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The 2016 RRPO in Review

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The 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open kicked off November 16th and concluded Wednesday night with the crowning of the Championship victor, Patrick Mahoney. While Mahoney went down as the series headliner, the Championship was preceded by numerous other events including the $360 buy-in, $1,000,000 guaranteed opener. The event blew the doors off the Seminole Hard Rock drawing a record-setting field of 5,018 entries marking the largest poker tournament in Florida history. The eventual champion, Rafael Reis of Kent, Washington, turned his modest investment into a $155,642 score.

Joining Reis as six-figure winners at the RRPO were $50,000 High Roller champion Ben Tollerene, who pocketed $459,228, and of course, Mahoney, who earned $564,227 and a $5,250 seat in next August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship.

Complete RRPO results:

Next up at the Seminole Hard Rock is the Fun in the Sun Poker Open December 26th-30th. From there, it’s on to the Lucky Hearts Poker Open slated to run January 12th-25th.

Thanks for following along and congratulations to all the newest champions!

Dylan Drazen Earns Final RRPO Trophy In 10-Way Chop

2016 Rock n’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL 
Event 12: $150 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry 
Entries: 1,611
Prize Pool: $193,320
November 28-30, 2016

Dylan Drazen takes home the final event of the 2016 RRPO in a 10-way chop
Dylan Drazen takes home the final event of the 2016 RRPO in a 10-way chop

Dylan Drazen was having a horrible month of poker until Wednesday night. Drazen took home the final trophy of the 2016 Rock n’ Roll Poker open in a 10-way chop of the $150 no limit hold’em re-entry event.

Drazen got credit for the win and topped a field of 1,611 entries to take home $25,011 along with his second career tournament win. Even though it is just his second career tournament win, he understands the variance that comes with tournament poker.

“It’s really, really hard to win a tournament and beat all those players,” said Drazen. “You have to play so many tournaments to find a spot to have actual success. It takes incredible volume and patience. Inhuman patience.”

The win comes at the tail end of a terrible month. After grinding the whole tournament series and coming up empty, this event put him back in the black.

“I had a really rotten month this series,” said Drazen. “It was awful for me. So to do this in the last final event and actually show a profit for the month is something I didn’t expect. But pleasantly surprised.”

Drazen has been a professional poker player for several years now, but before he made his transition to poker, Drazen spent his time as a techno DJ in New York.

After spending more than a decade behind the turn tables, Drazen discovered poker in his late twenties during the Moneymaker boom. Drazen found himself wanting to spend less time spinning tracks and more time at the card table.

After slowly increasing his win rate and steadily beginning to earn more money from poker than as a DJ, he decided to take the plunge and go pro in 2011. He left New York and headed down to South Florida to play live.

Drazen cut his teeth as an online limit hold’em pro, but tried to play live no limit hold’em after deciding to move to Florida and play for a living. The first stage of his live professional career didn’t go very well for him.

“When I moved down here in 2012, I had a really hard time,” said Drazen. “I hit a losing streak the moment I moved here. I moved down here and immediately started losing.”

After enduring a downswing, he opted to go back to his bread and butter.

“I decided to go back online and do what I do best,” said Drazen. “Which is play limit hold’em online.”

Drazen left the live arena for several years before he had enough of the limit variant of the game. Earlier this year, he had enough of sitting in front of a computer screen and came back to sit at the live felt.

“It was only a couple months ago where I started to just hate limit hold’em,” said Drazen. “I decided to give live another shot. And here I am.”

Drazen feels that as he gets older, live poker is more suited for him. This transition back to the live arena has gone much smoother.

“As I get a bit older, my concentration wanes,” said Drazen. “To play online, it requires incredible sustained concentration. When you play short-handed and the games are getting more aggressive and tougher, it’s extremely intense. It’s hard to describe.

“So transitioning back to live is relaxing.”

The extra $25,011 in his pocket will also help him relax a little bit.

Here is a look at the final table results:

1st: Dylan Drazen – $25,011
2nd: Sebastian Andres – $20,000
3rd: Austin Rattet – $14,256
4th: Ben Robinson – $13,619
5th: Hagai Stein – $12,901
6th: Adam Morck – $11,823
7th: Elliott Zaydman – $11,062
8th: Dejan Petkovic – $10,111
9th: Spencer Champlin – $7,966
10th: Devond Marshall – $4,905

Event 12: Dylan Drazen Wins In 10-Way Chop

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining 10 of 1,611

As soon as the players got to the final table, they immediately began talking about an ICM chop. After running the numbers, all of the players came to an agreement and Dylan Drazen will take home first place money and the trophy.

Here is a look at the final payout numbers:

1st: Dylan Drazen – $25,011
2nd: Sebastian Andres – $20,000
3rd: Austin Rattet – $14,256
4th: Ben Robinson – $13,619
5th: Hagai Stein – $12,901
6th: Adam Morck – $11,823
7th: Elliott Zaydman – $11,062
8th: Dejan Petkovic – $10,111
9th: Spencer Champlin – $7,966
10th: Devond Marshall – $4,905

Event 12: Dylan Drazen Leads Unofficial Final Table

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining 10 of 1,611

With the elimination of Arif Amirali in 11th place, there is a slight break in the action while they redraw for seats at the unofficial final table of ten.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts of the final 10 players:

Seat 1: Devond Marshall – 425,000
Seat 2: Dejan Petkovic – 985,000
Seat 3: Ben Robinson – 1,600,000
Seat 4: Elliott Zaydman – 1,100,000
Seat 5: Hagal Stain “Hercules” – 1,400,000
Seat 6: Sebastian Andres – 3,000,000
Seat 7: Austin Rattet – 1,675,000
Seat 8: Spencer Champlin – 685,000
Seat 9: Dylan Drazen – 3,950,000
Seat 10: Adam Morck – 1,255,000

Everybody is guaranteed at least $1,856, but the top spot takes home $46,265.

 

Event 12: Arif Amirali Eliminated in 11th Place ($1,856)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining 10 of 1,611

Arif Amirali moves all in from under the gun for about 300,000 and Ben Robinson calls on the button.

Amirali shows As6s and is in trouble against Robinson’s KdKc.

The board runs out Ts7h2cTd4d and Robinson’s kings hold up to eliminate Amirali in 11th place.

Amirali takes home $1,856 and there is a slight pause in the action while they redraw for seats at the unofficial final table.

Ben Robinson – 1,600,000
Arif Amirali – Eliminated 

Event 12: Elliott Zaydman Doubles Through “Hercules”

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining 12 of 1,611

Ben Robinson limps in under the gun and Eliott Zaydman moves all in for 405,000 from the cutoff. “Hercules” calls from the big blind and Robinson folds.

“Hercules” shows 6s6h and is in trouble against Zaydman’s AhAc.

The board runs out Kh7c3h4c9s and Zaydman earns a double up with his rockets.

Elliott Zaydman – 935,000
“Hercules” – 1,525,000

Event 12: Bryce McVay Eliminated in 13th Place ($1,450)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining 12 of 1,611

Bryce McVay
Bryce McVay

Bryce McVay got all in from under the gun against Adam Morck on the button. Morck showed AsKd and was up against McVay’s TdTc.

There was a king on the flop, leaving McVay drawing to two outs. He couldn’t hit a two outer on the turn or the river and he hit the rail in 13th place.

McVay earned $1,450 for his efforts and Morck chipped up. Everybody remaining gets a pay jump and is guaranteed at least $1,856.

After two more eliminations, there will be a redraw for the unofficial final table.

Adam Morck – 1,000,000
Bryce McVay – Eliminated 

Event 12: Spencer Champlin Doubles Through Arif Amirali

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining 13 of 1,611

Spencer Champlin raises to 100,000 from middle position and Arif Amirali moves all in from the cutoff. Action folds back to Champlin, who calls and is all in for 565,000.

Champlin is on the right side of a cold deck with his KdKh against Amirali’s QsQh.

The board runs out Th9s3cKcAh and Champlin doubles up.

Spencer Champlin – 1,225,000
Arif Amirali – 640,000

Event 12: Peter Fellows Doubles Through Devond Marshall

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining 13 of 1,611

Peter Fellows moves all in from the hijack for 685,000 and Devond Marshall calls from the small blind.

It’s a flip for Fellows’ tournament life with his 9h9s up against Marshall’s AhKs. The flop is KsQd9c, which gives Marshall top pair, but Fellows flops a set of nines.

The turn is the Js, giving Marshall four outs with a straight draw, but the river is the 4d and Fellows doubles up.

Peter Fellows – 1,400,000
Devond Marshall – 525,000

Event 12: Michael Newman Eliminated in 14th Place ($1,450)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 26: 20,000/40,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining 13 of 1,611

Michael Newman
Michael Newman

On a flop of Td5h3h, Michael Newman moves all in from the big blind for about 700,000. “Hercules” folds from the hijack and Ben Robinson calls from the cutoff.

Newman shows Kh2h, good for the second nut flush draw and a live overcard, against Robinson’s AdTs.

The turn is the Js and the river is the 9s. Newman bricks his draw and Robinson takes the pot with a pair of tens. Newman is eliminated in 14th place and will take home $1,450. Robinson is once again, one of the bigger stacks remaining.

Ben Robinson – 1,700,000
Michael Newman – Eliminated 

Event 12: Hillary Freeman Eliminated in 15th Place ($1,450)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining 14 of 1,611

Hillary Freeman
Hillary Freeman

Action folds around to Hillary Freeman in the small blind, who moves all in for about 150,000. Adam Morck calls in the big blind.

Morck shows Ad7h and needs an ace against Freeman’s KdKs.

The board runs out 9d3h2h8cAs and Morck rivers an ace to crack Freeman’s kings and send the pot to Morck. Freeman is gone in 15th place and takes home $1,450 for her deep run.

Adam Morck – 1,300,000
Hillary Freeman – Eliminated 

Event 12: Elliott Zaydman Doubles Through Spencer Champlin

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining 16 of 1,611

Elliott Zaydman raises from the cutoff and Spencer Champlin three-bets out of the big blind. Zaydman calls and they are heads-up to a flop of JdTc9c.

Champlin bets 225,000 and Zaydman moves all in for 740,000. Champlin calls and the cards are tabled.

Champlin shows JcJs, good fro top set, but needs to pair the board against Zaydman’s KcQc.

The turn is the 2c and the river is the 8h. Zaydman improves to a flush and doubles up.

Elliott Zaydman – 1,700,000
Spencer Champlin – 850,000

Event 12: Jason Margolin Eliminated in 17th Place ($1,218)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 25: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining 16 of 1,611

Sebastian Andres
Sebastian Andres

Jason Margolin moves all in for about 470,000 from early position and Sebastian Andres calls from middle position. Everybody else gets out of the way and the cards are tabled.

Margolin shows AdQh and is in big trouble against Andres’ AcAs. Andres doesn’t have much to sweat as the board runs out Tc7s2c5c3c.

Andres makes the nut flush and Margolin is eliminated in 17th place. Margolin takes home $1,218 for his deep run and Andres moves over the million chip mark.

Sebastian Andres – 1,300,000
Jason Margolin – Eliminated 

Event 12: More For “Hercules”

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 24 of 1,611

Matthew Border moved all in for 222,000 in early position, and “Hercules” called to put him at risk.

Border: KcQh
Hercules: AdJc

It was a fun run-out, coming KdTc3dTdQc. Border flopped the lead, but Hercules turned a flush draw and rivered a Broadway straight to steal the pot back. Border was eliminated in 24th place.

Hercules – 1,275,000 (53 bb)
Matthew Border – Eliminated

Event 12: Adam Morck Doubles Twice

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 25 of 1,611

The player on the button opened with a raise, and Adam Morck three-bet shoved for 173,000 in the big blind. The button called, flipping for the knockout.

Button: Kc9c
Morck: 4d4h

The board ran out 6h3s2sTh2c, and Morck doubled up with two pair.

A couple hands later, Morck limped from middle position, and the player on the button raised to 80,000. Morck shoved for 366,000 total, and his opponent called to put him at risk.

Morck: QsQh
Opponent: AhQd

The board came Js6d3d2hJd, and Morck earned his second double-up of the orbit, this one with queens up.

Adam Morck – 800,000 (33 bb)

Event 12: Dmitry Agrachov And Aaron Hemphill Eliminated By Peter Fellows

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 30 of 1,611

Peter Fellows
Peter Fellows

On a flop of KdQc9d, Aaron Hemphill is already all in from the small blind, while Peter Fellows is in the big blind and heads-up with Dmitry Agrachov in middle position.

Fellows checks and Agrachov bets 50,000. Fellows calls and there is a side pot between Agrachov and Fellows.

The turn is the 3c and Fellows checks again. Agrachov moves all in for about 200,000 and Fellows quickly calls. All three hands are exposed and Fellows is in great shape to scoop both pots with his KcJc against Agrachov’s AsQd and Hemphill’s Kh6h.

The river is the 5h and Fellows wins a big pot to give him a sizable chip lead over the field. Agrachov finishes in 31st place and Hemphill takes 32nd place. They each take home $870 for their efforts.

Peter Fellows – 1,850,000
Dmitry Agrachov – Eliminated
Aaron Hemphill – Eliminated 

Event 12: Four Tables Left, Four Players Over 1 Million

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 35 of 1,611

The field is down to its final four tables and everybody is guaranteed a cash of at least $870. Here is a look at the top of the chip counts and the only players to cross into the million chip club.

Spencer Champlin – 1,350,000
Peter Fellows – 1,280,000
Ben Robinson – 1,250,000
“Hercules” – 1,150,000

Patrick Mahoney Wins RRPO Championship for $564K and $5K Seat

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Championship ($2 Million Guarantee)
$3,500 No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 760
Prize Pool: $2,432,000
November 25-30, 2016

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Hollywood, FL – The premiere tournament on the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker (SHRP) Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO) schedule was the $3,500 buy-in Championship. The tournament began on November 25 and played out over five days of action. In the end, it was Patrick Mahoney lifting the trophy as the newest SHRP champion. In addition to $564,227, Mahoney earned a $5,250 seat in next August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship.

The series finale drew 760 entries over the two starting days to easily surpass the $2 million guarantee. They pushed the prize pool over $2.5 million with the last 72 players earning a piece of the money and the final six each securing six-figure paydays. The field was full of poker pros, champions, local regulars, and a few world champions. Two former WSOP Main Event champions were in the field in Ryan Riess and Joe McKeehen, and they were joined by reigning world champion Qui Nguyen.

Of those 760 starters, only 165 players were around for the start of Day 2. Three-time WSOP bracelet winner Brian Hastings returned with the biggest stack but that was the end of the good news for him. He slid down the rankings as high roller regular Matt Berkey shot to the top. Berkey was the first over 1 million chips, but it was bracelet winner Upeshka De Silva who finished the day with the lead among the 48 survivors. Among those to make the money were two of poker’s power couples – Jason Mercier and Natasha Mercier and Chris Moorman and Katie Lindsay.

De Silva continued to build his stack castle as they played down from 18 to the final table of six as big names dropped out including Will “The Thrill “Failla, Matt Glantz, Ryan Dunn and Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Jessica Dawley.

The six final table members had more than $5 million in combined career earnings with Matt Humphrey coming in with a huge lead. He was closely followed by De Silva as they played it out in front of the Poker Night in America cameras for a live stream and later television broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

Bill Jennings was the shortest stack to start the final table. He found a spot to double up, but it wasn’t enough to propel him higher. He went out in sixth place and was soon followed by Mark Dube in fifth. Billy Pilossoph sat back and laddered up in the payouts until he was sent out in fourth place.

De Silva retook his big lead after a slow start from Humphrey. Patrick Mahoney pulled even, then ahead over a quick series of hands. De Silva’s sudden collapse was complete when he moved all-in with top pair against Mahoney’s rivered flush.

Mahoney began heads up play with a 2-to-1 lead over Humphrey and the match did not last long. Just a few hands into the duel, Humphrey was dealt ace-king of clubs and Mahoney was dealt pocket jacks. All of the chips went into the middle preflop, and a board full of blanks ended the tournament with Mahoney as the champion.

The champ is a 32-year-old professional poker player from Winona, Minnesota. He’s been playing the game full-time since graduating with a degree in Aviation Management.

“It’s kinda hard to differentiate when the transition actually happened,” he said of his profession.

This result is his largest on record so far, and it brings his total career tournament earnings to more than $1.3 million. Mahoney and De Silva are good friends, and the latter arrived to give Mahoney a big congratulatory hug during his winner’s interview.

“We’re real good friends,” Mahoney said, “but our approaches to the game are significantly different.”

The eventual winner almost didn’t it make it into the field for the Championship at all. Coming directly from another tournament abroad, Mahoney got a little tied up in customs in Fort Lauderdale, and he didn’t make it to the table until just before registration closed on Day 1B. He proceeded to double up with pocket kings on the very first hand of his day, though, and the rest, as they say, is history.

“It’s definitely one of the best places I go,” Mahoney said of the Seminole Hard Rock. “Maybe the best.”

The Championship was one of three events during the RRPO to boast a six-figure top prize. The other headliner, the $360 buy-in, $1 million guaranteed opener, drew more than 5,000 entries marking the largest poker tournament in Florida history. Eventual champion Rafael Reis turned his buy-in into more than $150,000. Joining Mahoney and Reis with a six-figure first-prize haul was Ben Tollerene who bested 21 entries in the $50,000 High Roller. Tollerene, who resides in Fort Worth, Texas, took in over $450,000 for his efforts.

Complete results from all RRPO primary events are available at SHRPO.com.

Championship final table results

1st: Patrick Mahoney – $564,227 + $5,250 SHRPO Seat
2nd: Matt Humphrey – $328,320
3rd: Upeshka De Silva – $200,640
4th: Billy Pilossoph – $165,376
5th: Mark Dube – $133,760
6th: Bill Jennings – $109,440
7th: Matthew Zarcadoolas – $87,552
8th: John Spadavecchia – $66,880
9th: Ari Engel – $46,208

Complete Championship Results