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Event 12 Day 2: Final Table

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante

We’ve reached the final table of Event 12. Here are the seating assignments and chip counts for our remaining ten players:

Seat 1: Robert Nieto – 1,275,000
Seat 2: Valeria Ligeiro – 630,000
Seat 3: Eric Rivkin – 880,000
Seat 4: Phil Novick – 830,000
Seat 5: Ryan Leng – 3,675,000
Seat 6: Steven Fostoff – 1,740,000
Seat 7: David Baker – 275,000
Seat 8: Hagai Stein – 2,720,000
Seat 9: Francis Margaglione – 3,850,000
Seat 10: Debbie Migliore – 2,165,000

RRPO EV12 Day 2 Final Table

Event 12 Day 2: Baker’s Dozen

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

We’re not done yet.

We are down to 13 players in Event 12 as the final remaining tournament of the series is coming to a close.

Here are a list of the remaining players playing for the $43,575 top prize:

Table 1
Seat 1: Hagai Stein
Seat 2: Valeria Ligeiro
Seat 3: Debbie Migliore
Seat 4: Ryan Leng
Seat 5: Tuan Nguyen
Seat 8: Pasquale Braco
Seat 9: David Baker

Table 2:
Seat 2: Eric Rivkin
Seat 3: Francis Margaglione
Seat 4: Phil Novick
Seat 6: Robert Nieto
Seat 7: Elias Nassif
Seat 8: Steven Fostoff

RRPO EV12 Day 2 Table Shot

Event 12 Day 1F: Play Ends, Roy Paulena Leads Flight

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 14: 1,200/2,400/400 Ante

The final Day 1 flight of Event 12 is now concluded and Roy Paulena finished the night as the Day 1F chip leader.

Paulena bagged 268,700 chips to edge out Steven Fostoff at 264,900.  Evan Teitelbaum finished third with 231,200 chips followed by Freddy Alesi at 221,000 and Phil Novick at 216,300.

Alex Begfors will carry the overall chip lead into Day 2 with 378,700 and Robert Neito is in second place at 367,100 to kick the tournament off tomorrow.

The flight saw 357 entries taking the tournament to a final total of 1,481 easily surpassing the $100,000 guarantee.  36 players advanced sending a total of 162 players to Day 2.

Play will resume in the Poker Room Wednesday at 1 PM where our returning players will play for the Event 12 title to wrap up this year’s Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n Roll Poker Open”.

Congratulations to everyone who advance to Day 2!

Roy Paulena
Roy Paulena
Steven Fostoff
Steven Fostoff
Evan Teitelbaum
Evan Teitelbaum

Event 12 Day 1F: Looking Around

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 13: 1,000/2,000/300 Ante

With 54 players left out of the 357 entries in Day 1F, we’re just a little over one level away from the final Day 1 flight being completed.

Among the chip leaders at this point are Phil Novick with 228,600, Evan Teitelbaum with 181,000 chips and Freddy Alesi at 177,400.  It figures to be an exciting finish as our players get ready to play their last 30 mintues of the night looking to reach Day 2 tomorrow.

Phil Novick
Phil Novick
Evan Teitelbaum
Evan Teitelbaum
Freddy Alesi
Freddy Alesi

Event 14 Recap

2015 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ’n’ Roll Poker Open”
$250 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)

December 1st, 2015

Total Entries:  53
Total Prizepool:  $11,130

Peter Cleven Event 14 Champion
Peter Cleven
Event 14 Champion


A steady performance throughout the day and superb heads-up play by Peter Cleven propelled him to his first title here in Event 14 at the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n Roll Poker Open”.

53 players started off the day and the final table got underway with David Hassen out in front and Gary Johnson and Cleven hot on his heels.  Joel Harwood was also making another final table appearance in solid shape to make a run at the title.

Bob Mangino’s short stack was the first to quickly fall in 9th place and then Gary Flur was taken out by Cleven in 8th place.  Then the shocker took place as after a few brutal hands, Elsie Rodriguez dismissed David Hassen in 7th place sending the former chip leader to the payout window.

Christian Ivens and his short stack was the next to fall in 6th place at the hands of Gary Johnson.  In the meantime, Peter Cleven and Elsie Rodriguez had found their way as the top two stacks in the tournament.  Johnson was then whittled down and eliminated in 5th place. Then Allen Green came up one card short in Razz against Cleven and exited in 4th place. Joel Harwood then found himself in a difficult spot between the two chip leaders and Elsie Rodriguez finally sent him to the rail in 3rd place setting up the heads-up showdown between Cleven and Rodriguez.

Rodriguez was the chip leader to start things off but Cleven quickly applied the pressure and began to whittle her down.  Cleven hit two big straights to put her in trouble but Rodriguez managed to win two hands to put herself in a competitive position.  But the relentless aggression by Cleven turned out to be too much and Cleven won a Razz hand to put away the championship.

Cleven looked back at his run on the final table.  “The final table I played very aggressive.  I had a big stack and was trying to take out the little stacks but they just kept doubling up on me.  I actually got short at one point and had to play tight for about two or three levels and then from there hit a couple big hands and started rolling people over again.  Heads up I flopped two straights two hands in a row and she had pocket kings on one of them.  I took half of her stack on those two hands and it really solidified the win for me.”

Cleven was thrilled to bring home a title here at the Semionle Hard Rock “Rock ‘n Roll Poker Open”.  “It’s great.  We really both wanted the trophy so I’m really happy with the win.  It was very tough competition.  I’ve been here for most of the other tournaments as well and Hard Rock’s put on a great set of tournaments.   I’m really happy with the result.”

Congratulations to our Event 14 Champion – Peter Cleven!

1st: Peter Cleven (Fort Lauderdale, FL) – $3,450
2nd: Elsie Rodriguez (Homestead, FL) – $2,449
3rd: Joel Harwood (Hallendale, FL) – $1,558
4th: Allen Green (Weston, FL) – $1,113
5th: Gary Johnson (Pembroke Pines, FL) – $890
6th: Christian Ivens (Miami, FL) – $668
7th: David Hassen (Dania, FL) – $557
8th: Gary Flur (Plantation, FL) – $445

Event 12 Day 1D & 1E: Wrap-Ups

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 14: 1,200/2,400/400 Ante

While all the excitement of the Main Event and Event 14 going on, Event 12 was also in full force today.

Today’s fourth flight of the tournament, Day 1D, wrapped up early this evening with Leslie Hyde taking the flight with 249,800 chips. Jose Gallego finished second with 185,600 followed by Lisa Woodburn in third with 178,100, Scott Hart bagging 149,600 in fourth and Yves Fequiere rounding out the top five with 148,900.

The flight added another 214 entries taking the total through four flights to 808.  25 players advanced putting the number of players into Day 2 up to 88.

Day 1E saw another outstanding turnout and Andrew Del Rio finished on top with 318,500 chips.  Uzebu Oyenmwen was the runner-up with 268,600 and Abhay Chakole was third with 232,600. Michael Wetcher bagged 201,800 for fourth and Andrew Sknar was fifth with 201,700.

316 more entries were recorded blowing away the $100,000 guarantee and taking the total entries for the tournament up to 1,124.  Another 38 players moved on to Day 2 taking the total to 126 players returning tomorrow.

Play in Day 1F is closing out and we’ll have the final totals and updates as the flight wraps up later tonight.

Event 14: Peter Cleven Wins Championship ($3,450), Elsie Rodriguez Finishes 2nd ($2,449)

$250 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 21: 15,000/30,000 Limits

After a dominating heads-up performance, Peter Cleven finally put away the Event 14 title.

Playing Razz and Elsie Rodriguez down to her last 30,000 chips, the chips went into the middle with Rodriguez turning up 3d5c4d and Cleven with 3c7cTs.  Rodriguez ran out Qh7hQdTh for ten-hign but Cleven’s hand ran out 6h5d2sAh giving him a six-high and the championship.

Peter Cleven wins the Event 14 title and $3,450 while Elsie Rodriguez finishes in second place taking home $2,449.

Congratulations to our Event 14 Champion – Peter Cleven!

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Peter Cleven – Event 14 Champion ($3,450)
Elsie Rodriguez - 2nd Place ($2,249)
Elsie Rodriguez – 2nd Place ($2,249)

Event 14: Joel Harwood – 3rd Place ($1,558)

$250 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 10,000/20,000 Limits
Seven Card Stud

The final hand before the break turned out to be the last one for Joel Harwood.

Harwood’s chips ended up in the middle on sixth street against Elsie Rodriguez with Harwood holding KcKh5cQh8dTh but Rodriguez had JdJcJs3d9hKh for a set of jacks.  Harwood got no help with the Jh on the river sending him to the rail.

Elsie Rodriguez will lead the heads-up match with 285,000 against Peter Cleven with 245,000.

Joel Harwood finishes in 3rd place winning $1,558.

Joel Harwood - 3rd Place ($1,558)
Joel Harwood – 3rd Place ($1,558)

Event 14: Allen Green – 4th Place ($1,113)

$250 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 10,000/20,000 Limits

Allen Green fired his last 7,000 chips in the pot in Razz with two cards up and Peter Cleven made the call.  Green came close but his ten-high hand of 4h4d5s6dAsTsAd came up just short against Cleven’s nine-high hand of 6c2cKcQd3d8h9d taking him out of the tournament.

Allen Green finishes in 4th place winning $1,113.

Allen Green - 4th Place ($1,113)
Allen Green – 4th Place ($1,113)

Event 14: Gary Johnson – 5th Place ($890)

$250 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 10,000/20,000 Limits
Omaha 8

After striking out the previous hand, Gary Johnson put his last 13,000 chips in the middle and was called by Elsie Rodriguez and Joel Harwood.  Johnson’s opponents both checked down the 2dTsTh5c9s board.

Rodriguez turned up AcAh7h8h for two pair.  Johnson had AsQsKsQc which was not enough to catch up and Harwood threw his hand away.  Rodriguez took the hand and has pulled even with Peter Cleven for the chip lead with four players remaining.

Gary Johnson finishes in 5th place winning $890.

Gary Johnson - 5th Place ($890)
Gary Johnson – 5th Place ($890)