Event 5: Recap

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

Ory Hen - Winner
Ory Hen, Event 5 Champion


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