$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts Level 18: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 BB ante Players Remaining: 81 of 1,297
The tournament staff instructed the dealers to ‘finish the hand they were dealing and to hold up’ with the impending hand-for-hand action about to start with 82 players remaining.
During that final hand being dealt, the field lost another player and there was no need for hand-for-hand play. There are now 81 players remaining and all of whom are in the money and guaranteed a payout of at least $389.
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 BB ante Players Remaining: 84 of 1,297
Tri Nguyen raised to 18,000 from the cutoff and the player in the big blind moved all in for 77,000. Nguyen called and the cards were tabled.
Nguyen showed and was dominated by the big blind’s .
The flop was , however, and Nguyen moved into the lead after spiking a three-outer on the flop. The turn was the , giving the big blind some chop outs, but the on the river sent the pot to Nguyen and eliminated the big blind.
Nguyen won the pot and is chipping up nicely as they are just a few eliminations away from being in the money.
2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 19 $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo Entries: 88 Prize Pool: $88,000 November 27, 2018
Yesterday, Will Givens had a healthy stack at the final table of the $5,000 no-limit hold’em single-day final table. He busted in eighth after David Peters took most of his stack, picking off Givens’ triple barrel bluff with just second pair.
Less than 24 hours later, Givens redeemed himself. He took down the $1,100 no-limit hold’em turbo event to earn the trophy and $28,380. He defeated Alexander Gofman heads-up to topple the 88-entry field.
From the moment cards got in the air, it seemed like Givens was destined to take it down.
“I ran hot most of the day,” said Givens. “The second hand of the day I doubled up and I was just like ‘Alright, if you get there again, don’t mess it up.’ And it feels good that I got there again because usually when you mess up, you don’t get that opportunity. So it just feels amazing.”
Despite missing out on a six-figure score in yesterday’s event, Givens is just happy that he plugged a leak in his game after one of the world’s best exposed it.
“It’s a big difference with the $143,000 yesterday, but still, I’m just happy that I learned my lesson,” said Givens.
Having ran so hot early in the day, Givens came into the final table with a huge chip lead. And with everybody else so short, it wasn’t long before Givens was heads-up with Gofman for all of the proverbial marbles.
“Literally no joke. I sit down, play a few hands, looked up and we were four-handed,” joked Givens. “It was just a turbo that went fast. It was meant to be.”
With a faster structures, the average stack size shrank quickly and made for mostly preflop push/fold spots. With Givens’ extensive online poker background, the push/fold part of his game is one of his strong suits.
“I just know my shove ranges and call ranges,” said the Denver native. “I made a huge laydown against one person who jammed for 35 percent of my stack. Normally, people will call there, but it just wasn’t worth it because more chips saved are better than chips earned.”
Despite playing the tournament in the Hard Rock ballroom, Givens had flashbacks of his online tournament grind.
“Actually, back in the day, I used to ship a lot of turbos,” said Givens. “It was like I was back at home online back in the day.”
The 88-entry field paid out the top 11 spots, but a double knockout on the bubble allowed Marc MacDonnell and Paul Domb to chop the 11th place payout.
1st: Will Givens – $28,380 2nd: Alexander Gofman – $17,160 3rd: Patrick Quinn – $10,670 4th: Stephen Song – $7,216 5th: Anthony Utnage – $5,500 6th: Jake Embres – $4,400 7th: James Baune – $3,652 8th: Alberto Rodriguez – $3,080 9th: Darryll Fish – $2,838 10th: Maria Feshchenko – $2,640 11th: Marc MacDonnell – $1,232 12th: Paul Domb – $1,232
There were 294 entries in the sixth and final flight of the $150 no-limit hold’em, which brought the total field size to 1,297 entries and well surpassed the $100,000 guaranteed prize pool. It generated a prize pool of $155,640 and the top 81 spots will finish in the money. A min-cash is worth $389, while the winner will walk away with $36,687 on Wednesday night.
2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 15 $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Entries: 1,297 Prize Pool: $155,640 November 27, 2018
2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 18 $360 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em Entries: 122 Prize Pool: $36,600 November 27, 2018
Sergio Grosso claimed the second of three Hard Rock trophies being awarded on Tuesday. Grosso earned his trophy from the Seminole Hard Rock by taking down the 122-entry $360 seniors no-limit hold’em event.
Grosso defeated Marvin Brantley heads-up to earn the title and $10,615.
“It feels great,” said Grosso after his win. “I’ve been at this a long time and it’s nice to win my first seniors event.”
Grosso has scored a couple other wins in his career, including a victory in a Rio Daily Deepstack event during the 2017 World Series of Poker for just shy of $28,000, but it’s the first time he’s earned a title in the senior division.
According to Grosso, he is retired and just enjoying life. He currently resides just outside of Toronto, but traveled down to Florida to play in the $3,500 RRPO WPT Championship event. He’s taking poker as a serious hobby in his life after work, and will be taking more shots at WPT events in the short-term.
He is leaving South Florida tomorrow morning and heading straight to Las Vegas for the next WPT stop at Bellagio.
He’ll get there riding high, going nearly wire-to-wire with the chip lead at the final table. Grosso came into the final table with the chip lead, lost it briefly to David Albertson before regaining it for good.
“I was playing pretty solid the whole time,” said Grosso. “I just kind of popped up for like 15-20 minutes and they just kind of ran into me.”
Grosso won a massive pot to eliminate Albertson in fourth place when he flopped trip queens and got it all in on the turn against Albertson’s pocket sevens. He faded a two-outer on the river and had two-thirds of the chips in play with three players remaining.
Jerome Hyafil busted in third to Brantley before Brantley went heads-up against Grosso.
Brantley put a small dent in Grosso’s heads-up chip lead, but then he rivered a flush after Grosso turned a full house. All the chips got into the middle and Grosso left with the trophy.
1st: Sergio Grosso – $10,615 2nd: Marvin Brantley – $6,588 3rd: Jerome Hyafil – $3,935 4th: David Albertson – $2,471 5th: Fariborz Zojaji – $1,830 6th: Juan Carlos Diaz – $1,574 7th: Orlando Maldonado – $1,363 8th: Bruce Freedman – $1,208 9th: Nir Peleg – $1,061 10th: Robert Williamson – $933 11th: Alexander Orlov – $933 12th: Tony Guglietti – $933 13th: Neil Blumenfield – $814 14th: Truyen Nguyen – $814 15th: Brian Wilson – $814 16th: Gregory Anda – $714