Barak Zaken Wins Event 3 of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Outright for $12,545

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Entries: 153
Prize Pool: $51,255
April 16, 2021

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Event 3 Champion Barak Zaken

Event 3 of the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown was a $400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out). A field of 153 players created a prize pool of $51,255 and the biggest H.O.R.S.E. tournament in any Seminole Hard Rock Poker major series.

After more than 14 hours of play it was Barak Zaken emerging victorious, winning outright for $12,545.

For Zaken, this marked his third mixed-game final table at a Seminole Hard Rock major, having previously finished third in a PLO8 event during the 2018 RRPO and sixth in a Big O event during the 2020 LHPO.

Those results were bested by Zaken tonight, winning after a lengthy heads-up duel that last nearly two hours.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount


Event 3: Barak Zaken Wins! ($12,545); Michael Lee Eliminated in 2nd Place ($8,260)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 29: 100,000/200,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 1 of 153

Event 3 Champion Barak Zaken


The heads-up battle that last nearly two hours has come to an end.

Barak Zaken (pictured above) raised from the button, Michael Lee (pictured below) three-bet from the big blind, Zaken four-bet and Lee called all in for 310,000.

Zaken: Ac7h
Lee: 9c8c

The flop came 3hAs7s, giving Zaken a commanding lead with top two pair.

The 5h turn made things interesting, giving Lee an inside straight draw, but the 4c river sealed the deal for Zaken, giving him the outright win for $12,545.

Lee finished runner-up for $8,260.

A recap of the event will be published by the morning.

Michael Lee – 2nd Place

Event 3: Steven Roth – 3rd Place ($5,970)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 50,000/100,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 2 of 153

Steven Roth – 3rd Place


Steven Roth raised from the small blind, Barak Zaken three-bet from the big blind and Roth called all in for 130,000.

Roth: AsJs
Zaken: 6d4c

The board ran out 4h2c9d9s3c, giving Zaken nines and fours to eliminate Roth in third place.

Barak Zaken – 995,000 (10 big bets)
Steven Roth – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($5,970)

Event 3: Robert Leff – 4th Place ($4,355)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 40,000/80,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 3 of 153

Robert Leff – 4th Place

Omaha 8

Robert Leff was all in for about 130,000 from under the gun against Michael Lee in the small blind.

Leff: AdQhJh7s
Lee: As10h6c4c

The board ran out Ks4s3s2s5h, giving Lee a wheel to eliminate Leff in fourth place.

Michael Lee – 940,000 (12 big bets)
Robert Leff – Eliminated in 4th Place ($4,355)

Event 3: Thomas Williamson – 5th Place ($3,245)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 30,000/60,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 4 of 153

Thomas Williamson – 5th Place

Stud 8

Robert Leff: XxXx / 2s
Thomas Williamson: Xx Xx / 9d
Steven Roth: XxXx / 7h

A short-stacked Thomas Williamson was all in on third street.

Robert Leff: XxXx / 2s10s8d4c / Xx
Thomas Williamson: Xx Xx / 9d8h9cJc / Xx
Steven Roth: XxXx / 7h3s9sJd / Xx

The rest of the action was checked down between Robert Leff and Steven Roth.

Robert Leff: XxXx / 2s10s8d4c / Xx
Thomas Williamson: Xx Xx / 9d8h9cJc / Xx
Steven Roth: XxXx / 7h3s9sJd / Xx

Leff showed 5cAhAc for a pair of aces with an eight-five low. Roth had Kh4h3h for a pair of threes, while Williamson turned up 7c2c4s] for just a pair of nines, ending his tournament in fifth place.

Robert Leff – 520,000 (9 big bets)
Thomas Williamson – Eliminated in 5th Place ($3,245)

Event 3: George Kraynak – 6th Place ($2,470)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 5 of 153

George Kraynak – 6th Place


George Kraynak raised all in for about 40,000 from the hijack and Barak Zaken called from the big blind.

Kraynak: 9h3d
Zaken: KsJh

The board came down 4sJc4c6cAd, no help to Kraynak, ending his run in sixth place.

Barak Zaken – 310,000 (8 big bets)
George Kraynak – Eliminated in 6th Place ($2,470)

Event 3: Michael Wang – 7th Place ($1,925)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 6 of 153


Michael Wang: XxXx / 5cQc8s
George Kraynak: XxXx / 6hKd3h

Michael Wang was all in on fifth street against George Kraynak.

Wang: JsJc / 5cQc8s
Kraynak: QdQh / 6hKd3h

Here were the rest of their runouts:

Wang: JsJc / 5cQc8sAh / 9s
Kraynak: QdQh / 6hKd3h10s / 6d

Kraynak made queens and sixes on seventh street, and Wang was unable to catch better to bust in seventh place.

George Kraynak – 180,000 (6 big bets)
Michael Wang – Eliminated in 7th Place ($1,925)

Event 3: Dustin Bryan – 8th Place ($1,450)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 7 of 153

Dustin Bryan – 8th Place


George Kraynak: XxXx / Kh5s7h6d / Xx
Dustin Bryan: XxXx / 4s3d8c9h / Xx
Robert Leff: XxXx / 9cQdJc9s / Xx

George Kraynak completed on third street, Dustin Bryan raised, Robert Leff called and Kraynak called.

Kraynak checked on fourth street with the on-board lead, Bryan bet his remaining 15,000 and both Leff and Kronyak called.

The rest of the action was checked down.

Leff showed 8h8dAd for nines and eights, Kraynak mucked, and the all-in Bryan showed 7c7dAs for a second-best pair of sevens, ending his tournament in eighth place.

Robert Leff – 610,000 (20 big bets)
George Kraynak – 100,000 (3 big bets)
Dustin Bryan – Eliminated in 8th Place ($1,450)