Antonio Campbell Wins Final Event of RRPO In Honor of Late Father

2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida 
Event 17
$100 No Limit Hold’em 
Entries: 221 
Prize Pool: $20,000 
November 29, 2017 

Antonio Campbell

Antonio Campbell took credit for the win in a 10-way chop in the final event of the 2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open.

He wasn’t going to chop unless he got credit for the win and a trophy. The money was secondary for the New York native. This win was personal.

The 36-year-old came out on top of a field of 221 entries to win $2,006 in the $100 no limit hold’em. He wanted to win the event in honor of his father, who passed away earlier this year.

“The win means everything,” said Campbell. “I lost my dad in February, so I’m pretty emotional right now, but I’m blessed and happy to win. I enjoy the game and I’ve taken some bad beats over the last couple of months, but to get a trophy here at the rock, it feels awesome.”

This is Campbell’s second trophy. His first trophy came with his father supporting him from the rail. He didn’t technically win the tournament with pocket eights, but the hand has sentimental value.

“My dad was with me when I won my first trophy ever at [Coconut] Creek,” he said. “I had the pocket eights just like I had now, so that was really important for me to take this down. I’m pretty emotional right now, but I know he’s smiling down on me.”

Campbell was born and raised in Brooklyn, but ended up leaving after joining the Navy. He spent a decade in the armed forces before leaving active duty and doing work for the federal government.

It wasn’t until after he was finished with his active duty that he picked up poker. He got his first cash here in the Sunshine State, which gave him the confidence to stick with the game and try to improve.

“I didn’t learn how to play poker until 2012,” said Campbell. “I took a risk. I was living in Oklahoma and I flew out here for the WSOP Circuit. I played the one milly guarantee. I said to myself that if I just  cash in it, I’m going to take poker serious.”

Campbell finished 119th and was in the money on just one bullet. From there, he put in the effort to work on his game. So far, he’s got two trophies to show for his hard work.

“There were a lot of ups and downs, but to get a couple trophies under my belt feels pretty good. Especially tonight.”

Final Table Results:

1st: Antonio Campbell – $2,006
2nd: Jermaine Phang – $1,891
3rd: Adan Hernandez – $1,845
4th: Peter Fellows – $1,593
5th: Luis Mantilla – $1,564
6th: Francisco Milanes – $1,377
7th: Yigal Hen – $1,343
8th: Karen Duffy – $1,214
9th: Errol Massey – $1,001
10th: Francisco Pulido Castillo – $976

**Payouts were adjusted to fit the final table deal 

Event 17: Antonio Campbell Wins in 10-Way Chop

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 20: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 221

When the unofficial final table of 10 players was reached in the $100 big stack no limit hold’em event, the talk of a chop began.

After a couple minutes of running ICM numbers and working out a few numbers, the final 10 players agreed on a chop. Antonio Campbell was the chip leader at the time of the agreed deal and he gets credit for the win.

Here are the final table results:

1st: Antonio Campbell – $2,006
2nd: Jermaine Phang – $1,891
3rd: Adan Hernandez – $1,845
4th: Peter Fellows – $1,593
5th: Luis Mantilla – $1,564
6th: Francisco Milanes – $1,377
7th: Yigal Hen – $1,343
8th: Karen Duffy – $1,214
9th: Errol Massey – $1,001
10th: Francisco Pulido Castillo – $976

Event 17: Oz Aharon Scores a Knockout

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 12: 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante
Players Remaining: 63 of 221

Oz Aharon

A player in middle position moved all in for about 25,000 and Oz Aharon called from the big blind.

Aharon showed KdKs and was in great shape against his opponent’s AdJh.

The flop was Qs7s2s and Aharon flopped a flush draw to leave his opponent with just two outs.

The turn was the 3h and the river was the Js. Aharon rivered a flush, sent his opponent to the rail and nears the 100,000-chip mark.

Oz Aharon – 94,000

Event 17: Francisco Milanes Leads

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Players Remaining: 99 of 221

Francisco Milanes

Now that registration is closed, the field is starting to thin and with 20 minute levels, eliminations are happening at a rapid pace.

Francisco Milanes sits atop the chip counts with 134,000. Oz Ahron is the only other player with a six-figure count. He’s in second with 122,000.

Here are the rest of the top stacks:

Clauden Osorio – 96,000
Rodolfo Rodriguez – 83,000
Dolphus Powers – 72,000
Lizhi Gong – 68,000

Event 17: Registration Closes With 221 Entries, $4,571 Up Top

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Total Entries: 221

With players back from their second break of the day and level 9 underway, registration for the last event of the series is closed and there are 221 entries in the field.

The top 34 players will finish in the money and cash for at least $137.

Here are the payouts for the event:

1st: $4,517
2nd: $3,179
3rd: $2,044
4th: $1,247
5th: $963
6th: $798
7th: $670
8th: $560
9th: $452
10th-12th: $380
13th-15th: $325
16th-18th: $272
19th-21st: $225
22nd-24th: $180
25th-27th: $155
28th-34th: $137