Gloria LoRusso Wins a Trophy in Her First Seminole Hard Rock Tournament

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 2

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries: 86
Prize Pool: $29,240
November 20, 2019 

Event 2 Champion Gloria LoRusso
Event 2 Champion Gloria LoRusso

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.”


Final Results:

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

Event 2: Gloria LoRusso Wins in a Heads-Up Deal with Marc Rabuse

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  1 of 86

Gloria LoRusso
Event 1 Winner Gloria LoRusso

After the elimination of Hal Klein in third place, these were the official chip counts for the final two players:

Gloria LoRusso  –  530,000  (27 bb)
Marc Rabuse  –  505,000  (25 bb)

After a short discussion, LoRusso and Rabuse agreed to split the remaining prizepool evenly, and as chipleader, LoRusso would win the RRPO trophy and the title.

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

Marc Rabuse
Runner-Up Marc Rabuse

Event 2: Hal Klein – 3rd Place ($3,545)

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 86

Hal Klein
Hal Klein

After a flop of KsKh5h, Hal Klein bet 20,000 from the small blind, and Marc Rabuse called from the big blind.

The turn card was the 3s, Klein bet 40,000, Rabuse raised, and Klein called all in.

Marc Rabuse:  AcKd6d4c  (trip kings, open-ended straight draw, low draw)
Hal Klein:  AhQh2s6c  (flush draw, gutshot straight draw, low draw)

The river card was the 2d, and Klein missed all of his draws. Rabuse scooped the pot with a six-high straight and a 6-5 low to eliminate Klein in third place.

Marc Rabuse  –  505,000  (25 bb)
Hal Klein  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($3,545)

Event 2: Antony Vidmer – 4th Place ($2,398)

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  3 of 86

Antony Vidmer
Antony Vidmer

Antony Vidmer was short-stacked and got it all in preflop from the button against Hal Klein in the small blind and Marc Rabuse in the big blind.

Klein and Rabuse checked every street on a board of AdJc3c7h6s, and all three players turned over their cards.

Hal Klein:  9h8s7d6c  (two pair, 8-7 low)
Marc Rabuse:  QdQcJh10s  (pair of queens, no low)
Antony Vidmer:  KhQs10h5s  (king high, no low)

Klein scooped the entire pot to eliminate Vidmer in fourth place.

Hal Klein  –  400,000  (20 bb)
Marc Rabuse  –  275,000  (14 bb)
Antony Vidmer  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($2,398)

Event 2: Bryce Fox – 5th Place ($1,828)

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  12,000/24,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  4 of 86

Bryce Fox
Bryce Fox

With the board showing 9d6h5hJs on the turn, Bryce Fox got it all in from the cutoff for about 55,000 against Gloria LoRusso in the small blind.

Gloria LoRusso:  AhJd3h3d  (pair of jacks, low draw)
Bryce Fox:  10d8d6s3c  (pair of sixes, low draw)

The river card was the Qh, and with no qualifying lows, LoRusso won the pot with her pair of jacks to eliminate Fox in fifth place.

Gloria LoRusso  –  330,000  (28 bb)
Bryce Fox  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($1,828)