After a Six-and-a-Half-Hour Final Table, Loni Hui Wins $85,355 and Her First Modern Seminole Hard Rock Trophy

2021 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 10
$600 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  972
Prize Pool:  $505,440
November 22-24, 2021

Loni Hui
Loni Hui

With more than $3.2 million in live tournament earnings and a couple of WSOP bracelets, Loni Hui (formerly Loni Harwood) has already seen a lot of success in her career, but one thing missing from her resume was a Seminole Hard Rock trophy.

“I do have a Hard Rock trophy,” said Hui, “but it’s one of the old ones.”

That was back in the days before the four big tournament series each year, with the gorgeous guitar pick-shaped trophies. And it wouldn’t be as big a deal if it weren’t for the fact that her husband, Phil Hui, has four of the newer trophies in their home.

But shortly after 4:00 am on Thanksgiving morning, Hui defeated Neil Zonenashvili heads-up to win her first modern Seminole Hard Rock trophy to add to their household collection.

Oh, and Hui also added $85,355 to bump her career earnings up to $3.29 million — slightly more than her husband Phil’s $3.12 million.

There were 972 entries in this event across four starting flights, and 123 players survived to Day 2. Hui navigated the field like the pro that she is, but caught a bit of bad luck with just 10 or 11 players remaining.

“I lost a really big flip going into the final table, which was a little discouraging,” said Hui. “But the final table went my way, and I won the all ins that I needed to.”

It was a fairly long final table, around 6 1/2 hours, but Hui remained patient, especially against runner-up Zonenashvili.

“I just tried to play really small pots,” said Hui, “and grind him out until he got impatient to make a hand and go all in. I knew it was going to take a very long time. But it went well for me.”

Hui is a regular in our tournaments here, and she plans to play the $3,500 WPT Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open Championship on Day 1A on Friday.

What keeps Hui coming back to Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood?

“Everything about this place is great,” said Hui. “The way it’s run, the people here, the food here, the energy. This is my favorite place to play.”

Final Results:

1stLoni Hui$85,355
2ndNeil Zonenashvili$60,210
3rdRicardo Eyzaguirre$39,500
4thAbhishek Panda$29,140
5thRogrigo Sardi$22,085
6thOrlando Maldonado$17,595
7thStewart Yancik$14,600
8thDimitry Agrachov$11,605
9thJames Patterson$8,675
10thRaminder Singh$8,675
11thDavid Castranova$6,935
12thJoseph Levitt$6,935
13thMarc Wolfe$5,425
14thMohammed Ayyash$5,425
15thRandy Sim$5,425
16thMohammed Jaafar$4,465
17thKevin Matheson$4,465
18thSteven Idels$4,465
19thShlomi Bracha$3,675
20thKharlin Sued$3,675
21stSheddy Siddiqui$3,675
22ndJairo Velasquez$3,080
23rdMichael Merisier$3,080
24thAlan Leon$3,080
25thStephane Carrier$2,575
26thCornelius Rogers$2,575
27thNoris Barcimanto$2,575
28thZachary Eichenbaum$2,260
29thPhilip Rigby$2,260
30thJose Gonzalez$2,260
31stMichael Amato$2,260
32ndAriel Rosello Quintana$2,260
33rdMarcelo Delgado Sergueev$2,260
34thErnesto Cabrera$2,260
35thAdam Zeltser$2,260
36thWillie Wiggins$2,260
37thJimmy Corrales$1,950
38thSoe Lee$1,950
39thJason Prochaska$1,950
40thLuis Bastidas$1,950
41stDennis Rodriguez$1,950
42ndRaffaello Locatelli$1,950
43rdAlexander Green$1,950
44thValentino Lettieri$1,950
45thHoward Mash$1,950
46thPasquale Caiazza$1,750
47thAustin Farmer$1,750
48thYuriy Kozinsky$1,750
49thMarco Rodriguez$1,750
50thCameron Storto$1,750
51stLuke Brereton$1,750
52ndRoni Zelichonok$1,750
53rdSebastian Clot-Sanchez$1,750
54thGregory Pessine$1,750
55thDmitrii Shub$1,590
56thDevond Marshall$1,590
57thRoy Young$1,590
58thJuan Mubarak$1,590
59thAndrew Eastom$1,590
60thRudolph Wilczynski$1,590
61stFrancis Mohan$1,590
62ndRichard Meyer$1,590
63rdFabian Boothe$1,590
64thChristian Knott$1,470
65thAndrew Boujaoude$1,470
66thShawn Lucas$1,470
67thEsteban Consalvo$1,470
68thVincent Chauve$1,470
69thGeorge Rovero Spyropoulous$1,470
70thMichale Casson$1,470
71stDavid Shmuel$1,470
72ndRandy Burnstein$1,470
73rdTrent Smith$1,350
74thMatthew Vetstein$1,350
75thShawn Mohamed$1,350
76thDanielle Bastarache$1,350
77thAl Gomez$1,350
78thNaftali Rosenberg$1,350
79thKevin Harris$1,350
80thJose Ordonez$1,350
81stDejan Petkovic$1,350
82ndLeonid Kaziyev$1,235
83rdRobert Kessler$1,235
84thJames Sutherland$1,235
85thRadhi Elbusafi$1,235
86thManfred Rosenow$1,235
87thYayun Liu$1,235
88thKeith Sims$1,235
89thDaniel Orgil$1,235
90thGeorge Hortelano$1,235
91stClaude El Harrar$1,120
92ndLeonard Demchak$1,120
93rdThomas Elder$1,120
94thMichael Bruno$1,120
95thAndrew Miller$1,120
96thJeremy Becker$1,120
97thGustavo Vazquez$1,120
98thJonathan Rosa$1,120
99thJames Grimes$1,120
100thChristopher Poole$1,005
101stAndre Bryan$1,005
102ndEric Laliberte$1,005
103rdEdgar Varas$1,005
104thMichael Newman$1,005
105thBrandon Navarrete$1,005
106thMarch Sacheli$1,005
107thFred Betesh$1,005
108thCharles-Eric Benoit$1,005
109thCarlos Correa$900
110thJohn Desoto$900
111thBrett Trembly$900
112thAlfred Guevara$900
113thPablo Ortiz$900
114thStephen Brite$900
115thScott Blackman$900
116thSpyros Malkotsis$900
117thFernando Rodriguez$900
118thVincent Veltre$800
119thGerardo Gonzalez$800
120thYobanis Leyva Mendoza$800
121stJoshua Puckelwartz$800
122ndAntonio Colon$800
123rdLeonardo Clavel$800

Event 10: Loni Hui Wins ($85,355); Neil Zonenashvili Finishes as Runner-Up ($60,210)

$600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  125,000/250,000 with a 250,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 972

Loni Hui
Event 10 Champion Loni Hui

The heads-up battle was long, and it went back-and-forth without either player building up too much of a lead.

With the blinds at 100,000-200,000, Loni Hui raised to 500,000, and Neil Zonenashvili called. Both players checked to the turn on a board of Kd9s7cQh, Zonenashvili bet 500,000, and Hui called.

The river card was the 3d, and Zonenashvili moved all in for about 7.6 million. Hui tanked for a long time before she folded, and Zonenashvili took the pot. Zonenashvili later claimed he had two pair, and Hui said she couldn’t beat two pair.

Neil Zonenashvili  –  10,000,000  (50 bb)
Loni Hui  –  9,500,000  (48 bb)

Neil Zonenashvili vs Loni Hui
Neil Zonenashvili (left) vs. Loni Hui (right)

About 15 minutes later, after the blinds increased to 125,000-250,000, and the pot was worth about 1.4 million when they went to a flop of 8d7h4d. Zonenashvili checked, Hui bet 500,000, and Zonenashvili called.

The turn card was the Jd, and both players checked. The river card was the 2h, Zonenashvili checked, Hui bet 1.5 million, and Zonenashvili folded. Hui took the pot.

Loni Hui  –  11,500,000  (46 bb)
Neil Zonenashvili  –  8,000,000  (32 bb)

A minute or two later they saw a flop of Qc7c4c, and both players checked. The turn card was the 10h, Zonenashvili checked, Hui bet 600,000, and Zonenashvili called.

The river card was the 4h, Zonenashvili checked, Hui bet 1.2 million, and Zonenashvili called. Hui showed 7d4d to win the pot with a full house, fours full of sevens, and Zonenashvili mucked.

Loni Hui  –  13,800,000  (55 bb)
Neil Zonenashvili  –  5,700,000  (23 bb)

Neil Zonenashvili
Runner-Up Neil Zonenashvili

A minute or two later, Hui raised to 600,000, Zonenashvili moved all in for 5,675,000, and Hui waited for an exact count and thought for a while before she called with 7s7c.

Zonenashvili turned over 6h6c, and he was dominated as he faced elimination.

The board came 10c9d2hQhQs, and the pocket sevens held up for Hui to win the pot — and the title, the trophy, and $85,355 — with two pair, queens and sevens.

Neil Zonenashvili finished as the runner-up, earning $60,210.

Congratulations to Loni Hui!

1st:  Loni Hui  –  $85,355 + RRPO trophy
2nd:  Neil Zonenashvili  –  $60,210
3rd:  Ricardo Eyzaguirre  –  $39,500
4th:  Abhishek Panda  –  $29,140
5th:  Rogrigo Sardi  –  $22,085
6th:  Orlando Maldonado  –  $17,595
7th:  Stewart Yancik  –  $14,600
8th:  Dimitry Agrachov  –  $11,605
9th:  James Patterson  –  $8,675

Event 10: Loni Hui Doubles Thru Neil Zonenashvili to Even Things Up

$600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 972

Loni Harwood
Loni Hui

Neil Zonenashvili limped for 150,000, Loni Hui raised to 450,000, and Zonenashvili called.

The flop came Ac10d9c, Hui checked, Zonenashvili moved all in, and Hui snap-called all in for 4,300,000 with AsAd for a set of aces.

Zonenashvili turned over Kc6c for a club flush draw, and Hui needed her hand to hold to stay alive.

The turn card was the Qd, giving Zonenashvili additional outs to a gutshot straight, and the river card was the 7h. The set of aces held up for Hui to win the pot and double up in chips.

Loni Hui  –  9,650,000  (64 bb)
Neil Zonenashvili  –  9,825,000  (66 bb)

Event 10: Ricardo Eyzaguirre – 3rd Place ($39,500)

$600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 972

Ricardo Eyzaguirre
Ricardo Eyzaguirre

Neil Zonenashvili completed the small blind to 150,000, Ricardo Eyzaguirre moved all in from the big blind for about 3,500,000, and Zonenashvili called with Ad3c.

Eyzaguirre turned over Kc8d, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 10d5d2cJs7h, and Zonenashvili won the pot with his ace to eliminate Eyzaguirre in third place.

Ricardo Eyzaguirre  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($39,500)

Here are the approximate chip counts for heads-up play, along with the payouts they’re playing for:

Neil Zonenashvili  –  13,000,000  (87 bb)
Loni Hui  –  6,500,000  (43 bb)

1st:  $85,355 + RRPO trophy
2nd:  $60,210

Event 10: Updated Chip Counts

$600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$250,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 972

Neil Zonenashvili
Chipleader Neil Zonenashvili

The players return from break to begin Level 31, with increased blinds of 75,000-150,000 with a 150,000 ante.

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 6,475,000 (43 big blinds). Here are the official chip counts from the break, followed by the remaining payouts:

Seat 1.  Ricardo Eyzaguirre  –  4,800,000  (32 bb)
Seat 2.  Loni Hui  –  6,225,000  (42 bb)
Seat 3.  Neil Zonenashvili  –  8,450,000  (56 bb)

1st:  $85,355 + RRPO trophy
2nd:  $60,210
3rd:  $39,500