Event 8: Dan Heimiller Wins Another Six-Max Title at Seminole Hard Rock ($12,577)

2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 8: $360 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Entries: 171
Prize Pool: $51,300
August 3, 2016

Dan Heimiller
Dan Heimiller

Dan Heimiller is the champion of Event 8, defeating a field of 171 entries to win the $360 six-max title. For his day’s work, Heimiller collected the black glass trophy and the top prize of $12,577. It was his second six-max victory in this building, five years after his win in the $2,160 version in 2011.

The champ is a professional poker player originally from Michigan, though he’s made his home in Las Vegas off and on for the last 30 years. He learned to play poker shortly after graduating college, and his tournament career has netted him nearly $6 million in total earnings to date. He also has two gold bracelets and a couple close calls in World Poker Tour events.

Heimiller showed up a couple hours into this event, and he wasted no time getting to work. By the time the dinner break hit, he was among the chip leaders, and he moved into the top spot by eliminating Arthur Rodriguez in seventh place. Heimiller went on to eliminate David Jackson in fourth place, then Matthew Yorra in third, setting up a heads-up duel against Zoltan Czinkota.

The final battle lasted just a couple hands before Czinkota ran ace-eight into Heimiller’s ace-king. A king on the turn left Czinkota dead to a chop, and a blank on the river sealed the deal for Heimiller.

“I gave more than my share of bad beats today,” Heimiller laughed as he reflected on his win. “Earlier in the tournament, I had queens and I busted aces.”

Heimiller said he almost left town after taking a bad beat of his own yesterday. “I was thinking about running out the door,” he said. The decision to stick around turned out to be a profitable one, though. “I’ll tell you what, $12,000 a day is…” he trailed off. “How much a year is that?”

1st: Dan Heimiller – $12,577
2nd: Zoltan Czinkota – $8,516
3rd: Matthew Yorra – $5,566
4th: David Jackson – $4,448
5th: John Marquez – $3,340
6th: Jorge Gomez – $2,570
7th: Arthur Rodriguez – $1,924
8th: Truyen Nguyen – $1,924
9th: Vanessa Wang – $1,924
10th: Stuart Greenbaum – $1,277
11th: Ory Hen – $1,277
12th: Jonathan Kramer – $1,277
13th: Richard Hutchings – $893
14th: Ari Engel – $893
15th: Reinaldo Troconis – $893
16th: David Hass – $667
17th: Je Wook Oh – $667
18th: Charlemagne Benjamin Jr. – $667

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Event 8: Dan Heimiller Defeats Zoltan Czinkota to Win Event 8 ($12,577)

$360 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 20: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 171

Dan Heimiller
Dan Heimiller

Dan Heimiller limped in from the button, and Zoltan Czinkota raised to 63,000 from the big blind. Heimiller moved all in, and Czinkota called all in for about 300,000, putting himself at risk.

Heimiller: AcKs
Czinkota: As8d

The board ran out QsTc9hKd6d, and Heimiller won the pot and the tournament with a pair of kings. A recap of his victory will be published shortly.

Zoltan Czinkota
Zoltan Czinkota

Czinkota was eliminated as the runner-up, collecting $8,516 for his day’s work.

Event 8: Matthew Yorra Eliminated in 3rd Place ($5,566)

$360 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 20: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 171

Matthew Yorra
Matthew Yorra

In a battle of the blinds, Dan Heimiller and Matthew Yorra saw a Js9d3c flop. Heimiller checked, Yorra bet 20,000, and Heimiller check-raised to about 60,000. Yorra moved all in for about 120,000 total, and Heimiller quickly called to put his opponent at risk.

Heimiller: AcJd (pair of jacks)
Yorra: 9s3s (two pair)

Yorra was in front with two pair, but Heimiller seems to be running awfully hot this evening. The Ah appeared promptly on the turn, giving Heimiller a big lead with aces up. The river was the 6s, giving him the pot, and Yorra was sent to the cashier in third place.

Heimiller is now heads up with Zoltan Czinkota for the trophy, and the former has a significant chip lead entering the duel.

Dan Heimiller – 1,320,000 (165 bb)
Zoltan Czinkota – 390,000 (49 bb)
Matthew Yorra – Eliminated

Event 8: Dan Heimiller Extends His Lead

$360 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 20: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 171

Dan Heimiller
Dan Heimiller

Matthew Yorra opened the button to 20,000, and Dan Heimiller defended his big blind.

The flop was 7c6h2d. Heimiller checked, Yorra continued for 40,000, and Heimiller called. The turn was the 6d, and both players checked. The river was the Qd, and Heimiller led out for 105,000. Yorra pondered for close to five minutes before calling, committing about 40 percent of his remaining stack in the process.

Heimiller showed AcQh, winning the pot with queens up.

“What were you calling with?” Yorra asked under his breath.

“What? On the flop?” Heimiller asked. “I don’t remember what happened on the flop. But I had ace-queen. That’s a pretty good hand.”

Dan Heimiller – 1,160,000 (145 bb)
Matthew Yorra – 140,000 (18 bb)

Event 8: David Jackson Eliminated in 4th Place ($4,448)

$360 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 19: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 171

David Jackson
David Jackson

David Jackson opened the button to 14,000, and Dan Heimiller called from the small blind.

The flop was 6h4d2c. Heimiller checked, Jackson continued for 18,000, and Heimiller check-raised to 45,000. Jackson re-raised to 124,000, and Heimiller called the remainder.

The turn was the 5d. Heimiller checked, Jackson moved all in for about 200,000, and Heimiller quickly called to put his opponent at risk. Jackson was in for some bad news as the cards were shown down.

Jackson: 9c9h
Heimiller: 5c5h

Jackson was ahead on the flop, but Heimiller turned his set of fives to take a big lead with one to come. The river was the 4s, and Heimiller won the pot with fives full. Jackson was eliminated in fourth place.

Dan Heimiller – 1,090,000 (182 bb)
David Jackson – Eliminated