Event 20 Recap

Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ’N’ Roll Poker Open”
Event 20:  $300 Deep Stack Black Chip Bounty No Limit Holdem (Re-Entry)

December 1, 2014

Total Entries:  182
Total Prize Pool:  $28,210

Nick Pupillo Event 20 Champion
Nick Pupillo
Event 20 Champion


The final major event of the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” was a $300 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament with $100 from each entrant going to a bounty on their head. After more than 13 hours of play, Nick Pupillo picked up his second title in two days and the $8,464 that went with it.

The one-day tournament drew 182 entrants for a $28,210 prize pool plus another $18,200 in available bounties. The tournament quickly played down to the last three tables in less than six hours before slowing down on the money bubble.

It took 10 rounds of hand-for-hand action before Joseph Patalano lost a race with Queens versus the Big Slick of Mike Dinardo. The pace picked up speed once they were in the money and players dropped fast until Ariel Rosello’s elimination formed the final table.

Tyler Thren was the major threat during most of the final table action but the rest caught up to him once they were four-handed. Thren went from top to bottom before crashing out in 3rd place.

The heads up match could have been a drawn out affair but Pupillo quickly erased Jeffrey Postal’s early lead. It ended in less than one level when Pupillo’s flopped two pair turned into a full house to give him another tournament victory.

Pupillo is on quite a heater after winning a Deepstacks Extravanga event on November 14 and Event 17 Big Stack Turbo here just over 24 hours ago.

“It was a great structure.” Pupillo commented. “It was great for a one day tournament.”

The tired Pupillo collected his trophy, payout ticket, plus the six black chip bounties in his pocket to get some rest before he flies back to Chicago in the morning.

Event 20 Results:

1st Nick Pupillo – $8,464
2nd Jeffrey Postal – $4,909
3rd Tyler Thren – $3,188
4th Scott Hart – $2,059
5th Mike Dinardo – $1,495
6th Anthony Ocampo – $1,269
7th Muhammad Rahim – $931
8th Steven Diamond – $677
9th Paulius Bikus – $649
10th Brad Mixson – $592
11th Ariel Rosello – $592
12th Ari Engel – $592
13th Mike Pastein – $508
14th Antonio Hogaza – $508
15th Arlene Vazquez – $508
16th Otto Palacios – $423
17th Jonathan Borenstein – $423
18th Daiane Mendez – $423