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 Qh5c and was in the lead against Bendeck’s Td6s.

The flop was As6c6h, 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 KcQc and needed help against Bendeck’s Ad9s.

The board ran out Jd7d3c2cTh 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