Julio Marines Scores First Tournament Victory in $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event #15 
$1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max 
Entries: 237 
Prize Pool: $229,890 
August 8, 2018

Julio Marines wins $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max

Taking time away from any activity can create some proverbial rust the needs to knocked off. Julio Marines spent several years away from tournament poker, but there was no rust in one of his first events back from his hiatus.

The poker dealer from Weslaco, Texas defeated a 237-entry field in the $1,100 no-limit hold’em six-max event. He earned $49,710 for winning one of his first tournaments back from several years away from the tournament poker world.

Not only is it one of his first tournaments back, it’s also the first tournament he’s ever won.

“[It’s] my first tournament that I won,” said the 30-year-old after the final card was dealt. “I’ve been pretty deep with some huge stacks before and just had some blow ups.”

Marines is no stranger to a poker table, having turned pro at 18 years old. He played high-stakes cash games with a lot of early success. So much so that this kind of money isn’t new to him.

“I’ve actually won more money in cash games,” he said. “But this actually feels a lot better… I used to play pretty high, but this feels better. I’ve never won a tournament before, so I really enjoyed it.”

After several years as a professional poker player, a little bit of bad luck made him reevaluate what he wanted to do. He stopped playing and began dealing.

Just recently he’s begun to start playing more poker again and decided to take a trip to South Florida to mix in some poker with a vacation.

“My girlfriend is flying in and we are going to see the Everglades and stuff,” said Marines. “The tournament was fun and hopefully I keep the good run going.”

Marines came into the unofficial final table near the bottom of the chip counts, but steadily chipped up throughout the final table. He stayed away from some of the bigger swings until he got down to three-handed play with Michael Rossitto and Jordan Redavid.

Marines hit runners to make a straight against Rossitto and then knocked him out in third when he flopped an open-ended straight draw and a flush draw against Rossitto’s bigger flush draw.

Marines hit a pair on the turn, which ended up being good enough for the whole pot and went into heads-up play against Redavid with a slightly better than 2-to-1 chip advantage.

There was talk of a deal for a few minutes, but it was eventually shot down by Redavid. Heads-up only lasted one hand, with Redavid getting all in preflop with jack-eight dominated by Marines’ ace-eight.

Marines ended up making the nut flush to secure his first-ever tournament victory. He summed his play succinctly.

“I’m pretty happy. I’m happy with the way I played today.”

The 237-entry field paid out the top 40 spots. Here are the final table results:

1st: Julio Marines – $49,710
2nd: Jordan Redavid – $33,850
3rd: Michael Rossitto – $23,505
4th: Guillermo Socarras – $16,650
5th: Nicholas Mahabee – $12,030
6th: Marc MacDonnell – $8,875

Event 15: Julio Marines Wins ($49,710), Jordan Redavid – 2nd Place ($33,850)

$1,100 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 25: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 big blind ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 237

Julio Marines

On the first hand of heads-up play, Jordan Redavid raised to 150,000 on the button and Julio Marines moved all in.

Redavid thought a few moments before shrugging and calling. He showed Js8s and was dominated by Marines’ Ad8d.

The board ran out Td4h2dKs3d. Marines ended up with an unbeatable flush and eliminated Redavid in second. Redavid earned $33,850 for his runner-up finish and Marines took home the trophy and $49,710.

Julio Marines – $1,100 No-Limit Hold’em Six-Max Champion
Jordan Redavid – Eliminated 

Jordan Redavid

Event 15: Michael Rossitto – 3rd Place ($23,505)

$1,100 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 25: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 big blind ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 237

Michael Rossitto

On a flop of Jh8h6c, it was a battle of the blinds between Julio Marines in the small blind and Michael Rossitto in the big blind.

Marines checked and Rossitto bet 60,000. Marines check-raised to 130,000, Rossitto moved all in for about 650,000 and Marines called.

Marines had a big draw with the 7h5h, but his hearts weren’t live against Rossitto’s 9h2h.

The turn was the 5c, however, moving Marines into the lead with a pair, and the river was the Js. Marines won the pot with fives and jacks, which eliminated Rossitto in third place.

Rossitto earned $23,505 for third and Marines takes the chip lead into heads-up play against Jordan Redavid.

Julio Marines – 2,325,000
Michael Rossitto – Eliminated 

Event 15: Jordan Redavid Doubles Through Julio Marines

$1,100 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 big blind ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 237

There was about 600,000 in the pot on the river with a completed board of Qd7s5c2hAh and Jordan Redavid moved all in out of the big blind for 500,000, which sent Julio Marines into the tank on the button.

“Do you want a call?” asked Marines.

“Yeah,” said Redavid.

“You sound convincing,” said Marines.

“I’m a lawyer,” said Redavid.

Marines mulled over his decision and wondered aloud why Redavid would shove the river. Eventually, Marines tossed a chip into the pot.

“Two pair,” said Redavid.

Redavid showed Ad2d and doubled up against Marines’ Kc7c.

Jordan Redavid – 1,600,000
Julio Marines – 900,000

Event 15: Julio Marines Calls Down Against Michael Rossitto

$1,100 Six-Max Big Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 big blind ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 237

Michael Rossitto raised on the button and Julio Marines called out of the big blind.

The flop was QdJh9h and Marines checked. Rossitto bet 75,000 and Marines called. The turn was the Ad and Marines checked again. Rossitto bet 200,000 and Marimes called.

The river was the Td and both players checked.

“Straight,” announced Marines, tabling Kh9d.

Rossitto mucked his hand and Marines won the pot, extending his chip lead in the process.

Julio Marines – 1,850,000
Michael Rossitto – 750,000