Event 14: In The Money

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Seniors

Blinds: 1K/2K/300 ante

Walk away for five minutes to go check out Event 15 and what do the Seniors do – they get frisky and bust two players out after not having lost one for over an hour. Robert Bass finished in 5th place for $1,200. Our remaining four players and their approximate chip stacks are as follows:

Seat 1Robert Winsler (Sarasota, FL)60K
Seat 2Julio Fernandez (Miami, FL)40K
Seat 3Elliott Zaydman (Coconut Creek, FL)190K
Seat 4Jeff Kessler (Plantation, FL)75K


Event 14: Grumpy Old Man

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Seniors

Blinds: 800/1.6K/200 ante

The player who had doubled up on the earlier hand moved all in on a K-Q-Q two diamond flop and was called by the same opponent who had doubled him up earlier in Seat 4. Seat 4 still had him covered and turned over A-J. His opponent had J-3 of diamonds for a flush draw. The river was a blank and Seat 4 looked like he was going to eliminate our player in Seat 2 that was all in. The river was not a diamond… but it was a 3… prompting Seat 4 to jump up out of his chair, let out a string of expletives and slam his fists against the wall. “Jesus Christ bro,” he said sitting back down… clearly agitated. He’s still mumbling about it five minutes later even after getting lucky with K-8 against A-K (against Seat 2) to double up to 20K.

Event 14: Short Stack Doubles

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Seniors

Blinds: 800/1.6K/200 ante

A short stack check raised all in over the top of his opponent on a Q-T-8 flop. His opponent made the call with K-Q for top pair with a King kicker. His opponent had flopped the nuts though with Jc9c and the turn and river would not change the outcome. “Look at that sh**,” said the player with K-Q to a friend who came up to look at the hand. The short stack had 30K and now has more than 60K. Not so short any more.

Still six handed. Still one shy of the money.

Event 14: On Break

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Seniors

Blinds: 800/1.6K/200 ante

We’re still not quite in the money yet as six players remain. They briefly discussed doing a chip count chop but in the end decided against it. All six players are relatively deep with no one having less than 25 big blinds. Once we get into the money, we’ll let you know who they are and provide you with the bust outs for each finish.

Event 15: Growing Field

$120 + $30 No Limit Hold’em

Blinds: 100/200

Players have moved into Level 4 of Event 15 and the number of entrants continues to climb closer to the magic number. There are 167 players showing on the board with more coming all the time looking for a piece of the $20,000 guaranteed prizepool.

With multiple tournaments going at once, Event 15 players are split between the downstairs tables and the upstairs tournament area.

Event 15: Evening Grind

$120 + $30 No Limit Hold’em

Blinds: 25/50

Event 15 of the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open” is another small buy-in, big prizepool No Limit Hold’em tournament. The $150 buy-in tournament sports a $20,000 guaranteed prizepool and will draw a big field.

Players begin with 6,000 in their stacks and 30-minute levels to make their moves. Late registration is available unti the start of Level 5 and players can re-enter during that time if they are knocked out.

Players are taking their seats and cards are in the air.

Gil Haim Nagar outlasts everyone to win Event 13

$260 + $40 No Limit Hold’em

Blinds: 6k/12k/2k ante

There was a significant delay as the final three players tried to hammer out a deal. The sticky point was actually who would get the winner trophy but they were able to work out a chip chop.

Staff gave the players one 30 minute level to play for the trophy and they went for it.

Ultimately it was Santana Noronha who won the trophy they all desired but Gil Haim Nagar is the champion of Event 13 as the always talking, always having fun local grabbed the most chips at the right time.

Gil Haim Nagar, Event 13 Champion
Gil Haim Nagar, Event 13 Champion
1stHaim Gil Nagar$7,096
2ndSantana Noronha$6,797
3rdJason Kwartler$6,237
4thPeter Striano$2,650
5thCourtland Twyman$2,105

Event 13: 4th place, Peter Striano – $2,650

$260 + $40 No Limit Hold’em

Blinds: 6k/12k/2k ante

It took nearly two hours to knocked out Twyman in 5th place but just one more hand to get the next one. Peter Striano raised from the cutoff and Gil Haim Nagar shoved from the small blind.]

Striano shrugged his shoulders and called with AcTs but was dominated by AdKc. Nagar improved even more with the Ks9d2h flop but Striano picked up a gut shot on the Js turn.

“Dont’ do it!” yelled Nagar.

Someone was listening and the harmless Jc hit the river to send Striano out in the 4th place for $2,650.

Peter Striano, 4th place
Peter Striano, 4th place

Event 13: 5th place, Courtland Twyman – $2,105

$260 + $40 No Limit Hold’em

Blinds: 6k/12k/2k ante

The final five players took a long time to get the action moving along. They had plenty of chips to make moves and Santana Noronha was able to take some chips back from Peter Striano.

Courtland Twyman began the day with the smallest stack and wasn’t able to get much going on the day. He raised from the button and Striano moved all-in over the top from the small blind. Twyman called with Ac9h but was behind Striano’s AdTc.

“I couldn’t just flat there,” Striano told the table.

Striano paired on the KhTs2c6s5d board and Twyman was eliminated in 5th place for $2,105.

Courtland Twyman, 5th place
Courtland Twyman, 5th place

Event 13: Striano Doubles

$260 + $40 No Limit Hold’em

Blinds: 3k/6k Ante 1k

Peter Striano’s goal to win two events during the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open” took a turn north with a double up through Santana Noronha.

Action was mellow until Striano moved all-in after turn with the board reading AdTh2h5d and Noronha took his time to think it through. After a few minutes of deliberation he called with As8d but needed help when Striano showed AhKd. The river was clean to give Striano the double to 260,000.

Event 14: Registration Closed

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Seniors

Blinds: 100/200/25 ante

Registration has closed for the Seniors Event and the players have a little overlay added to their value. The field drew 46 players for a $1,200 overlay leaving the prizepool at $15,000.

Jeff Kessler recently pulled a 20,000 chip pot when he induced his opponent to move all-in with the K-high flush against his Ace-high flush. The hand moved him to ~40,000 and near the top of the leaderboard.

We will have official payouts when the staff finish crunching the numbers.

Event 13: Bonus Poker

$260 + $40 No Limit Hold’em

Blinds: 2.5k/5k/500 ante

Event 13 drew 120 players to the $300 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament and 16 levels of play were not enough to play down to a winner. There are five players returning this afternoon with someone walking away with the $10,300 first place money.

Santana Noronha begins the extra day of play with the chiplead among the five players and Courtland Twyman is the shortest while Peter Striano is trying to duplicate his win in Event 5. We don’t expect it to take long but they are just about to crown a new champion.

Seat 1Courtland Twyman99,500
Seat 2Peter Striano137,500
Seat 3Santana Noronha284,000
Seat 4Gil Haim Nagar198,500
Seat 5Jason Kwartler240,000


Event 14: Young Gun

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Seniors

Blinds: 100/200

Nick Visconti had an interesting question not usually asked during a poker tournament.

“Am I the youngest player today?” he stopped by ask. Visconti probably has that distinction as he just turned 50 last month to slide into qualification. He’s also showing some of the aggression those young grinders like to use.

Visconti called an early position raise with 4d2h from the big blind before the Kd4c2d flop. His opponent shoved all in and the small blind folded his hand before Visconti called. The 5-seat was at risk with top pair Kc8c against bottom two.

“You killed my action,” said the small blind players, “I had a flush draw.”

That player’s attitude changed from regret to elation as Viconti’s hand improved further with the 4h on the turn for the full house and another knockout.

“Thanks for killing my action,” the seat joked as another one left Table 41.

The board is showing 40 players registered as the players head off on their first break of the day. Late registration for the tournament is open through the break and the next 40-minute level.

"Young gun" Nick Visconti
“Young gun” Nick Visconti

Event 14: Level Up

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Seniors

Blinds: 75/150

Players have settled into the routine grind at the tables as we’ve had a few knockouts in the room but without the usual fanfare of righteous indignation which normally comes with a bad beat.

The 4-seat at Table 41 was down to just 625 but found a good time to get them in the middle when he picked up AdAh under the gun. He was called by the big blind with Ac7c and a great chance to get back in the game. The 6c3h2d was safe enough for the double but luck had its day when the board finished Tc and 8c for the running flush.

He shook hands with a few players and decided against buying back into the tournament.

“I think the 1/2 tables are calling my name,” he told his former opponents.

Event 14: Name the Game

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Seniors

Blinds: 50/100

“Don’t call it that!”

The Seniors event players are having a good time and the 9-seat at Table 41 was jokingly calling it the “Decrepit tournament” and many other colorful, unprintable names. The tables today are much more lively than normal and the players are having a great time.

The conservation quickly turned to those young folk with the temerity to enter the tournament meant for those 50 years of age or older. None of tried the move today but I don’t imagine they would have a good time.

The board is showing 31 players in the event at the end of Level 1 with another two hours, plus break time, to get in the game.

Jeff Kessler looking to improve his week
Jeff Kessler looking to improve his week


Event 14: Seniors Day

$300 + $50 No Limit Hold’em Seniors

Blinds: 25/50

It should be a fun day in The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock as Event 14 gets moving. It will be the Seniors throwing chips around trying to grab a piece of a $15,000 guaranteed prizepool.

The $350 buy-in tournament requires players to be 50 years of age or older to enter and they are here early. Players begin with stacks of 8,000 and will play 40-minutes levels. Late registration is available through four levels of play and can re-enter if eliminated during that time.

We will follow their action throughout the day and bring live updates on SHRPOLive.com.