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Gonzalo Garcia Wins the Final Trophy of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 40
$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  873
Prize Pool:  $104,760
August 9-11, 2021

Gonzalo Garcia
Gonzalo Garcia

The final trophy of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was awarded on Wednesday night to Gonzalo Garcia of Uruguay, who defeated Andre Bryan heads-up to win $21,970.

There were 873 entries in this event, and 53 players survived the two starting flights to reach Day 2, where they were in the money. By the time they reached the nine-handed final table, Garcia had the chip lead.

“I was the chipleader, so I had an advantage,” said Garcia. “But I got lucky, and I won a big hand, so everything went well.”

The big hand that Garcia was referring to was likely his double up against Steven Langert with six players remaining. Langert shoved bottom pair on the turn, and ran right into Garcia’s top two pair.

That pot gave Garcia 52.7% of all the chips in play, and he held onto the lead all the way to the finish line.

The final hand was a cooler, with Bryan shoving 8h8d into Garcia’s AsKh, and Garcia flopped a king for the victory.

This brings the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open to a close, but our next big series is only three months away — the Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO) begins on November 18th. See you there!

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1GonzaloGarcia$21,970
2AndreBryan$14,925
3JoseParra$10,375
4VictorNassif$7,470
5AntonKutsenko$5,730
6StevenLangert$4,435
7KevinBuldo$3,595
8RonaldKatz$2,825
9BradleyYoung$2,105
10BarrySisselman$2,105
11LiesKara Mostefa$1,540
12GeorgeRovero Spyropoulos$1,540
13CorneliusRogers$990
14LuisEspitia Diaz$990
15DavidClark$990
16BrianBaris$785
17DavidEhresman$785
18MichaelMcKiernan$785
19FrancoisZayas$690
20JorgeGomez$690
21NancyBirnbaum$690
22JillRukeyser$690
23VetonBalidemaj$690
24CharlesOdenz$690
25JonathanOunjian$690
26TuanPhan$690
27KeldCurtis$690
28SergioRuiz Grajales$615
29CurtisMcKinney$615
30MarceloJo$615
31GuyCaudill$615
32EricSiegel$615
33MarkMiller$615
34VineetChanhok$615
35BrandonMiller$615
36WilmerChavira$615
37RobertoBendeck$555
38EricMorales$555
39ShawnMohamed$555
40FrancoZamboli$555
41WongduanNannong$555
42MichaelCasson$555
43LuisMantilla$555
44CarlosFernandez$555
45NormanZapczynski$555
46AnuragGonela$510
47AlainCandales Falcon$510
48DakotaCommanda Boissoneau$510
49AntonioColon$510
50JuanGarcia$510
51JuanSanchez$510
52BryanHunter$510
53DamenGooljar$510

Event 40: Gonzalo Garcia Wins! ($21,970); Andre Bryan Finishes as Runner-Up ($14,925)

$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 873

Gonzalo Garcia
Gonzalo Garcia

About 15 minutes after heads-up play began, Gonzalo Garcia limped from the button for 125,000, Andre Bryan moved all in for about 5,100,000, and Garcia quickly called with AsKh.

Bryan turned over 8h8d, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Kd10s10c9c6s, and Garcia paired his king on the flop to win the pot — and the final trophy of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open — with two pair, kings and tens.

Andre Bryan finished as the runner-up, earning $14,925.

Andre Bryan
Andre Bryan

Congratulations to Gonzalo Garcia!

1st:  Gonzalo Garcia  –  $21,970 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  Andre Bryan  –  $14,925
3rd:  Jose Parra  –  $10,375
4th:  Victor Nassif  –  $7,470
5th:  Anton Kutsenko  –  $5,730
6th:  Steven Langert  –  $4,435
7th:  Kevin Buldo  –  $3,595
8th:  Ronald Katz  –  $2,825
9th:  Bradley Young  –  $2,105

Event 40: Jose Parra – 3rd Place ($10,375)

$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 873

Jose Parra
Jose Parra

Jose Parra was all in from the big blind for about 750,000 with 10c9c, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the JsJh of Gonzalo Garcia on the button.

The board came 7s7h2h4h2s, and the pocket jacks held up for Garcia to win the pot and eliminate Parra in third place.

Jose Parra  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($10,375)

Here are the approximate chip counts for the start of heads-up play:

Gonzalo Garcia  –  8,300,000  (66 bb)
Andre Bryan  –  4,800,000  (38 bb)

And here are the final table payouts:

1st:  $21,970 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  $14,925

3rd:  Jose Parra  –  $10,375
4th:  Victor Nassif  –  $7,470
5th:  Anton Kutsenko  –  $5,730
6th:  Steven Langert  –  $4,435
7th:  Kevin Buldo  –  $3,595
8th:  Ronald Katz  –  $2,825
9th:  Bradley Young  –  $2,105

Event 40: Victor Nassif – 4th Place ($7,470)

$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 873

Victor Nassif
Victor Nassif

Victor Nassif moved all in from the button for 925,000, and Andre Bryan called from the big blind with 5h5c.

Nassif turned over AdQc, and needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 10s8h5dJh8d — Bryan flopped a set of fives, Nassif turned a double-gutshot straight draw, and Bryan rivered a full house to win the pot. Nassif was eliminated in fourth place.

Andre Bryan  –  4,900,000  (39 bb)
Victor Nassif  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($7,470)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 4,375,000 (35 big blinds), and the remaining players are guaranteed at least $10,375 each.

Event 40: Anton Kutsenko – 5th Place ($5,730)

$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 873

Anton Kutsenko
Anton Kutsenko

Anton Kutsenko moved all in from the cutoff for 1,400,000, and Andre Bryan called from the small blind with AhJh.

Kutsenko turned over QsJs, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Ac5c2h5h7c, and Bryan won the pot with two pair, aces and fives, to eliminate Kutsenko in fifth place.

Andre Bryan  –  4,025,000  (32 bb)
Anton Kutsenko  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($5,730)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 3,275,000 (26 big blinds), and the remaining players are guaranteed at least $7,470 each.