Event 3: Guifang Liu Defeats Matt Affleck Heads Up, Scores Outright Win and $31K in Purple Chip Bounty

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event #3
$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty
No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Entries: 105
Prizepool: $105,000 + $52,500 Bounties
August 6-7, 2017

Guifang Liu

Hollywood, Fla. — Guifang Liu claimed her first career tournament title Monday night in Event 3 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. Liu bested a tough field of 105 entries in the $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty ultimately defeating Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Matt Affleck for the outright win. Liu pocketed a $31,497 prize along with a trophy while Affleck scored $19,425.

Event 3 began Sunday at 6pm and saw its $100,000 guarantee comfortably surpassed as the prize pool hit $105,000 with another $52,500 in bounties. Over the course of 14 Day 1 levels, the field trimmed to just nine remaining and it was Liu who held the chip lead. As it was, “lead” was an understatement. Liu sat on nearly 475,000 chips overnight good for 157 big blinds and an almost three-to-one chip lead over second place.

Joining Liu at the final table was none other than Kirk Morrison. Morrison, who claims a World Series of Poker gold bracelet and carded a second-place finish in the WPT Five Star World Poker Classic good for more than $2,000,000, had only recorded a handful of cashes since the early 2000’s. His presence at the bounty final table was welcomed, but ended in a sixth-place finish when his flopped second-nut flush was bested on the turn by the nut flush. He earned $4,830.

From there, Derek Sudell finished fifth, Wenhao Ying fourth and Gavin O’Rourke third. By the time heads-up play began, Liu claimed about a two-to-one advantage over Affleck. The pair battled it out for a short time before Affleck got roughly 65 big blinds in on the turn. Affleck had flopped two pair, but was second best to Liu’s turned straight. The river completed a blank and Liu was crowned champion.

Liu had previously earned just two cashes — a ninth-place finish in a WPT event in Beijing good for just over $28,000 and a 35th-place in this summer WSOP Colossus for over $24,000. The bounty win marked her first career victory.

Final results:

1st: Guifang Liu – $31,497
2nd: Matt Affleck – $19,425
3rd: Gavin O’Rourke – $11,655
4th: Wenhao Ying – $7,613
5th: Derek Sudell – $5,880
6th: Kirk Morrison – $4,830
7th: Andre Crooks – $4,095
8th: Carlos Guerrero – $3,570
9th: Scott Levitt – $3,150
10th: Jorge Bello – $2,783
11th: Sean Perry – $2,783
12th: Ira Schwartz – $2,783
13th: Dantonio Brown – $2,468
14th: Robert Gianquitti – $2,468

Event 3: Guifang Liu Wins SHRPO Purple Chip Bounty Outright ($31,497); Matt Affleck Eliminated in 2nd Place ($19,425)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 105

Guifang Liu

The board was dealt through the turn and it laid ahjs8std. Guifang Liu was first to act and checked. Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Matt Affleck bet 65,000 from the button. Liu moved all-in and Affleck called off about 400,000.

Affleck: ad8h for two pair
Liu: qd9d for the queen-high straight

Affleck was behind, but had outs to the fullhouse.

River: ts

The team member blanked the river and was eliminated in second place for $19,425.

Matt Affleck

With that, Liu claimed the outright, the trophy and $31,497.

A full report will be published later this evening. In the meantime, here are the final results:

1st: Guifang Liu – $31,497
2nd: Matt Affleck – $19,425
3rd: Gavin O’Rourke – $11,655
4th: Wenhao Ying – $7,613
5th: Derek Sudell – $5,880
6th: Kirk Morrison – $4,830
7th: Andre Crooks – $4,095
8th: Carlos Guerrero – $3,570
9th: Scott Levitt – $3,150
10th: Jorge Bello – $2,783
11th: Sean Perry – $2,783
12th: Ira Schwartz – $2,783
13th: Dantonio Brown – $2,468
14th: Robert Gianquitti – $2,468

Event 3: Gavin O’Rourke Eliminated in 3rd Place ($11,655)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 105

Gavin O’Rourke

Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Matt Affleck and Gavin O’Rourke got the last of O’Rourke’s 40,000-chip stack in preflop. O’Rourke had the best of it, but needed his qc8s to hold versus Affleck’s jh3s.

Runout: kd6h4s9h2h

Affleck improved to a pair of nines and O’Rourke was eliminated in third place earning $11,655.

Gavin O’Rourke – Eliminated in 3rd place ($11,655)

Event 3: Wenhao Ying Eliminated in 4th Place ($7,613)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 105

Wenhao Ying

Guifang Liu opened the button for 18,000 and Matt Affleck folded his small blind. Wenhao Ying was in the big blind and shoved his last 168,000. Liu called and Ying was in position to double up.

Ying: kcjd
Liu: qhth

Runout: as6s6c7hts

Liu spiked a pair on the turn to best Ying. Ying was eliminated in fourth place earning $7,613.

Guifan Liu – 815,000 (135 bb)
Wenhao Ying – Eliminated in 4th place ($7,613)

Event 3: Wenhao Ying Doubles through Matt Affleck

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 105

With a pair of short stacks in the blinds, chip leader Matt Affleck shoved the button. It was on Wenhao Ying in the small blind. He called off his last 70,000 and Gavin O’Rourke got out of the way. Ying was at risk, but in good shape.

Ying: adjd
Affleck: jh3s

Runout: kd6h4s4h2h

Ying’s ace-jack held and he doubled through the Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member.

Wenhao Ying -153,000 (25 bb)

Event 3: Matt Affleck Three-Bets the Flop

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 17: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 105

Guifang Liu (left) and Matt Affleck (right)

Guifang Liu was in the big blind in a heads-up pot against Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Matt Affleck. The flop was ksjc8s and Liu checked. Affleck bet 20,000. Liu raised to 40,000. Affleck took a some time, but reached deep into his stack three-betting to 90,000. Liu called.

The turn was the 6d. Liu checked again. Affleck bet 120,000 and Liu folded. Affleck took a sizable pot without contest.

Matt Affleck – 614,000 (122 bb)
Guifan Liu – 355,000 (71 bb)

Event 3: Team Member Matt Affleck Adds to His Stack

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 17: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 105

With a nice pot already built, Gavin O’Rourke was in the small blind, Guifan Liu in the big and Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Matt Affleck under the gun. The board was dealt through the river and read qh7c6c5h9s. O’Rourke and Liu checked it to Affleck who bet 82,000. O’Rourke folded and it was on Liu. She thought for a minute or two, then slid calling chips in. Affleck tabled th8s for the nut straight. Liu’s tc9h pair was no good Affleck scooped a healthy pot.

Matt Affleck – 485,000 (97 bb)
Guifan Liu – 410,000 (82 bb)

Event 3: Derek Sudell Eliminated in 5th Place ($5,880)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 17: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 105

Derek Sudell

Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Matt Affleck opened the button and short stack Derek Sudell moved all-in from the big blind. Affleck called and Sudell was at risk.

Affleck: ad6c
Sudell: kcts

Affleck’s ace-six held and Sudell was eliminated in fifth place earning $5,880.

Matt Affleck – 338,500 (67 bb)
Derek Sudell – Eliminated in 5th place ($5,880)

Event 3: Break Time Update

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Heading to Level 17: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 105

Seat 1: Gavin O’Rourke – 191,000
Seat 2: Guifang Liu – 420,500
Seat 3: Matt Affleck – 186,000
Seat 4: Wenhao Ying – 405,000
Seat 5: Derek Sudell – 48,500

1st – $31,497 + Trophy
2nd – $19,425
3rd – $11,655
4th – $7,613
5th – $5,880

6th: Kirk Morrison – $4,830
7th: Andre Crooks – $4,095
8th: Carlos Guerrero – $3,570
9th: Scott Levitt – $3,150