Event 16 Recap

2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
$1,100 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-out)
$100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool

August 12–13, 2015

Total Entries:  219
Total Prize Pool:  $219,000

Rick Alvarado
Rick Alvarado, Event 16 Champion


Event 16 was scheduled as a one-day event, but since it more than doubled its guarantee of a $100,000 prizepool (a continuing theme here at SHRPO), action carried over to a Day 2.

There were no deals in this one, as the players wanted the title and the trophy. But only one player could win, and Rick Alvarado outlasted a very tough final table that included big-name players like Joe Serock, Nacho Barbero, and Matt Stout. For his victory, Alvarado received $50,497, a SHRPO trophy, and a custom-framed winner’s photo from IMPDI.

Serock went out on a bad beat when his AdKd lost to the Kh5h of Tom Dobrilovic (who made a heart flush), and Stout’s elimination hand was even worse — his QsQc lost to Barbero’s QhJh (Barbero turned a straight).

Rick Alvarado vs Nacho Barbero
Rick Alvarado (left) and Nacho Barbero as they played heads-up for the trophy.

When Dobrilovic exited in third place, heads-up play began with Barbero holding a 1.65M-to-950K lead over Alvarado, who slowly grinded down the lead until they were nearly even. Then they played a pot on a board of As9h3d8hQh that would become the biggest of the tournament when Alvarado check-raised all in on the river. Barbero tank-called, and Alvarado won the pot with Kh3h for a runner-runner flush. Barbero was left with 3 big blinds, and busted on the next hand.

Alvarado is originally from Ontario, California, but currently calls Las Vegas, NV his home. Alvarado has been playing poker for a long time, but just started playing a heavier tournament schedule this year. It appears to be a good move so far, as he picked up six cashes at the WSOP, and his first big tournament victory here today. While this victory isn’t his biggest live score, Alvarado says it’s the sweetest, because it’s his first trophy.

Congratulations to Rick Alvarado!

Final Table Results:

1st:  Rick Alvarado  (Las Vegas, NV)  $50,497
2nd:  Nacho Barbero  (Buenos Aires, Argentina)  $34,164
3rd:  Tom Dobrilovic  (West Nyack, NY)  $22,338
4th:  Matt Stout  (Las Vegas, NV)  $17,849
5th:  Joe Serock  (Albuquerque, NM)  $13,403
6th:  Michael Chiappetta  (Boca Raton, FL)  $10,315