Event 8: Schahin Ghiai Captures Purple Chip Bounty Title

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 8

$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 111
Prize Pool: $113,775
Bounty Prize Pool: $55,500
November 24-25, 2019 

Schahin Ghiai, Purple Chip Bounty Champ

Until we reach RRPO Championship weekend, Event 8 had the biggest buy-in of the series so far. It was a $1,700 buy-in Purple Chip Bounty NLH tournament that brought out some tough players. In the end, Atlanta’s Schahin Ghiai took home the title after an outright win for $34,105.

“I was up and down all day,” Ghiai said of his Day 1 on Sunday. “But I was patient and it paid off.”

The tournament drew 111 entries and easily surpassed the $100,000 guarantee. They put $113,775 in the regular prize pool with another $55,500 in the bounty prize pool. The last 14 spots were paid with the money bubble bursting late on Day 1.

There were still eight players around when they bagged up for Day 2. Zhi Cheng Wu had the overnight lead but Ghiai was not far behind. Cheng Wu kept that lead for most of the final table and knocked out every player on Day 2 until he was heads-up with Ghiai.

That’s where the good news ended for Cheng Wu. Ghiai had taken over the lead, shipped a double up to Cheng Wu early in heads-up action, but he finished it off when he outflopped Cheng Wu on the last hand. Cheng Wu took home $21,015 for second place along with a lot of $500 bounty chips.

The part-time player and full-time real estate broker finished his trip to South Florida with his first SHRPO title and pushed his career total earnings over $190,000.

Event 8 results:

1st: Schahin Ghiai – $34,105 + RRPO Trophy
2nd: Zhi Cheng Wu – $21,015
3rd: Tomas Soderstrom – $12,595
4th: Moshe Shabat – $8,215
5th: Albert Daher – $6,335
6th: Ronny Beda – $5,200
7th: Carlos Guerrero – $4,405
8th: Padraig O’Neill – $3,835
9th: Rami Hahitti – $3,415
10th: Scott Zakheim – $3,415
11th: Mark Amaral – $2,980
12th: Jack Salter – $2,980
13th: Thi Dao – $2,640
14th: Peter Walsworth – $2,640

Event 8: Schahin Ghiai Defeats Zhi Cheng Wu

$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante

Schahin Ghiai

With ~100,000 in the pot, the board was out to the turn reading 9d7c2dKc and Zhi Cheng Wu moved all in for 805,000. Schahin Ghiai took a quick pause before calling with the bigger stack.

Ghiai: Kh9h
Cheng Wu: KsTs

Cheng Wu was ahead preflop before Ghiai flopped top pair and turned kings up. Cheng Wu was drawing thin and missed the 5h river to send the rest of his chips to Ghiai.

Cheng Wu earned $21,015 for his runner-up finish while Ghiai banked $34,105 for the win plus all his $500 bounty chips.

1st: Schahin Ghiai – $34,105 + RRPO Trophy
2nd: Zhi Cheng Wu – $21,015

Zhi Cheng Wu

Event 8: Schahin Ghiai Doubles Through Zhi Cheng Wu

$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 111

Before the trophy could come out for display, Zhi Cheng Wu and Schahin Ghiai played a hand that was casual until the entire board was out there. They were looking at 4c3s2d3dKd board and Ghiai put his last 604,000 in the middle and Cheng Wu called.

Ghiai: 8d4d
Cheng Wu: 5d3c

Wu flopped middle pair, turned trip threes, but Ghiaia made a flush on the river to double up.

Schahin Ghiai – 1,810,000 (121 bb)
Zhi Cheng Wu – 410,000 (27 bb)

Event 8: Tomas Soderstrom – 3rd Place ($12,595)

$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 111

Tomas Soderstrom

Tomas Soderstrom dropped down to ten big blinds, found a double through Zhi Cheng Wu and took another shot soon after. He was all in for 337,000 and Cheng Wu had him at risk.

Cheng Wu: AcJd
Soderstrom: QhQd

Soderstrom was in great shape for a double up but Cheng Wu paired his ace on the AdKc6s flop. Neither the Th turn nor the 9s river were of any help and Soderstrom was eliminated in third place.

Zhi Cheng Wu – 1,570,000 (105 bb)
Tomas Soderstrom – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($12,595)