Sergio Grosso Wins First Hard Rock Trophy With Seniors Victory

2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 18
$360 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em      
Entries: 122
Prize Pool: $36,600 
November 27, 2018

Sergio Grosso earns $360 seniors title. 

Sergio Grosso claimed the second of three Hard Rock trophies being awarded on Tuesday. Grosso earned his trophy from the Seminole Hard Rock by taking down the 122-entry $360 seniors no-limit hold’em event.

Grosso defeated Marvin Brantley heads-up to earn the title and $10,615.

“It feels great,” said Grosso after his win. “I’ve been at this a long time and it’s nice to win my first seniors event.”

Grosso has scored a couple other wins in his career, including a victory in a Rio Daily Deepstack event during the 2017 World Series of Poker for just shy of $28,000, but it’s the first time he’s earned a title in the senior division.

According to Grosso, he is retired and just enjoying life. He currently resides just outside of Toronto, but traveled down to Florida to play in the $3,500 RRPO WPT Championship event. He’s taking poker as a serious hobby in his life after work, and will be taking more shots at WPT events in the short-term.

He is leaving South Florida tomorrow morning and heading straight to Las Vegas for the next WPT stop at Bellagio.

He’ll get there riding high, going nearly wire-to-wire with the chip lead at the final table. Grosso came into the final table with the chip lead, lost it briefly to David Albertson before regaining it for good.

“I was playing pretty solid the whole time,” said Grosso. “I just kind of popped up for like 15-20 minutes and they just kind of ran into me.”

Grosso won a massive pot to eliminate Albertson in fourth place when he flopped trip queens and got it all in on the turn against Albertson’s pocket sevens. He faded a two-outer on the river and had two-thirds of the chips in play with three players remaining.

Jerome Hyafil busted in third to Brantley before Brantley went heads-up against Grosso.

Brantley put a small dent in Grosso’s heads-up chip lead, but then he rivered a flush after Grosso turned a full house. All the chips got into the middle and Grosso left with the trophy.

Results:

1st: Sergio Grosso – $10,615
2nd: Marvin Brantley – $6,588
3rd: Jerome Hyafil – $3,935
4th: David Albertson – $2,471
5th: Fariborz Zojaji – $1,830
6th: Juan Carlos Diaz – $1,574
7th: Orlando Maldonado – $1,363
8th: Bruce Freedman – $1,208
9th: Nir Peleg – $1,061
10th: Robert Williamson – $933
11th: Alexander Orlov – $933
12th: Tony Guglietti – $933
13th: Neil Blumenfield – $814
14th: Truyen Nguyen – $814
15th: Brian Wilson – $814
16th: Gregory Anda – $714

Seniors: Sergio Gross Wins ($10,615), Marvin Brantley Eliminated in 2nd ($6,588)

$360 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Seniors Remaining: 1 of 122

Sergio Grosso

There was about 100,000 in the pot on the river with a completed board of Ac8c3sAd5c.

Marvin Brantley checked from the big blind and Sergio Grosso moved all in on the button, for a huge overbet. Brantley immediately called and was all in for his remaining 300,000.

Grosso showed Ad3d, good for a full house, and was on the right end of a cold deck against Brantley’s Jc6c, good for a flush.

Brantley was eliminated in second and took home $6,588, while Grosso earned $10,615 and the trophy for his win in the Seniors event.

Marvin Brantley

Sergio Grosso – Seniors Event Champion
Marvin Brantley – Eliminated 

Seniors: Jerome Hyafil – 3rd Place ($3,935)

$360 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Seniors Remaining: 2 of 122

Jerome Hyafil

Jerome Hyafil moved all in from the small blind and Marvin Brantley called from the big blind. Hyafil was the player at risk, all in for about 150.000.

Hyafil showed AsKd and was flipping with Brantley’s JhJc.

“I’ll take a race,” said Hyafil after the cards were tabled.

The board ran out 8h8d5dQs7c and Hyafil lost the race. Brantley won the pot to eliminate Hyafil in third for $3,935. Brantley goes into heads-up play against Sergio Grosso facing a sizable chip disadvantage.

Marvin Brantley – 400,000
Jerome Hyafil – Eliminated 

Seniors: David Albertson – 4th Place ($2,471)

$360 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Seniors Remaining: 3 of 122

David Albertson

It was a battle of the blinds between David Albertson in the small blind and Sergio Grosso in the big blind. There was about 100,000 in the pot on the turn with the board reading QcQd6d3s.

Albertson bet 65,000 and Grosso moved all in for Albertson’s remaining 200,000.

Albertson thought for several minutes, while saying he was hoping that Grosso had a diamond draw or a six. Eventually, he called. Grosso showed QsTd and was in the lead against Albertson’s 7c7d.

The river was the 8h and Grosso won the pot to eliminate Albertson in fourth place for $2,471. Grosso now has about two-thirds of the chips in play.

Sergio Grosso – 950,000
David Albertson – Eliminated 

Seniors: Fariborz Zojaji – 5th Place ($1,830)

$360 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Seniors Remaining: 4 of 122

Fariborz Zojaji

Fariborz Zojaji moved all in from under the gun for about 175,000 and Sergio Grosso called out of the big blind.

Zojaji showed AdJs and was dominated by Grosso’s AhKh.

The board ran out Qs4s3c3h8c and Grosso won the pot to eliminate Zojaji in fifth place for $1,830. Grosso moved back into the chip lead.

 

Sergio Grosso – 650,000
Fariborz Zojaji – Eliminated