Poker Open

Event 25 Recap

2015 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool

August 17-19th, 2015

Total Entries:  690
Total Prize Pool: $82,800

Yves Fequiere, Event 25 Champion
Yves Fequiere, Event 25 Champion


Event 25 was the last multi-day event on the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open schedule. The small buy-in, big prize pool tournament drew 690 entrants for $150 buy-in and the $50,000 guarantee prize pool. After two starting days and a long final table, Miami resident Yves Fequiere was the last player standing.

Day 2 saw 86 players return with only 45 of them getting a piece of the $82,800 prize pool. The field quickly played down into the money before the second break and it didn’t slow down until the final table.

Those ten players settled in for the long haul and action didn’t pick up until after Robert Chusid went out in 9th place. That set up a quick succession of bustouts until there were just three players remaining.

Fequiere, Joe Pozos, and Ariel Rosello battled it out until Rosello ran his pocket pair into the bigger one of Fequiere. The hand solidified Fequiere’s lead and he was declared champion after a heads up deal with Pozos.

Final Table Results:

1st: Yves Fequiere (Miami, FL) $17,344
2nd: Joe Pozos (Lewes, DE) $17,344
3rd: Ariel Rosello (Hialeah, FL) $8,321
4th: Marshall White (Garner, NC) $5,796
5th: Richard Hembree (Archdale, NC) $4,181
6th: Peter Chin (Hollywood, FL) $3,353
7th: Marc Levy (Boynton Beach, FL) $2,567
8th: Pat Tiller (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) $1,822
9th: Robert Chusid (Sunrise, FL) $1,325

Event 25: Ariel Rosello – 3rd Place ($8,321)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 31: 60,000/120,000/20,000 Ante

There was another long stretch with little activity, except talk about making a deal and taking home the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open trophy.

Ariel Rosello really wanted it but sat third in chips. He tried to move his way up when he shoved for 1,250,000 with 6h6c and chip leader Yves Fequiere quickly called with 9d9h.

The ac4s3d flop did Rosell no help and the 9h turn locked up the hand for Fequiere. Rosello had to walk away without his trophy, finishing in 3rd place for $8,321.

Ariel Rosello
Ariel Rosello

Event 25: Marshall White – 4th Place ($5,796)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 30: 50,000/100,000/15,000 Ante

Joe Pozos didn’t knock out Marshall White, but he did almost all the damage. He limped in the small blind and White raised to 180,000 in the big blind.

Pozos moved all-in and White quickly called with acqd only to see he was up against asah. It was a dry run out of 9s8c2c9hjs and Pozos’ 1,450,000 was doubled leaving White with only 50,000 and the big blind.

He was all-in for less than the 100,000 required while Yves Fequiere and Pozos checked down the next board of tc3c2h8hjs. Fequiere’s kc3s was good enough to take the small pot against Pozos’ 7d4d and White’s 6s4c.

It was a dramatic way to go out, but White is gone in 4th place for $5,796

Marshall White
Marshall White

Event 25: Richard Hembree – 5th Place ($4,181)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante

Richard Hembree was getting anxious to get somewhere else. He was getting ready to go and moved all-in for ~400,000 from the button and Yves Fequiere quickly called when it got to him in the big blind.

Fequiere: actd
Hembree: qs9d

Hembree’s chances decreased on the ahks5d flop and were gone after the 3c. The river was a pointless 2h and Hembree was eliminated in 5th place for $4,181.

Richard Hembree
Richard Hembree

Event 25: Peter Chin – 6th Place ($3,353)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante

The parade continued.

One hand later and Peter Chin moved all-in for 390,000 and Joe Pozos called in the small blind. Marshall White responded by moving all-in from the big blind to get a fold from Pozos.

Chin: qh9h
White: asks

“I have live cards,” Chin laughed.

His cards were no longer live after the ah8c3c flop. Chin needed running cards to stay alive but was drawing dead on the 4s turn to go out in 6th place for $3,353.

Peter Chin
Peter Chin

Event 25: Marc Levy – 7th Place ($2,567)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante

The quick post-break action continued when Marc Levy had his entire stack in the middle on the next hand after Pat Tiller’s elimination.

Ariel Rosello had him at risk with askc against jstc but Levy added an open-ended straight draw to his live cards on the qc9c4d flop. He couldn’t catch though, as the turn and river came 7h and ah to send him out in 7th place for $2,567.

Marc Levy
Marc Levy

Event 25: Pat Tiller – 8th Place ($1,822)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000/10,000 Ante

Two hands after they returned from break, Pat Tiller open shoved for 365,000 and Marshall White moved in over the top from the button. The blinds released their hands and the cards were tabled.

White: 6s6c

Tiller: As7c

About the best Tiller could hope for, flipping to stay alive. But he never had a sweat as the board ran 9c4d2sqcjs to sent Tiller out in 8th place for $1,822.

Pat Tiller
Pat Tiller

Event 25: Robert Chusid – 9th Place ($1,325)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

On the last hand before the next break, Ariel Rosello opened to 105,000 and Yves Fequiere three-bet to 425,000.

Robert Chusid four-bet shoved for 950,000 with Queens, Rosello let his hand go but Fequiere called with Kings.

The flop brought no saving love for Chusid and he was gone in 9th place for $1,325.

The remaining eight players went off on a 15-minute break.

Robert Chusid
Robert Chusid

Event 25: David Shmuel – 10th Place ($994)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

The fast pace slowed down once they reached the final table and went an entire level without a big hand. The first knockout came in a weird situation.

Robert Chusid accidentally exposed one of this cards (the ks) and was forced to play with one up and one down in the small blind. Action folded to him and he moved all-in.

Strong move but David Shmuel quickly called with acqd and Chusid turned over his other card to find 5d. Chusid flopped a flush draw on the as7s6s board and turned a gutshot draw on the 3d turn.

Chusid jumped out of his seat and Shmuel shook his head when the 4h dropped on the river to complete the straight. It was a tough exit but Shmuel was gone in 10th place for $994.

David Shmuel
David Shmuelevent 

Event 25: Two Tables Remaining

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 24: 12,000/24,000/4,000 Ante

In no time flat, there are just two tables remaining in Event 25 and there seems to be no slowing them down since the money bubble.

19th: Robert Midgette (Boca Raton, FL) $580
20th: Daniel Peila (Aventura, FL) $580
21st: Rafael Ramos (Cape Coral, FL) $580
22nd: Todd Altinbas (Fort Lauderdale, FL) $580
23rd: Christian Rodriguez (Boynton Beach, FL) $580
24th: Barry Neer (Pembroke Pines, FL) $580
25th: Lazaro Capote (Hialeah, FL) $580
26th: William Wilson (Boynton Beach, FL) $580
27th: Bradley Young (New York, NY) $580

Event 25: Recent Departures

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000/3,000 Ante

Another table has been sent packing including two back-to-back from Kingston 8, Jamaica. Also out are John Holley and Mike Berland making little over a min-cash despite not showing up today.

28th: Dominic Moore (Kingston 8, JM) $497
29th: Gautam Lillaney (Kingston 8, JM) $497
30th: Jeff Rodriguez (Atlanta, GA) $497
31st: Theo Lawson (Miami Gardens, FL) $497
32nd: Luke Doolitte (Delray Beach, FL) $497
33rd: John Holley (Niceville, FL) $497
34th: Michael Berland (Fairport Harbor, OH) $497
35th: John Mullarky (Huntington, WV) $497
36th: David Lithgow (Ft Lauderdale, FL) $497

Event 25: Dropping Fast

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000 Ante

The field dropped quickly after the money bubble, a usual process accelerated by the long bubble pushing the blinds. Four tables remain but that might change during the writing process.

Among those gone in the first payout level were WSOP bracelet winner Dan Heimiller and Seminole Hard Rock Poker regular Marty Robbins.

37th: Vladimir Kovalchuck (Hallandale, FL) $414
38th: Dan Heimiller (Las Vegas, NV) $414
39th: Steven Marcozzi (Naples, FL) $414
40th: Santiago Gomez (Hollywood, FL) $414
41st: Derrick Cutler (Marietta, GA) $414
42nd: Marty Robbins (Lake Forth, TX) $414
43rd: Nathan Adler (Naples, FL) $414
44th: Juan Ferrer (Miami, FL) $414
45th: Mary Coopman (Montrose, NY) $414

Event 25: Break Time

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 21: 6,000/12,000/2,000 Ante

After the long bubble grind, the players probably needed this second break to relax.

There are 42 players remaining and below is what the payouts remaining.

1st: $21,853
2nd: $12,834
3rd: $8,321
4th: $5,796
5th: $4,181
6th: $3,353
7th: $2,567
8th: $1,822
9th: $1,325
10-12th: $994
13-15th: $787
16-18th: $662
19-27th: $580
28-36th: $497
37-42nd: $414

Event 25: In the Money

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 20: 5,000/10,000/1,000 Ante

After three weeks of covering tournaments, the writing staff became accustomed to brief money bubble action. That all changed in the last tournament of the series.

It took 14 hands, one at a time, to finally put the tournament in the money after more than 30 minutes. There were six all-ins called that only produced double ups until one unnamed short stack found Kings.

There were three live players after he shoved his micro-stack and they checked it down until the board read ad8s7dthah. Mike Rumie tossed out a single 25k chip to get folds from the other players and a schoolyard vulgarity from the all-in player.

He probably thought his khkc was beaten by and Ace but it was Rumie’s jh9c turned straight which put the field in the money.

Event 25 Bubble Hand

Mike Rumie
Mike Rumie


Event 25: Missing Mike Berland

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 3,000/6,000/1,000 Ante

We have a curious case of a missing person deep in Event 25 without playing a single hand today. Mike Berland bagged up 217,500 at the end of Day 1B but apparently didn’t read the schedule close enough. A few of his competitors last night indicated he thought it was a one-day event.

Berland is getting blinded down as they close in on the bubble and off on a 15-minute color up break.

Mike Berland empty bag and pile of chips
Mike Berland empty bag and dwindling pile of chips

Event 25: Moving Fast

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 2,500/5,000/500 Ante

We thought players would settle in for the grind after switching over to the poker room but they are hitting the door in a hurry. The field quickly dropped 23 players before the first hour and those 63 remaining players will be nearing the money in no time.

We had a visitor in the room today. Local reg Francis Margaglione won the $200 Deep Stack Turbo event last night while most were paying attention to the Big 4 final tables. He was due after several close calls and came in to pick up his custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of Image Masters.

Margaglione proudly displayed it to Table 39, they have an idea of the bonus award they’ll get for winning.

Francis Margaglione with his winner's photo
Francis Margaglione with his winner’s photoee

Event 25: Getting Settled

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 1,500/3,000/500 Ante

Event 25 is going to move along at a brisk pace, they’ll be breaking tables until the stacks catch up. Tracey Gelb was happy to come back for Day 2 but it ended quickly for her when her Jacks ran into the Aces of Rafael Ramos.

The last 45 players will make the money and we’ll post the payouts shortly.

Mark Newman
Mark Newman
Dan Heimiller
Dan Heimiller
Alfonso Perez
Alfonso Perez
Jesse Capps
Jesse Capps

Event 25: Bonus Poker Day

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 1,500/3,000/500 Ante

The Big 4 tournaments may be complete but we have one more Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open title to decide. Event 25 is a $150 buy-in tournament that had two starting days and attracted 690 entrants.

Of those starting players, we have 86 returning today in the poker room and playing down to a champion.

Michael Newman – 312,000 (104 bb)
Patrick Tiller – 245,500 (82 bb)
Pasquale Lanzillotto – 225,000 (75 bb)
Michaele Berland – 217,500 (73 bb)
David Shmuel – 205,500 (69 bb)
Lazaro Capote – 188,500 (63 bb)
Dominic Moore – 184,500 (62 bb)
Bradley Young – 181,000 (60 bb)
Alfonso Perez – 172,000 (57 bb)
Christian Rodriguez – 170,000 (57 bb)