David Levi Crosses the Career $4 Million Mark As He Wins Event 2

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 2
$400 Limit Omaha 8
Entries: 92
Prize Pool: $31,280
August 1, 2019 

Event 2 Winner David Levi
Event 2 Winner David Levi: “That’s what we’re here for, we’re here to win. So when you win, it feels great.”

David Levi has won more than 30 tournaments in his career, but it was his victory in Event 2 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open that pushed his career earnings over $4 million.

When asked about the milestone, Levi said, “I’ve been around, and I’ve played a lot of tournaments.” Levi’s first recorded tournament victory came back in 1996, and this is his 195th tournament cash according to HendonMob.com. Levi continued, “I slowed down the last few years. I still need to win a really big one. I’ll keep going until I hit a big one, because I’ve never won a million-dollar tournament.”

While this one-day tournament didn’t have a million-dollar first prize, the 92 entries surpassed the guarantee to create a prizepool worth $31,280. The final 12 players finished in the money.

The day started out rough for Levi, who entered shortly before the first break. “I didn’t win a hand, and I dropped down to 500 — one chip. I was ready to leave, but I won the hand, and then boom, boom, boom. I made it to the final table, picked up a few hands, and that’s basically the way it went.”

Levi was fourth in chips when the nine-handed final table began, and even though he didn’t knock out either of the next two players, he built his stack up to the chip lead with seven players remaining. That’s when the final seven players agreed to a deal based on an ICM chop, and as chipleader, Levi was officially declared the winner, receiving the largest amount of money and the SHRPO trophy.

“I love to come here,” Levi said about the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. “I come here for a lot of the tournaments. It’s a nice atmosphere with nice people. The staff are really, really great, and they run the tournaments really good. These tournaments seem to get better and better all the time.”

Final Results:

1st:  David Levi  –  $5,208 + SHRPO trophy
2nd:  Stewart Yancik  –  $5,069
3rd:  Aron Dermer  –  $4,455
4th:  Jacobo Fernandez  –  $3,919
5th:  Bryce Fox  –  $3,148
6th:  Brian Gelrod  –  $2,477
7th:  Robert Wachtel  –  $2,384
8th:  Elias Nassif  –  $1,095
9th:  Jeff Trudeau  –  $950
10th:  Mike Soroka  –  $950
11th:  Lee Jordan  –  $845
12th:  Jason Lopesilvero  –  $780

Event 2: Chipleader David Levi Wins in a Seven-Way Chop ($5,208)

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 18:  15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  7 of 92

David Levi
David Levi

A short while after the elimination of Elias Nassif in eighth place, the final seven players decided to run the numbers and they agreed to an ICM chop.

These were the chip counts when they agreed to the deal:

Seat 1.  David Levi  –  275,000  (18 bb)
Seat 2.  Brian Gelrod  –  60,000  (4 bb)
Seat 3.  Jacobo Fernandez  –  155,000  (10 bb)
Seat 4.  Bryce Fox  –  100,000  (7 bb)
Seat 5.  Robert Wachtel  –  55,000  (4 bb)
Seat 6.  Stewart Yancik  –  260,000  (17 bb)
Seat 7.  Aron Dermer  –  200,000  (13 bb)

And here are the updated payouts for these final seven players:

1st:  David Levi  –  $5,208 + SHRPO trophy
2nd:  Stewart Yancik  –  $5,069
3rd:  Aron Dermer  –  $4,455
4th:  Jacobo Fernandez  –  $3,919
5th:  Bryce Fox  –  $3,148
6th:  Brian Gelrod  –  $2,477
7th:  Robert Wachtel  –  $2,384

Stay tuned for a recap of this event.

Event 2: Elias Nassif Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,095)

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 18:  10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  7 of 92

Elias Nassif
Elias Nassif

Elias Nassif got it all in from the small blind for about 50,000, and he was up against Brian Gelrod in the hijack.

Brian Gelrod:  As9c5h2s
Elias Nassif:  AhKh9s2h

The board came Qc10c5sAd2d, and neither player made a qualifying low, so Gelrod scooped the pot with two pair, aces and fives, to eliminate Nassif in eighth place.

Brian Gelrod  –  150,000  (15 bb)
Elias Nassif  –  Eliminated in 8th Place  ($1,095)

The final seven players are guaranteed at least $1,250 each, with $9,925 waiting for the winner.

Event 2: Jeff Trudeau Eliminated in 9th Place ($950)

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 18:  10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  8 of 92

Jeff Trudeau
Jeff Trudeau

In the first or second hand at the final table, Jeff Trudeau got it all in from the small blind with A-A-Q-2, but it failed to hold, and he was eliminated in ninth place by Stewart Yancik.

Stewart Yancik  –  135,000  (14 bb)
Jeff Trudeau  –  Eliminated in 9th Place  ($950)

The final eight players are guaranteed at least $1,095 each, with $9,925 waiting for the winner.

Event 2: Final Table Begins with Aron Dermer in the Lead

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 18:  10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  9 of 92

Event 2 - Final Table
Final Table for Event 2

After the elimination of Mike Soroka in 10th place, the final nine players redraw for random seats at the final table. Here are their seating assignments and their approximate chip counts:

Seat 1.  David Levi  –  150,000  (15 bb)
Seat 2.  Brian Gelrod  –  100,000  (10 bb)
Seat 3.  Jacobo Fernandez  –  190,000  (19 bb)
Seat 4.  Bryce Fox  –  125,000  (13 bb)
Seat 5.  Jeff Trudeau  –  40,000  (4 bb)
Seat 6.  Elias Nassif  –  75,000  (8 bb)
Seat 7.  Robert Wachtel  –  35,000  (4 bb)
Seat 8.  Stewart Yancik  –  155,000  (16 bb)
Seat 9.  Aron Dermer  –  235,000  (24 bb)