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Antonio Campbell Wins Final Event of RRPO In Honor of Late Father

2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida 
Event 17
$100 No Limit Hold’em 
Entries: 221 
Prize Pool: $20,000 
November 29, 2017 

Antonio Campbell

Antonio Campbell took credit for the win in a 10-way chop in the final event of the 2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open.

He wasn’t going to chop unless he got credit for the win and a trophy. The money was secondary for the New York native. This win was personal.

The 36-year-old came out on top of a field of 221 entries to win $2,006 in the $100 no limit hold’em. He wanted to win the event in honor of his father, who passed away earlier this year.

“The win means everything,” said Campbell. “I lost my dad in February, so I’m pretty emotional right now, but I’m blessed and happy to win. I enjoy the game and I’ve taken some bad beats over the last couple of months, but to get a trophy here at the rock, it feels awesome.”

This is Campbell’s second trophy. His first trophy came with his father supporting him from the rail. He didn’t technically win the tournament with pocket eights, but the hand has sentimental value.

“My dad was with me when I won my first trophy ever at [Coconut] Creek,” he said. “I had the pocket eights just like I had now, so that was really important for me to take this down. I’m pretty emotional right now, but I know he’s smiling down on me.”

Campbell was born and raised in Brooklyn, but ended up leaving after joining the Navy. He spent a decade in the armed forces before leaving active duty and doing work for the federal government.

It wasn’t until after he was finished with his active duty that he picked up poker. He got his first cash here in the Sunshine State, which gave him the confidence to stick with the game and try to improve.

“I didn’t learn how to play poker until 2012,” said Campbell. “I took a risk. I was living in Oklahoma and I flew out here for the WSOP Circuit. I played the one milly guarantee. I said to myself that if I just  cash in it, I’m going to take poker serious.”

Campbell finished 119th and was in the money on just one bullet. From there, he put in the effort to work on his game. So far, he’s got two trophies to show for his hard work.

“There were a lot of ups and downs, but to get a couple trophies under my belt feels pretty good. Especially tonight.”

Final Table Results:

1st: Antonio Campbell – $2,006
2nd: Jermaine Phang – $1,891
3rd: Adan Hernandez – $1,845
4th: Peter Fellows – $1,593
5th: Luis Mantilla – $1,564
6th: Francisco Milanes – $1,377
7th: Yigal Hen – $1,343
8th: Karen Duffy – $1,214
9th: Errol Massey – $1,001
10th: Francisco Pulido Castillo – $976

**Payouts were adjusted to fit the final table deal 

Event 17: Antonio Campbell Wins in 10-Way Chop

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 20: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 221

When the unofficial final table of 10 players was reached in the $100 big stack no limit hold’em event, the talk of a chop began.

After a couple minutes of running ICM numbers and working out a few numbers, the final 10 players agreed on a chop. Antonio Campbell was the chip leader at the time of the agreed deal and he gets credit for the win.

Here are the final table results:

1st: Antonio Campbell – $2,006
2nd: Jermaine Phang – $1,891
3rd: Adan Hernandez – $1,845
4th: Peter Fellows – $1,593
5th: Luis Mantilla – $1,564
6th: Francisco Milanes – $1,377
7th: Yigal Hen – $1,343
8th: Karen Duffy – $1,214
9th: Errol Massey – $1,001
10th: Francisco Pulido Castillo – $976

Dennis O’Connor Finishes Out His RRPO With $250 No Limit Hold’em Victory

2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida 
Event 16
$250 No Limit Hold’em 
Entries: 91 
Prize Pool: $30,000 
November 29, 2017 

Dennis O’Connor

Dennis O’Connor’s 2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open got off to a rough start, but he finished strong with back-to-back final tables and a win to close out his series.

O’Connor defeated 91 entries in the $250 no limit hold’em on the final day of the series. He took first place as part of a three-way chop and earned $6,000.

“It feels wonderful,” said O’Connor. “It was a long series for me. I didn’t cash in much. So, finishing up the last day was very much needed.”

The Pennsylvania native made two final tables in as many days after finishing sixth yesterday in the $300 HORSE. Despite, by his own admission, pretty green in 60% of the games in the mix, it was a nice confidence boost heading into Wednesday’s $250 no limit hold’em.

“The HORSE defnitely helped me out a lot because I was busting out of so many tournaments prior to that,” said O’Connor. “So, when I finally finished up int he HORSE tournament, especially since thy weren’t my strongest games, that helped a lot.”

O’Connor was comfortable in the two flop games, but avoided the stud variants until he was forced into some pots at the final table, which is what inevitably sent him to the rail.

On Wednesday, he was playing a game he was playing a game that he’s made a living playing for the last three years. O’Connor has been making his living playing no limit hold’em cash games for the last three years.

He is new to the tournament scene, however, having only started playing tournaments a month ago at a tournament stop in Jacksonville. He talked to a few friends of him and worked on his tournament game.

His early tournament success brought him down to South Florida to take his shot at this tournament series.

“I just came in for the series,” said O’Connor. “I have a couple of friends that have done very well in some tournaments and stuff. I just started playing tournaments last month.”

It’s no surprise that O’Connor enjoys Florida after his success. He just recently sold his house in Pennsylvania and is traveling around the country for the next few months playing cards and looking for a new place to live.

He might just become a new regular at the Hard Rock.

“I love Florida overall,” said O’Connor. “And the poker scene in Florida is wonderful.”

Results:

1st: Dennis O’Connor – $6,000*
2nd: Kane Lai – $5,800*
3rd: Adam Koppel – $4,996*
4th: Daren Stabinski – $1,890
5th: Mitchell Mantin – $1,470
6th: Daiane Mendes – $1,230
7th: Eric Rivnki – $1,065
8th: Matthew Yorra – $947
9th: David Moreno – $839
10th: Alain Rodriguez – $735
11th: Gregory Baird – $735
12th: Jesse Hatfield – $735
13th: Ethiel Garcia – $638
14th: Butchie Mitchell – $638
15th: Marc Kropf – $638
16th: Syed Shah – $548
17th: Lev Parnas – $548
18th: Solange Lucas – $548

Event 16: Dennis O’Connor Wins in Three-Way Deal

$250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 20: 3,000/6,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 91

Dennis O’Connor

Mitchell Mantin was eliminated in fifth place and Daren Stabinski was eliminated in fourth, leaving the three bigger stacks discussing a deal.

Dennis O’Connor held the chip lead and got credit for the victory. Kane Lai took second and Adam Koppel finished third.

Here are the final table results:

1st: Dennis O’Connor – $6,000
2nd: Kane Lai – $5,800
3rd: Adam Koppel – $4,996
4th: Daren Stabinski – $1,890
5th: Mitchell Mantin – $1,470
6th: Daiane Mendes – $1,230
7th: Eric Rivkin – $1,065
8th: Matthew Yorra – $947
9th: David Moreno – $839

Kane Lai
Adam Koppel

Event 16: Dennis O’Connor Pulling Away With Five Left

$250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 19: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 91

Dennis O’Connor

After eliminating Daiane Mandes in fifth place, Dennis O’Connor took the chip lead with five remaining and then extended it in a pot with Daren Stabinski.

On the river with a completed board of Js9s6hTd3d, Stabinski checked from the big blind and O’Connor moved all in for Stabinski’s remaining 49,000. Stabinski thought for a couple minutes and then folded.

O’Connor flashed KxQx, giving him the nuts, and has a huge lead with five players remaining.

Here are how the chip counts look for the remaining five players;

Adam Koppel – 215,000
Mithcell Mantin – 65,000
Daren Stabinski – 49,000
Kane Lai – 135,000
Dennis O’Connor – 405,000

Event 17: Oz Aharon Scores a Knockout

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 12: 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante
Players Remaining: 63 of 221

Oz Aharon

A player in middle position moved all in for about 25,000 and Oz Aharon called from the big blind.

Aharon showed KdKs and was in great shape against his opponent’s AdJh.

The flop was Qs7s2s and Aharon flopped a flush draw to leave his opponent with just two outs.

The turn was the 3h and the river was the Js. Aharon rivered a flush, sent his opponent to the rail and nears the 100,000-chip mark.

Oz Aharon – 94,000

Event 17: Francisco Milanes Leads

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Players Remaining: 99 of 221

Francisco Milanes

Now that registration is closed, the field is starting to thin and with 20 minute levels, eliminations are happening at a rapid pace.

Francisco Milanes sits atop the chip counts with 134,000. Oz Ahron is the only other player with a six-figure count. He’s in second with 122,000.

Here are the rest of the top stacks:

Clauden Osorio – 96,000
Rodolfo Rodriguez – 83,000
Dolphus Powers – 72,000
Lizhi Gong – 68,000

Event 17: Registration Closes With 221 Entries, $4,571 Up Top

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Total Entries: 221

With players back from their second break of the day and level 9 underway, registration for the last event of the series is closed and there are 221 entries in the field.

The top 34 players will finish in the money and cash for at least $137.

Here are the payouts for the event:

1st: $4,517
2nd: $3,179
3rd: $2,044
4th: $1,247
5th: $963
6th: $798
7th: $670
8th: $560
9th: $452
10th-12th: $380
13th-15th: $325
16th-18th: $272
19th-21st: $225
22nd-24th: $180
25th-27th: $155
28th-34th: $137

Event 16: Dennis O’Connor Leads Final 10

$250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 16: 1,500/3,000 with a 500 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 91

The $250 no limit hold’em event is down to its final 10 players and they have redrawn for seats at the unofficial final table.

With one more elimination, the final nine players will be credited with a final table. Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts of the final 10 players:

Seat 1: Adam Koppel – 68,500
Seat 2: David Moreno – 12,000
Seat 3: Matthew Yorra – 107,500
Seat 4: Mitchell Mantin – 95,000
Seat 5: Daiane Mendes – 95,000
Seat 6: Alan Ramos – 52,000
Seat 7: Daren Stabinski – 127,000
Seat 8: Kane Lai – 105,000
Seat 9: Eric Rivkin – 81,000
Seat 10: Dennis O’Connor – 172,500

Here are the remaining payouts:

1st: $8,381
2nd: $5,280
3rd: $3,135
4th: $1,890
5th: $1,470
6th: $1,230
7th: $1,065
8th: $947
9th: $839
10th: $735

Event 17: Nancy Birnbaum Eliminated by Victor Nassif

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 6: 250/500
Total Entries: 170

Victor Nassif

On the turn with the board reading QcJh9s7s, Nancy Birnbaum moved all in for 7,950 from early position.

Victor Nassif was in late position and asked the dealer for an exact count of Birnbaum’s stack before calling.

Birnbaum showed QsTc and was behind Nassif’s KsQc. Birnbaum needed a king or an eight to make a straight and stay alive, but the 3d came on the river and Birnbaum was eliminated.

She still has about an hour left before late registration and re-entry closes for the event.

Victor Nassif – 38,000
Nancy Birnbaum – Eliminated