Back To Back: Ricardo Eyzaguirre Wins November Holiday Special After Three-Handed Deal

November Holiday Special
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$1,100 No-Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 253
Prize Pool: $245,410
November 27-29, 2020

Ricardo Eyzaguirre
November Holiday Special Champion Ricardo Eyzaguirre

The November Holiday Special attracted 253 entries over two starting days and created a prize pool of $245,410, more than doubling the $100,000 guarantee. 33 players returned on Day 2 already in the money and in the end, it was déjà vu as a familiar face emerged victoriously.  Ricardo Eyzaguirre, who just last month won the October Anniversary Special, was back at it again.

A deal between the final three players took place once again and as the chip leader, Eyzaguirre was the official champion of the November Holiday Special!

“Man, it feels good,” said Eyzaguirre after the win. “I’ve been working at this a long time and never went back to back, especially like this with two tournaments in the same place, so it feels good.”

What is it that seems to be clicking for Eyzaguirre?

“I definitely like the structure, how it gets slower and slower as it progresses, and it lets you pick your spots better. I came in with a lot of chips, and I felt like I could do it. I said I was going to bring my best game today and try to do the best I can. I needed it to go back-to-back.”

As for continuing to play during the global pandemic, Eyzaguirre was again complimentary of the Safe+Sound protocols implemented by the Seminole Hard Rock.

“I like to go to places that have the plexiglass in place and have the dealers and floors taking care of the players. I try to stick to places like the Seminole Hard Rock that have good methods and procedures because even though we are able to play, we still have to stay careful.”

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
27RyanVan Sanford$1,914

*denotes three-handed deal

November Holiday Special: We Have a Deal!

$1,100 November Holiday Special
$100,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Prize Pool: $245,410
Level 23: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 253

After playing three-handed for about 10 minutes, the final three players agreed to a deal.

Here were the resulting payouts:

Ricardo Eyzaguirre – $47,000
Zachary Mullennix – $37,000
Christopher Nomikos – $36,535

As the chip leader, Ricardo Eyzaguirre is officially the winner of the November Holiday Special, just one month after winning the October Anniversary Special!

A recap of the event will be posted later tonight.

Ricardo Eyzaguirre
November Holiday Special Champion Ricardo Eyzaguirre
Zachary Mullennix – 2nd Place
Christopher Nomikos
Christopher Nomikos – 3rd Place

November Holiday Special: Carlos Pereira Eliminated in 4th Place ($15,301)

$1,100 November Holiday Special
$100,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Prize Pool: $245,410
Level 23: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 253

Carlos Pereira
Carlos Pereira

Following a flop of Qh5h10d, Carlos Pereira (pictured) was all in from the cutoff for about 600,000 against Christopher Nomikos in the big blind.

Pereira: KsQd
Nomikos: QcJc

Pereira was in the lead with a pair of queens with the better kicker, but the 7h turn and Jd river completed the board, giving Nomikos queens and jacks on the river to eliminate Pereira in fourth place.

Christopher Nomikos – 1,700,000 (68 bb)
Carlos Pereira – Eliminated in 4th Place ($15,301)

November Holiday Special: Michael Johnson Eliminated in 5th Place ($11,816)

$1,100 November Holiday Special
$100,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Prize Pool: $245,410
Level 23: 15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 253

Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson raised all in for 195,000 from the small blind and Carlos Pereira called from the big blind.

Johnson: Ah10s
Pereira: Ks8d

The board ran out 6cJh7c5d4d, giving Pereira an eight-high straight to eliminate Johnson in fifth place.

Carlos Pereira – 675,000 (27 bb)
Michael Johnson – Eliminated in 5th Place ($11,816)