2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$400 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $91,120
July 27, 2022
The 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open kicked off on Wednesday, and the first trophy was awarded in the one-day Seniors Event when Robert Garcia came out on top of a field of 272 players — the third largest field for a seniors event in Seminole Hard Rock history.
Garcia lives nearly two hours away in Okeechobee, Florida, and he and some friends drive down to the Seminole Hard Rock about once a series, usually to play in the Seniors Event.
“I’ve cashed a couple and made some deep runs,” said Garcia, “but I’ve never come that close, so this feels great.”
Why does Garcia prefer seniors events over other events?
“Seniors are a lot friendlier,” said Garcia. “The young kids are more aggressive, with more big pots. Seniors want to see more flops and play a little bit more. It’s more of an old school type of poker.”
Garcia was fourth in chips at the dinner break, and improved to chipleader when they reached the final two tables. But then he went card dead for a while.
“I wasn’t getting any cards when we were at two tables,” said Garcia. “But once we got to the final table, I got some great cards in the right spots.”
The key hand for Garcia came with seven players left, when he played a big pot against another big stack, Hector Pacheco.
“I got lucky in one hand where I flopped top pair with a king, and [Pacheco] had king-three for two pair,” said Garcia. “But I hit my second pair on the river, and then we went all in, and that was a really big pot. That was probably the deciding hand of the match.” (Click here to read about that hand in more detail.)
Pacheco was eliminated in that hand as Garcia catapulted to a big chip lead, and kept his momentum by knocking out the next two players (Tamara Goldshteyn in sixth, and Stacy Matin in fifth) before the final four agreed to an ICM deal. As chipleader, Garcia was declared the winner, receiving the title and the trophy.
Garcia really enjoys the tournaments here, but he and his friends are also fans of the many other amenities available at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.
“If my buddies get knocked out early, they can go gamble or do something else besides wait for me the whole time,” said Garcia. “Right now they’re out getting drunk at the bar, so I’m going to meet them there and celebrate.”
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* Indicates the results of a four-way deal.