After Several Near-Misses, Phil Rigby Finally Wins a Seminole Hard Rock Trophy in the Seniors Event

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 8
$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Entries:  155
Prize Pool:  $52,700
January 13, 2020

Event 8 Champion Phil Rigby
Event 8 Champion Phil Rigby

Phil Rigby has a couple of big SHRPO final tables on his resume, finishing ninth in a Big 4 event in 2017, and fourth in another Big 4 event last year. But Monday he finally won his first Seminole Hard Rock trophy, outlasting a field of 155 to win the Seniors event.

“I’ve been close a few times,” said Rigby. “It’s been overdue.”

Three-handed play lasted a very long time, and there was talk of a deal at one point, but Rigby shut it down because he wasn’t the chipleader, and wouldn’t get the win — and the trophy.

“The trophy was more important for me in a tournament like this,” said Rigby. “It’s not huge, life-changing money, so I wanted the chance to win the trophy.”

Three-handed play continued for a surprisingly long time, and the final three players eventually agreed to a deal. Since Rigby had the chip lead this time, he was declared the winner, receiving both the title and the trophy.

And not just any trophy — a Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood trophy.

“I love this place. They do a great job.” said Rigby. “I live in Belize predominantly, but I come here for every series. Everything they’ve put on has been great over the years, and it just gets better and better and better.”


Final Results:

1st:  Phil Rigby  –  $10,689* + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Bruce Gans  –  $9,453*
3rd:  Yvonne McQuillan  –  $8,627*
4th:  Greg Spinder  –  $3,294
5th:  Harvey Bruce Freedman  –  $2,543
6th:  Jill Pike  –  $2,108
7th:  Richard Whitebrook  –  $1,831
8th:  David Albertson  –  $1,644
9th:  Greg Rosen  –  $1,417

* Indicates a three-way deal.

Seniors: Phil Rigby Wins in a Three-Way Deal with Bruce Gans and Yvonne McQuillan

$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 155

Phil Rigby
Seniors Champion Phil Rigby

The final three players return from break to begin Level 22, with increased blinds of 10,000-20,000 with a 20,000 ante. Here are their official chip counts from the break:

Seat 1.  Bruce Gans  –  575,000  (29 bb)
Seat 2.  Yvonne McQuillan  –  730,000  (37 bb)
Seat 3.  Phil Rigby  –  555,000  (28 bb)

Yvonne McQuillan
Yvonne McQuillan

About halfway thru the level, Phil Rigby had taken the lead with more than a million in chips, and he raised from the button to 20,000. Yvonne McQuillan moved all in from the big blind for 195,000, and Rigby thought for a while before he called with 3h3c.

McQuillan turned over Ks10h, and she needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 10s8d5h7d4d, and McQuillan paired her ten on the flop to win the pot and double up in chips.

Yvonne McQuillan  –  420,000  (21 bb)
Phil Rigby  –  830,000  (42 bb)

Bruce Gans
Bruce Gans

They played thru the end of that level and into Level 23 (15K-25K) before agreeing to a three-way ICM deal. These were the official chip counts at that point.

1.  Phil Rigby  –  845,000  (34 bb)
2.  Bruce Gans  –  575,000  (23 bb)
3.  Yvonne McQuillan  –  440,000  (18 bb)

And here are the adjusted final table payouts to reflect their deal:

1st:  Phil Rigby  –  $10,689* + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Bruce Gans  –  $9,453*
3rd:  Yvonne McQuillan  –  $8,627*
4th:  Greg Spinder  –  $3,294
5th:  Harvey Bruce Freedman  –  $2,543
6th:  Jill Pike  –  $2,108
7th:  Richard Whitebrook  –  $1,831
8th:  David Albertson  –  $1,644
9th:  Greg Rosen  –  $1,417

Stay tuned for a recap from this event to be posted later tonight.

*Indicates three-way deal.

Seniors: Greg Spinder – 4th Place ($3,294)

$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 155

Greg Spinder
Greg Spinder

With the board showing Kc9s6s4s on the turn, Greg Spinder checked the big blind, Yvonne McQuillan went all in from the button for more than 500K, and Spinder tanked for a while before he called all in for about 98,000 with Js9c for a pair of nines with a jack-high flush draw.

But McQuillan turned over Qs7s for a queen-high flush, and Spinder was drawing dead.

The meaningless river card was the 9h, giving Spinder a little salt in the wound with trip nines. “We would have gotten it all in anyway,” said Spinder as he got up to leave. McQuillan won the pot with her flush to eliminate Spinder in fourth place.

Yvonne McQuillan  –  875,000  (55 bb)
Greg Spinder  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($3,294)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 620,000 (39 big blinds), and the next player to be eliminated will earn $5,415.

Seniors: Harvey Bruce Freedman – 5th Place ($2,543)

$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 155

Harvey Bruce Freedman
Harvey Bruce Freedman

Harvey Bruce Freedman moved all in from the small blind for about 160,000, and Bruce Gans called from the big blind with Ad10c.

Freedman turned over Jh4s, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Qs7s2dKd3s, and Gans won the pot with his ace to eliminate Freedman in fifth place.

Bruce Gans  –  425,000  (27 bb)
Harvey Bruce Freedman  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($2,543)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 465,000 (29 big blinds), and the next player to be eliminated will earn $3,294.

Seniors: Jill Pike – 6th Place ($2,108)

$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 155

Jill Pike
Jill Pike

Jill Pike raised from the cutoff to 40,000, Greg Spinder moved all in from the big blind, and Pike called with AxKx. Spinder turned over Ax10x, and he was dominated and facing elimination.

But the flop came Ax10xXx, and Spinder flopped two pair to take the lead. Pike never caught up, and Spinder doubled up with his two pair.

Greg Spinder  –  180,000  (11 bb)
Jill Pike  –  21,000  (1 bb)

The next hand, Jill Pike moved all in from the hijack for 21,000, and Harvey Bruce Freedman called from the big blind with 8h5c. Pike turned over Ks2c, and she needed her hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Qh8d4h7h3d, and Freedman paired his eight on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Pike in sixth place.

Harvey Bruce Freedman  –  185,000  (12 bb)
Jill Pike  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($2,108)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is about 372,000 (23 big blinds), and the next player to be eliminated will earn $2,543.