Ory Hen Wins $570 No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry For Second Time in Three Years

2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 6
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em Re-Entry 
Entries: 633 
Prize Pool: $316,500 
November 21-23, 2017 

Event 6 Champion Ory Hen

There are few people that love the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open more than Ory Hen. For the second time in three years, Hen won the $570 no limit hold’em re-entry event.

Just before the clock struck midnight on Wednesday night and the calendar flipped to Thanksgiving, Hen bested a 633-entry field to win $44,255 in a six-way chop.

The win is just another in a long string of wins at the Hard Rock for Hen, but it snaps a recent cold streak for the 53-year-old Florida resident.

“It feels great,” said Hen. “I was running bad for a while. Now, I’m getting back on the horse. Hopefully I can run this well during the main event.”

It would seem like there is something about this structure that favors Hen’s skills set. With his $52,153 win two years ago, he’s nearing six-figures in cashes in this event alone.

Hen downplays any advantage he may have and gives most of the credit to Lady Luck for the win.

“I don’t know. The cards went my way this time,” said Hen. “I played beautiful and I didn’t make any mistakes. It worked out.”

Hen opened up a huge chip lead while there were two tables remaining and never really looked back. He kept the chip lead all the way to the bitter end.

While he was dominating the field, Brett Bader remarked that it was going to be impossible beat Hen in “his house.” Hen echos the sentiment and feels right at home in the tournament area of the Hollywood Hard Rock.

“I’ll tell you the truth, yeah,” said Ory when asked if he has home court advantage at the Hard Rock. “I like everybody here. They like me and I’ve been here for years. I love it here. It’s a beautiful place.”

Hen wasn’t the only player with a repeat finish at the final table. Just like in 2015, Chris Nomikos finished runner-up. Nomikos earned $42,144 two years ago and $33,557 this year.

Final Table Results:

1st: Ory Hen – $44,255*
2nd: Chris Nomikos – $33,557*
3rd: Sebastien Soares – $31,978*
4th: Jeff Fogel – $30,019*
5th: Rafael Reis – $29,949*
6th: Blake Vita – $29,503*
7th: George Davila – $11,552
8th: Haim Toorgeman – $8,704
9th: George Khoriaty – $6,014

*Adjusted payout as per the final deal

Event 6: Ory Hen Wins in Six-Way Chop

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guarantee | Payouts
End of Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 633

Ory Hen

The players spent the last five minutes of the break and the first 5 minutes of level 28 discussing a chop. At the end of the discussions, the final six players agreed on a deal.

Ory Hen is the chip leader and will get credit for the win. Here are the payouts:

Ory Hen – $44,255
Chris Nomikos – $33,557
Sebastien Soares – $31,978
Jeff Fogel – $30,019
Rafael Reis – $29,949
Blake Vita – $29,503

Sebastien Soares
Chris Nomikos
Blake Vita
Rafael Reis
Jeff Fogel

A complete recap will be posted later tonight.

Event 6: Break Time Counts

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guarantee | Payouts
End of Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 633

The final six players are taking a 15-minute break. Here are the approximate chip counts of the final six players:

Chris Nomikos – 2,175,000
Sebastien Soares – 1,760,000
Ory Hen – 3,855,000
Blake Vita – 1,410,000
Rafael Reis – 1,360,000
Jeff Fogel – 1,450,000

Event 6: Sebastien Soares Doubles Through Blake Vita

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guarantee | Payouts
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 633

Blake Vita raised from under the gun and action folded around to Sebastien Soares in the small blind, who moved all in for 835,000. Vita got a count from the dealer, thought for a few moments and then called.

Vita didn’t like what he saw with his 8s8d up against Soares’ TdTc.

The board came QhQs4s3d9c and Soares doubled just before the break.

Sebastien Soares – 1,760,000
Blake Vita – 1,410,000

Event 6: George Davila – 7th Place ($11,552)

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guarantee | Payouts
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 633

George Davila

Rafael Reis raised to 130,000 from the cutoff and Jeff Fogel moved all in on the button for about 900,000. George Davila moved all in out of the small blind for 425,000. Reis folded.

Davila showed AsJd and it was looking like a chop against Fogel’s AhJh.

The flop was 7h5s4h, however, and Fogel flopped the nut flush draw to freeroll the situation.

The turn was the Ac, but the river was the 8h and Fogel rivered the nut flush to avoid the chop and eliminate Davila in seventh place.

Davila headed to the payout cage to collect his $11,552 seventh place money, while Fogel stacked the chips.

Jeff Fogel – 1,525,000
George Davila – Eliminated