Nancy Birnbaum Claims Her Own Bounty (and Six Others) in Black Chip Bounty Pot Limit Omaha

2021 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 13
$400 Black Chip Bounty Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries:  107
Prize Pool:  $25,145
Bounty Prize Pool:  $10,700
November 23, 2021

Nancy Birnbaum and Buddy
Nancy Birnbaum poses for her winner’s photo with her dog, Buddy, who was by her side all day.

On Tuesday night, Nancy Birnbaum outlasted a field of 107 entries and defeated German Gomez heads-up to win $7,460 plus another $700 in bounties in Event 13 ($400 Black Chip Bounty Pot Limit Omaha).

“It feels great,” said Birnbaum. “It’s been a while since I won a trophy here at the Seminole Hard Rock. It’s my home casino. I love this place.”

Birnbaum started the final table in the middle of the pack, but got off to a rough start to drop down to one of the short stacks. But she didn’t give up.

“I just patiently waited,” said Birnbaum. “I trapped a couple of people, picked my spots, ran well, got lucky, and here I am.”

Birnbaum was very generous with her praise of the tournament staff here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

“Tony Burns runs a great tournament,” said Birnbaum. “And now we’ve got Jason [Heidenthal], who’s awesome. The crew, the staff, the bloggers, everything is awesome here.”

Birnbaum already has plans to play the $3,500 WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship on Saturday, which is Day 1B.

“This was a great experience,” said Birnbaum, “and hopefully we can run this good in the main event. But it’s midnight and I’ve been grinding since 10:00 am, so I’m ready to go home and feed my dog.”


Final Results:

PlaceNameWinnings
1stNancy Birnbaum$7,460
2ndGerman Gomez$4,655
3rdThanhlong Nguyen$2,790
4thNathaniel Givens$1,825
5thMichael Soroka$1,405
6thBrandon Duvdivani$1,155
7thChristopher Arcidiacono$980
8thChangfei Cui$855
9thDavid Hughes$750
10thKyle Fleischmann$750
11thRichard Kellett$660
12thRyan Miller$660
13thChristopher Licht$600
14thKenneth Po$600

Event 13: Nancy Birnbaum Wins ($7,460); German Gomez Finishes as Runner-Up ($4,655)

$400 Black Chip Bounty Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/20,000
Players Remaining:  1 of 107

Nancy Birnbaum and Buddy
Event 13 Champion Nancy Birnbaum and Buddy

German Gomez pot-raised from the button to 60,000, and Nancy Birnbaum called from the big blind.

The flop came Kd10c5d, and both players checked.

The turn card paired the board with the Ks, Birnbaum moved all in, and Gomez called all in for 55,000.

Nancy Birnbaum:  Kc9c3s2s  (trip kings)
German Gomez:  AcQdJc5s  (pair of fives, wrap straight draw)

The river card was the 2c, and Birnbaum won the pot — and $7,460 and the trophy — with a full house, kings full of deuces.

German Gomez finished as the runner-up, earning $4,655.

Congratulations to Nancy Birnbaum!

1st:  Nancy Birnbaum  –  $7,460 + RRPO trophy
2nd:  German Gomez  –  $4,655
3rd:  Long Nguyen  –  $2,790
4th:  Nathaniel Devon Givens  –  $1,825
5th:  Mike Soroka  –  $1,405
6th:  Brandon Duvdivani  –  $1,155
7th:  Chris Arcidiacono  –  $980
8th:  Changfei Cui  –  $855
9th:  David Hughes  –  $750

German Gomez
Runner-Up German Gomez

Event 13: Long Nguyen – 3rd Place ($2,790)

$400 Black Chip Bounty Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/20,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 107

Long Nguyen
Long Nguyen

Nancy Birnbaum limped from the button for 20,000, Long Nguyen completed the small blind, and German Gomez checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came Jd10h3h, and Nguyen pot-bet 60,000. Gomez folded, Birnbaum moved all in, and Nguyen called all in for about 265,000.

Nancy Birnbaum:  Jh8h8s2h  (pair of jacks, heart flush draw)
Long Nguyen:  Qc10s10d5s  (set of tens)

The turn card was the 5c, the river card was the 9h, and Birnbaum rivered her heart flush to win the pot and eliminate Nguyen in third place.

Nguyen was fresh off a victory last night in Event 11, earning $12,040, and he came close to back-to-back trophies on back-to-back days.

Long Nguyen  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($2,790)

These were the chip counts for the start of heads-up play:

Nancy Birnbaum  –  2,025,000  (101 bb)
German Gomez  –  115,000  (6 bb)

And here are the remaining payouts at stake:

1st:  $7,460 + RRPO trophy
2nd:  $4,655

Event 13: Nancy Birnbaum Doubles Thru German Gomez to Take a Huge Lead

$400 Black Chip Bounty Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  8,000/16,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 107

Nancy Birnbaum with Her Dog, Buddy
Nancy Birnbaum with Her Dog, Buddy

In the last hand before the break, German Gomez (small blind) and Nancy Birnbaum played a hand with about 246,000 in the pot on the turn:

Ah8c7h3c

Gomez moved all in for about 900,000, and Birnbaum snap-called all in for 761,000. They turned over their cards:

German Gomez:  9s7d7c6c  (set of sevens, club flush draw, open-ended straight draw)
Nancy Birnbaum:  AsAc9d8s  (set of aces)

The river card was the 4h, and Birnbaum won the pot with her set of aces to double up into a massive chip lead.

Seat 1.  Nancy Birnbaum  –  1,720,000  (108 bb)
Seat 2.  Long Nguyen  –  285,000  (18 bb)
Seat 3.  German Gomez  –  135,000  (8 bb)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 713,000 (45 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $2,790.

Event 13: Devon Givens  –  4th Place ($1,825)

$400 Black Chip Bounty Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  6,000/12,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 107

Devon Givens
Devon Givens

Devon Givens got it all in preflop for about 105,000 against German Gomez.

German Gomez:  KhQcJh5c
Devon Givens:  Kd10c5d4c

The board came Jc6d2c9d7h, and surprisingly for PLO, Gomez won the pot with king-queen high to eliminate Givens in fourth place.

German Gomez  –  1,090,000  (91 bb)
Devon Givens  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($1,825)

Gomez collects the $100 bounty, but Givens goes home with an additional $1,500 in bounties, nearly doubling his earnings for this tournament.

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 713,000 (59 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $2,790.