2016 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Prize Pool: $15,045
November 29, 2016
David Prociak is making a habit out of leaving the Hollywood Hard Rock with a trophy in his possession.
During the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open last August, Prociak won a Pot Limit Omaha title and he added a second Hard Rock trophy to his collection on Tuesday night by taking down the $300 HORSE event.
Prociak topped a field of 59 players to earn $4,663 and the hardware.
“I love these trophies,” said Prociak about the new addition to his trophy case. “It’s a good way to end the series. I think it might have gotten me even for the series, so it came in a pretty timely manner.”
This is just another proverbial notch on the belt for the Orlando native. Previous to his win in August, Prociak won a bracelet in the $1,500 seven card stud hi-lo event at the World Series of Poker this past summer.
He spent his time in the desert playing and learning lots of games besides No Limit Hold’em. He takes pride in his ability to be good at a wide variety of poker variants.
“I play all the games,” said Prociak. “When I was in Vegas, I started playing all the mixed games. I feel confident that I can play all the games. When I won the bracelet in stud hi-lo, everybody was laughing at me and asking ‘What are you doing playing stud hi-lo?’ I don’t know. It’s fun.”
Prociak is obviously competent in seven card stud hi-lo, but it was a hand early on at the final table in that variant that left him very short.
“I got involved in a three-way pot where I made a straight to the seven in stud hi-lo, but my opponent hit the perfect card on the river and scooped a big pot,” said Prociak.
Prociak was in a three-way pot against Robert Campbell and Peter Cleven. Cleven rivered a flush and a better low to scoop the massive pot and leave Prociak very short.
Prociak was one of the shortest stacks at the table at hat point, but he was able to steadily climb back up the leaderboard and take a massive chip lead with four players remaining.
“I got lucky in a pot to double up,” said Prociak about a hand just after he got scooped by Cleven. “From there, I just tried to build it up as quick as I could. I knew the blinds were going up fast.”
Once Prociak rebounded from his tough beat by Cleven, it was smooth sailing. He got heads-up with David May and it didn’t take long for Prociak to finish off May and take home the trophy.
Here are a look at the results:
1st: David Prociak – $4,663
2nd: David May – $3,310
3rd: Robert Campbell – $2,106
4th: Peter Cleven – $1,505 5th: Eric Rivkin – $1,204
6th: Brandon Berkenfeld – $903
7th: Dan Chambers – $752
8th: Sandy Sanchez – $602