Long Nguyen Wins His Second Trophy of 2021 in Six-Max PLO

2021 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$400 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries:  144
Prize Pool:  $48,240
November 22, 2021

Long Nguyen
Long Nguyen

On Monday night, Long Nguyen outlasted a field of 144 entries to win $12,040 and his second Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood trophy in four months. (Nguyen won a Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event back in July during SHRPO.)

“It feels really good,” said Nguyen.

“I came in as the shortest stack,” said Nguyen about the final table. “I folded for a while, and then I just ran good at the end, honestly. About four handed I started catching cards, and it worked out for me.”

“Kevin [Ruscitti] and Matt [Bretzfield] were my only two worries,” said Nguyen. “If I could fade them, I thought I was going to win.”

As it turned out, Bretzfield and Ruscitti were the final two hurdles Nguyen needed to cross, with Bretzfield busting third and Ruscitti finishing as the runner-up.

Nguyen is a regular here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood for the big tournament series, so what keeps him coming back?

“The staff is great,” said Nguyen. “They run a good tournament, with big fields.”


Final Results:

PlaceNameWinnings
1stLong Nguyen$12,040
2ndKevin Ruscitti$8,010
3rdMatty Bretzfield$4,945
4thJason Campbell$3,005
5thJon Dupee$2,325
6thNikolay Grigorov$1,925
7thJoel Reiss$1,530
8thEric Piderit$1,530
9thNathan Willis$1,225
10thDavid Vance$1,225
11thTom Guedj$1,055
12thFrank Gentile$1,055
13thKevin Garosshen$890
14thAftab Shakoor$890
15thMichael Newman$890
16thMatthew Wolfson$740
17thBenjamin Stewart$740
18thChristopher Licht$740
19thSung Kim$610
20thShane Raikes$610
21stDerrick Contreras$610
22ndMilton Miranda Jr.$550
23rdBrandon Duvdivani$550
24thJulio Fernandez$550

Event 11: Long Nguyen Wins ($12,040); Kevin Ruscitti Finishes as Runner-Up ($8,010)

$400 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  20,000/40,000
Players Remaining:  1 of 144

Long Nguyen
Event 11 Champion Long Nguyen

Heads-up play lasted about half an hour before they saw a flop of 10s7h6s.

Kevin Ruscitti bet 150,000, Long Nguyen pot-raised to 570,000, and Ruscitti tanked for a long time before he called.

The turn card was the Jh, Ruscitti checked, Nguyen moved all in, and Ruscitti called.

Long Nguyen:  AsQc9d8d  (jack-high straight)
Kevin Ruscitti:  Qs10h10d9c  (set of tens, gutshot straight draw)

The river card was the 3s, and Nguyen won the pot — and his second Seminole Hard Rock trophy — with a jack-high straight.

Congratulations to Long Nguyen!

1st:  Long Nguyen  –  $12,040
2nd:  Kevin Ruscitti  –  $8,010
3rd:  Matty Bretzfield  –  $4,945
4th:  Jason Campbell  –  $3,005
5th:  Jon Dupee  –  $2,325
6th:  Nikolay Grigorov  –  $1,925
7th:  Joel Reiss  –  $1,530

Kevin Ruscitti
Runner-Up Kevin Ruscitti

Event 11: Matty Bretzfield – 3rd Place ($4,945)

$400 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/30,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 144

Matty Bretzfield
Matty Bretzfield

Matty Bretzfield has been chipleader for most of the final table, but things took a bad turn for him once it got down to three players.

Kevin Ruscitti doubled thru him about 15 minutes into three-handed play, which put a big dent in Bretzfield’s stack.

A few minutes later, Bretzfield lost another pot when Ruscitti made a jack-high flush against Bretzfield’s set.

Kevin Ruscitti  –  1,190,000  (48 bb)
Matty Bretzfield  –  680,000  (27 bb)

About 12 minutes later, after a flop of Qs8c3c, Bretzfield got it all in form the big blind for 260,000 against Long Nguyen in the small blind.

Long Nguyen:  8h7c5c3d  (two pair, seven-high flush draw)
Matty Bretzfield:  Jc9s2h2c  (pair of deuces, jack-high flush draw, gutshot straight draw)

The turn card was the 9c, the river card was the 10d, and Bretzfield turned a jack-high club flush to win the pot and double up in chips.

Matty Bretzfield  –  600,000  (24 bb)
Long Nguyen  –  1,100,000  (44 bb)

The next hand, as the blinds increased to 15,000-30,000, Bretzfield got it all in preflop from the small blind for about 600,000 against Nguyen.

Long Nguyen:  AsAc6c2s
Matty Bretzfield:  KcJs7s2c

The board came Jd2d2hKdAh — Bretzfield flopped a full house, deuces full of jacks, but Nguyen spiked an ace on the river to win the pot with a higher full house, aces full of deuces, eliminating Bretzfield in third place.

Matty Bretzfield  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($4,945)

Here are the approximate chip counts for the start of heads-up play, followed by the remaining payouts:

Long Nguyen  –  1,700,000  (57 bb)
Kevin Ruscitti  –  1,200,000  (40 bb)

1st:  $12,040
2nd:  $8,010

Event 11: Jason Campbell – 4th Place ($3,005)

$400 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  15,000/25,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 144

Jason Campbell
Jason Campbell

The players returned from break to begin Level 21, with increased blinds of 10,000-20,000. These were the official chip counts from the break:

Seat 1.  Long Nguyen  –  355,000  (18 bb)
Seat 2.  Jason Campbell  –  340,000  (17 bb)
Seat 3.  Matty Bretzfield  –  1,235,000  (62 bb)
Seat 4.  Kevin Ruscitti  –  955,000  (48 bb)

Level 21 passed by without much incident, and Level 22 began with increased blinds of 15,000-25,000.

A few minutes later, Matty Bretzfield raised from UTG/cutoff to 65,000, Jason Campbell tanked for a while in the big blind before moving all in for 145,000, and Bretzfield called.

Matty Bretzfield:  As10h4c2d
Jason Campbell:  Kh10s7c3c

The board came 10c10d5dJs6s — both players flopped trip tens, but Bretzfield won the pot with his ace kicker to eliminate Campbell in fourth place.

Matty Bretzfield  –  1,450,000  (58 bb)
Jason Campbell  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($3,005)

With three players remaining from a field of 144, the average chip stack is about 960,000 (38 big blinds). The remaining players are all guaranteed at least $4,945 each.

Event 11: Jon Dupee – 5th Place ($2,325)

$400 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  8,000/16,000
Players Remaining:  4 of 144

Jon Dupee
Jon Dupee

Jon Dupee moved all in from the button for 55,000, Matty Bretzfield called from the small blind, and Kevin Ruscitti pot-raised from the big blind. Bretzfield quickly folded.

Kevin Ruscitti:  AdAs8s5s
Jon Dupee:  Qh9s9h8h

The board came Qd10h4hKd4d — Dupee paired his queen on the flop and picked up a heart flush draw and a gutshot straight draw, but he missed all of his outs. Ruscitti won the pot with two pair, aces and fours, to eliminate Dupee in fifth place.

Kevin Ruscitti  –  955,000  (60 bb)
Jon Dupee  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($2,325)

With four players remaining from a field of 144, the average chip stack is about 720,000 (45 big blinds). The remaining players are all guaranteed at least $3,005 each.