Ronnie Morone Earns Omaha Hi-Lo Crown

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, FL 
Event 11
$300 Omaha Hi-Lo
Entries: 73 
Prizepool: $18,615
January 23, 2017 

Ronnie Morone bests tough final table to win $300 Omaha Hi-Lo

Ronnie Morone earned his first career Hard Rock trophy on Monday night in the $300 Omaha Hi-Lo event. Morone topped a field of 73 players to win $5,584, but the win was sweeter for him because of who he had to beat to win.

Phillip Hui was the man that stood between Morone and a title. Hui won the $3,000 Omaha Hi-Lo event at the 2014 World Series of Poker and is a fixture in the high-stakes mixed events. Morone and Hui started off the heads-up battle dead-even in chips, but it was Morone who ended up victorious.

“It feels real good,” said Morone of the win. “Especially going against Phil heads-up. It’s pretty cool to beat him because he is an Omaha eight [or][better] wizard, you know?”

Morone doesn’t have the same type of resume that a seasoned professional like Hui has, but Morone has cashes dating all the way back to 2007 in mixed games on both coasts.

“I don’t get to play as much as Phil does, but I used to deal, so I know Phil from around the way and on the Circuit,” said Morone about his relationship with Hui. “It’s pretty special to beat him though because he just won an O8 ring, like what? Two years ago?”

Hui was the proverbial end boss that Morone had to get through, but the final table had plenty of other poker talent that didn’t make it easy on Morone. David Prociak was looking for his second title of the series, Jordan Chizick has won this event in an earlier series, and Robert Campbell made his second straight Omaha Hi-Lo final table after making this final table at the Rock n’ Roll Poker Open last November.

Morone wasn’t intimidated by the talent surrounding him and played solid poker en route to the victory. When asked about his play, he was humble in his response.

“I’m confident in my play,” said Morone. “But it was all in the cards for me. I got the hands and they were holding up, especially heads-up.”

Morone used to travel the tournament Circuit dealing, but has moved down to the South Florida area and continued his dealing career in the Sunshine State.

He’s continued dealing, but Monday’s performance shows he has plenty of skills on the other side of the table as well.

Here is a look at the results:

1st: Ronnie Morone – $5,584
2nd: Phillip Hui – $3,909
3rd: Leonard Germain – $2,513
4th: Jordan Chizick – $1,862
5th: David Prociak – $1,396
6th: Hoyt Verner – $1,117
7th: Robert Campbell – $931
8th: Lazaro Rodriguez – $745
9th: Al Green – $558

Event 11: Ronnie Morone Wins $300 Omaha Hi-Lo ($5,584), Phillip Hui Eliminated in 2nd ($3,909)

$300 Omaha Hi-Lo
Level 20: 10,000/20,000 Blinds, 20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 1 of 73

Ronnie Morone

Ronnie Morone limps in on the button and Phillip Hui raises out of the big blind. Morone announces a raise and Hui calls, all in about 50,000 which is less than a full raise.

Hui shows Kc7c6d2s and is up against Morone’s 8d5h3h3c.

The flop is Qh7h7d, giving Hui trip sevens, but Morone has outs with a flush draw. The turn is the Ts, keeping Hui in the lead, but the river is the Th and Morone makes his flush to eliminate Hui in second place.

Hui earns $3,909 for his runner-up finish, while Morone wins his first Hard Rock trophy and $5,584. A complete recap of the day’s action will be posted later tonight.

Phillip Hui

Ronnie Morone – $300 Omaha Hi-Lo Champion
Phillip Hui – Eliminated


Event 11: Ronnie Morone Pulling Away

$300 Omaha Hi-Lo
Level 19: 5,000/15,000 Blinds, 15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 2 of 73

Ronnie Morone limps in on the button and Phillip Hui raises out of the big blind. Morone calls and the flop is 5c4d2d.

Hui bets and Morone calls. The turn is the 4d. Hui bets and Morone calls. The river is the 6d and Hui checks. Morone bets, Hui lets out a sigh and then tosses his hand into the muck.

Morone drags the pot and opens up a sizable chip lead.

Ronnie Morone – 590,000
Phillip Hui – 140,000

Event 11: Leonard Germain – 3rd Place ($2,513)

$300 Omaha Hi-Lo
Level 19: 5,000/15,000 Blinds, 15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 2 of 73

Leonard Germainf

After getting scooped in a big pot by Ronnie Morone, Leonard Germain was down to just 25,000.

Morone limps in on the button, Germain moves all in for 25,000 out of the small blind, Phillip Hui calls from the big blind, and Morone calls as well.

Hui and Morone check it to the river as the board runs out JsTs4dKs8d. Hui checks and Morone bets. Hui folds.

Morone shows Qs4sJh6d, giving him a flush and he scoops the pot. Germain is eliminated in third place and takes home $2,513 for his deep run in South Florida.

Morone and Hui will battle it out for the $5,584 first place money and the trophy.

Ronnie Morone – 365,000
Leonard Germain – Eliminated 

Event 11: Jordan Chizick – 4th Place ($1,862)

$300 Omaha Hi-Lo
Level 19: 5,000/15,000 Blinds, 15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 3 of 73

Jordan Chizick

Phillip Hui completes the small blind and Jordan Chizick checks his option in the big blind.

The flop is KsKdKc and Hui bets. Chizick raises, Hui makes it three-bets and Chizick gets all in for about 50,000. Hui calls.

“You got the king?” asks Chizick, tabling 9x6x6x4x.

Hui shows JxJx6x2x and has a bigger full house.

“I’m drawing dead,” says Chizick. “Give me my money.”

The turn is the 7h and the river is the 4d to officially eliminate Chizick and secure the pot for Hui. Chizick falls just shy of another Hard Rock Trophy and takes home $1,862 for his fourth place finish.

Phillip Hui – 370,000
Jordan Chizick – Eliminated 

Event 11: Hoyt Verner – 6th Place ($1,117)

$300 Omaha Hi-Lo
Level 18: 5,000/10,000 Blinds, 10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 5 of 73

Hoyt Verner

On a flop of Th7h3c, Leonard Germain checks from the small blind and Phillip Hui bets from the big blind. Hoyt Verner called from the cutoff and Germain check-raises. Hui makes it three bets, Verner calls and is all in for less. Germain calls as well and there is already a side pot  brewing between Germain and Hui.

The turn is the 6h and Germain checks. Hui bets and Germain calls. The turn is the Ks and and Germain checks. Hui bets and Hui calls.

Hui shows Ah4hTcJd, good for the second nut low and the nut flush. Germain shows his hand briefly and then mucks it. Verner shows 6d5h4x3x and is eliminated in sixth place. He takes home $1,396.

Phillip Hui – 270,000
Leonard Germain – 180,000
Hoyt Verner – Eliminated 

Event 11: Robert Campbell – 7th Place ($931)

$300 Omaha Hi-Lo
Level 18: 5,000/10,000 Blinds, 10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 6 of 73

Robert Campbell

When the final table started, Robert Campbell had just a little more than one big bet. He survived the money bubble and ran his stack up to almost 100,000 before being eliminated in 7th place.

He takes home $931 and the final six players are all guaranteed a four-figure payday.

Robert Campbell – Eliminated