Nobody hit the board at all, and Reilly won the pot with his ace to eliminate Gavin in eighth place.
Tim Reilly – 850,000 (21 bb) Marlo McCloskey – 675,000 (17 bb) Lexy Gavin – Eliminated in 8th Place ($700 + Stay Like a Rock Star Vacation Package)
Lexy Gavin is a professional poker player from Long Beach, New York who also serves as the Vice President of Marketing for the Charity Series of Poker (CSOP), which helped organize this charity event. Gavin is also a singer, a dancer, and she has some pretty impressive hula hoop skills. (Yes, there is video of this, and yes, here is the link.)
Jeff Conine Charity Poker Classic / Charity Series of Poker Structure Level 18: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 big-blind ante Players Remaining: 8 of 382
In the first hand at the 10-handed final table, there was a three-way all-in situation. These were their cards, in descending order of chip counts:
Tim Reilly: Julio Marines: Wilson Dondo:
The board came , and Reilly flopped a set of sixes to win the entire pot and eliminate both players. Since Dondo had fewer chips at the start of the hand, he busted in 10th place, while Marines went out in 9th place.
Tim Reilly – 720,000 (18 bb) Julio Marines – Eliminated in 9th Place ($650 + Rock Spa Package) Wilson Dondo – Eliminated in 10th Place ($600 + Rock Spa Package)
10th-place finisher Wilson Dondo is a business owner here in Miami, and according to him, this is his first time playing poker. Even though this is technically a min-cash, it’ll be tough to top finishing 10th in a field of 382 players the second time he plays poker.
1st place: $5,000 plus $5,250 SHRPO Championship seat 2nd place: $2,000 plus Hard Rock Atlantic City Vacation Package 3rd place: $1,500 plus Party Like a Rock Star Package 4th place: $1,150 plus WSOP Circuit Coco Main Event Seat 5th place: $950 plus $1,100 SHRPO Big 4 seat 6th place: $850 plus Party Like a Rock Star Package 7th place: $750 plus Stay Like a Rock Star Vacation Package 8th place: $700 plus Stay Like a Rock Star Vacation Package 9th place: $650 plus Rock Spa Package 10th place: $600 plus Rock Spa Package
There are some interesting people at this final table, but we’ll save those descriptions for their final hands.
Jeff Conine Charity Poker Classic / Charity Series of Poker Structure Level 16: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 big-blind ante Players Remaining: 25 of 382
Back when there were 27 players remaining, there were two back-to-back multi-way all-in situations.
Maria Ho implied that she was ready to go, and was looking to get it all in, not really caring that much if she wins or loses. And there is a three-way preflop all in with these cards (in descending order of chip counts):
Maria Ho: Player X: Player Y:
The board came , and Player Y (the short stack) tripled up with an eight-high straight, while Player X won a side pot against Ho with two pair, sevens and fours.
Ho was still alive, but knocked down below 3 big blinds. The other key part is that none of the all-in hands were even close to a premium hand.
The next hand, five players would be dealt pocket pairs, and four of them were tens or higher.
Manuel Suarez, who has made two SHRPO final tables in a row the past two days, was making a deep run here to hopefully make it three-for-three. Suarez raised from early position, and Afredo Rodriguez moved all in. (Rodriguez had eliminated John Cynn earlier.) The player on the button called all in, and Maria Ho called all in from the small blind, and Jorie Damiani called all in from the big blind.
After seeing all of that, Suarez folded his to get out of the way.
The remaining four players showed their cards:
Alfredo Rodriguez: Button: Maria Ho: Jorie Damiani:
This time, everyone was surprised that everyone else also had a premium hand.
The flop came — of course Suarez would have spiked a set of sevens with the worst hand if he had called, but his regrets were short-lived.
The turn card was the , giving Ho a set of aces to clinch the pot. But since she was so short, Damiani and the button still had a shot to stay alive against Rodriguez’s queens if a ten or a jack hit.
But the river card was the .
Ho won the main pot to quadruple her stack to 196,000 (which was still only worth 10 big blinds), and Rodriguez won the side pot to eliminate both Damiani and the player on the button.
Maria Ho – 196,000 (10 bb) Jorie Damiani – Eliminated
That left 25 players heading into (what would be) the final break of the night before playing down to a winner.
Jeff Conine Charity Poker Classic / Charity Series of Poker Structure Level 14: 4,000/8,000 with an 8,000 big-blind ante Players Remaining: 45 of 382
NHL player Roberto Luongo is no stranger to poker tournaments, so even though he is a sports star, he has experience playing at the World Series of Poker and other major tournaments, so he has a leg up on most sports celebrities in charity events.
But Luongo found himself all in with against the of Austin Peck back when there were still six tables in the field.
The board came — Luongo flopped a gutshot straight draw, but improved no further. Peck won the pot with two pair, nines and fours, to eliminate Luongo from the tournament.
Roberto Luongo – Eliminated in ~50th Place
A short while later, reigning WSOP Main Event champion John Cynn was all in from the big blind in a 3-way pot.
Alfredo Rodriguez: John Cynn Hijack
The board came , and Rodriguez won the entire pot with a full house, fours full of kings, to eliminate both players from the tournament.
Jeff Conine Charity Poker Classic / Charity Series of Poker Structure Level 13: 3,000/6,000 with an 6,000 big-blind ante Players Remaining: 60 of 382
As a fun charity event, there were a few bonus prizes given out at the first break (when registration closed). The chipleader would receive $1,000, and whoever bought in for the most entries would also receive $1,000 — the first one is an achievement, while the second is a dubious honor.
As Tournament Director Tony Burns scanned the field for chipleaders, the winner appeared to be Tim Reilly with 83,500. But shortly after he was announced, Maria Ho said she had 85,000, giving Reilly a bit of a slowroll.
But being the class act that she is, Ho announced that she would be donating the $1,000 prize back to the charity — Conine’s Clubhouse.
Turning to the award for the most entries, there were two players who had four entries each — Mike Leah and Chance Kornuth. Unfortunately for Leah, he busted shortly after it became official, while Kornuth was clinging to life with just a short stack of chips.