Graeme Bagg Wins $300 Omaha Hi-Lo A Day After Learning it

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, FL 
Event 3
$300 Omaha Hi-Lo 
Entries: 92
Prize Pool: $23,460
April 6, 2018 

Graeme Bagg takes home Omaha hi-lo title and $5,100.

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

Event 3: Graeme Bagg Wins in Three-Handed Deal

$300 Limit Omaha/8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 1 of 92

Graeme Bagg

After Heriberto Ferreyra was eliminated in fourth place, the final three players began discussing and agreed upon a three-way deal.

Graeme Bagg held the chip lead and gets credit for the win. He also leaves with $5,100. Steve Allen finishes second and also takes home $5,100, while Leonard St. Germain finishes in third place and earns $4,517.

Steve Allen
Leonard St. Germain

Event 3: Heriberto Ferreyra – 4th Place ($1,818)

$300 Limit Omaha/8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 3 of 92

Heriberto Ferreyra

On a flop of KsQhJh, Leonard St. Germain led out from the big blind and Heriberto Ferreyra raised, all in for his last 40,000. St. Germain quickly called.

St. Germain showed AhThTd3d, giving him the nuts, and needed to fade Ferreyra’s KcJs4d3h filling up.

The turn is the 7s and the river is the 6h. St. Germain wins the pot with Broadway and eliminated Ferreyra in fourth place for $1,818.

Leonard St. Germain – 350,000
Heriberto Ferreyra – Eliminated 

Event 3: Errol Massey – 5th Place ($1,408)

$300 Limit Omaha/8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 4 of 92

Errol Massey

Errol Massey got all in preflop from the cutoff against Leonard St. Germain in the small blind and Graeme Bagg in the big blind.

St. Germain and Bagg decline to build a side pot and check it down as the board ran out Qc3c2s6s8c.

Bagg tabled Kc8d6d2h, St. Germain showed QsTh5c2c and Massey mucked his hand.

St. Germain scooped the pot with a flush and a low, eliminating Massey in fifth. Massey took home $1,408 for his efforts.

Leonard St. Germain – 180,000
Graeme Bagg – 330,000
Errol Massey – Eliminated

Event 3: Nancy Birnbaum – 6th Place ($1,114)

$300 Limit Omaha/8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 5 of 92

Nancy Birnbaum

Nancy Birnbaum raises and gets all in on the button against Steve Allen in the big blind.

Birnbaum shows AsKd4h2s and is in the lead against Allen’s 8h6h5h3h.

Birnbaum has the better hand, but the QcTd8d9h3s runout doesn’t cooperate with her. Allen wins another pot and Birnbaum hits the rail in sixth place for $1,114.

Steve Allen – 305,000
Nancy Birnbaum – Eliminated