Shawn Nguyen Calls His Shot and Wins $360 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 9
$360 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo   
Entries: 89
Prize Pool: $26,700  
November 19, 2018 

Shawn Nguyen wins $360 PLO8

Shawn Nguyen came into the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood events center on Monday afternoon with one goal in mind. Win the $360 pot-limit Omaha hi-lo event.

He did exactly that. And did so in dominant fashion. He ran over the final table and put on the most dominating performance of the series thus far. He went wire-to-wire with the chip lead at the final table to defeat the 89-entry field and earn $8,471.

Before he took his seat, he did his best Joe Namath impression to the Hard Rock’s tournament director.

“It was pretty great,” said Nguyen about his dominant performance. “I told Tony [Burns] that I was going to win it and I won it.”

Nguyen came into the final table with a monster chip lead, and it was never anything less than gigantic. Of the nine eliminations from the unofficial final table down to one, Nguyen scored six of them.

With six players left, Nguyen already had accumulated about half the chips in play. By the time he reached heads-up play against Walter Buss, he had 730,000 of the 890,000 in play.

He disposed of Buss in just a few minutes after flopping a set, rivering a full house, and cracking aces with a low draw. Buss picked up $5,073 for his second-place finish.

Nguyen is a high-stakes regular at the Hard Rock and he takes the trophy in a game he plays a ton.

“I play a lot of PLO8,” said Nguyen. “I play mixed games also, but not too much. Mostly PLO8.”

Nguyen wouldn’t call himself a professional poker player, but he did admit that it’s his only source of income.

“I got no jobs,” said Nguyen with a hearty laguh. “I am looking for a job, but nobody wants to hire me. So I got o play poker, right? Until I get hired, maybe I’ll find a job. But until then, I got to keep playing. If I had a job as good as Tony’s [Burns], maybe I won’t have to play poker. Until then, I’ll just keep trying my luck.”

Just two days after finishing second in a heads-up chop with Michael Barry in the $360 Big O, Leif Force made another final table in a nearly identical game. He finished ninth and earned $847. The top 12 spots finished in the money and here are the results:

1st: Shawn Nguyen – $8,471
2nd: Walter Buss – $5,073
3rd: Barak Zaken – $3,204
4th: Alexander Lakhov – $2,069
5th: Mitchell Menes – $1,602
6th: Jason Reep – $1,268
7th: Matthew Bianchini – $1,068
8th: Mitchell Smith – $935
9th: Leif Force – $847
10th: Jeff Gershowitz – $774
11th: Donald Maloney Jr. – $721
12th: Robert Wachtel – $668

Event 9: Shawn Nguyen Wins $360 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo ($8,471), Walter Buss Eliminated in 2nd ($5,073)

$360 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 1 of 89

Shawn Nguyen

On a flop of Ts5d4h, Walter Buss is on the button and Shawn Nguyen is in the big blind.

They each committed 45,000 on the flop and the Js came on the turn. Nguyen bet pot for 108,000 and Buss called.

The river was the Jd and Nguyen moved all in. Buss called. Nguyen announced a full house and showed Kc7s5h5c. It was good against Buss’ AhAcQd6d.

Nguyen won the pot and the tournament. He earned the trophy and $8,471, while Buss picked up $5,073 for his runner-up finish.

Walter Buss

Shawn Nguyen – $360 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo Champion
Walter Buss – Eliminated 

Event 9: Barak Zaken – 3rd Place ($3,204)

$360 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 89

Barak Zaken

On a flop of Qh7h2d, Barak Zaken got his last 60,000 into the middle on the button against Shawn Nguyen in the small blind.

Zaken tabled Ac8c8d4c and was up against Nguyen’s Ah4h9s7d.

The turn was the Th and the river was the 2h. They were both on the same low draw, which never came and Nguyen turned a flush to eliminate Zaken in third.

Zaken earned $3,204 for his deep run and Nguyen takes a 7-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play with Walter Buss.

Shawn Nguyen – 725,000
Barak Zaken – Eliminated 

Event 9: Alexander Lakhov – 4th ($2,069)

$360 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 2,500/5,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 89

Alexander Lakhov

On the river with a completed board of Ah9c7d6dQd, Shawn Nguyen was in the small blind and heads-up with Alexander Lakhov, who was under the gun.

There were several bets and raises, which resulted in Lakhov moving all in for about 170,000. Nguyen called. Nguyen showed Kd5h3h[2]d, good for the nut low and the second nut flush.

Lakhov sent his hand into the muck, but it was tabled since it was an all in pot his cards were exposed. The dealer tabled his 8s8d4h2s and he was eliminated in fourth for $2,069. Nguyen, on the other hand, has nearly 75% of the chips in play as three-handed play starts.

Shawn Nguyen – 560,000
Alexander Lakhov – Eliminated 

Event 9: Mitchell Menes – 5th Place ($1,602)

$360 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 2,500/5,000
Players Remaining: 4 of 89

Mithcell Menes

Mithcell Menes got all in from under the gun for about 40,000 against Barak Zaken in the small blind.

Zaken showed AhQh7d2d and was up against Menes’ Ax8x7x2x.

The board ran out Td5d3cQs5s. There was no qualifying low hand and Zaken won the pot with queens up. Mitchell was out in fifth and earned $1,602 for his efforts.

Barak Zaken – 105,000
Mitchell Menes – Eliminated