After Finishing Second Two Days Ago, Anthony Barbera Redeems Himself with His First Trophy

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 13
$400 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Entries:  94
Prize Pool:  $31,960
November 26, 2019

Event 13 Champion Anthony Barbera
Event 13 Champion Anthony Barbera

Two days ago, Anthony Barbera got heads-up in Event #7 ($400 No Limit Hold’em), but finished second to Sheldon Gross. Today, he built up a massive chip lead at the final two tables, and cruised through the final table to finish as chipleader when the final three players agreed to a deal. As chipleader, Barbera was awarded the title and the trophy.

“It feels amazing,” said Barbera. “I love this place. I come here all the time. I never win, but this time I turned it around. Things seemed to go my way.”

When the seven-handed final table began, they were extremely deep, with an average stack worth 67 big blinds. Barbera had nearly twice as much as anyone else with 178 big blinds.

Three-handed play went on for about an hour, with short stack Howard Mash repeatedly doubling up to keep it going. Eventually, the final three players agreed to a deal when Mash and Jesse Lonis were fairly close in chips, but still well behind Barbera.

It’s the first trophy for Barbera. “I’m going to show it to my mom. She’s like, ‘Are you sure you’re winning?'”

When asked about the casino, Barbera said, “This is one of the best tournament scenes in the nation, and I live right by here. It’s a blessing and a curse. I’m excited to come back and play some more.”

Now that he’s won his first trophy, does Barbera plan to play in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship that starts on Friday?

“Maybe,” said Barbera. “It’s been a good week. I’ll probably come back tomorrow and play some satellites.”


Final Results:

1st:  Anthony Barbera  –  $7,260 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  Howard Mash  –  $5,734
3rd:  Jesse Lonis  –  $5,656
4th:  Scott Baumstein  –  $2,670
5th:  Jacquelyn Scott  –  $1,895
6th:  David Nowling  –  $1,395
7th:  James Kerr  –  $1,060
8th:  Matthew Zarcadoolas  –  $1,060
9th:  Aaron Berman  –  $835
10th:  Daniel Blum  –  $835
11th:  James Joyner IV  –  $685
12th:  George Grabe  –  $685
13th:  Fabian Gumz  –  $580
14th:  Sharon Bachar  –  $580
15th:  Claudangelo Beaudouin  –  $515
16th:  Eliyahu Levy  –  $515

Event 13: Anthony Barbera Wins in a Three-Way Deal

$400 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 94

Anthony Barbera
Anthony Barbera

Three-handed play lasted for about an hour before they agreed to a deal to split the remaining prizepool. Anthony Barbera has been chipleader for most of the time late in this tournament, and the ending was no different as he will be declared the winner, receiving the title and the trophy.

1st:  Anthony Barbera  –  $7,260 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  Howard Mash  –  $5,734
3rd:  Jesse Lonis  –  $5,656
4th:  Scott Baumstein  –  $2,670
5th:  Jacquelyn Scott  –  $1,895
6th:  David Nowling  –  $1,395
7th:  James Kerr  –  $1,060

Stay tuned for a recap later tonight.

Event 13: Scott Baumstein – 4th Place ($2,670)

$400 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 17:  3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 94

Scott Baumstein
Scott Baumstein

There was a three-way all-in situation with Howard Mash all in from UTG/cutoff for 34,000, Scott Baumstein all in from the small blind for 105,000, and Jesse Lonis covering them both on the button.

Jesse Lonis:  [KcJd]
Scott Baumstein:  [AhKs]
Howard Mash:  [JsJh]

The board came 8d6h3sQc3d, and Mash won the main pot with his pocket jacks, while Baumstein won a slightly larger side pot with his ace high against Lonis.

Howard Mash  –  112,000  (19 bb)
Scott Baumstein  –  142,000  (24 bb)
Jesse Lonis  –  500,000  (83 bb)

A little while later, Lonis moved all in from the small blind, and Scott Baumstein tanked for a while before he called all in from the big blind for about 90,000 with 4s4h.

Lonis turned over As3h, and Baumstein needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came 8s5s5h8h2c, and the board double-paired to counterfeit Baumstein’s pocket fours. Lonis won the pot with the two pair on the board and his ace kicker to eliminate Baumstein in fourth place.

Jesse Lonis  –  375,000  (63 bb)
Scott Baumstein  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($2,670)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 470,000 (78 big blinds), and the next player to bust will receive $3,875.

Event 13: Jacquelyn Scott – 5th Place ($1,895)

$400 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 16:  3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 94

Jacquelyn Scott
Jacquelyn Scott

Scott Baumstein raised under the gun to 11,000, Anthony Barbera called from the cutoff, and Jacquelyn Scott moved all in from the small blind for about 210,000.

Jesse Lonis called from the big blind, and Baumstein and Barbera both folded.

Scott turned over 8h8d, but she needed to improve to stay alive against the AhAc of Lonis.

The board came As6s6d3h10s, and Lonis flopped a full house to win the pot and eliminate Scott in fifth place.

Jesse Lonis  –  600,000  (120 bb)
Jacquelyn Scott  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($1,895)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 353,000 (71 big blinds), and the next player to bust will receive $2,670.

Event 13: David Nowling – 6th Place ($1,395)

$400 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 16:  3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 94

David Nowling
David Nowling

David Nowling moved all in from the button for 28,000, Scott Baumstein called from the small blind, and Anthony Barbera tanked for a while before reraising from the big blind to 80,000.

Baumstein folded, and Nowling showed As9h. Barbera turned over AcQs, and Nowling was dominated and facing elimination.

The board came QdJd7h3d8s, and Barbera won the pot with a pair of queens to eliminate Nowling in sixth place.

Anthony Barbera  –  540,000  (108 bb)
David Nowling  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($1,395)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is about 282,000 (56 big blinds), and the next player to bust will receive $1,895.