2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$300 Omaha 8 or Better (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $18,870
November 15, 2017
John Binns took home the first trophy of the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open on Wednesday night. He topped a 74-entry field in the $300 Omaha 8-or-Better event, earning $6,605 in the process.
It’s Binns’ first trophy from the Seminole Hard Rock, but he’s won several other events from around the country and is no stranger to poker.
The Cape Coral resident travels around the country playing poker full-time after retiring from his business career. He’s been playing poker for longer than most people have been alive and built his foundation for this game in his early days of playing.
“Years and years ago back in the ’70s when we played this, we used to play a game called ‘Manny, Mo and Jack,'” said Binns after the win. “You could use one, two or three cards in your hand. Yeah, I’ve played this game since the ’70s.
When the field redrew to the unofficial final table with 10 players remaining, Binns was one of the shortest stacks at the table. With blinds of 3,000/5,000 and 5,000/10,000 limits, Binns only had just a tad over three big bets with 32,000.
By the time, there were five players remaining, however, Binns held a massive chip lead that he never let go. He eliminated Jason Lopesilvero in third and defeated Stephen Reid heads-up to earn the title.
“I got on a real good run,” said Binns. “I got some real good cards and I got some action. I just doubled up and I doubled up and I doubled up again.”
1st: John Binns – $6,605
2nd: Stephen Reid – $3,585
3rd: Jason Lopesilvero – $2,264
4th: Michael Moed – $1,698
5th: David Carvara – $1,321
6th: MIchael Guardino – $1,132
7th: Perry Werber – $944
8th: John Reese – $755
9th: Marty Raschkovan – $566
- Download: Final Results (PDF)