2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$300 Omaha Hi-Lo
Prize Pool: $23,460
April 6, 2018
Graeme Bagg hasn’t played Omaha Hi-Lo for long, but he took down an Omaha Hi-Lo event on Friday night.
Bagg defeated 92 entries and won the $300 Omaha Hi-Lo in a three-way deal with Steve Allen and Leonard St. Germain, taking home $5,100 and his first Hard Rock trophy.
The entrepreneur learned the game just one day before earning a title in the game. His friend, business partner and gambling buddy, Lance, taught him the game yesterday.
“I learned how to play about 24 hours ago and came here and won it,” said Bagg after the win.
“I told him it’s the perfect game for him because he’s the biggest luckbox I’ve ever seen in my life and he’s just a calling machine,” chimed in Lance. “I told him ‘I’m going to teach you how to play hi-lo and we are going to go play tomorrow. It’s a good experience.’ Then, he won the tournament.”
“It was all talent,” joked Bagg.
Bagg is new to the four-card variation of poker, but isn’t a novice to the game in general. He’s played no-limit hold’em for quite some time, but he’s sparked an interest in playing more Omaha.
“There’s more action,” said the Charleston, SC native and Boca Raton resident. “It just feels like there is more actiona nd more calls. I just think it’s more fun.”
Bagg owns ‘a couple businesses’ in South Florida and came into the final table in the middle of the pack, but nobody was very deep after the final 13 players played for three full levels on the bubble.
There were several eliminations early on and Bagg stayed out of the way of most of the big confrontations. Despite not scoring a single knockout, Bagg chipped up through some smaller pots and had the chip lead when they got down to three-handed play.
Bagg, St. Germain and Allen began discussing a deal after Hiberto Ferreyra was eliminated in fourth place. They agreed to a deal that gave both Bagg and Allen $5,100, since they were the two bigger stacks and St. Germain $4,517.
Bagg had the slight chip lead and got credit for the win in what was his first, but surely won’t be his last Omaha hi-lo event.
The top 12 players cashed in the 92-entry field and here are the results:
1st: Graeme Bagg – $5,100*
2nd: Steve Allen – $5,100*
3rd: Leonard St. Germain – $4,517*
4th: Heriberto Ferreyra – $1,818
5th: Errol Massey – $1,408
6th: Nancy Birnbaum – $1,114
7th: Georges Boyadjian – $938
8th: Gabriel Ramos – $821
9th: Claudangelo Beaudouin – $744
10th: Robert Campbell – $680
11th: Deborah Mitchell – $633
12th: Robert Wachtel – $587