Event 13: Third Final Table is the Charm For Marc Levy

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 13: $300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 190
Prize Pool: $48,450
August 8, 2016

Marc Levy (Boynton Beach, FL)
Marc Levy (Boynton Beach, FL)

Marc Levy is the champion of Event 13 at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown. Levy defeated a field of 190 entries in the $300 Seniors Event, winning the trophy and the top prize of $14,048 for his outright victory.

The champ is a 50-year-old semi-professional player from Boynton Beach, Florida. “I used to play professionally, but then I started a business,” Levy said after the win. His new medical marketing operation has relegated poker to a part-time hobby once again, but it’s something he still takes quite seriously. Levy has played five events so far during this series and cashed in each of them, earning nearly $25,000 in the process. This was his third final table appearance, and this one culminated in victory.

Levy was the chipleader when the money bubble burst with 18 players remaining, and he was third in chips when they combined around the ten-handed final table. For a while, though, it looked like Italy’s Luca Famea was going to storm to victory. Famea had more than half the chips in play with seven players left, but Levy waited patiently for a favorable spot. And he eventually found one.

The pivotal hand played out with six players remaining. Levy limped under the gun with pocket threes, and Famea put in a small raise with aces. Levy called, and promptly flopped a set on a king-three-deuce flop. The chips got all in on the turn, and Levy’s double-up gave him a big lead that he would not relinquish for the rest of the night.

“Once I got the chips, I felt really comfortable about beating everyone,” Levy said. About an hour later, he was sitting alone at the table with all the chips, posing for winner’s photos with his new trophy.

Final Table Results
1st: Marc Levy – $14,048 + trophy
2nd: Jeff Frerichs – $8,237
3rd: Elliott Zaydman – $4,845
4th: Luca Famea – $3,875
5th: Moses Clepper – $2,907
6th: Moshe Wasser – $2,423
7th: Marsha Wolak – $1,938
8th: Warren Jurkowicz – $1,454
9th: Daniel Genachte – $1,090

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Event 13: Marc Levy Defeats Jeff Frerichs to Win Seniors’ Event ($14,048)

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 24: 12,000/24,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 190

Marc Levy
Marc Levy

Marc Levy moved all in from the button, and Jeff Frerichs called all in for about 150,000 to put himself at risk.

Levy: AdKd
Frerichs: AhJd

The board ran out KhKc6c9s4d, and Levy won the pot and the tournament with trip kings. He earned the title, the trophy, and the top prize of $14,048. A recap of his victory will be published later today.

Frerichs was eliminated as the runner-up, earning $8,237.

Jeff Frerichs
Jeff Frerichs

Event 13: Elliott Zaydman Eliminated in 3rd Place ($4,845)

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 190

Elliott Zaydman (Coconut Creek, FL)
Elliott Zaydman (Coconut Creek, FL)

Elliott Zaydman moved all in for 86,000 on the button, and Marc Levy called from the big blind to put him at risk.

Zaydman: AhJc
Levy: 6s6d

The board ran out 4h3d2c3hQd, and Levy won the pot with sixes up. Zaydman was eliminated in third place.

Levy is now heads up with Jeff Frerichs for the title and the trophy.

Marc Levy – 900,000 (45 bb)
Elliott Zaydman – Eliminated

Event 13: Luca Famea Eliminated in 4th Place ($3,876)

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 190

Luca Famea (Venice, Italy)
Luca Famea (Venice, Italy)

Luca Famea limped in from the button, and Elliott Zaydman called in the small blind. From the big, Jeff Frerichs moved all in for 460,000. Famea quickly called all in for 430,000 to put himself at risk, and Zaydman folded out of the way.

Famea: KdKh
Frerichs: Ah6h

The board ran out Ts7c2sAcJd, and Frerichs turned a pair of aces to win the pot. Famea was eliminated in fourth place.

Jeff Frerichs – 922,000 (46 bb)
Luca Famea – Eliminated

Event 13: Jeff Frerichs Doubles Through Luca Famea

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 190

Luca Famea opened to 39,000 under the gun, and Jeff Frerichs three-bet shoved for 265,000 in the small blind. Famea called, committing about half his stack to put Frerichs at risk.

Famea: KsQd
Frerichs: 9s9d

The board ran out Ah9c6sAd8h, and Frerichs doubled up with nines full.

Jeff Frerichs – 554,000 (35 bb)
Luca Famea – 280,000 (18 bb)