Paul Domb Takes Full Advantage of Off-Day, Wins $2,200 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 19
$2,200 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em 
Entries: 53
Prize Pool: $106,000 
April 16, 2018 

Paul Domb Wins $2,200 No-Limit Hold’em Turbo

Not all poker pros are fans of the turbo format since it dilutes a bit of the skill involved in slow structured, multi-day poker tournaments.

Paul Domb isn’t a professional poker player. He has a day job and made the most of taking a vacation day on Monday night by taking down the $2,200 turbo no-limit hold’em. He took the better end of a heads-up chop with Anthony Utnage to defeat a field of 53 entries and earn $33,450.

“It feels great,” said Domb after his win. “Everybody at the table was talkative and it was really great to spend the day here.”

Domb works in corporate real estate, which takes up most of his time. For somebody as high-powered and as successful as him, he enjoys the turbo format simply because it’s a more efficient use of his time.

“It’s way better for someone like me who works,” said Domb. “I got to get up early tomorrow morning. I took the day off. So, a one-day event is perfect for someone like me. I don’t have the staying power like some of these kids.”

The event drew some top notch poker players that were trying to get one last score before the series comes to a close on Wednesday. Despite the final table featuring players as talented as Ankush Mandavia, Joe Elpayaa and Eddie Ochana, Domb still enjoyed a light and fun atmosphere while playing for tens of thousands of dollars.

Domb came in near the top of the chip counts at the redraw for the final table, but only the top seven players would leave with a cash. Domb wasn’t short and he needed to go with his gut in one crucial hand to propel him to victory.

“I made a good call,” said Domb. “My neighbor there tried to bluff me. I decided it was do or die and I guessed right. From there, I just ran good.”


1st: Paul Domb – $33,540*
2nd: Anthony Utnage – $29,000*
3rd: Joseph Elpayaa – $14,310
4th: Eddie Ochana – $10,070
5th: Omar Zazay – $7,950
6th: Gavin O’Rourke – $6,360
7th: Carlos Rodriguez Rojas – $4,770

*Adjusted payouts to reflect a heads-up chop

Event 19: Sam Zalmanov’s Elimination Bursts the Money Bubble

$2,200 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure / Payouts
Level 15: 3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 53

Sam Zalmanov

Sam Zalmanov moved all in for his last 8,000, Tony Utnage raised to 30,000 from the cutoff, and the rest of the table folded.

Zalmanov appeared to be in good shape with his Ad3d against Utnage’s Kh9d.

The flop came As8h4c and Zalmanov extended his lead. The the board came 9c, Ks giving Utnaged runner-runner two pair to eliminate Zalmanov on the money bubble.

Tony Utnage – 380,000
Sam Zalmanov – Eliminated

Coverage of the final table will continue once the $5,000 No Limit Hold’em wraps up.


Event 19: Ankush Mandavia Eliminated by Gavin O’Rourke

$2,200 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure / Payouts
Level 16: 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 53

Ankush Mandavia

Ankush Mandavia moved all in from under the gun for 62,000 and Gavin O’Rourke reshoved for 66,000 from middle position.

The rest of the table folded and it was off to the races with Mandavia holding 10h10c against O’Rourke’s AcKc.

The board came Kd8s5h4c8c and O’Rourke flopped a king to eliminate Mandavia in ninth place.

Gavin O’Rourke – 160,000
Ankush Mandavia – Eliminated

Event 19: Paul Domb Leads the Final Table

$2,200 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure / Payouts
Level 15: 3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 53

Players have combined to the final table, there are nine remaining players with the final seven taking home a paycheck. Here’s how they stack up:

Seat 1: Gavin O’Rourke – 97,000
Seat 2: Sam Zalmanor – 37,000
Seat 3: Paul Domb – 167,000
Seat 4: Tony Utnage – 163,000
Seat 5: Omar Zazay – 132,000
Seat 6: Eddie Ochana – 131,000
Seat 7: Joe Elpayaa – 125,000
Seat 8: Ankush Mandavia – 33,000
Seat 9: Carlos Rodriguez – 196,000

Event 19: Eddie Ochana vs Carlos Rodriguez

$2,200 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure / Payouts
Level 15: 3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 11 of 53

Carlos Rodriguez (left) vs Eddie Ochana (right)

On a board reading Ad5c5sKc with 20,000 in the pot. Eddie Ochana checked from the small blind and Carlos Rodriguez bet 9,000. Ochana check raised to 18,000. Rodriguez called.

The river was the Qh, and Ochana bet 22,000. Rodriguez called with KdQd for two-pair but was no good against Ochana’s 8c5d trip nines.

Eddy Ochana – 130,000
Carlos Rodriguez – 123,000