Georgii Belianin Visits a Friend in Miami, Decides to Play One Tournament, and Wins It

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 4
$400 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries:  130
Prize Pool:  $44,200
August 3, 2019

Event 4 Winner Georgii Belianin
Event 4 Winner Georgii Belianin

The only reason Georgii Belianin is in South Florida is to visit a friend who lives in Miami. He had never been to the Seminole Hard Rock before, but he “decided to play one tournament today.”

And he won.

There were 130 entries in Event 4 ($400 Pot Limit Omaha 8), and when they got to the final table, Belianin was second in chips behind Michelle Shah. Belianin would knock out four of his eight final-table opponents on his way to victory.

“I ran very good. There were a few good players, but I was lucky,” said Belianin. Born in Moscow, Belianin apologizes for his English, but he speaks it pretty well.

It was actually Shah who dominated most of the final table with a big chip lead, but Belianin won a few key pots late, particularly a three-way all-in situation between the final three players. Belianin won the pot with his pocket aces (there were no lows possible) to eliminate Vahid Hosseini in third place and double up thru Shah.

Shah still had the lead at that point with 837,000, but Belianin wasn’t too far behind with 723,000. A short while later, Belianin got it all in after he flopped trip nines against Shah’s pocket aces, and that gave him a huge lead of more than 13-to-1.

A short while later, Belianin flopped a full house against Shah’s overpair with a low draw, and he dodged all of her outs on the turn and river to win the SHRPO title and trophy.

Belianin summed up his day by saying, “This is my first tournament here at the Hard Rock, and I won it. I’m very happy.”

Final Results:

1st:  Georgii Belianin  –  $11,315 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  Michelle Shah  –  $7,535
3rd:  Vahid Hosseini  –  $5,265
4th:  Joseph Patalano  –  $3,780
5th:  Bryce Fox  –  $2,795
6th:  Mark Dube  –  $2,130
7th:  Sean Remz  –  $1,670
8th:  Chris Arcidiacono  –  $1,350
9th:  Steve Allen  –  $1,130
10th:  Phil Hui  –  $1,130
11th:  Donny Rubinstein  –  $975
12th:  Mike Beasley  –  $975
13th:  David Prociak  –  $875
14th:  Michael Soroka  –  $875
15th:  Sedarrien Coley  –  $810
16th:  Stephen Hung  –  $810
17th:  Jeffrey Sanders  –  $780