Event 14: Peter Mancini Wins After Three-Handed Chop

2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 14
$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed

Entries: 153
Prize Pool: $153,000
Bounty Prize Pool: $76,500
November 25-26, 2018

Peter Mancini takes the trophy in three-handed deal

The $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) re-started Day 2 at 2:00 PM with twelve players and was completed within two and a half hours. The bust outs were fast and furious including a double knock out by the eventual winner Peter Mancini. Mancini scored two bounties on that hand and wound up collecting nine altogether.

The day started with Aleksandr Gofman as chip leader, who parlayed his big stack into a fourth place finish worth $9,653. Immediately after Gofman’s elimination, Peter Mancini, Michael Stashin, and Pablo Mariz agreed to a deal.

As the chip leader when the deal was agreed upon, the 63 year old was declared the winner. Mancini is a lawyer for disability cases living in Ontario, Canada. He came all the way down to Florida to play this Rock’N’Roll Poker Open.

“This is an awesome property. This is probably the toughest field that I’ve played against in the last two years. The tournament was well structured. Playing with pros was quite a challenge but I learned a lot”

Even at the final table Mancini had to get through two WSOP Bracelet winners to victory. He ended up chopping with one of them, 2017 Millionaire Maker champion Pablo Mariz.

When asked how Day 1 went Mancini had this to say, “The day went quite well for me yesterday, I had good luck.. catching runner-runner at one point to stay in the tournament.”

Day 2 however wasn’t as smooth for the champion. “Earlier in the day I lost pocket kings to pocket aces, I thought I was going to make an early exit but I was able to continue all the way to the chop.”

Mancini takes home $31,093 for his victory as well as the RRPO trophy.

Final table results:

1st:  Peter Mancini – $31,093 + trophy
2nd: Michael Stashin – $29,039
3rd:  Pablo Mariz – $23,385
4th: Alexandr Gofman – $9,563
5th: Paula Alibrandi – $7,382
6th: Brian Hastings – $6,120
7th: Myles German – $5,317
8th: Daniel Pearlman – $4,774
9th: David Levi – $4,113

Event 14: Aleksandr Gofman – 4th Place ($9,563)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 153

Aleksandr Gofman

Aleksandr Gofman opened to 30,000 from under the gun and Peter Mancini defended his big blind.

Both players checked the Qc8h6c flop. The turn brought the 2h, Mancini bet 55,000 and Gofman thought for a while before moving all in for around 160,000.

Mancini snap called with 8d6h for two-pair and was up against Gofman’s Qh9h top pair and flush draw.

The river, Ac, was a brick for Gofman as he was eliminated in 4th place.

Peter Mancini – 1,518,000 (127 bb)
Aleksandr Gofman – Eliminated in 4th Place ($9,563)

Event 14: Paula Alibrandi – 5th Place ($7,382)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 153

Paula Alibrandi

Paula Alibrandi moved all in for around 100,000 from early position and Aleksandr Gofman called from late position.

It looked like it was going to be a chop when both players turned up ace jack. Gofman’s however was suited in clubs.

The board ran out Ah8c6c7h3c and Gofman made a flush on the river to eliminate Alibrandi.

Aleksandr Gofman – 460,000 (46 bb)
Paula Alibrandi – Eliminated in 5th place ($7,382)

Event 14: Brian Hastings Eliminated in 6th Place ($6,120)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 153

Brian Hastings

Brian Hastings was all in for around 300,000 in late position with AhKh and was flipping against Peter Mancini’s QcQs.

The board ran out 9d7c2s8s8d and Mancini’s pocket queens held to eliminate Hastings in 6th place and take the chip lead.

Peter Mancini – 1,000,000 (100 bb)
Brian Hastings – Eliminated in 6th Place ($6,120)