Event 15: Manny Minaya Wins After Five-Way Deal

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 15
$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee
Entries: 337
Prize Pool: $40,440
November 29, 2019

Manny Minaya
Event 15 Champion Manny Minaya

Event 15 of the 2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open was a $150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry) with a guaranteed prize pool of $20,000. More than double that amount was generated as a field of 337 entries created a prize pool of $40,440.

A deal took place between the final five players and as the chip leader, Manny Minaya was the official winner. For his showing, Minaya collected $4,605 and a $3,500 seat into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship event, which plays Day 1B on Saturday, November 30th.

Final Table Results
*1st: Manny Minaya –  $4,605 + $3,500 Championship Seat + RRPO Trophy
*2nd: Robert Transue –  $4,605
*3rd: Gary Recht –  $4,604
*4th: Alex Morales – $4,604
*5th: Mohan Navani – $4,604
6th: Cherie Thoman –  $1,599
7th:  Deanna Williams – $1,343
8th: Jack Doucette – $1,102
9th: Jon Jaffe – $864

*denotes five-way deal

Event 15: We Have a Deal!

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 337

After playing five-handed for a few minutes, the remaining five players agreed to an even chop.

Here were their chip counts at the time:

Manny Minaya – 1,390,000
Robert Transue – 1,140,000
Gary Recht – 1,000,000
Alex Morales – 800,000
Mohan Navani – 725,000

Here were the payouts:

Manny Minaya – $4,605
Robert Transue – $4,605
Gary Recht – $4,604
Alex Morales – $4,604
Mohan Navani – $4,604

As the chip leader, Manny Minaya is officially the winner of Event 15 for $4,605 and he receives a seat into the $3,500 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship event.

Manny Minaya
Event 15 Champion Manny Minaya
Robert Transue
Second-Place Finisher Robert Transue
Gary Recht
Third-Place Finisher Gary Recht
Alex Morales
Fourth-Place Finisher Alex Morales
Fifth-Place Finisher Mohan Navani

Event 15: Cherie Thoman – 6th Place ($1,599)

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 337

Cherie Thomon
Cherie Thoman

Robert Transue raised to 85,000 from under the gun, Cherie Thoman three-bet all in for about 180,000 from the big blind and Transue called.

Transue: AcQh
Thoman: QcQd

The board came down KdJd9s2dAh, giving Transue a pair of aces on the river to eliminate Thoman in sixth place.

Robert Transue – 1,000,000 (25 bb)
Cherie Thoman – Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,599)

Event 15: Deanna Williams – 7th Place ($1,343)

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 24:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 337

Deanna Williams
Deanna Williams

In a battle of the blinds with the flop reading Kd4d3dQc, Deanna Williams was all in for about 300,000 with 10c4s  for a pair of fours and was drawing dead against the 7d6d for a flush held by Gary Recht in the small blind.

The river was a meaningless Ks and Williams was eliminated in seventh place.

Gary Recht – 1,135,000 (38 bb)
Deanna Williams – Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,343)

Event 15: Jack Doucette – 8th Place ($1,102)

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 24:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 337

Jack Doucette
Jack Doucette

Jack Doucette raised all in for 40,000 from under the gun, Deanna Williams three-bet to 80,000 from middle position, Alex Morales four-bet all in for 295,000 from the cutoff and action folded back to Williams who folded.

Doucette: Jd8d
Morales: AsJc

The board ran out 3c3d2sQd5s, no help to Doucette, ending his run in eighth place.

Alex Morales – 490,000 (16 bb)
Jack Doucette – Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,102)