$10K/$500K: Stephen Song Wins Final Event and First Trophy at SHRPO

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 27
$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 117
Prize Pool: $1,123,200
August 13, 2019

Stephen Song

Stephen Song topped a field of 117 entries to win the final event on the SHRPO schedule late Tuesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

“My first bullet was pretty slow and I bricked that, and then I decided screw it, and fired one more. That bullet was pretty slow in the beginning, and then I had a pretty bad table, but I had good cards so I chipped up on that table a lot, ” said Song when he was asked about his journey through the tournament.

“The turning point was with three tables left, I got aces vs. kings against Spencer Champlin close to the money. I went to the bubble with heaps of chips, and then I won a really big pot at the bubble with kings where a guy hero-called my shove on the river, and then I was in prime position to pick up a lot of chips,” said Song.

“The final table went really smoothly until three handed when I lost a bunch of all ins, but before that it went really smoothly. Everything worked out well today, bluffs got through, and when I had it I got paid usually,” Song continued when he was asked about the final table.

The field reached the money around 10 pm after a Noon start, and then it was a quick trip down to the final table of nine. Farid Jattin was the first player to exit the final table in ninth place, and he was followed to the rail by Wesom Abdallah in eighth place.

There was a slight lull in the action after that until John Dollinger took his leave in seventh place around 11:30 pm. Sam Gorsfield left the field a little while later. The elimination of Noah Schwartz in fifth place then took the field down to the final four.

Matas Cimbolas went out in fourth place, and then a few double ups for Joseph Orsino pushed the final table past midnight. James Romero also doubled up a few times to pull back into contention with Song.

After Orsino hit the rail in third place, the final two players made a deal before the heads-up final even began. Song was crowned the winner, and the SHRPO trophy was the first he was ever awarded at a tournament. The terms of the chop, along with all the rest of the payouts can be found below.

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry) Results:

1st: Stephen Song – $285,243
2nd James Romero – $250,257
3rd: Joseph Orsino – $121,865
4th: Matas CImbolas – $78,060
5th: Noah Schwartz – $58,970
6th: Sam Gorsfield – $48,860
7th: John Dollinger – $42,120
8th: Wesom Abdallah – $37,065
9th: Farid Jattin – $33,135
10th: Rainer Kempe – $33,135
11th Harry Cullen – $29,205
12th: Gal Yifrach – $29,205
13th: Aleksandr Shevelev – $25,270
14th: James Carroll – $25,270
15th: Ali Imsirovic – $25,270

$10K/$500K: Stephen Song Wins in Heads-Up Deal

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Remaining Players: 1 of 117

Stephen Song and James Romero agreed to a chop before the first hand of the heads-up final could be dealt. Song was crowned the winner in the chop, and he took home his first trophy as part of the deal as well. Here is how the money was chopped.

1st: Stephen Song – $285,243
2nd James Romero – $250,257

Stay tuned for a recap of this one-day event, including an interview with Song.

$10K/$500K: Joseph Orsino – 3rd Place ($121,865)

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Remaining Players: 2 of 117

Joseph Orsino moved all in preflop for 175,000, and Stephen Song called to cover him. The two players then flipped over their cards.

Song: 10c10s
Orsino: 10d8h

Board: KhQd3c4d2d

Orsino was eliminated in third place, good for $121,865, and Song held 1.5 million after the hand. Song will take that amount into a heads-up final against James Romero (850,000).

$10K/$500K: James Romero Doubles Up Again

$10,000 SHRPO NLH (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Remaining Players: 3  of 117

James Romero moved all in preflop for 430,000 from the small blind, and Stephen Song called to cover him on the big blind. The two players then tabled their cards.

Romero: 3d3h

Board: 10s5s3c9s6c

Romero doubled up to survive with 905,000, and Song was down to 1,225,000 after the hand.