Event 7: Harold Mahaffey Takes Lion’s Share of Three-Way Chop in $570 NLH/PLO

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
Event #7
$570 No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha (Single Re-Entry)
Total Entries: 94
Total Prize Pool: $28,200

Harold Mahaffey Earns The Trophy and $6,981 Event 7
Harold Mahaffey Earns The Trophy and $6,981 Event 7

Harold Mahaffey made his way down to South Florida specifically for two tournaments – the $300 HORSE and the $570 No Limit Hold’em / Pot Limit Omaha.

The 53-year-old business owner from South Carolina made the most of those two tournaments. After a fourth place finish in the HORSE on Monday evening, Mahaffey came back on Tuesday for the only other event he planned on playing.

More than 12 hours of poker, Mahaffey took $6,981 and a trophy back to his hometown of Anderson, South Carolina after besting a field of 94 players and earning the win in a three-way chop.

“It feels wonderful,” said Mahaffey of the win. “I got lucky with one hand with quad tens and got paid off for it. I pretty much kept the chip lead from then on.”

Mahaffey flopped quad tens in Pot Limit Omaha with two tables remaining. He got all in on the turn against both opponents and had one players full house and the other’s flush drawing dead.

He never relinquished the chip lead and was able to outlast the rest of the field all the way down to a chop with Bradley Young and Cesar Fuentes.

“The structure was fairly good,” said Mahaffey. “I was able to keep around 700,000 the whole time and I was never really below that number. I was able to have chips to play and just be patient.

“I’m leaving in the morning and to be lucky enough to final table both of them and to win one of them is wonderful.”

Mahaffey’s entrepreneurial ventures have allowed both him and his wife Renea the freedom to travel around playing poker tournaments.

“We own our own businesses and have been our own bosses for about 22 years,” said Mahaffey. “We travel around a good bit playing poker.”

Having a poker playing wife has been good for Mahaffey. He even owes her a bit of the credit for his win at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

“She’s actually the one who taught me how to play Pot Limit Omaha,” said Mahaffey with a laugh.

Here is a look at the results:

1st: Harold Mahaffey – $6,981
2nd: Bradley Young – $6,821
3rd: Cesar Fuentes – $4,809
4th: Schneur Borenstein – $2,538
5th: Jon Brody – $1,974
6th: Marc Levy – $1,692
7th: Mark Gaudino – $1,410
8th: Asher Conniff – $1,128
9th: Barry Gallaher – $846

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Event 7: Harold Mahaffey Wins in Three-Way Chop ($6,981)

$570 Double Black Chip Bounty NLH/PLO
Level 22: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 94

Harold Mahaffey
Harold Mahaffey

After several minutes of discussing a deal, the final three players have decided to chop up the remaining prize money.

Harold Mahaffey has the chip lead and will get credit for the win. He takes home $6,981 for the win. Bradley Young finishes in second place and earns $6,821, while Cesar Fuentes takes home $4,809 for a third place finish.

A complete recap will be posted later tonight.

Bradley Young
Bradley Young
Cesar Fuentes
Cesar Fuentes

Event 7: Schneur Borenstein Eliminated in 4th Place ($2,538)

$570 Double Black Chip Bounty NLH/PLO
Level 21: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 94

Schneur Borenstein
Schneur Borenstein

Pot Limit Omaha 

Harold Mahaffey limped in on the button and Schneur Borenstein potted it to 40,000 out of the small blind. Cesar Fuentes folded his big blind and Mahaffey called.

The flop was KhQs4h and Borenstein moved all in for about 60,000. Mahaffey called.

Borenstein showed AdKs9c5c and was up against Mahaffey’s JdTc6s5s.

The turn was the was the Ac, giving Mahaffey Broadway. The river was the 3h and Mahaffey’s straight bests Borenstein’s two pair.

Borenstein was eliminated in fourth place and took home $2,538 for his final table appearance, while Mahaffey gets back some of what he lost in Fuentes’ double up.

Harold Mahaffey – 800,000
Schneur Borenstein – Eliminated 

Event 7: Cesar Fuentes Doubles Through Harold Mahaffey

$570 Double Black Chip Bounty NLH/PLO
Level 21: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 94

Pot Limit Omaha 

Harold Mahaffey raised under the gun and Schneur Borenstein called on the button. Cesar Fuentes potted it out of the small blind and Mahaffey put in another raise and Fuentes got his last 139,000 into the middle.

Fuentes showed AdQhJd8h and was up against Mahaffey’s KsKd8c6c.

The board ran out AhTd8sQc9s and Fuentes shipped a double up.

Cesar Fuentes – 300,000
Harold Mahaffey – 685,000

Event 7: Cesar Fuentes Doubles Through Bradley Young

$570 Double Black Chip Bounty NLH/PLO
Level 21: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 94

Cesar Fuentes moved all in for about 75,000 under the gun, and Bradley Young called from the button, putting Fuentes at risk.

Fuentes: QcQd
Young: 6s6h

The board ran out AcJc7dJd7h, and Fuentes doubled up with queens up.

Cesar Fuentes – 170,000 (17 bb)
Bradley Young – 380,000 (38 bb)