Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Event 6: $560 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em / PLO (Re-Entry)
August 19, 2014
Prize Pool: $27,000
The 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Black Chip Bounty Pot Limit Omaha/No Limit Hold’em event played all the way to a conclusion in one day, as Kevin Ho emerged victorious over the field of 54 entrants. The win garnered him first place prize money of $7,560 along with a beautiful Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open trophy and custom 16×20 framed photograph with event information plaque provided by IMPDI.
Second place and $4,104 went to Brad Young. Victor Figueroa took 3rd place and $2,592. Other notable cashes in this event: Tuan “Tony” Pham, who finished 6th in his second cash of the series — he also cashed in Event 1, finishing 19th; and Michael Wang, who booked his fourth cash and second final table of the series, finishing 9th.
This was also the first mixed-game tournament of this series and first main event to include bounties. This event featured a mix of Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em, alternating every nine hands. Each player received a $100 bounty for any player they knocked out of the tournament.
Fifty-four entrants created a total prize pool of $27,000. Of this amount, $5,400 was paid out in bounties. The remaining $21,600 was distributed to the final nine players as the prize pool. Just over six hours in, the money bubble burst. Then it took another five hours to get through the final table.
“I wasn’t even going to play,” Kevin Ho said. “My friend [Tony][Pham] put me in.” This is the first mixed game tournament Ho has ever played. “I only play Hold’em, it’s actually my first time playing mixed, I’m a rookie” he said. “I’m learning as I go.”
Ho started playing poker 13 years ago and honed his game online. The nail technician from Homestead, FL, plans to stick around and play the $1 Million Guaranteed event later this week. Referring to the Seminole Hard Rock, he said “They have the best tournament series in Florida. I love it”.
1. KEVIN HO (FORT MYERS, FL): $7,560
2. BRADLEY YOUNG (NEW YORK, NY): $4,104
3. VICTOR FIGUEROA (MIAMI BEACH, FL): $2,592
4. MARK PROVENZANO (ILLINOIS): $1,944
5. ROBERT CAMPBELL (NORTH MIAMI, FL): $1,512
6. WARREN FUND (NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC): $1,296
7. JOSEPH MOBLEY (LOUISVILLE, KY): $1,080
8. TUAN PHAM (ESTERO, FL): $864
9. MICHAEL WANG (LIVINGSTON, NJ): $648