Michael Daud’s First Live Tournament Cash Results in an RRPO Trophy

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 10
$400 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries:  102
Prize Pool:  $34,680
November 25, 2019

Event 10 Champion Michael Daud
Event 10 Champion Michael Daud

Michael Daud plays poker online, and he plays cash games, but he doesn’t play a lot of tournaments. But Omaha-8 is his game, so he entered today’s PLO-8 tournament. Daud went on to not only notch his first live tournament cash, but he also won the first poker trophy of his career.

“It feels fantastic. This was my first live Omaha-8 tournament, and it feels great to win it. I’m happy that I get the glory and the money.”

There were 102 entries in this field, and the final 13 finished in the money.

“The final table is where the action really started to happen,” said Daud. “After the final 13 players cashed, the flies started dropping and people started making moves. That’s when I started thinking I had the momentum to go forward to win it.”

When the final table began, the chipleader was Gabriel Ramos, who was at his second Omaha final table in two days, and who has won six Omaha trophies here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in the past two years.

Ramos may have started with the chip lead, but it was Rene Herrera who caught fire at the final table, eliminating five of the nine players — including Ramos — before getting heads-up against Daud. They only got it all in against each other one time, and when Daud won that hand to double up, he had a 9-to-1 chip lead over Herrera. That’s when they made the deal that gave Daud the victory.

“Thank you to everyone who helped put this tournament together,” said Daud. “I’m super happy that I was able to win.”


Final Results:

1st:  Michael Daud  –  $9,015 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  Rene Herrera  –  $7,175
3rd:  Craig Chait  –  $4,395
4th:  Robert Wachtel  –  $3,095
5th:  Erik Nomberg  –  $2,260
6th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $1,720
7th:  John Creed  –  $1,360
8th:  Brenda Nelson  –  $1,125
9th:  Carlos Guerrero  –  $970
10th:  Michael Lee  –  $970
11th:  Zachary Milchman  –  $880
12th:  Claudangelo Beaudouin  –  $880
13th:  Natan Wager Vainer  –  $835

Event 10: Michael Daud Wins in a Heads-Up Deal with Rene Herrera

$400 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  8,000/16,000
Players Remaining:  1 of 102

Michael Daud
Michael Daud

Rene Herrera (670K) and Michael Daud (554K) got it all in preflop with fairly similar stacks, and turned over their cards.

Rene Herrera:  As10s7c2c
Michael Daud:  AdJh3s2h

The board came QhQs2sKcQc, with no possible lows. Both players played the three queens on the board, and Daud’s ace-jack outkicked Herrera’s ace-ten for Daud to win the pot and double up into a huge chip lead.

Michael Daud  –  1,108,000  (92 bb)
Rene Herrera  –  116,000  (10 bb)

At that point, the two players agreed to a heads-up deal, and as chipleader, Daud was declared the winner, receiving the trophy and the title.

Stay tuned for a recap, which will be posted later tonight.

Rene Herrera
Runner-Up Rene Herrera

1st:  Michael Daud  –  $9,015 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  Rene Herrera  –  $7,175
3rd:  Craig Chait  –  $4,395
4th:  Robert Wachtel  –  $3,095
5th:  Erik Nomberg  –  $2,260
6th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $1,720
7th:  John Creed  –  $1,360
8th:  Brenda Nelson  –  $1,125
9th:  Carlos Guerrero  –  $970
10th:  Michael Lee  –  $970
11th:  Zachary Milchman  –  $880
12th:  Claudangelo Beaudouin  –  $880
13th:  Natan Wager Vainer  –  $835

Event 10: Craig Chait – 3rd Place ($4,395)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  6,000/12,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 102

Craig Chait
Craig Chait

With the board showing AsKh7h2c on the turn, Craig Chait got it all in from the big blind against chipleader Rene Herrera in the small blind.

Rene Herrera:  AhJd5h3h  (pair of aces, heart flush draw, gutshot wheel draw)
Craig Chait:  Ac8c3s2s  (two pair, aces and deuces, 7-3 low draw)

The river card was the 9h, and there were no qualifying lows. Herrera made his ace-high flush to win the pot and eliminate Chait in third place.

Craig Chait  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($4,395)

With two players remaining, the average chip stack is about 612,000 (51 big blinds). The runner-up will earn $6,475, while the winner will pick up $9,715 and an RRPO Trophy.

Here are the updated chip counts for the final two players:

Rene Herrera  –  728,000  (61 bb)
Michael P. Daud  –  496,000  (41 bb)

Event 10: Robert Wachtel – 4th Place ($3,095)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  6,000/12,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 102

Robert Wachtel
Robert Wachtel

Robert Wachtel and Michael P. Daud put in 27,000 each to see a flop of As9h6s. Daud checked, Wachtel bet the pot, and Daud re-potted it to 180,000. Wachtel called, thinking he was all in, but he actually had a single 1K chip left in his stack.

The turn card was the 4d, and they got it all in for Wachtel’s last 1,000.

Michael P. Daud:  AhJc8d6c  (two pair, aces and sixes, 8-6 low draw)
Robert Wachtel:  AcKhQs10h  (pair of aces)

The river card paired the board with the 6d, and Daud won the pot with a full house, sixes full of aces, to eliminate Wachtel in fourth place.

Michael P. Daud  –  422,000  (35 bb)
Robert Wachtel  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($3,095)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 408,000 (34 big blinds), and the next player to bust will receive $4,395.

Event 10: Erik Nomberg – 5th Place ($2,260)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  6,000/12,000
Players Remaining:  4 of 102

Erik Nomberg
Erik Nomberg

Erik Nomberg got it all in preflop with a short stack against chipleader Rene Herrera.

Rene Herrera:  AhKdQh10h
Erik Nomberg:  AsJc10s2c

The board came Jh7h6c6dQd, and there were no possible lows. Nomberg paired his jack on the flop, but Herrera paired his queen on the river to win the pot and eliminate Nomberg in fifth place.

Rene Herrera  –  575,000  (48 bb)
Erik Nomberg  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($2,260)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 306,000 (26 big blinds), and the next player to bust will receive $3,095.