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2018 Fun in the Sun Recap

The 2018 Fun in the Sun Poker Open began Wednesday, December 26th and concluded during the early morning hours of Monday, December 31st. In that time, five guitar trophies were awarded highlighted by the Alcides Gomez’s win in the $560 buy-in Main Event.

Here are the recaps to all of the events:

Next up at the Seminole Hard Rock is the 2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Action begins January 10th and complete series details can be found here.

Thank you to everyone who played in the Fun in the Sun Poker Open!

Alcides Gomez Wins the 2018 Fun in the Sun Main Event

Fun in the Sun Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$560 Buy-In No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 221
Prize Pool: $110,500           
December 30, 2018

The final event of the 2018 Fun in the Sun Poker Open took place on Sunday. The $560 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Main Event drew 221 entries and generated a prize pool of $110,500, easily surpassing the $75,000 guarantee. Outlasting the field was Alcides Gomez, winning the tournament outright for $26,348.

Gomez scored several eliminations with two tables remaining and brought a sizable chip lead into the final table. He never relinquished it, going wire-to-wire to win his first Seminole Hard Rock Trophy.

It was also a bit of redemption for Gomez. Last year, he final tabled this same event and finished 10th. However, this time around it was a much different story.

“I’ve had a few deep runs in the trophy events before,” said Gomez, “But I usually got sucked out on. It’s nice to finally win one.”

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize
1AlcidesGomez$26,348
2PaulTran-Hau$18,433
3RichardPtasnik$11,326
4AlexOrtiz Vazquez$6,890
5DavidOshry$5,321
6RobertTannenbaum$4,409
7GeorgeHortelano$3,757
8MarcSacheli$3,205
9EfthimiosPiperakis$2,635
10MichaelNewman$2,321
11JosephDuchman$2,321
12JuanSolares Mejia$2,321
13TKMiles$1,989
14RichardLeger$1,989
15FariborzZojaji$1,989
16JamesHamburger$1,658
17JosephLevitt$1,658
18AlexBoytan$1,658
19PierrotMassenat$1,326
20AlmogBiton$1,326
21JanetSolov$1,326
22DmitriiNazarov$1,022
23JorgeGomez$1,022
24ScottBaumstein$1,022
25OferPeleg$821
26NicolasYunis$821
27NigelMurray$821
28PaulFreedman$765

Main Event: Alcides Gomez Wins! ($26,438); Paul Tran-Hau Eliminated in 2nd Place ($18,433)

$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 BB Ante
Prize Pool: $110,500
Players Remaining: 1 of 221

Alcides Gomez raised to 135,000 from the button, Paul Tran-Hau three-bet to about 290,000 from the big blind, Gomez four-bet to about 710,000, Tran-Hau five-bet shoved for about 1,900,000 and Gomez called.

Gomez: AdKh
Tran-Hau: Qs10d

The board ran out 7s6c4hKs8s, giving Gomez a pair of kings to eliminate Tran-Hau in second place for $18,433.

Alcides Gomez wins the 2018 Fun in the Sun Main Event for $26,438!

A recap of the event will be published later tonight.

Main Event: Richard Ptasnik Eliminated in 3rd Place ($11,326)

$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 BB Ante
Prize Pool: $110,500
Players Remaining: 2 of 221

Richard Ptasnik raised all in for about 580,000 from the button and Paul Tran-Hau called from the big blind.

Ptasnik: 6s6d
Tran-Hau: 9h9d

The board ran out AcJcJsQd3s, no help to Ptasnik, ending his tournament in third place.

Richard Ptasnik – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($11,326)

Main Event: Alex Ortiz Vazquez Eliminated in 4th Place ($6,890)

$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 BB Ante
Prize Pool: $110,500
Players Remaining: 3 of 221

Alcides Gomez raised all in with a covering stack from the small blind and Alex Ortiz Vazquez called all in for about 440,000 from the big blind.

Gomez: Qc8h
Ortiz Vazquez: As4s

The board ran out 10c8s6c7h3c, giving Gomez a pair of eights to eliminate Ortiz Vazquez in fourth place.ava

Alcides Gomez – 2,500,000 (63 bb)
Alex Ortiz Vazquez – Eliminated in 4th Place ($6,890)

Main Event: David Oshry Eliminated in 5th Place ($5,321)

$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 BB Ante
Prize Pool: $110,500
Players Remaining: 4 of 221

David Oshry raised all in for about 340,000 from the button and Paul Tran-Hau called from the small blind.

Oshry: As4c
Tran-Hau: AdJc

The board came down Ks10s10d8c9c, no help to Oshry, ending his tournament in fifth place.

Paul Tran-Hau – 1,520,000 (38 bb)
David Oshry – Eliminated in 5th Place ($5,321)

Main Event: Robert Tannenbaum Eliminated in 6th Place ($4,409)

$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 20,000/30,000 with a 30,000 BB Ante
Prize Pool: $110,500
Players Remaining: 5 of 221

Robert Tannenbaum raised all in from the small blind for about 260,000 and Paul Tran-Hau called from he big blind.

Tannenbaum: As7c
Tran-Hau: 9d9s

The flop came down 10d6s5c, keeping Tran-Hau ahead. The Ad turn gave Tannenbaum the lead with a pair of aces, but the river was the 9c to give Tran-Hau a set of nines to score the elimination.

Paul Tran-Hau –  1,300,000 (43 bb)
Robert Tannenbaum – Eliminated in 6th Place ($4,409)

Main Event: George Hortelano Eliminated in 7th Place ($3,757)

$560 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 20,000/30,000 with a 30,000 BB Ante
Prize Pool: $110,500
Players Remaining: 6 of 221

David Oshry raised all in for about 530,000 from middle position and George Hortelano called all in for about 130,000 from the next seat over.

Oshry: AcQs
Hortelano: JhJs

The board came down AdKcKs6h2h, giving Oshry aces and kings to eliminate Hortelano in seventh place.

David Oshry – 740,000 (25 bb)
George Hortelano – Eliminated in 7th Place ($3,757)