2015 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ’n’ Roll Poker Open”
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed Prizepool
November 23rd-25th, 2015
Total Entries: 830
Total Prizepool: $415,000
Last year, Ory Hen won Event 1 of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open on his way to becoming the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year. This year, Hen waited until the second big-field event of the series, winning Event 5 against a field of 830 entries to win $52,153, the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open” trophy, and a custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of Image Masters.
Event 5 needed to attract 500 entries to reach the $250,000 guarantee, but over four starting flights, there were 830 entries, even with Day 2 playing down to a winner the night before Thanksgiving.
However, once the clock struck midnight (meaning it was officially Thanksgiving) and the final table was still eight-handed after playing for more than an hour, the players began serious negotiations for a chop. Eventually a deal was reached so that even the shortest stacks would receive more than fifth-place money. While the players debated how to distribute the prize money, there was no doubt as to who would claim the trophy, as Hen had nearly a million chips more than his closest competitor.
No better way for a poker player to head into Thanksgiving (and the holiday shopping season) than a big score at a final table, and the final eight all earned at least $23,261.
Happy Thanksgiving, and congratulations to Ory Hen!
Final Table Results:
1st: Ory Hen – $52,153
2nd: Christpoher Nomikos – $42,144
3rd: Gunther Rowohlt – $38,788
4th: Steven Bennett – $35,774
5th: Nigel Murray – $34,523
6th: Phil Hernz – $27,584
7th: Zack Goodman – $26,504
8th: Lisa Teebagy – $23,261
9th: Kenneth Watson – $7,885