David Shmuel Wins $360 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better

2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 7
$360 Pot Limit Omaha 8 or Better 
Entries: 94 
Prize Pool: $28,200 
November 21, 2017 

David Shmuel

David Shmuel moved from Israel to Miami 23 years ago and became a regular in the South Florida tournament poker scene. On Monday night, Shmuel won his first trophy Hard Rock trophy after more than two decades of grinding tournaments in the area.

Shmuel defeated a 94-entry field in the $360 pot limit Omaha 8 or better event. He won $7,152 in a heads-up chop with Jeff Duvall along with his first piece of hardware.

“I feels great,” said Shmuel. “It’s my first trophy. I’ve been playing here a long time and I’ve never actually gotten a trophy. It’s always good to get at least something to remember.”

Shmuel was born and raised in Israel, but came to the area because of his sister’s wedding. He never wanted to go across the Atlantic. He made his permanent residence in South Florida and currently makes his home in Downtown Miami.

The small business owner earned most of his previous cashes in no limit hold’em, but Omaha was the game that he played when he first moved to America and before Chris Moneymaker played a major role in the poker boom.

“This is the game we used to play in the old Indian casino across the street,” said Shmuel. “That was the main game – Omaha. Then, no limit hold’em was getting more popular.”

He’ll dabble in some HORSE events when they run, but Shmuel pretty much sticks to flop games. He has sworn off one thing when it comes to poker, however. And it’s helped improve his tournament results.

“I stopped playing cash games,” said Shmuel. “Only tournaments. I used to play cash before a lot, but it just messed me up. If you play cash a lot and then you play a tournament, it messes up your game.”

Shmuel came into the final table with the chip lead and while he didn’t go wire to wire, he was never short on chips and always near the top of the counts.

Jeffrey Trudeau held the chip lead for the middle stages of the final table and Duvall started out the heads-up match with the chip lead, but Shmuel regained the lead just before they reached an agreement on a heads-up chop.

By his own account, this was par for the course. He had chips the whole tournament and was never in much danger of busting.

“I was very lucky today and I got a lot of chips from the beginning,” said Shmuel. “I got through that. It’s really great to win.”


1st: David Shmuel – $7,152*
2nd: Jeff Duvall – $7,151 *
3rd: Jeffrey Trudeau Jr. – $3,384
4th: Alexander Orlov – $2,186
5th: Mihails Morozovs – $1,692
6th: Nancy Birnbaum – $1,340
7th: Gabriel Ramos – $1,128
8th: Zachary Milchman – $987
9th: Joel Harwood – $895
10th: David McClure – $818
11th: Michael Soroka – $761
12th: Cameron Reid – $706

*Indicates adjusted payouts according to a deal

Event 7: David Shmuel Wins in Heads-Up Chop

$360 Pot Limit Omaha/8 (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 94

David Shmuel

Shortly after David Shmuel took the chip lead, the two final players decided to chop the remaining prizepool evenly. Shmuel, now with the chip lead, earns the victory and the trophy. Shmuel earned $7,152 and Jeff Duvall netted $7,151 for his runner-up finish.

A complete recap will be posted later tonight.

Jeff Duvall

Event 7: David Shmuel Takes the Chip Lead

$360 Pot Limit Omaha/8 (Re-Entry)
Level 19: 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 94

On a flop of 9s5h4d, Jeff Duvall bet 48,000 from the small blind and David Shmuel called on the button. The turn was the Qh and Duvall checked.

Shmuel potted it for 144,000. Duvall called. The river was the Jd and Duvall checked. Shmuel moved all in for 109,000. Duvall folds and Shmuel shows KdTd3h2h, giving him the nut straight.

Duvall claimed he had a wrap wheel draw after the hand. Shmuel wins the pot and takes the chip lead away from Duvall.

David Shmuel – 539,000
Jeff Duvall – 401,000

Event 7: Jeffrey Trudeau – 3rd Place ($3,384)

$360 Pot Limit Omaha/8 (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 94

Jeffrey Trudeau

Jeffrey Trudeau raised to 12,000 on the button and Jeff Duvall called out of the big blind. The flop was Js8h2s and Duvall checked. Trudeau bet 24,000 and Duvall called.

The turn was the 7d and Duvall moved all in. Trudeau called and was all in for his last 31,000.

Trudeau showed Qc8c3h2h and was up against Duvall’s 8d7c5s2c. Both players had two pair, but Duvall’s was bigger.

The river was the 3c and Duvall’s two pair and a live five scooped the entire pot. Trudeau was eliminated in third place, earning $3,384.

After winning a sizable pot the previous hand, Duvall takes the chip lead into heads-up play against David Shmuel.

Jeff Duvall – 580,000
Jeffrey Trudeau – Eliminated