Event 11: Patrick Eskandar Takes Bounty Title Back To California

2016 Rock n’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino 
Hollywood, FL 
Event 11: $1,650 No Limit Hold’em Bounty (Single Re-Entry) 
Entries: 126
Prize Pool: $126,000 + $63,000 in bounties 
November 27-28, 2016 

Patrick Eskandar Takes Home Bounty Trophy
Patrick Eskandar Takes Home Bounty Trophy

Patrick Eskandar made his way to South Florida all the way from Southern California. With the 2016 Rock n’ Roll Poker Open nearing a close, Eskandar will be making the long flight back across the country, but he’ll be making the trek with some hardware in his luggage.

Eskandar took down the $1,650 no limit hold’em bounty tournament on Monday evening in a heads-up chop with Tom Nguyen. He topped a field of 126 players to take home the trophy and $35,642.

Eskandar eliminated three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Brian Hastings to give him a big chip lead against Nguyen as heads-up play was about to begin. Eskandar offered up a deal and after a few minutes of negotiation, they reached an agreement and Eskandar took the title.

“It feels great,” said Eskandar. “It was the tail end of the main and it was good to have a little recovery there and walk away with a pretty cool little trophy.”

Eskandar owns and operates medical clinics in his home state of California and he spends most of his free time traveling around playing poker tournaments against the best players he can find.

“I like to play some of the bigger events and wrestle with the pros,” said Eskandar. “It’s always fun to get on their turf and just punch through a little bit. You take some beatings, but every once in a while you punch them out.”

It wasn’t any different in this event for Eskandar. He had to punch through a very tough field and a final tabled that featured Hastings, Stephen Chidwick, Adam Geyer, James Dorrance, and Paul Balzano.

“It was definitely having to dodge a lot of sticky situations and a lot of really good players,” said Eskandar of the field he beat. “I just had to find some spots and get in there and chip up. I was able to find a few good spots and finally took it down.”

Eskandar was also able to take advantage of the bounty aspect of the tournament. For each player knocked out, the winner of the hand earns an extra $500. The bounty format gave Eskandar a little bit of an edge and some added entertainment.

“It definitely makes it fun,” said Eskandar. “You definitely may jump into a couple of pots that you wouldn’t normally play. Or you may realize that some people are taking advantage of that and punish them for it.

“And actually, that helped me quite a bit. There were like two spots where I knew two people were just going for the bounty and I was able to show some strength and win some pots and takes the bounty as well.”

Here is a look at the results:

1st: Patrick Eskandar – $35,642
2nd: Tom Nguyen – $29,500
3rd: Brian Hastings – $15,624
4th: Raffaello Locatelli – $11,214
5th: Stephen Chidwick – $8,190
6th: Derek Bowers – $6,300
7th: Richard Geyer – $4,914
8th: James Dorrance – $3,654
9th: Aaron Massey – $3,024
10th: Paul Balzano – $2,646
11th: Mike Poss – $2,646
12th: Alexander Ziskin – $2,646

Event 11: Patrick Eskandar Takes Trophy In Heads-Up Deal

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry) 
Level 23: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 126

Patrick Eskandari
Patrick Eskandari

Patrick Eskandar and Tom Nguyen have reached a deal and will chop this event before heads-up play begins. Eskandar had the chip lead and will take home $35,642 and the trophy. Nguyen will earn $29,500 for his second place finish.

A recap will be posted later tonight.

Tom Nguyen
Tom Nguyen

Event 11: Brian Hastings Eliminated in 3rd Place ($15,624)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 126

Brian Hastings
Brian Hastings

Patrick Eskandar completed from the small blind, and Brian Hastings checked his option in the big.

The flop was Ks6d4h. Eskandar checked, Hastings bet 20,000, and Eskandar called. The turn was the Qs, and Eskandar quickly moved all in. Hastings had just less than 300,000 chips left in front of him, and he eventually called to put himself at risk.

Eskandar: Qd4c (queens up)
Hastings: Kd7c (pair of kings)

The river was the 2s, and Eskandar won the pot with two pair, eliminating Hastings in third place.

Eskandar is now heads-up with Tom Nguyen for the trophy in Event 11.

Patrick Eskandar – 910,000 (91 bb)
Tom Nguyen – 600,000 (60 bb)
Brian Hastings – Eliminated in 3rd place ($15,624)

Event 11: Tom Nguyen Doubles Through Brian Hastings

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 126

Brian Hastings raised to 25,000 in the small blind, and Tom Nguyen three-bet to 100,000 in the big blind. Hastings shoved, and Nguyen called all in for 293,000 to put himself at risk.

Hastings: AcQd
Nguyen: 6c6h

The board ran out Td9d8s7dQh, and Nguyen doubled up with a ten-high straight.

Tom Nguyen – 589,000 (59 bb)
Brian Hastings – 400,000 (40 bb)

Event 11: Brian Hastings Doubles Through Tom Nguyen

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty (Single Re-Entry)
Level 22: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 126

Brian Hastings completed in the small blind, Tom Nguyen raised to 25,000 in the big blind, and Hastings called.

The flop was 9c2d2h. Hastings checked, Nguyen continued for 20,000, and Hastings check-raised to 55,000. Nguyen called. The turn was the 3h, and Nguyen called another 65,000. The river was the Tc, and Hastings moved all in for 174,000. Nguyen called to put him at risk.

Hastings showed 2c3d for treys full, and Nguyen exposed his AdJd as he paid off Hastings’ double.

Brian Hastings – 641,000 (64 bb)
Tom Nguyen – 495,000 (50 bb)