Roberto Bendeck Wins Turbo Bounty Title

2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 5
$360 Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em Turbo 
Entries: 174 
Prize Pool: $52,200 ($34,800 + $17,400 in Bounties)
November 19, 2017 

Roberto Bendeck

Roberto Bendeck planned on running deep in a tournament at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood on Sunday, but he just didn’t plan on the right tournament.

Bendeck bested a 174-entry field to win $7,747 and the trophy in the $360 No Limit Hold’em Turbo Black Chip Bounty event. He had Sunday off on his calendar because he expected to be playing Day 2 of the $360 Not Limit Hold’em Ultimate Re-Entry event.

He bricked out on that event, but is certainly happy to recoup some cash in a win in this one.

“I busted that one a few times actually,” said Bendeck while pointing to the adjacent ultimate re-entry field. “I gave it a good try. Something like six or seven bullets. So, this will help that. The plan was to put six bullets in, but I was supposed to cash them all.”

Bendeck won the trophy as a part of an ICM chop with his heads-up opponent Nicholas Egarhos. There were some talks about a three-handed chop, but Bendeck never really seemed eager to make a deal until heads-up play began. Egarhos earned $7,629 for his runner-up finish.

Since the Miami native already had the date blocked off for poker, Bendeck decided to come to the Hard Rock and hop in some cash games. When he got to the poker room and saw there was a bounty tournament, he decided to take another shot at a tournament score.

It was partially the bounty aspect that convinced him to leave the cash game area.

“I like it because people don’t know how to play bounties,” said the 32-year-old conference manager. “Myself included, but I know a little bit more than the rest of the guys, the average populations. I get some extra equity outside of the rake that’s paid, so that’s good too.”

Bendeck came to the final table in the middle of the pack, but was able to chip up quickly and ride that momentum to victory.

“We were all pretty short,” said Bendeck about the start of the final table chip depths. “I just got lucky to run queens into hands that would double me up and then it was smooth sailing from there. Just held through.”

The 32-year-old battled through one of the tougher final tables of the young series. He defeated a final table that featured a couple tough pros including Justin Harvell, Trung Pham and Peter Vitantonio.

Here are the final table results:

1st: Roberto Bendeck – $7,747*
2nd: Nicholas Egarhos – $7,629*
3rd: Chris Koulouvaris – $3,610
4th: Peter Vitantonio – $2,196
5th: Trung Pham – $1,695
6th: Alan Rosenbaum – $1,404
7th: Justin Harvell – $1,214
8th: Philippe Goureau – $1,063
9th: Thomas Millward – $925
10th: Robert Jansson – $788

*Denotes figures part of an ICM deal

Event 5: Roberto Bendeck Wins in Heads-Up Chop

$360 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 28: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 176

Roberto Bendeck

There was a brief discussion between Roberto Bendeck and Nicholas Egarhos after Koulouvaris was eliminated in third. They agreed to an ICM chop heads-up. Since Bendeck is the bigger of the two stacks, he gets credit for the win.

Details of the deal and a recap will be published later tonight.

Nicholas Egarhos

Event 5: Chris Koulourvaris – 3rd Place ($3,610)

$360 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 28: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 176

Chris Koulouvaris

Chris Koulouvaris moved all in out of the small blind for 210,000 and Roberto Bendeck called out of the big blind.

Koulourvaris tabled [Qh][5c] and was in the lead against Bendeck’s [Td][6s].

The flop was [As][6c][6h], however, and Bendeck took the lead after flopping trip sixes. The turn was the [9c] and the river was the [Jh]. Bendeck won the pot and eliminated Koulouvaris in third place.

Bendeck is now heads-up with Nicholas Egarhos.

Roberto Bendeck – 1,450,000 (29 bb)
Chris Koulouvaris – Eliminated 

Event 1: Peter Vitantonio – 4th Place ($2,196)

$360 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 28: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 176

Peter Vitantonio

Peter Vitantonio moved all in on the button for 150,000 and Roberto Bendeck called out of the big blind.

Vitantonio tabled [Kc][Qc] and needed help against Bendeck’s [Ad][9s].

The board ran out [Jd][7d][3c][2c][Th] and the former chip leader hit the rail in fourth place, while Bendeck extended his chip lead.

Roberto Bendeck – 1,150,000 (23 bb)
Peter Vitantonio – Eliminated 

Event 5: Roberto Bendeck Leading the Field with Four Remaining

$360 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 28: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 176

Through the first two levels after the redraw, nobody was eliminated from the final table, but after another two levels of play, only four remained.

Robert Bendeck is atop the chip counts with 1,000,000 and leads Nicholas Egarhos (900,000), Chris Koulouvaris (450,000) and Peter Vitantonio (200,000).

Here are the recent eliminations:

10th: Rob Jonsson – $788
9th: Thomas Millward – $925
8th: Philippe Goureau – $1,063
7th: Justin Harvell – $1,214
6th: Alan Rosenbaum – $1,404
5th: Trung Pham – $1,695

Event 5: Peter Vitantonio Leads Final 10 Players

$360 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 23: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 176

The fifth event of the series is down to its final 10 players and they have redrawn for seats at the unofficial final table. With one more elimination, the final nine players will be credited with an official final table.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts of the final nine players:

Seat 1: Peter Vitantonio – 540,000
Seat 2: Trung Pham – 102,000
Seat 3: Chris Kououvaris – 157,000
Seat 4: Justin Harvell – 373,000
Seat 5: Thomas Millward – 410,000
Seat 6: Roberto Bendeck – 190,000
Seat 7: Philippe Goureau – 178,000
Seat 8: Nicolas Egarhos – 163,000
Seat 9: Alan Rosenbaum – 409,000
Seat 10: Rob Jonsson – 135,000

Here are the remaining payouts:

1st: $9,255
2nd: $6,121
3rd: $3,610
4th: $2,196
5th: $1,695
6th: $1,404
7th: $1,214
8th: $1,063
9th: $925
10th: $788

Event 5: Payout Information Posted with $9,255 to the Winner

$360 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 15: 1,200/2,400 with a 400 ante
Players Remaining: 54 of 176

The numbers were crunched and the Black Chip Bounty Turbo event drew 176 entries to create a total prize pool of $35,200. The bounties account for $17,600 of the money with the rest going into the regular prize pool.

The last 22 players will take home some of it with a min-cash worth $343 but the big money is up top with $9,255 plus bounties for the champ.

1st: $9,255
2nd: $6,121
3rd: $3,610
4th: $2,196
5th: $1,695
6th: $1,404
7th: $1,214
8th: $1,063
9th: $925
10th – 12th: $788
13th – 15th: $667
16th – 18th: $554
19th – 21st: $449
22nd: $343

Event 5: Black Chip Reg Closed

$360 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 15: 1,200/2,400 with a 400 ante
Players Remaining: 54 of 176

Tony Ruberto, moved across the hallway to the Black Chip Bounty Turbo

While the Ultimate Re-Entry is busy playing down in the ballroom, the Black Chip Bounty Turbo event is across the hall and recently closed down registration for the tournament.

Event 5 drew 176 entries to roll past the $30,000 Guarantee, split between the regular prize pool and the $100 bounties. We will post the payout information as soon as it is available.

Event 5: Sunday Turbo

$360 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 1: 25/50

The end of the first weekend of the series is near and we have a fast-paced, one-day tournament for those who want to close it out with some action along with their Sunday football.

Event 5 is a $360 buy-in Black Chip Bounty Turbo that will move along quickly and reward players for taking out each other. In addition to getting closer to the trophy, players will also earn a $100 black cash chip for knocking an opponent out of the game.

They’ll begin with 15,000 stacks and play 15-minute levels from start to finish. Late registration and re-entries are available until the start of Level 13 at 3:30pm and they will head off on dinner around 6pm. This is a one-day event and they will continue battling until we have our Event 5 champion.

Action gets underway at noon and we’ll track them during the day.

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 13
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 5 Structure Sheet

RRPO Day 5 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

12PM: Event 5 – $360 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 13
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 5 Structure Sheet

1PM: Event 1 Day 2 – $360 Ultimate Re-Entry

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 26 – $140 Turbo Satellite to Event 6 (1-in-5)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into the $250,000 Guarantee Event 6
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Satellite will be held in the Poker Room
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 26 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 27 – $390 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into Day 1A of RRPO Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 27 Structure Sheet

Players are encouraged to park in Seminole Way Garage for easy, covered access to the tournament area and poker room
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