After Several Close Calls, Zack Milchman Picks Up First Trophy in $360 Mixed Omaha

2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 10 
$360 Mixed Omaha   
Entries: 66
Prize Pool: $19,800  
November 20, 2018 

Zack Milchman wins $360 Mixed Omaha

Zack Milchman had several close calls at a Hard Rock trophy, but never found himself taking it home at the end of the night. That changed in the early hours of Wednesday morning when Milchman took home his first trophy in the $360 mixed Omaha event.

The poker pro from South Florida earned $5,032 in a three-way ICM chop with Gabriel Ramos and Mike Beasley, defeating a 66-entry field in the process.

Ramos is a familiar face at the Hard Rock and has won multiple trophies, all in mixed game events. Milchman has always been deep with him, but this time, he outlasted Ramos.

“I normally don’t care, but for some reason I just wanted one tonight,” said Milchman about his desire to take home the trophy. “Probably just because Gabe was needling me that I always come in second.”

With Ramos and Milchman, if one of them is at the final table, it seems like the other is right there with him.

“I have no idea. Every time I final table, he’s there, and every time he final tables, I’m there. It’s crazy,” said Milchman.

Milchman has a few wins to his name, including a WSOP Circuit ring in a pot-limit Omaha hi-lo event in 2013. He also finished runner-up in the 2014 $3,000 Omaha hi-lo event that was won by Phil Hui.

Hui is another South Florida pro that is one of the state’s best mixed game players. When asked about why the same faces are regularly at the final table in mixed events, he pointed towards field size and key differences in the structure of the game compared to no-limit hold’em.

“I would say mainly because the fields are small,” said Milchman. “I think I have more of an edge in these games than hold’em. Stuff like that. I I think I have a better chance here. There’s no antes and I’m not all in as much.”

The tournament was comprised of three games, all of which were pot-limit Omaha variants. There was Big O, pot-limit Omaha hi-lo and pot-limit Omaha. With his expertise in limit mixed games, it’s not a surprise which game Milchman was the most comfortable in.

“Big O. I like Big O the most,” said Milchman. “This was an interesting tournament though because I bought in at 4:30 p.m. and I didn’t get to play a hand until like 5:15 p.m. I was elsewhere and I got blinded down. So the fact that I got lucky enough to win it is pretty funny.”

The 66-entry field paid out the top nine spots. Leif Force made his third final table of the series, but was the first one eliminated from it, finishing eighth for $710.

Here are the full results:

1st: Zack Milchman – $5,032*
2nd: Gabriel Ramos – $4,205*
3rd: Mike Beasley – $3,973*
4th: Andrew Woodmancey – $1,935
5th: Joshua Zur – $1,405
6th: Scotter Clark – $1,065
7th: Michael Soroka – $850
8th: Leif Force – $710
9th: Kevin Love – $625

*Reflects adjusted payouts to reflect an ICM deal

Event 10: Zack Milchman Wins in a Three-Way Deal

$360 Mixed Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 10,000/20,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 66

Zack Milchman

Shortly after Zack Milchman doubled through Mike Beasley and into the chip lead, the three players reached the end of level 22 and went on a 10-minute break.

They had the staff run the ICM numbers and after looking at the numbers, they agreed to a three-way chop. Since Milchman held the chip lead at the time of the deal, he receives credit for the victory.

Milchman took home $5,032, Gabriel Ramos earned $4,205 and Beasley left with $3,973.

A complete winner story will be posted later tonight.

Mike Beasley
Gabriel Ramos

Event 10: Zack Milchman Doubles Through Mike Beasley

$360 Mixed Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 8,000/16,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 66

Pot-Limit Omaha

It was a battle of the blinds between Zack Milchman in the small blind and Mike Beasley in the big blind.

On a flop of JhTh2d, Milchman got into a battle with Beasley which ended with his last 198,000 getting into the middle.

Milchman was in bad shape with his AhAc8s7c against Beasley’s QhJcTs9c.

Milchman needed a nine, a deuce or an ace to stay alive. The turn was the 7h, adding a seven to his outs, and the river was the 2s.

Milchman made a better two pair on the river and doubled up.

Zack Milchman – 400,000
Mike Beasley – 150,000

Event 10: Andrew Woodmancey – 4th Place ($1,935)

$360 Mixed Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 8,000/16,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 66

Andrew Woodmancey

Big O

Gabriel Ramos limped in from under the gun, Mike Beasley completed the small blind and Andrew Woodmancey moved all in out of the big blind for 21,000.

Ramos and Beasley called. They failed to create a side pot as they checked it down as the board ran out AdQsTh2d9c.

Woodmancey showed KdKcQc2x3x, Beasley showed 9d9hAh6h3c and Ramos mucked his hand after claiming he had two pair.

Beasley won the pot with a set of nines and Woodmancey was eliminated in fourth for $1,935.

Mike Beasley – 350,000
Andrew Woodmancey – Eliminated 

Event 10: Gabriel Ramos Doubles Through Andrew Woodmancey

$360 Mixed Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 6,000/12,000
Players Remaining: 4 of 66

Pot-Limit Omaha 

Gabriel Ramos survived a few all ins and had worked his less than a big blind stack all the way up to about nine big blinds.

Action folded to Andrew Woodmancey in the small blind, who completed, and Ramos raised to 36,000 out of the big blind.

Woodmancey called and the flop was Qs8d7s. Woodmancey potted it and Ramos called. Ramos was all in for 54,000.

Woodmancey showed Ah9h9s5s and needed help against Ramos’ KsKdTh6h.

The turn was the 8c and the river was the 4d. Ramos’ kings held up and he doubled up, leaving Woodmancey as the new short stack.

Gabriel Ramos – 180,000
Andrew Woodmancey – 25,000

Event 10: Mike Beasley Doubles Through Gabriel Ramos

$360 Mixed Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 6,000/12,000
Players Remaining: 4 of 66

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

On a flop of Td8h3s, Mike Beasley was on the button and went to war with Gabriel Ramos in the big blind.

Beasley got all in for 119,000 and got action from Ramos. Beasley tabled Tc9sAs5s, good for top pair and a low draw. He was up against Ramos’ Qs5c3h2s, good for bottom pair and a worse low draw.

The turn was the Kh and the river was the 4s. Beasley scooped the pot with a better pair and a better low, which gave him nearly half the chips in play and left Ramos as the short stack with less than a big blind.

Mike Beasley – 305,000
Gabriel Ramos – 9,000

Event 10: Zack Milchman Doubles Through Andrew Woodmancey

$360 Mixed Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 4 of 66

Pot-Limit Omaha 

Zack Milchman was on the button and got into a preflop battle against Andrew Woodmancey in the big blind.

Milchman ended up all in for about 80,000 showed KdKh8h5h. He was in the lead against Woodmancey’s QsQc8s2s.

The board ran out 9s7h6h3h7c and Milchman turned a flush to double up.

Zack Milchman – 165,000
Andrew Woodmancey – 130,000

Event 10: Joshua Zur – 5th Place ($1,405)

$360 Mixed Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 4 of 66

Josh Zur

Pot-Limit Omaha 

Mike Beasley doubled through Joshua Zur, which left Zur as the short stack at the table. He was down to 8,000 and in the small blind. He put the last of it in against Zack Milchman in the big blind.

Zur showed AhKsJd5h and was up against Milchman’s Qd9h8d7s.

The board ran out AdTh7dQs6d. Milchman made a flush to win the pot and eliminate Zur in fifth place.

Zakc Milchman – 75,000
Joshua Zur – Eliminated 

Event 10: Scotter Clark – 6th Place ($1,065)

$360 Mixed Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 5 of 66

Scotter Clark

Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

Mike Beasley raised from middle position and Scotter Clark moved all in on the button for about 20,000. Beasley called.

Beasley showed AcAh6d2d and was up against Clark’s QhQs5h2s.

The flop was Td5c2h, giving Clark bottom two pair and the lead. The turn was the 7d and Beasley locked up half the pot by making a low.

The river was the 6h, however, and Beasley scooped the whole thing by making a better two pair. Clark is out in sixth and earned $1,065.

Mike Beasley – 95,000
Scotter Clark – Eliminated 

Event 10: Mike Soroka – 7th Place ($850)

$360 Mixed Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 6 of 66

Mike Soroka

Big O 

It was a battle of the blinds between Andrew Woodmancey in the small blind and Mike Soroka in the big blind.

On the turn, with the board reading Qc8c7d9s, Woodmancey bet 24,000 and Soroka moved all in for about 80,000. Woodmancey called.

Woodmancey showed KdQdJsTd3c, giving him the nut straight, and was up against Soroka’s Th9h6s4d3h. The river was the Jh and Soroka thought for a second that he rivered a chop, but Woodmancey improved to a king-high straight.

Soroka was eliminated in seventh and took home $850 for his efforts, while Woodmancey moved into the chip lead.

Andrew Woodmancey – 200,000
Mike Soroka – Eliminated