1,297
Prize Pool: $155,640
November 27, 2018

1st: $36,687
2nd: $22,412
3rd: $14,864
4th: $9,961
5th: $6,926
6th: $5,370
7th: $4,124
8th: $3,035
9th: $2,117
10th-12th: $1,525
13th-15th: $1,214
16th-18th: $1,027
19th-27th: $872
28th-36th: $747
37th-45th: $623
46th-54th: $545
55th-63rd: $482
64th-72nd: $436
73rd-81st: $389

Sergio Grosso Wins First Hard Rock Trophy With Seniors Victory

2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 18
$360 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em      
Entries: 122
Prize Pool: $36,600 
November 27, 2018

Sergio Grosso earns $360 seniors title. 

Sergio Grosso claimed the second of three Hard Rock trophies being awarded on Tuesday. Grosso earned his trophy from the Seminole Hard Rock by taking down the 122-entry $360 seniors no-limit hold’em event.

Grosso defeated Marvin Brantley heads-up to earn the title and $10,615.

“It feels great,” said Grosso after his win. “I’ve been at this a long time and it’s nice to win my first seniors event.”

Grosso has scored a couple other wins in his career, including a victory in a Rio Daily Deepstack event during the 2017 World Series of Poker for just shy of $28,000, but it’s the first time he’s earned a title in the senior division.

According to Grosso, he is retired and just enjoying life. He currently resides just outside of Toronto, but traveled down to Florida to play in the $3,500 RRPO WPT Championship event. He’s taking poker as a serious hobby in his life after work, and will be taking more shots at WPT events in the short-term.

He is leaving South Florida tomorrow morning and heading straight to Las Vegas for the next WPT stop at Bellagio.

He’ll get there riding high, going nearly wire-to-wire with the chip lead at the final table. Grosso came into the final table with the chip lead, lost it briefly to David Albertson before regaining it for good.

“I was playing pretty solid the whole time,” said Grosso. “I just kind of popped up for like 15-20 minutes and they just kind of ran into me.”

Grosso won a massive pot to eliminate Albertson in fourth place when he flopped trip queens and got it all in on the turn against Albertson’s pocket sevens. He faded a two-outer on the river and had two-thirds of the chips in play with three players remaining.

Jerome Hyafil busted in third to Brantley before Brantley went heads-up against Grosso.

Brantley put a small dent in Grosso’s heads-up chip lead, but then he rivered a flush after Grosso turned a full house. All the chips got into the middle and Grosso left with the trophy.

Results:

1st: Sergio Grosso – $10,615
2nd: Marvin Brantley – $6,588
3rd: Jerome Hyafil – $3,935
4th: David Albertson – $2,471
5th: Fariborz Zojaji – $1,830
6th: Juan Carlos Diaz – $1,574
7th: Orlando Maldonado – $1,363
8th: Bruce Freedman – $1,208
9th: Nir Peleg – $1,061
10th: Robert Williamson – $933
11th: Alexander Orlov – $933
12th: Tony Guglietti – $933
13th: Neil Blumenfield – $814
14th: Truyen Nguyen – $814
15th: Brian Wilson – $814
16th: Gregory Anda – $714