Millionaire Maker Champion John Gorsuch Wins Event 11 on His Birthday

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guarantee
Entries: 486
Prize Pool: $58,320
November 25, 2019

Event 11 Champion John Gorsuch
Event 11 Champion John Gorsuch

Tuesday is John Gorsuch’s birthday, and he was planning to take the day off from poker to visit his parents. He could enter Event 9 on Monday, hopefully bag up chips, visit his parents on Tuesday, and return on Wednesday for Day 2.

The first part went according to plan, though it took four bullets for Gorsuch to bag up chips in the morning starting flight. But Gorsuch’s buddy was playing the evening starting flight.

“I had literally nothing else to do,” said Gorsich. He figured he could enter this $150 buy-in one-day event, order some food, watch the football game on the big TVs, and then when he and his buddy busted, they could return to his RV.

But Gorsuch never busted, and he wound up winning the tournament in a 6-player deal when he held a massive chip lead with three times as many chips as anybody else. The tournament ended shortly before 4:00 am on Tuesday — Gorsuch’s birthday.

In addition to the prize money, Gorsuch won a $3,500 seat into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship, which begins on Friday.

Gorsuch has become pretty recognizable in the poker world since he won the WSOP Millionaire Maker this past summer in Las Vegas. But even with a WSOP bracelet and a seven-figure victory on his poker resume, Gorsuch was pleased to win this relatively small $150 tournament.

“I’ve been playing here [at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood] since 2013,” said Gorsuch. “So it’s good to get it, to finally capture a Hard Rock trophy.”

After his victory, Gorsuch praised the casino and the staff. “Special thanks to the staff here, from Tony [Burns] all the way down to the dealers and the masseuses. Everything here is top notch.”

Gorsuch also had praise for the players at the final table, which felt more like a friendly home game filled with inside jokes than a cutthroat competition. “Everyone was having fun,” said Gorsuch, “and there were no bad attitude players. For me, it’s been a good year, so I’m trying to bring that fun and that attitude to every tournament I play.”


Final Table Results:

1st:  John Gorsuch  –  $8,000 + $3,500 Championship Seat + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  Steven Westerholt  –  $6,000
3rd:  Eric Kolodny  –  $6,000
4th:  Tuan Phan  –  $4,646
5th:  Louis Leo IV  –  $4,546
6th:  Theophilus Lawson  –  $4,134
7th:  Francky Dumornay  –  $1,904
8th:  Alfredo Fernandez  –  $1,527
9th:  Jeff Rodriguez  –  $1,151

Event 11: John Gorsuch Wins in a Six-Way Chop

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 486

John Gorsuch
John Gorsuch

The final six players battled for a little while before they came to an agreement for a six-way deal, slightly modifying the numbers from an ICM chop.

At that point, John Gorsuch had a massive chip lead, with more than 3x as many chips as anyone else, and as chipleader, he wins the title, the trophy, and the $3,500 seat into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship that begins on Friday.

These were the chip counts at the time of the deal:

1.  John Gorsuch  –  3,335,000  (56 bb)
2.  Steven Westerholt  –  1,095,000  (18 bb)
3.  Eric Kolodny  –  960,000  (16 bb)
4.  Tuan Phan  –  760,000  (13 bb)
5.  Louis Leo IV  –  640,000  (11 bb)
6.  Theo Lawson  –  505,000  (8 bb)

And these are their modified payouts:

1st:  John Gorsuch  –  $8,000 + $3,500 Championship Seat + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  Steven Westerholt  –  $6,000
3rd:  Eric Kolodny  –  $6,000
4th:  Tuan Phan  –  $4,646
5th:  Louis Leo IV  –  $4,546
6th:  Theophilus Lawson  –  $4,134

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

Event 11: Francky Dumornay – 7th Place ($1,904)

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 486

Francky Dumornay
Francky Dumornay

Francky Dumornay moved all in from the cutoff for 135,000, and Tuan Phan called from the small blind with Ac10s.

Dumornay turned over 10c8c, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Ks5h3hQc4d, and Phan won the pot with his ace to eliminate Dumornay in seventh place.

Tuan Phan  –  925,000  (19 bb)
Francky Dumornay  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($1,904)

With six players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,215,000 (24 big blinds), and the next player to bust will receive $2,281.

Event 11: Alfredo Fernandez – 8th Place ($1,527)

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 486

Alfredo Fernandez
Alfredo Fernandez

Alfredo Fernandez was all in from the cutoff for about 1,000,000 with 9s9c, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the KsKc of John Gorsuch, who was under the gun.

The board came Kd7d3s2cKh, and Gorsuch flopped a set of kings and rivered quads to win the pot and eliminate Fernandez in eighth place.

John Gorsuch  –  3,585,000  (72 bb)
Alfredo Fernandez  –  Eliminated in 8th Place  ($1,527)

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,040,000 (21 big blinds), and the next player to bust will receive $1,904.

Event 11: Jeff Rodriguez – 9th Place ($1,151)

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 486

Jeff Rodriguez
Jeff Rodriguez

John Gorsuch raised from middle position, Jeff Rodriguez moved all in from the small blind for a little more than 200K, and Gorsuch called with KdQh.

Rodriguez turned over AdKs, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came QdJs8s5c7d, and Gorsuch paired his queen on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Rodriguez in ninth place.

John Gorsuch  –  1,900,000  (48 bb)
Jeff Rodriguez  –  Eliminated in 9th Place  ($1,151)

With eight players remaining, the average chip stack is about 910,000 (23 big blinds), and the next player to bust will receive $1,527.