Poker Open

$10K/$500K: Joseph Orsino Doubles Up Again

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Remaining Players: 3  of 117

Joseph Orsino raised all in preflop for 205,000 from the small blind, and James Romero called to cover him from the big blind. The two players then flipped over their cards.

Orsino: 9d7s
Romero: Ad4h

Board: Ks10c7d7h3d

Orsino doubled up to survive with 410,000, and Romero was down to 175,000 after the hand.

$10K/$500K: Joseph Orsino Doubles Up Again

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Remaining Players: 3  of 117

Joseph Orsino moved all in for 210,000 preflop, and Stephen Song called to cover him. The two players then turned over their cards.

Orsino: AcKc
Song: 2s2c

Board: Ks6d4hQh4s

Orsino doubled up to survive with 430,000, and Song held 1.5 million after the hand.

$10K/$500K: Matas Cimbolas – 4th Place ($78,060)

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Remaining Players: 3  of 117

Matas Cimbolas moved all in for 225,000 from the button, and Stephen Song called to cover him from the big blind. The two players then flipped over their cards.

Song: AdQd
Cimbolas: QcJc

Board: Q-J-4-9-A

Cimbolas was eliminated in fourth place, good for $78,060, and Song stacked up 1.7 million after the hand.

$10K/$500K: Joseph Orsino Doubles Up

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Remaining Players: 4  of 117

Joseph Orsino moved all in preflop for 110,000 under the gun, and Stephen Song called to cover him from the big blind. The two players then flipped over their cards.

Song: 9s9h
Orsino: Ad6s

Board: AhQs7s5hQc

Orsino doubled up to survive with 260,000, and Song held 1.38 million after the hand.

$10K/$500K: Noah Schwartz – 5th Place ($58,970)

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Remaining Players: 4  of 117

Noah Schwartz

Stephen Song opened to 30,000 from the cutoff and Noah Schwartz defended his big blind.

The flop came KhKd2h, Schwartz checks and Song bet 20,000. Schwartz called. The turn was the Jc, Schwartz checked and Song bet 60,000. Schwartz called.

The river was the 9h, Schwartz checked and Song put him in for 155,000 effective.

Schwartz called with AcJs for two-pair, but was no good against Song’s Ks2d full house.

Stephen Song – 1,430,000 (72 bb)
Noah Schwartz – Eliminated in 5th Place ($58,970)

$10K/$500K: Sam Gorsfield – 6th Place ($48,860)

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Remaining Players: 5  of 117

Sam Gorsfield

Sam Gorsfield moved all in for 115,000 from the button and Noah Schwartz called from the big blind. Gorsfield tabled 6s6c and was flipping against Schwartz’s Ac10c.

The board came out Qs4d2sAdJh and Schwartz wound up with a pair of aces to eliminate Gorsfield.

Noah Schwartz – 225,000 (15 bb)
Sam Gorsfield – Eliminated in 6th Place ($48,860)

$10K/$500K: John Dollinger – 7th Place ($42,120)

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Remaining Players: 6  of 117

John Dollinger

John Dollinger moved all in for 190,000 from the button and Stephen Song called from the big blind.

It was a coin flop as Dollinger tabled AdJh against Song’s 5c5s.

The board came 10s7d5h9hKs and Song wound up with a set of fives to eliminate Dollinger.

Stephen Song – 1,225,000 (82 bb)
John Dollinger – Eliminated in 7th Place ($42,120)

$2,650/$1M: Jessica Dawley Earns Title In Epic Heads-Up Battle

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 21
$2,650 No-Limit Hold’em 
$1,000,000 Guaranteed 
Entries: 385 
Prize Pool: $1,000,000 
August 11-13, 2019

Jessica Dawley won the $2,650 no-limit hold’em

(Hollywood, Florida) — Jessica Dawley hit the $1,000,000 mark in career earnings in style with a Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Big 4 Trophy. The South Florida poker pro and Air Force veteran won the $2,650 no-limit hold’em single re-entry Tuesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. After a nearly five-hour heads-up battle with Faraz Jaka, Dawley emerged victorious from the 385-entry field, taking home the trophy and $204,610. Jaka earned $142,610 for his runner-up finish.

The score was Dawley’s biggest of her career, besting her $130,230 win from the 2018 ladies event at the World Series of Poker. She not only posted a personal best but now has seven-figures in earnings, a benchmark she knew she was close to coming into the final table.

“Actually, going into the series, a buddy of mine and me were neck-and-neck in total earnings, and I was like ‘I just need a $200K score and then I’ll be over the $1 million-mark and I’ll pass you,'” said Dawley after the tournament. “So that was definitely my goal, for sure.”

Dawley came into the final table third in chips but was struggling to stay alive on Day 2. She was down to just five big blinds during the tournament’s penultimate day before hitting a rush of cards before the money and finishing with piles of chips.

“So many people, when they get short, let’s say five to seven big blinds, they think it’s game over and will punt it in,” said Dawley. “But the thing is, is that it’s all relative to what the other stack sizes are. If you have five big blinds and someone else has 95, of course, you are going to feel defeated. But if the other stack is like 20 bigs, then calling off five bigs is a lot for them. That’s kind of what happened yesterday. I just picked my spots and built my stack up.”

The rungood carried into Day 3 for Dawley. She chipped up early, knocked out Jake Daniels in eighth-place, and was the chip leader with five players left.

“Today, it was like the dream scenario,” said Dawley. “I had the cards at the right times and when I had bluffs, I wasn’t getting picked off. So I was real happy with how everything turned out.”

Dawley and Jaka dominated the early portions of a talented final table that featured Raj Vohra, Justin Zaki, and Jordan Cristos. The two pulled away from the pack and were heads-up just four hours into the day.

That’s when the battle really began. The two traded blows for nearly five levels. Jaka held the experience edge, but the cards went Dawley’s way. She pulled ahead early and despite Jaka putting a few dents in her stack, she never relinquished the lead.

“He definitely has more experience over the course of his career playing heads-up in these high-equity spots,” said Dawley. “But I don’t really get nervous at all, so for me, I just told myself don’t bloat any pots and don’t get out of line.”

Eventually, Dawley’s ace-two outflopped Jaka’s pocket eights and she won her first Hard Rock trophy.

Final Table Results:

1st: Jessica Dawley – $204,610
2nd: Faraz Jaka – $142,880
3rd: Nicholas Zautra – $91,690
4th: Philip Rigby – $61,090
5th: Raj Vohra – $46,890
6th: Justin Zaki – $38,790
7th: Jordan Cristos – $32,490
8th: Jake Daniels – $26,240
9th: Thai Ha – $20,460

$10K/$500K: Wesom Abdallah – 8th Place ($37,065)

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Remaining Players: 7  of 117

Wesom Abdallah shoved from early position and James Romero reshoved from the small blind. The rest of the table folded and it was heads up with Abdallah’s 9d8d in bad shape against Romero’s 8s8c.

The board ran out Ks10c3s4dJs and Romero’s pocket eights held to score the knock out.

James Romero – 285,000
Wesom Abdallah – Eliminated in 8th Place ($37,065)