2014 RRPO Live Updates

Championship Recap

Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ’N’ Roll Poker Open”
$3,500 Championship No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed

November 28 – December 3, 2014

Total Entries:  601
Total Prize Pool:  $2,000,000

Chris Bolek
Chris Bolek

The showcase event of the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” kicked off on November 28. The $3,500 buy-in Championship Event drew 601 entrants and Chris Bolek outlasted all 600 players to earn the title plus the $480,200 that goes along with the honor.

The Championship featured two starting flights and included world champions, local regulars, and top professionals. A few of the WSOP bracelet winners in the house included Vanessa Selbst, Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi, Jason Mercier, Tristan Wade, Brian Hastings, Mike Leah, Marsha Wolak, and 2001 Main Event Champion Carlos Mortensen along with former November Niners John Dolan and Dennis Phillips. Matt Glantz, Ari Engel, Matt Affleck, Mike Leah, and Chance Kornuth were just some of the other professionals taking a seat.

Day 2 saw only 224 players return for a chance at the title with 63 of them getting a piece of the $2,000,000 prize pool. It took nearly an hour to lose one player on the money bubble and it was local “Sheddy” Siddiqui going out in 65th against eventual 4th place finisher Jeff Chang to put the rest of the field in the money.

Day 2 ended with exactly four tables remaining and Chang in the lead. It was a quick Day 3 as they just needed to eliminate 18 of the 36 players to call it a night. It was over when WSOP and WPT champion Eli Elezra was knocked out in 19th.

The Championship final table was set when Jebhar Patterson was eliminated in 11th place on Day 4 but there was still some work to do. They were scheduled to play down to the last six players to move on to the live-streamed final table stage in the Paradise Live Theater.

After a quick dinner break and despite a comeback attempt, Mohammed Jaafar went out in 7th place to send the remaining players to Day 5.

Professional Faraz Jaka was the first to be sent out on the final day when his Big Slick could not out race the pocket Jacks of Sean Winter. Steven McKoy quickly followed suit to start a long four-handed battle.

Former chip leader Jeff Chang had little luck under the lights and was knocked out by new leader Sean Winter. Andy Andrejevic spent a lot of the last two days on top of the chip counts but his Championship came to an end in 3rd when he moved all-in against Bolek and his 7h7d couldn’t catch versus TcTh.

The heads up match between Bolek and Winter started relatively even but Bolek took most of the major pots. With a dwindling stack, Winter took a shot with Ah5c but was no good against TsTd to send him out in runner-up position.

Bolek was short stacked several times at the final table but won a critical come-from-behind hand against Sean Winter and never looked back. He fought hard, played a patient game, and battled back to win the championship.

Bolek is recently off a runner-up finish at WPT Bestbet less than one month ago and now has the biggest victory of his career. He also moved over $1,000,000 in career tournament earnings with the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” Championship.

“This is my home,” Bolek said simply when asked about his run. “I’m a South Florida player and I come here a lot. Their structure are great, competitive with anything else in the country.”

“I’m just going to enjoy this moment for awhile,” he said when asked what was next.

1st: Chris Bolek – $480,200
2nd: Sean Winter – $270,000
3rd: Andy Andrejevic – $170,000
4th: Jeff Chang – $138,000
5th: Steven McKoy – $110,000
6th: Faraz Jaka – $91,000
7th: Mohammed Jaafar – $73,000
8th: Jacobo Fernandez – $55,000
9th: Mike Dentale – $38,000

Championship: Bolek Wins the Title

$3,500 Championship No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 31:  Blinds 60k/120k/20k ante 

The heads up match was quick work by Chris Bolek in less than one level. They started with relatively equal stacks but Bolek won every major pot against Sean Winter until he held a more than 15-to-2 chip lead.

They were in the process of figuring out the next break when Winter took a shot with Ah5c and Bolek had a chance to win with TsTd.

Bolek’s dominating hand all but locked it up when he flopped a set on the QcTh6d board. Winter was drawing thin to running miracle cards but the 3d had him drawing dead to runner-up position.

Bolek won the hand, the title, and redemption after losing a championship heads up match just a few weeks ago to Ryan Van Sanford.

Sean Winter, 2nd place
Sean Winter, 2nd place

Championship: 3rd Place – Andy Andrejevic

$3,500 Championship No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 30:  Blinds 50k/100k/15k ante 

Andy Andrejevic - 3rd Place
Andy Andrejevic – 3rd Place

Former chip leader Andy Andrejevic’s great run came to an end at the final table. He lost two critical hands before he opened to 200,000 on the button and Chris Bolek three-bet to 675,000. Andrejevic four-bet shoved for 2,935,000 total and Bolek quickly called.

Andrejevic needed a lot of help with 7h7d against Bolek’s TcTh but nothing came on the AsJs6c flop. His chance to catch u ended when Bolek nailed the Td to lock up the hand and send Andrejevic out in 3rd place for $170,000

Chris Bolek – 9,870,000
Sean Winter – 8,080,000

Championship: Break Time Chip Counts

$3,500 Championship No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

End of Level 28:  Blinds 30k/60k/10k ante 

At the end of the level, players took 15 minutes away from the action.  Here are the chip counts (in millions):

Sean Winter – 8.675
Andy Andrejevic – 4.825
Jeff Chang – 3.165
Chris Bolek – 1.355

After the break, players will return for

Level 29:  Blinds 40k/80k/10k ante