Event 22: Sergio Braga Wins After Heads-Up Chop

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 22
$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries: 57
Prize Pool: $19,380
December 2, 2019

Sergio Braga
Event 22 Champion Sergio Braga

Event 22 of the 2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open, a $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry), drew 57 entries and a prize pool for $19,380.

A heads-up chop was agreed upon by Sergio Braga and Harry Eisenberg, and as the chip leader it was Braga who officially won his first Seminole Hard Rock trophy.

*1st:  Sergio Braga – $5,283+ RRPO Trophy
*2nd:  Harry Eisenberg – $5,282
3rd:  Stephen Reid – $2,815
4th:  Peter Shonk – $1,955
5th:  Brenda Eskridge – $1,415
6th:  Lazaro Rodriguez – $1,070
7th:  Brian Foellner – $850
8th:  Steven Worr – $710

*denotes heads-up chop

Event 22: Final Table Lineup

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 15:  4,000/8,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  9 of 57

The $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 tournament made the final table with nine remaining but only eight of them will make some money. They will continue later into the evening until we have our OE champ.

Seat 1: Stephen Reid – 19,500
Seat 2: “Detroit” Al Green – 30,000
Seat 3: Sergio Braga – 185,000
Seat 4: Peter Shonk – 139,500
Seat 5: Harry Eisenberg – 105,000
Seat 6: Brian Foellner – 42,000
Seat 7: Brenda Eskridge – 45,500
Seat 8: Steven Worr – 30,000
Seat 9: Lazaro Rodriguez – 84,000

Payouts:

1st: $6,340 + RRPO Trophy
2nd: $4,225
3rd: $2,815
4th: $1,955
5th: $1,415
6th: $1,070
7th: $850
8th: $710

Event 22: Prize Pool and Payouts with $6,340 to the OE Champ

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 10:  1,200/2,400 Limits

The $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 registration closed and Event 22 drew 57 entries to the split-pot mixed game. They created a prize pool worth $19,380 and the last eight spots will be paid out. A min-cash will earn $710 while the winner will take home $6,340 and the RRPO trophy.

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 22
$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries: 57
Prize Pool: $19,380
December 2, 2019

1st: $6,340 + RRPO Trophy
2nd: $4,225
3rd: $2,815
4th: $1,955
5th: $1,415
6th: $1,070
7th: $850
8th: $710

Event 22: Mixed Split Pots

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1:  100/200 Limits

The non-Hold’em portion of the RRPO schedule continues this afternoon with a $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 mixed game in the Seminole Ballroom. They will switch up the games every eight hands and our champion will have to show skill in both games to take the title.

Players will start with 12,000 stacks and all levels will last 30 minutes long. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 and players may re-enter as often as needed during that time.

Since this is another one-day tournament, we will award another RRPO trophy this evening.

  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 22 Structure Sheet

RRPO Day 13 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 21 Day 1A – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 21 Structure Sheet

12PM: Day 3 – $3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)

12PM: Event 22 – $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 22 Structure Sheet

1PM: Event 20 Day 2 – $5,000 Eight-Handed NLH (Re-Entry)

1PM: Day 1 – $25,500 RRPO High Roller (Re-Entry)

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 100,000 in chips
  • Levels last 40 minutes; Final table levels last 60 minutes
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 10
  • Day 1 will end when 8 players remain or Tournament Director discretion
  • High Roller Structure Sheet

2PM: Event 24 – $1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 40-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 24 Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 21 Day 1B – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 21 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 25 – $2,200 Six-Max Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 25 Structure Sheet

7PM: Event 21 Day 1C – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 21 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 66 – $140 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1,100 RRPO Event 24 OR 27
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 66 Structure Sheet

10AM: Event 67 – $2,625 High Roller Super Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $1 Million GTD RRPO High Roller
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 10-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 8
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 67 Structure Sheet

Complete 2019 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock N Roll” Poker Open Schedule

$1,100/$500K: Keith Brennan Defeats Cangir Elcin Outright

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 22
$1,100 SHRPO Big 4 Event (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 537
Prize Pool: $537,000
August 12-13, 2019

Keith Brennan

After a speedy final table, under five hours of play, Keith Brennan took down the Event 22 $1,100 SHRPO Big 4 No Limit Hold’em title. Brennan secured took the biggest piece of the $537,000 prize pool with his first place finish earning $104,035 as well as a prestigious guitar pick trophy.

Event 22 boasted a field of 537 entries surpassing the $500,000 guarantee. The top 68 took home at least $1,480 for their efforts. The starting field contained the usual suspects such as Benjamin Zamani, Marvin Rettenmaier, Mohsin Charania, Tony Miles, Mukul Pahuja, Jerry Wong, Steve Karp, Loni Harwood, and Mark Dube, all of whom finished in the money.

Day 1 moved fast playing to the final table. Here’s a look at how they stacked up overnight heading to Tuesday’s Big 4 finale:

Seat 1: Jack Duong – 2,395,000 (79 bb)
Seat 2: Cangir Elcin – 3,040,000 (101 bb)
Seat 3: David Castranova – 835,000 (27 bb)
Seat 4: Keith Brennan – 865,000 (27 bb)
Seat 5: Gary Leibovitz – 910,000 (30 bb)
Seat 6: Corey Hochman – 670,000 (22 bb)
Seat 7: John Michalak – 865,000 (27 bb)
Seat 8: Mario De La Puente – 795,000 (26 bb)
Seat 9:  Brock Wilson – 365,000 (12 bb)

Brennan came into the final table in the middle of the pack with Turkey native Cangir Elcin leading the way. Poker pro Brock Wilson was the shortest stack, but quickly doubled through Jack Duong when he spiked a set with pocket nines to crack pocket jacks.

First to be eliminated was David Castranova ($10,350) when his top pair got defeated by Jack Duong’s two-pair on the river. Next to go was Corey Hochman ($13,545), when his pocket aces were cracked by Cangir Elicin who made a straight on the turn with queen-nine. Elicin added to his chip lead stacking over 4,600,000.

Brock Wilson, turned his short stack into a seventh place score worth $17,030. Wilson got it in good with Ace Jack versus John Michalak’s King Seven. Wilson flopped a Jack but Michalak ran out a straight to eliminate Wilson.

Cangir Elcin took out the sixth place finisher Mario De La Puente ($20,540) with two-pair when De La Puente missed his straight draw. Elcin extended his chip lead to over 5,700,000 with that hand.

It was the eventual champion’s turn to do some dirty work when Brennan’s pocket tens held against WSOP Bracelet Winner Jack Duong’s pocket fours. Brennan had over 2,300,000 and was gaining ground on Elcin. Duong took home $24,935.

After a few double ups Gary Leibovitz became the fourth place finisher, earning a  $32,550 pay day. Chip leader Elcin’s king high held against Leibovitz’s queen high to send it to three-handed play.

Brennan scored a big double up through Elcin when his pocket three’s held against Elcin’s Ace King. Elcin still had a decent lead, but it was short lived. Brennan shoved over a big bet of Elcin a few hands later to take the lead for the first time.

Brennan went on a roll after that and at one point the three-handed counts looked like this:

Seat 2: Cangir Elcin – 1,350,000
Seat 4: Keith Brennan – 8,215,000
Seat 7: John Michalak – 2,355,000

John Michalak wound up being the third place finisher at the hands of Elcin when his Ace Queen fell to Elcin’s Jack Five. Michalak’s third place finish was good for $46,400.

Cangir Elcin (left) versus Keith Brennan (right)

Heads up play started with Brennan holding an over 4 to 1 lead:

Seat 2: Cangir Elcin – 2,020,000
Seat 4: Keith Brennan – 8,730,000

It didn’t take long for Brennan to come out on top. He found Ace Jack against Elcin’s pocket nines. In typical crazy poker fashion there was a jack in the window followed by the nine, giving Elcin a set. The turn, an ace, made things interesting. The river was just what Brennan was looking for, another ace. He ended up with a higher full house to eliminate Elcin in second place and become the $1,100 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em Champion.

The Irish poker pro, hailing from Ashbourne, said he made the trip over seas to play here at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino at the recommendation of a few friends.

Final Table Results:

1st Place: Keith Brennan – $104,035 + Trophy
2nd Place: Cangir Elcin –  $72,285
3rd Place: John Michalak – $46,400
4th Place: Gary Leibovitz – $32,550
5th Place: Jack Duong – $24,935
6th Place: Mario De La Puente –  $20,540
7th Place: Brock Wilson – $17,030
8th Place: Corey Hochman –  $13,545
9th Place: David Castranova – $10,350

$1,100/$500K: Keith Brennan Wins ($104,305), Cangir Elcin – 2nd Place ($72,285)

$1,100 SHRPO Big 4 Event (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 29: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Remaining Players: 1 of 537

Keith Brennan raised to 145,000 preflop from the button, and Cangir Elcin reraised all in. Brennan called to cover him, and they tabled their cards.

Brennan: AsJd
Elcin: 9d9c

Board: Jc9s3cAcAd

Elcin was eliminated in second place, good for $72,285, and Brennan wins the top prize worth $104,305 along with the SHRPO trophy.

 

$1,100/$500K: John Michalak – 3rd Place ($46,400)

$1,100 SHRPO Big 4 Event (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 29: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Remaining Players: 2 of 537

John Michalak

John Michalak moved all in preflop for 450,000 from the small blind, and Cangir Elcin called to cover him. The two players then flipped over their cards.

Elcin: Jc5h
Michalak: AcQc

Board: Jh7h2c3dJd

Michalak was eliminated in third place, good for $46,400, and Elcin stacked up 2.02 million after the hand.