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 [Ks][Qh][Jh], 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 [Ah][Th][Td][3d], giving him the nuts, and needed to fade Ferreyra’s [Kc][Js][4d][3h] 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 [Qc][3c][2s][6s][8c].

Bagg tabled [Kc][8d][6d][2h], St. Germain showed [Qs][Th][5c][2c] 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 [As][Kd][4h][2s] and is in the lead against Allen’s [8h][6h][5h][3h].

Birnbaum has the better hand, but the [Qc][Td][8d][9h][3s] 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

Event 3: Georges Boyadjian – 7th Place ($938)

$300 Limit Omaha/8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 6 of 92

Georges Boyadjian

On a flop of [9d][4d][2h], Georges Boyadjian got all in for his last few bets from early position against Steve Allen in middle position.

Allen showed [Ac][9s][5c][2c], giving him two pair and a good low draw. He was in the lead against Boyadjian’s [As][Ad][Qs][8c].

The turn was the [Jc] and the river was the [3s]. Allen improved to the wheel and scooped the whole pot. Boyadjian was eliminated in seventh place and earned $938.

Steve Allen – 265,000
Georges Boyadjian – Eliminated 

Event 3: Gabriel Ramos – 8th Place ($821)

$300 Limit Omaha/8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 7 of 92

Gabriel Ramos

Gabriel Ramos got all in preflop for his last few bets against Nancy Birnbaum.

Birnbaum tabled [As][Ah][Td][8c] and was up against Ramos’ [Ac][8d][6s][2s]. The board ran out [Kd][Qc][9c][6c][9d] and Birnbaum’s aces held up to scoop the whole pot and eliminate Ramos in eighth place for $821.

Birnbaum won the pot and is back up over an average stack.

Nancy Birnbaum – 135,000
Gabriel Ramos – Eliminated 

Event 3: Claudangelo Beaudouin – 9th Place ($744)

$300 Limit Omaha/8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 8 of 92

Claudangelo Beaudouin

Claudangelo Beaudouin was all in preflop on the button, leaving three players able to generate a side pot with further action.

Georges Boyadjian checked from the big blind and Steve Allen bet from under the gun. Gabriel Ramos folded and Boyadjian called.

Both players checked the [Kc] turn and the [9c] came on the river. Boyadjian checked and Allen bet. Boyadjian folded.

Allen tabled [Ac][Jc][7h][3h] and won the pot with the nut flush. Beaudouin quickly tabled his hand, but it was mucked just as fast since it was an impossible hand to beat.

Steve Allen – 270,000
Claudangelo Beaudouin – Eliminated 

Event 3: Nancy Birnbaum Doubles Through Heriberto Ferreyra

$300 Limit Omaha/8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 9 of 92

Nancy Birnbaum is under the gun and heads-up against Heriberto Ferreyra. After betting on previous streets, Birnbaum commits her last chip on the river with a completed board of [Kh][4s][2s][Jc][6s].

Ferreyra tables [Qh][Js][8h][5s], giving him a flush and an eight-low, but Birnbaum takes the whole pot with [As][Qd][Ts][7s], giving her the nut flush and a seven-low.

Nancy Birnbaum – 100,000
Heriberto Ferreyra – 140,000

Event 3: Robert Campbell – 10th Place ($680)

$300 Limit Omaha/8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 9 of 92

Robert Campbell

A short-stacked Robert Campbell got the last of his chips into the middle on the river with a king-high straight, but lost to Steve Allen’s flush.

“I had hearts and diamonds,” said Allen about both of his flush draws as Campbell was gathering his belongings.

“Yeah, I guess I needed a blank,” said Campbell after thinking his diamond flush draw was live.

Campbell is eliminated in 10th place for $680 and Allen is one of only a few players with close to 10 big bets.

Steve Allen – 190,000
Robert Campbell – Eliminated