Edwards Muñiz Plays His First Omaha Tournament and Wins the Big O Title

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 5
$400 Big O (Re-Entry)
Entries:  87
Prize Pool:  $29,580
January 11, 2020

Event 5 Champion Edwards Muñiz
Event 5 Champion Edwards Muñiz

Edwards Muñiz came to Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood for the weekend to play the $1,100 WPTDeepStacks event, and on Friday night he bagged up the Day 1B chip lead with 412,000 in chips.

That left Muñiz with a day off on Saturday, and there was only one other trophy event running that day — $400 Big O, a five-card version of PLO-8.

There was only one problem for Muñiz, who is a self-proclaimed hold’em player. “I’ve literally never played Big O before.”

“I’ve played dealer’s choice at home games with friends where Omaha would come up,” said Muñiz, “but I’ve never played an Omaha tournament, and I’ve never played an Omaha cash game.”

But beginner’s luck worked in Muñiz’s favor today, and he wound up with a massive chip lead when the final three players made a deal to end the tournament. As chipleader, Muñiz was declared the winner, receiving the title and the trophy.

The final hand of the tournament, where Muñiz eliminated Claudangelo Beaudouin in fourth place, was the most memorable for him.

“I can’t believe I hit that miracle three on the river,” said Muñiz. “I have no idea how I won, but I will take it.”

Muñiz will be back tomorrow at 12:00 noon for Day 2 of the WPTDeepStacks event, where he will start the day 10th in chips. Will playing a full day of Big O have any effect on Muñiz’s hold’em game?

“I’m sure my brain is a little bit scrambled,” said Muñiz. “I hope I can get some rest and be prepared for tomorrow. I’m going to have to reset my brain altogether.”


Final Results:

1st:  William Edwards Muñiz  –  $8,725 + LHPO Trophy*
2nd:  Harry Eisenberg  –  $5,815*
3rd:  Miami John Cernuto  –  $3,940*
4th:  Claudangelo Beaudouin  –  $2,775
5th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $2,025
6th:  Barak Zaken  –  $1,540
7th:  Bobbi Smith  –  $1,220
8th:  Kevin Love  –  $1,010
9th:  Stephen Allen  –  $870
10th:  Joseph Treffiletti  –  $870
11th:  Barry Levy  –  $790

* Denotes results of a three-way deal.

Event 5: Edwards Muñiz Wins in a Three-Way Deal

$400 Big O (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  10,000/15,000
Players Remaining:  1 of 87

Edwards Muñiz
Event 5 Champion Edwards Muñiz

After the elimination of Claudangelo Beaudouin in fourth place, the final three players quickly agreed to an ICM deal to chop up the remaining prizepool. These were the official chip counts:

Edwards Muñiz  –  639,000  (43 bb)
Harry Eisenberg  –  235,000  (16 bb)
Miami John Cernuto  –  169,000  (11 bb)

As chipleader, Muñiz was declared the winner, receiving the trophy and the title.

Harry Eisenberg
Runner-Up Harry Eisenberg

Stay tuned for a recap, which will be posted later tonight.

1st:  William Edwards Muñiz  –  $8,725 + LHPO Trophy*
2nd:  Harry Eisenberg  –  $5,815*
3rd:  Miami John Cernuto  –  $3,940*
4th:  Claudangelo Beaudouin  –  $2,775
5th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $2,025
6th:  Barak Zaken  –  $1,540
7th:  Bobbi Smith  –  $1,220
8th:  Kevin Love  –  $1,010
9th:  Stephen Allen  –  $870
10th:  Joseph Treffiletti  –  $870
11th:  Barry Levy  –  $790

Miami John Cernuto
Third-Place Finisher Miami John Cernuto

* Denotes results of a three-way deal.

Event 5: Claudangelo Beaudouin – 4th Place ($2,775)

$400 Big O (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  10,000/15,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 87

Claudangelo Beaudouin
Claudangelo Beaudouin

A few minutes before the end of the level (and a 15-minute break), and after a flop of 9h8d3d, Claudangelo Beaudouin got it all in against Edwards Muñiz.

Edwards Muñiz:  AcJd4h3h2d  (pair of threes, jack-high flush draw, 8-3 low draw)
Claudangelo Beaudouin:  AhAdKsQc7d  (pair of aces, ace-high flush draw, 8-7 low draw)

Muñiz’s flush draw was drawing dead, and it looked likely to be a split pot.

The turn card was the 7h, clinching the low side of the pot for Muñiz with 8-7-3-2-A.

The river card was — the 3s.

Muñiz rivered trip threes to scoop the entire pot, eliminating Beaudouin in fourth place.

Edwards Muñiz  –  639,000  (43 bb)
Claudangelo Beaudouin  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($2,775)

Event 5: Down to Four in Big O

$400 Big O (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  10,000/15,000
Players Remaining:  4 of 87

Gabriel Ramos
Gabriel Ramos, one of the winningest players in Seminole Hard Rock history, was the most recent elimination in fourth place.

The Big O final table is down to the final four players. Here are the most recent eliminations:

5th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $2,025
6th:  Barak Zaken  –  $1,540
7th:  Bobbi Smith  –  $1,220

Miami John Cernuto was down to less than 3 big blinds, but just tripled up when there were no qualifying lows, and he scooped the pot with two pair, aces and tens, with a king kicker.

Miami John Cernuto  –  129,000  (9 bb)

A break is coming up soon, and we will post official chip counts and cover the action the rest of the way.

Event 5: Final Table Begins with Gabriel Ramos in the Lead

$400 Big O (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18:  3,000/6,000
Players Remaining:  7 of 87

Event 5 Final Table
Event 5 Final Table

After the elimination of Kevin Love in eighth place, the final seven players redrew for random seats at the Big O final table. Here are their seating assignments and their approximate chip counts:

Seat 1.  Barak Zaken  –  116,500  (19 bb)
Seat 2.  Bobbi Smith  –  90,000  (15 bb)
Seat 3.  Miami John Cernuto  –  192,000  (32 bb)
Seat 4.  Edwards Muñiz  –  149,500  (25 bb)
Seat 5.  Harry Eisenberg  –  97,000  (16 bb)
Seat 6.  Gabriel Ramos  –  205,000  (34 bb)
Seat 7.  Claudangelo Beaudouin  –  186,500  (31 bb)

And here is the prizepool at stake, along with the players who finished in the money leading up to the final table:

1st:  $8,725 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $5,815
3rd:  $3,940
4th:  $2,775
5th:  $2,025
6th:  $1,540
7th:  $1,220

8th:  Kevin Love  –  $1,010
9th:  Stephen Allen  –  $870
10th:  Joseph Treffiletti  –  $870
11th:  Barry Levy  –  $790