Brandon Caputo Entered Event 3 to Practice His Weaker Games, “But I Ran Like God and Probably Didn’t Learn Anything”

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Entries: 88
Prize Pool: $29,920
August 2, 2019 

Event 3 Champion - Brandon Caputo
Event 3 Champion – Brandon Caputo

H.O.R.S.E. is a five-game poker variant where players play a round each in limit Hold’em, Omaha 8, Razz, Stud, and Stud 8. When asked which of these games was his worst, Event 3 champion Brandon Caputo said, “All of them.”

Caputo primarily plays no-limit hold’em and PLO, but he was attracted to this $400 H.O.R.S.E. event by the low buy-in.

“It’s a great experience to come for a $400 buy-in and get some practice in.” Caputo paused for a moment before he smiled and added, “But I ran like God and probably didn’t learn anything.”

When the nine-handed final table began, Caputo was third in chips behind Phil Hui and Peter Walsworth. But Hui hit a horrible stretch of cards with nine players left, and fell from chipleader down to a single chip. And as Hui dropped, Caputo rose to take the lead.

Caputo described his run by saying, “I made hands when I was behind and held when I was ahead.”

Hui bounced back from his single chip to survive a little longer, but Caputo eventually knocked Hui out in eighth place. At that point, Caputo had a huge lead, holding roughly twice as many chips as anyone else, and he cruised to the finish line to win his first trophy here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

When he was asked about the casino, Caputo said, “This is one of the best stops anywhere in the country. There are also good cash games, and I like to play cash. And it’s close to home, so I don’t have to go to Atlantic City, Vegas, or California.”

Final Results:

1st:  Brandon Caputo  –  $8,825 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  Michael Rosenberg  –  $5,880
3rd:  Wayne Brown  –  $3,990
4th:  Matt Vinke  –  $2,805
5th:  Lucas Poelker  –  $2,050
6th:  Miami John Cernuto  –  $1,555
7th:  Peter Walsworth  –  $1,235
8th:  Phil Hui  –  $1,020
9th:  Matt Axelrod  –  $880
10th:  Donaldson Brown  –  $880
11th:  Michael Dreese  –  $800

Event 3: Brandon Caputo Wins! ($8,825); Michael Rosenberg Finishes 2nd ($5,880)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  1 of 88

Brandon Caputo
Brandon Caputo

During the Stud round, Brandon Caputo had the Kd showing, and he completed to 25,000. Michael Rosenberg had the Qh showing, and he raised to 50,000, and they continued back and forth for a few more bets until Rosenberg was all in, and then they turned over their hole cards:

Brandon Caputo:  (Ah2c) Kd
Michael Rosenberg:  (Qc7d) Qh

Rosenberg led with a pair of queens, and he needed them to hold to stay alive.

Brandon Caputo:  (Ah2c) KdJhJd10d (Qs)
Michael Rosenberg:  (Qc7d) Qh9s10h8c (3s)

Caputo picked up a pair of jacks on fifth street, but Rosenberg still led with his pair of queens. But seventh street was a killer for Rosenberg, as Caputo spiked a queen to fill an ace-high straight, winning the pot — and the tournament.

Stay tuned for a recap of this event.

Michael Rosenberg
Michael Rosenberg

1st:  Brandon Caputo  –  $8,825 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  Michael Rosenberg  –  $5,880
3rd:  Wayne Brown  –  $3,990
4th:  Matt Vinke  –  $2,805
5th:  Lucas Poelker  –  $2,050
6th:  Miami John Cernuto  –  $1,555
7th:  Peter Walsworth  –  $1,235
8th:  Phil Hui  –  $1,020
9th:  Matt Axelrod  –  $880
10th:  Donaldson Brown  –  $880
11th:  Michael Dreese  –  $800

Event 3: Wayne Brown Eliminated in 3rd Place ($3,990)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 88

Wayne Brown
Wayne Brown

At the end of Level 20, the final three players took a break, and these were their updated chip counts with the limits increasing to 25,000-50,000:

Seat 1.  Brandon Caputo  –  600,000  (12 BB)
Seat 2.  Wayne Brown  –  48,000  (1 BB)
Seat 3.  Michael Rosenberg  –  404,000  (8 BB)

The first hand back from break was Omaha 8, and Wayne Brown got it all in against Brandon Caputo.

Brandon Caputo:  AhAdQs10d
Wayne Brown:  Ks7h5c3d

The board came Jh9d8h9h6h, so there were no possible lows. Both players finished with straights, but Caputo’s queen-high straight beat Brown’s nine-high straight, and Brown was eliminated in third place.

Wayne Brown  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($3,990)

Here are the approximate chip counts for the start of heads-up play:

Seat 1.  Brandon Caputo  –  650,000  (13 BB)
Seat 3.  Michael Rosenberg  –  400,000  (8 BB)

Event 3: Lucas Poelker Eliminated in 5th Place ($2,050); Matt Vinke Eliminated in 4th Place ($2,805)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  3 of 88

Lucas Poelker
Lucas Poelker

Lucas Poelker was eliminated during the Omaha 8 round, and he received $2,050 for fifth place.

Lucas Poelker – Eliminated in 5th Place ($2,050)

Matt Vinke
Matt Vinke

During the Razz round, Matt Vinke got it all in on third street for 34,000, and there was a 22,000 side pot between Brandon Caputo and Michael Rosenberg.

Matt Vinke:  (XxXx) 8xKx4x6x
Brandon Caputo: (XxXx) 3xJxQxKx
Michael Rosenberg: (XxXx) 7x5xAx3x

4th Street: Rosenberg bet 15,000, and Caputo called.

5th Street: Rosenberg bet 30,000, and Caputo called.

6th Street: Rosenberg bet 30,000, and Caputo folded as his best possible hand could be jack-low.

Matt Vinke:  (Ax6x) 8xKx4x6x (2x)
Michael Rosenberg: (Ax4x) 7x5xAx3x (Qx)

Vinke was drawing dead on sixth street, as the best hand he could make would be an 8-6, and Rosenberg already had a 7-5.

Vinke made his 8-6, but it was too little, too late, and Rosenberg won the pot to eliminate Vinke in fourth place.

Matt Vinke  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($2,805)

Event 3: Pete Walsworth Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,235); Miami John Cernuto Eliminated in 6th Place ($1,555)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  12,000/24,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  5 of 88

Peter Walsworth
Pete Walsworth

Pete Walsworth was eliminated a few hands after Phil Hui, during the Hold’em round. Walsworth received $1,235 for seventh place.

Pete Walsworth  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($1,235)

Miami John Cernuto
Miami John Cernuto

In the last hand of Hold’em, Miami John Cernuto got it all in preflop from the big blind for 42,000 against Brandon Caputo in the hijack and Michael Rosenberg on the button.

The flop came 10s8s7c, Caputo checked, Rosenberg bet 12,000, and Caputo called. The turn card was the Js, and both players checked.

The river card was the 7s, putting four spades on the board, and Caputo bet 24,000. Rosenberg thought for a moment before calling, and all three players turned over their cards:

Brandon Caputo:  As10h  (ace-high flush)
Michael Rosenberg:  AhAd  (two pair, aces and sevens)
Miami John Cernuto:  QsQd  (queen-high flush)

Rosenberg hadn’t noticed that there were four spades on the board, and said he wouldn’t have called if he had seen them.

Caputo won the entire pot with his ace-high flush to eliminate Cernuto in sixth place.

Brandon Caputo  –  615,000  (26 BB)
Michael Rosenberg  –  47,000  (2 BB)
Miami John Cernuto  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($1,555)