Event 2: Recap

2015 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open”
$250 Limit Omaha/8 (Re-Entry)

November 19, 2015

Total Entries:  72
Total Prize Pool: $15,120

Mitchell Smith, Event 2 Champion
Mitchell Smith, Event 2 Champion


It wasn’t the first tournament of the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” series but Event 2 crowned the first champ. It was an Omaha/8 tournament which played out in one-day with Mitchell Smith as the last player standing for the title and $3,251.

The tournament 72 entrants to the $250 buy-in event, a nice improvement over the same tournament last year. Several former champions were in the game, including Robert Campbell, but none were able to stick around until the final table.

They were never deep at the final table but the limit betting aspect and split pot possibilities kept them grinding away until every player was in the danger zone. Judith Green made the final table ten but fell short of making the money with nine getting paid.

There was some brief discussion about a nine-way deal but it was only talk. Three-time WSOP Circuit champ John Holley dropped out in 9th place for a min-cash and he was followed by Marc Levy, someone who really wanted the trophy.

Played slowed down once again with Jerry Kowalski trying to climb the payout ladder while wielding a micro-stack. He caught a couple small doubles but fell in 6th place. Michael Guardino would have liked to have improved on his runner-up finish in the 2015 Coco Poker Open Omaha/8 tournament but the best he could manage was 5th place.

Scott Sharp fell shortly after Guardino and the last three players chopped up the remaining prize pool evenly. Smith held the chip lead and was awarded the title along with the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” trophy and custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of Image Masters.


1st: Mitchell Smith (Palm Beach, FL) $3,251
2nd: Steven Gray (Conway, SC) $3,251
3rd: Joey Prosper (Miami, FL) $3,251
4th: Scott Sharp (Lauderhill, FL) $1,512
5th: Michael Guardino (West Haven, CT) $1,134
6th: Jerry Kowalski (Hollywood, FL) $907
7th: Leonard St. Germain (Southwest Ranches, FL) $756
8th: Marc Levy (Boynton Beach, FL) $605
9th: John Holley (Destin, FL) $454