Charity Event: Raul Cabrera – 10th Place ($600 + Prize Package)

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  50,000/75,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining:  9 out of 370

Raul Cabrera
Raul Cabrera

Raul Cabrera was all in for 125,000 with 10c9c, but he was dominated by the 10h10d of Steve Iodice as he faced elimination.

The board came 8s8c7hQc8h — Cabrera flopped an open-ended straight draw, turned a gutshot straight-flush draw, but Iodice rivered a full house, eights full of tens, to win the pot and eliminate Cabrera in 10th place.

Steve Iodice  –  600,000  (8 bb)
Raul Cabrera  –  Eliminated in 10th Place  ($600 + prize package below)

Raul Cabrera - 10th Place
Raul Cabrera – 10th Place

Cabrera’s prize package includes a $150 gift certificate to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Rock Spa, a Bottle of Grey Goose, a martini set, a pocket mirror, a Soy Delicious candle, Lady Mont Blanc Emblem perfume, a Pure Fiji spa package, a Tiffany Twisted Knot Pendant Silver Necklace, and a Michael Kors brown belt bag.

Charity Event: Defending Champion Randal Fernandez Leads as the Final Table Begins

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  50,000/75,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining:  10 out of 370

Event 16 Final Table
Charity Event Final Table

The final 10 players redraw for random seats at the final table, and they are now “in the money.” But since this is a charity event, it’s not a traditional prizepool, and the final 10 players will win a combination of cash and prize packages. Check out the prizes by clicking here.

Here are the approximate chip counts for the final 10 players:

Seat 1.  Daniel Genachte  –  500,000  (7 bb)
Seat 2.  Chris Cote  –  410,000  (5 bb)
Seat 3.  Robbie Kubusheski  –  80,000  (1 bb)
Seat 4.  James Scott  –  335,000  (4 bb)
Seat 5.  Rob Lenkey  –  400,000  (5 bb)
Seat 6.  Raul Cabrera  –  125,000  (2 bb)
Seat 7.  Haitham Kaki  –  550,000  (7 bb)
Seat 8.  Ronald Benedetto  –  320,000  (4 bb)
Seat 9.  Randal Fernandez  –  615,000  (8 bb)
Seat 10.  Steve Iodice  –  455,000  (6 bb)

Defending champion Randal Fernandez has the chip lead, and it would be amazing if he could go back-to-back in a big field charity event like this.

Charity Event: 38 Left at 2nd Break; Chris Cote Leads with 280K

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 16:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining:  38 out of 370

Chris Cote
Chipleader Chris Cote doesn’t have a lot of physical chips, but those 11 blue chips and one beige chip are worth 280K.

When the players took their second break around 11:30 pm, there were only 38 players remaining, and only three of them had more than 200K in chips.

1.  Chris Cote  –  280,000  (14 bb)
2.  Julia Sturm  –  210,000  (11 bb)
3.  Steve Iodice  –  200,000  (10 bb)

Julia Sturm
Julia Sturm is second in chips at the second break.

In the last level before the break, Michael Damiani was down to just 17,500, which was less than two big blinds, and he got it all in preflop with pocket kings in a big multi-way pot.

The flop came 9c6d3s, one of the other players shoved for an additional 28,000, and another player called, covering both. At this point, Jeff Conine was calling the action on the microphone.

Jeff Conine watches as Michael Damiani Sextuples Up With Kings
Jeff Conine watches as Michael Damiani wins a huge pot with pocket kings.

Big Stack:  As7d
Middle Stack:  Ac9h
Michael Damiani:  KhKd

The turn card was the Js, the river card was the 5c, and Damiani won the main pot with his pocket kings to more than sextuple (6x) his chip stack up to 112,500.

Michael Damiani  –  112,500  (6 bb)

The field is shrinking quickly, and they will probably be at the final table soon.

Charity Event: Down to 60 Players; Conine and Luongo are Out

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 13:  3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining:  60 out of 370

Final Seven Tables
Final Seven Tables

The field is quickly shrinking, and it’s already down to the final six tables. With about 60 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 62,000 (10 big blinds).

Retired NHL goalie Roberto Luongo and tournament namesake Jeff Conine have both busted in the last few levels, but defending champion Randall Fernandez is still in with a chance to defend his title.

Josh Trinkler  –  55,000  (9 bb)
Randall Fernandez  –  30,000  (5 bb)
Michael Damiani  –  17,000  (3 bb)

Charity Event: Jeff Conine Is Still Alive in His Namesake Charity Event

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 11:  2,000/3,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining:  ~90 out of 370

Jeff Conine After the 1st Break
Jeff Conine is still in the field after the first break.

As Level 11 begins, the field is down to the final 10 tables, which means there are about 90 players remaining, with an average chip stack around 41,000 (14 big blinds).

It turns out that Jeff Conine did survive the start of the tournament, but he built up enough chips that he could afford to spend a lot of time away from the table mingling with people.

But now that the first break is over (along with the auctions), Conine can focus on the poker along with everyone else.

Roberto Luongo and Richard Gress
Roberto Luongo (left) and Event 1 Final Tablist Richard Gress (right)

Retired Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo is also still in the field, and he’s seated next to Richard Gress, who final tabled Event 1 a couple days ago to earn $21,325.

Michael Damiani is still holding on, as is defending champion Randall Fernandez.

Here are a few updated chip counts from after the break:

Jeff Conine  –  57,000
Michael Damiani  –  33,000
Randall Fernandez  –  22,000
Roberto Luongo  –  22,000
Richard Gress  –  7,000

Charity Event: About 150 Players Return to Play After the Break

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 9:  500/1,500 with a 1,500 ante
Players Remaining:  ~150 out of 370

Chef Up for Auction at Jeff Conine Charity Event
Chef Anthony Billisi (center) was up for auction during the break to cook a five-course meal for someone in their home.

The live auction took place during the break, and the first item up for bid was a five-course dinner prepared in your own home for up to six guests, specially prepared by Chef Anthony Billisi, who had been featured on the Food Network.

Most of the auction items centered around unique experiences like this, or interesting trip packages.

At the end of the break (around 10:00 pm), the action resumed in Level 9, with blinds at 500-1,500 with a 1,500 ante. There were about 150 players remaining, with an average chip stack around 24,500 (16 big blinds). The field should start to shrink pretty rapidly going forward.

Charity Event: First Break; Silent Auction Ends; Live Auction Starts Soon

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 9:  500/1,500 with a 1,500 ante
Entries:  370

VIP Reception - Silent Auction
The items that were up for auction were on display during the VIP Reception before the tournament began.

Level 8 comes to an end, and the players take a 20-minute break.

The silent auction has ended, and they will be running a live auction during this break. There are also refreshments and drinks available during the break.

Charity Event: Jorie and Michael Damiano Are In the Field and Having Fun

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 7:  400/800
Entries:  367

Jorie Damiani
Jorie Damiani smiles as she adds to her chip stack.

Jorie Damiani won this charity event back in 2014, back before the event was held here at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. (And back when her last name was Polokoff.) That year, she won a seat into the WSOP Main Event in Las Vegas.

She has since married fellow poker player Michael Damiani, and they now have a baby, so they don’t get to play as many poker tournaments as they used to. But neither one of them wanted to miss this charity event tonight, and so far, both appear to be doing fairly well.

Michael Damiani
Michael Damiani

Michael started the night at Jeff Conine’s table, but that table has since broken and the players were reassigned to different tables. Damiani says Conine was off to a strong start early accumulating chips, but something must have happened since then, because when we’ve seen Conine recently, he’s been mingling with people rather than seated at a table. (Our guess is that Conine has been eliminated.)

Both Michael and Jorie are doing well to survive the early chaos of a charity event, and Jorie just knocked out a player when she made trip fours in a three-way pot.

The field is halfway thru Level 7, and the tournament clock shows 367 entries.

Charity Event: Jeff Conine Appears to Be Out; Defending Champion Randall Fernandez Is Still In

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 5:  300/500
Entries:  357

Jeff Conine
Jeff Conine

It looks like host Jeff Conine has been eliminated, but once the event gets going, he usually likes to focus more on his hosting duties to make the event more enjoyable for everyone else.

Defending Champion Randall Fernandez
Defending Champion Randall Fernandez is seated in front of the items that are up for bidding in the silent auction.

Defending champion Randall Fernandez is also in the field. Fernandez won this event last year to earn a seat into the $5,250 SHRPO Championship.

Near the end of Level 5, there are 352 entries in the field with more than an hour remaining in registration.

Charity Event: NHL Broadcaster Randy Moller Takes Advantage of the Rebuys, Finds Himself Next to Roberto Luongo

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 3:  200/300
Entries:  344

Broadcaster Randy Moller
Broadcaster Randy Moller (seated) was called out by the emcee for his early elimination.

One of the earliest eliminations during the first level was retired NHL player and now-broadcaster Randy Moller, who is an announcer for the Florida Panthers.

Moller had gotten short and was all in from the small blind for 2,800 with Qc8c, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the AsJh of Nickie Irvine on the button.

The board came 7d7s2s9c2h, and Irvine won the pot with her ace to eliminate Moller.

Nickie Irvine  –  14,000  (140 bb)
Randy Moller  –  Eliminated

Nickie Irvine
Nickie Irvine scored the early knockout by eliminating Randy Moller.

Of course, as this is a charity event, there are unlimited re-entries while registration remains open (until 10:00 pm or so). So Moller re-entered and found himself back in the field sitting at the same table as recently retired NHL goalie Roberto Luongo, who has played a respectable amount of poker in his career in addition to 11 seasons with the Florida Panthers.

The field is near the end of Level 3, with 344 entries showing on the tournament clock.

Retired NHL Player Roberto Luongo
Retired NHL Goalie Roberto Luongo (seated, center) is having fun here in the early levels. Luongo played for the Florida Panthers for 11 seasons.