2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $29,240
November 20, 2019
Gloria LoRusso is an experienced high-low player from New Jersey who played in her first tournament here at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood — Event #2, $400 Limit Omaha 8 — and she won it.
LoRusso is from Brigantine, New Jersey, and she regularly plays in Atlantic City. But while she’s visiting family in South Florida, she also wanted to take advantage of the various high-low tournaments on the RRPO schedule.
“What I love most, I came down to visit my son. And I came here to play the tournaments because they’re so varied and they have high-low games, which, for me, is everything.”
The first two cashes of LoRusso’s career were in ladies no-limit hold’em events, but since then, all but one of her cashes have come in high-low events. “I really enjoy high-low,” said LoRusso. “I’m not a no-limit player, so this is very exciting.” She plans to return tomorrow to enter Event #3, $400 H.O.R.S.E.
The final 11 players finished in the money, and when the final nine combined to the final table, LoRusso was fourth in chips. “I learned a lot from the other players,” said LoRusso. “How to handle the button, how to handle the big stack, how to be patient.”
After the elimination of Hal Klein in third place, LoRusso and Marc Rabuse found themselves nearly even in chips, with LoRusso holding a slight lead. They agreed to an equal chop of the remaining prizepool ($7,566 each), and since she was chipleader, LoRusso won the trophy and the title.
“It’s been quite a while since I won a trophy,” said LoRusso. “It’s wonderful.”
1st: Gloria LoRusso – $7,566 + RRPO Trophy
2nd: Marc Rabuse – $7,566
3rd: Hal Klein – $3,545
4th: Antony Vidmer – $2,398
5th: Bryce Fox – $1,828
6th: Buddy Frezza – $1,462
7th: Joanne Granteed – $1,213
8th: Jeffrey Trudeau, Jr. – $1,023
9th: Michael P. Lee – $943
10th: John Creed – $877
11th: Robert Leff – $819