Event 5: Sagi Zommer Wins in Heads-Up Deal ($44,329)

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
Event #5
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)  
Total Entries: 1,804
Prize Pool: $216,480

Sagi Zommer (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
Sagi Zommer (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

After a long final table in which the average stack was rarely above 20 big blinds, Sagi Zommer won Event 5 in a heads-up deal with Alan Dobrow. The latter collected $35,000 for his runner-up finish, while Zommer took the trophy and the top prize of $44,329.

Zommer is a 43-year-old physical therapist from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was born in Israel, but he’s spent most of his life in the United States, splitting time between his east coast hometown and Silicon Valley. He’s only been playing poker seriously for about two years, and this is by far his largest result on record.

“I was going to be patient and pick my spots,” the champ said of his strategy entering the final table. “Let some of the small stacks take each other out.”

He did just that, treading water for most of the evening and eliminating just one of his nine final table opponents. He entered the heads-up duel against Dobrow facing a significant chip disadvantage, and he initially declined the deal that his opponent offered.

After a brief back-and-forth battle, Zommer found two doubles in quick succession to take the lead, then offered Dobrow the same deal in return. They shook hands and called it a night, with Dobrow seemingly content to settle for second place. Both men showed a remarkable return on their $150 investments.

Alan Dobrow (Melville, NY)
Alan Dobrow (Melville, NY)

“Once we got heads up, I just tried to tire him out,” Zommer said. “And it worked.”

Final Table Results
1st: Sagi Zommer – $44,329
2nd: Alan Dobrow – $35,000
3rd: Fred Allenspach – $20,146
4th: Mike Beasley – $13,638
5th: Zo Karim – $9,417
6th: Salah Levy – $7,252
7th: Jordan Meltzer – $5,520
8th: Steve Fraser – $4,048
9th: David Hass – $2,901

Event 5 Final Results

Event 5: Sagi Zommer Takes the Lead

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 35: 150,000/300,000 with a 50,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,804
Average Stack: 9,025,000 (30 bb)

Both players put 600,000 apiece in the pot preflop, and the dealer spread 4d3h2d. Sagi Zommer moves all in for 6,200,000, and Alan Dobrow called to put him at risk.

Zommer: Js4c
Dobrow: 9h4s

Zommer’s kicker had him in the lead poised for the double. The turn was the disastrous 9d, though, flipping the script and giving Dobrow a big lead with one to come. He was one card from the trophy, but the river reversed things yet again. The Jh peeled off to complete the board, giving Zommer the double-up with jacks up.

Sagi Zommer: 13,700,000 (46 bb)
Alan Dobrow: 4,340,000 (14 bb)

Event 5: Sagi Zommer Doubles Up

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 34: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 1,804
Average Stack: 9,025,000 (36 bb)

Alan Dobrow limped the button, and Sagi Zommer checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came 6s4s4d, and Zommer moved all in for 3,250,000. Dobrow tanked for a bit, then called to put his opponent at risk.

Zommer: 6d2d
Dobrow: AcKd

Zommer was ahead with two pair, and that lead held on the 8h turn and 6h river. He doubled up, closing the gap in the match.

Sagi Zommer – 7,050,000 (28 bb)
Alan Dobrow – 10,990,000 (44 bb)

Event 5: Fred Allenspach – 3rd Place ($20,146)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 34: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 1,804
Average Stack: 6,025,000 (24 bb)

Fred Allenspach (Plantation, FL)
Fred Allenspach (Plantation, FL)

One hand after Mike Beasley’s elimination, Fred Allenspach followed him to the cashier. Allenspach got his last 1,200,000 chips into the middle with KdJh, and Alan Dobrow put him at risk with AcKh. The board ran out 9s8d4d2s4h, and Allenspach was eliminated in third place.

Alan Dobrow and Sagi Zommer are now heads up for the trophy in Event 5.

Alan Dobrow – 13,000,000 (52 bb)
Sagi Zommer – 5,000,000 (20 bb)
Fred Allenspach – Eliminated

Event 5: Mike Beasley – 4th Place ($13,638)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 34: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 1,804
Average Stack: 4,500,000 (18 bb)

Mike Beasley (Hollywood, FL)
Mike Beasley (Hollywood, FL)

Mike Beasley moved all in for about 750,000 on the button, and Sagi Zommer called to put him at risk.

Beasley: Qh5h
Zommer: KsJs

The board ran out KdTd3hJhTs, and Beasley was eliminated in fourth place. “That’s a disappointing finish,” he said has he stood from the table. “Very disappointing.”

Sagi Zommer – 5,000,000 (20 bb)
Mike Beasley – Eliminated

Event 5: Salah Levy – 6th Place ($7,252)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 33: 100,000/200,000 with a 25,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 1,804
Average Stack: 3,000,000 (15 bb)

Salah Levy (Boca Raton, FL)
Salah Levy (Boca Raton, FL)

Salah Levy moved all in for 1,800,000, and Alan Dobrow re-shoved, isolating his opponent and flipping for the knockout.

Levy: AsKs
Dobrow: JsJc

The AhTd9d flop gave Levy a big lead with top pair. The turn was the Kc, giving Dobrow extra outs with an open-ender. The river was the Jh, and Levy celebrated briefly before realizing the bad news. It took Dobrow a moment, as well. “Oh,” the latter realized after a moment. “Oh, I think I hit trips. Oh my god.”

Dobrow did indeed make trip jacks on the river, eliminating Levy in sixth place.

Alan Dobrow – 6,800,000 (34 bb)
Salah Levy – Eliminated

Event 5: Updated Chip Counts

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 33: 100,000/200,000 with a 25,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 1,804
Average Stack: 3,000,000 (15 bb)

The players just returned from what will likely be the final break of the evening. Here’s how they stack up at the new level:

Alan Dobrow – 5,275,000 (26 bb)
Mike Beasley – 3,000,000 (15 bb)
Sagi Zommer – 2,975,000 (15 bb)
Zo Karim – 2,400,000 (12 bb)
Salah Levy – 2,325,000 (12 bb)
Fred Allenspach – 2,025,000 (10 bb)

Event 5: Jordan Meltzer – 7th Place ($5,520)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 32: 75,000/150,000 with a 25,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,804
Average Stack: 2,575,000 (17 bb)

Jordan Meltzer (La Crosse, WI)
Jordan Meltzer (La Crosse, WI)

Under the gun, Mike Beasley moved all in for 710,000. Jordan Meltzer called in the small blind, and big blind Alan Dobrow said, “Well, I call too.” He joined the pot to create action on the side.

The flop was 9s5d4d, and Meltzer moved all in for 1,020,000. Dobrow called again, putting both opponents at risk. “Two overcards and a flush draw?” Beasley asked hopefully.

Beasley: 8d8c (pair of eights)
Meltzer: TdTh (pair of tens)
Dobrow: AdKh (two overcards)

The turn was the Ks, giving Dobrow a big lead with a pair of kings. He was one card from the double knockout, but the river brought salvation for one of his opponents. The 8s peeled off the deck, and Beasley celebrated the winning set of eights. He won the main pot, tripling up into third place. Dobrow won the side pot, earning a small profit on the exchange.

Meltzer was eliminated in eighth place, earning more than $5,000 on his $150 investment.

Mike Beasley – 2,330,000 (16 bb)
Alan Dobrow – 5,375,000 (36 bb)
Jordan Meltzer – Eliminated

Event 5: Steve Fraser – 8th Place ($4,048)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 32: 75,000/150,000 with a 25,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,804
Average Stack: 2,255,000 (15 bb)

Steve Fraser (Jacksonville Beach, FL)
Steve Fraser (Jacksonville Beach, FL)

Steve Fraser moved all in for 680,000 in early position, and Alan Dobrow called to put him at risk.

Fraser: KdQs
Dobrow: AdJc

The board ran out Th6c3hJd8d, and Fraser could not catch up. Dobrow won the pot with a pair of jacks, sending Fraser to the exit in eighth place.

Alan Dobrow – 5,100,000 (34 bb)
Steve Fraser – Eliminated

Event 5: Jordan Meltzer Doubles Through Mike Beasley

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 32: 75,000/150,000 with a 25,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,804
Average Stack: 2,255,000 (15 bb)

Mike Beasley opened to 300,000 in early position, and Jordan Meltzer defended his big blind. The flop came 6s5s5d, and Meltzer moved all in for 515,000. Beasley quickly called, putting his opponent at risk.

Melzter: Js9s
Beasley: AcTc

Beasley was ahead for the moment, but the turn Jd and river 9h saved Meltzer’s tournament life. He made jacks up, doubling up and putting Beasley on the short stack.

Jordan Meltzer – 1,905,000 (13 bb)
Mike Beasley – 555,000 (4 bb)