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After Winning the Final Event of the Series, Anthony Zinno Wants to Spread His Love of PLO

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 29
$2,200 Deep Stack PLO (Re-Entry)
Entries:  168
Prize Pool:  $336,000
April 27-28, 2021

Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno

When Anthony Zinno entered the final event of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, he knew that if he made Day 2, he’d have to postpone a trip to visit his family in Rhode Island for the first time since before the pandemic. So if he made it to Day 2, he’d have to make the most of it.

And that’s exactly what he did, winning the title, the trophy, and $68,732 in a heads-up deal with Haim Or Krief.

“Winning my first Seminole Hard Rock trophy feels pretty awesome,” said Zinno, “because it’s not easy in such big fields. Record-breaking fields.”

This $2,200 Deep Stack PLO event was the latest in a string of record-breaking field sizes, with the 168 entries nearly 50% higher than the previous Seminole Hard Rock record for this event.

And it wasn’t just a large field, but an experienced one as well, with some tough PLO players making the final table with Zinno, particularly Leif Force and Dylan Wilkerson.

But while Force was seated on Zinno’s direct right, Wilkerson had position on him, two seats to his left.

The key pot for Zinno was getting it all in with KhKc6c4d against a short-stacked Wilkerson, who had AhAdKs3c. The case king fell on the flop to give Zinno the pot and knock out Wilkerson in sixth place.

“Dylan [Wilkerson] was my most formidable opponent,” said Zinno. “Knocking him out was huge for my chances of winning, because instead of doubling him up and having a fierce opponent to my left, he was out and I had more chips. So that was a big momentum shift for me personally at the final table.”

This is Zinno’s fourth Omaha title since 2015, including two WSOP bracelets.

“Omaha is my favorite variant of poker, whether it be four-card PLO high, or five-card PLO, or PLO-8,” said Zinno. “I love all the HORSE games, and I love no-limit hold’em, but Omaha reigns supreme.”

And now Zinno wants to spread his love of the game to more players looking to transition to PLO.

“I’ve been thinking about doing some one-on-one PLO coaching,” said Zinno, “particularly for people who haven’t played much PLO, and want to learn. And this victory is motivation for me to pursue that.”


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1AnthonyZinno$68,732*
2HaimOr Krief$66,733*
3ZeevyMalik$38,965
4LeifForce$28,555
5KevinRuscitti$21,335
6DylanWilkerson$16,255
7IvayloSivinov$12,640
8ThomasCannuli$9,080
9MatthewShanahan$9,080
10DashDudley$7,195
11DavidLevy$7,195
12SteveYagudaev$7,195
13NoahSchwartz$5,695
14JeffRodriguez$5,695
15RichardNauffal$4,925
16IvanStarostin$4,925
17JoshuaMountain$4,360
18DanielSwartz$4,360
19MichaelDuek$4,360
20ChristianPeters$4,360
21ElliotKampen$4,360

* Indicates results of a heads-up deal.

Event 29: Anthony Zinno Wins ($68,732) in a Heads-Up Deal With Haim Or Krief ($66,733)

$2,200 Deep Stack PLO (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  40,000/80,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 168

Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno

Not too long after Anthony Zinno doubled thru Haim Or Krief, they agreed to a deal to split the remaining prizepool.

1st:  Anthony Zinno  –  $68,732 + Trophy
2nd:  Haim Or Krief  –  $66,733

3rd:  Zeevy Malik  –  $38,965
4th:  Leif Force  –  $28,555
5th:  Kevin Ruscitti  –  $21,335
6th:  Dylan Wilkerson  –  $16,255
7th:  Ivaylo Sivinov  –  $12,640
8th:  Thomas Cannuli  –  $9,080

Stay tuned for a recap from this, the final event to finish of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.

Event 29: Anthony Zinno Doubles Thru Haim Or Krief

$2,200 Deep Stack PLO (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  40,000/80,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 168

Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno

Haim Or Krief raised to 175,000, Anthony Zinno pot-raised to 525,000 (with only 155K behind), and Or Krief called, thinking Zinno was already all in.

Zinno moved all in dark for 155,000, and the flop came Qc9c8d, and Or Krief called.

Haim Or Krief:  Ac10c5s2h  (flush draw)
Anthony Zinno:  AdKcJh5d  (ace high)

Zinno was actually ahead at the moment with ace-king high, though he was vulnerable with no draws.

The turn card was the 10s, the river card was the Js, and Zinno caught a runner-runner ace-high straight to win the pot and double up in chips.

Anthony Zinno  –  1,360,000  (17 bb)
Haim Or Krief  –  2,000,000  (25 bb)

Event 29: Haim Or Krief Shoves the River, and Anthony Zinno Tanks for Five Minutes

$2,200 Deep Stack PLO (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  30,000/60,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 168

Haim Or Krief
Haim Or Krief

Haim Or Krief raised to 120,000, and Anthony Zinno called.

Both players checked to the turn on a board of Ks7d6d10s, Zinno bet 100,000, Or Krief raised to 280,000, and Zinno tanked for a while before he called.

The river card was the 8s, Zinno bet 400,000, and Or Krief moved all in for 925,000, and Zinno went into the tank for a long, long, very long time.

Eventually, Zinno tapped on the plexiglass divider to get Or Krief’s attention and asked, “Will you show me if I fold?”

Or Krief said, “After the tournament.”

A short while later, Zinno folded 8d7s5s3d face up. On the turn, he had two flush draws, an open-ended straight draw, and a pair of sevens. And he finished with a seven-high flush, that he folded.

Or Krief took the pot without showing his cards.

Haim Or Krief  –  2,125,000  (35 bb)
Anthony Zinno  –  1,235,000  (21 bb)

Event 29: Haim Or Krief Doubles Thru Anthony Zinno

$2,200 Deep Stack PLO (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  25,000/50,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 168

Haim Or Krief
Haim Or Krief

About 30 minutes after the break, Haim Or Krief raised to 150,000, and Anthony Zinno called.

The flop came Kd8c6d, Zinno bet 300,000, and Or Krief called all in for 260,000.

Anthony Zinno:  Jh10d9s8d  (pair of eights, flush draw, gutshot straight draw)
Haim Or Krief:  Ks10s8h7c  (two pair, eights and kings, gutshot straight draw)

The turn card was the Kc, the river card was the Js, and Or Krief won the pot with a full house, kings full of eights, to double up in chips.

Haim Or Krief  –  820,000  (16 bb)
Anthony Zinno  –  2,540,000  (51 bb)

Haim then won the next six pots (not counting a chopped pot) to narrow the gap even further.

Haim Or Krief  –  1,350,000  (27 bb)
Anthony Zinno  –  2,010,000  (40 bb)