Event 25: Donny Rubinstein wins Limit Omaha 8 Championship

2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 25
$1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship (Freeze-Out)
Entries: 87
Prize Pool:  $84,390
August 2-3, 2021

Donny Rubinstein, 2021 SHRPO Limit Omaha 8 Champion

The 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open rolled out the first $1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship and the players came out for the big game. The tournament drew 87 players to the freeze-out and mixed game specialist Donny Rubinstein walked away with the title along with $27,220.

“This field was full of multiple WSOP bracelet winners and cash game players that are crushers,” Rubinstein said about the Championship. “It was definitely tough.”

The field created a prize pool worth $84,390 for the biggest in our history. The last 11 players earned some money with Matthew Zazaian and David Scarpetta chopping up a min-cash when they went out on the same hand.

Last night players returned for the final table on Wednesday with Matthew Woodward leading. He continued to lead as tough players Yuval Bronshtein and James Calderaro were eliminated but that changed as the limits increased.

Woodward had to settle for fourth place money and he was followed by James Gunter in third. Rubinstein went into heads-up play against Jeter Brock with a big chip lead and the two decided to chop it up as the day drew longer.

Brock earned$16,455 for the runner-up finish and Rubinstein banked $27,220.

But that’s not it for Rubinstein, his series is not done despite his plan to skip the SHRPO Championship.

“I’ll be playing the H.O.R.S.E. (Championship) tomorrow,” Rubinstein said. “If you’re not studying GTO ten hours a day you’re dead money and I respect their skill.”

Congratulations to Donny and thanks to all the players for the great turnout.

Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1DonnyRubinstein$27,220
2JeterBrock$16,455
3JamesGunter$10,230
4MatthewWoodward$6,920
5NickMarsico$5,275
6JamesCalderaro$4,220
7AdamHutchinson$3,500
8YuvalBronshtein$2,955
9ShellyRoth$2,625
T10MatthewZazaian$1,183
T10DavidScarpetta$1,182

Event 25: Donny Rubinstein Wins After Heads-Up Deal

$1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  60,000/120,000 Limits

Donny Rubinstein

After a long grind and with the limits getting big, Donny Rubinstein and Jeter Brock decided to call it a day and chop it up. Rubinstein had a big lead and earned the SHRPO Limit Omaha 8 Championship along with $27,200.

Donny Rubinstein – 1,150,000
Jeter Brock – 585,888

1st: Donny Rubinstein – $27,220 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd: Jeter Brock – $16,455

Tournament report to follow.

Jeter Brock

Event 25: James Gunter – 3rd Place ($10,230)

$1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  50,000/100,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 87

James Gunter
James Gunter

Jeter Brock raised from the button to 100,000, James Gunter called from the small blind, and Donny Rubinstein reraised from the big blind to 150,000. Brock four-bet it to 200,000, and Gunter and Rubinstein both called.

The flop came Qc4h2h, Gunter checked, and Rubinstein bet 50,000. Brock folded, and Gunter called.

The turn card was the 7h, Gunter checked, Rubinstein bet 100,000, and Gunter called.

The river card paired the board with the 7s, Gunter checked, Rubinstein bet 100,000, and Gunter called all in for less.

Donny Rubinstein:  AsAhQd3d  (two pair, 7-4 low)
James Gunter:  8d6s5h2c  (eight high, 7-6 low)

Rubinstein scooped the pot with his two pair (aces and sevens) and his 7-4 low to eliminate Gunter in third place.

James Gunter  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($10,230)

Here are the approximate chip counts for the start of heads-up play:

Donny Rubinstein  –  1,450,000  (15 BB)
Jeter Brock  –  300,000  (3 BB)

And here are the remaining payouts at stake:

1st:  $27,220 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  $16,455

Event 25: Donny Rubenstein Doubles Through James Gunter

$1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  40,000/80,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  3 of 87

Donny Rubinstein

Donny Rubinstein raised his button and James Gunter came along from the big blind to see a AdJd8s flop. Gunter checked, Rubinstein bet, and Gunter called before the Jh river.

Gunter bet, Rubinstein raised for his last 155,000 and Gunter called.

Gunter: KdJs9s4s (trip jacks)
Rubinstein: AhAcKc7s (full house aces over jacks)

Rubinstein flopped top set, turned a full house, and Gunter had one out (the Jc for quads) but the 9h river was good for Rubinstein’s double.

Donny Rubinstein – 570,000 (7 bb)
James Gunter – 550,000 (7 bb)

Event 25: Matthew Woodward – 4th Place ($6,920)

$1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  3 of 87

Matt Woodward

Matthew Woodward raised from the button with 40,000 behind, James Gunter called in the big blind, and the flop came KhTh8d. Gunther checked, Woodward bet, and Gunter called. The turn was Ad, Gunther bet and Woodward called all in for his last 20,000.

Gunter: Ac8s7d3c (two pair aces and eights)
Woodward: 7h4s3d2h (flush draw, nut low draw)

Woodward had a lot of outs for a win or chop but the Js river scooped the pot for Gunter.

James Gunter – 620,000 (16 Big Bets)
Matthew Woodward – Eliminated in 4th Place ($6,920)

Event 25: Nick Marsico – 5th Place ($5,275)

$1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  4 of 87

Nick Marsico
Nick Marsico

After a flop of KsJs3c, Nick Marsico checked the small blind, Donny Rubinstein bet 20,000 from the button, and Marsico called. The turn card was the 10d, Marsico bet 40,000, and Rubinstein called.

The river card was the 9s, Marsico checked, Rubinstein bet 40,000, and Marsico thought for a bit before he called, leaving himself just 60K in his stack.

Donny Rubinstein:  AhAs7s4h  (ace-high flush)
Nick Marsico:  Ac4d3d2c  (pair of threes)

Donny Rubinstein  –  725,000  (18 BB)
Nick Marsico  –  60,000  (2 BB)

A few minutes later, after a flop of 8h7c5h, Marsico got it all in for his last 10,000 or so against James Gunter.

James Gunter:  10h8s7d6s  (two pair, straight draw)
Nick Marsico:  AdJsJd9c  (pair of jacks, gutshot straight draw)

The turn card was the 9s, the river card was the Kh. Neither player had a qualifying low, and Gunter won the pot with a ten-high straight to eliminate Marsico in fifth place.

James Gunter  –  380,000  (10 bb)
Nick Marsico  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($5,275)

Event 25: James Gunter Doubles Thru Matt Woodward

$1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  16,000/32,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  5 of 87

James Gunter
James Gunter

After a flop of Ks7h2s, James Gunter checked, the small blind, Matt Woodward bet 16,000 from the cutoff, and Gunter called.

The turn card was the Qh, Gunter checked, Woodward bet 32,000, and Gunter called.

The river card was the Jd, so there could be no qualifying low hands. Gunter checked, Woodward bet 32,000, and Gunter check-raised all in for 63,000. Woodward tanked for a long time before he called.

Matt Woodward:  KdQc4s2d  (two pair)
James Gunter:  Ah10s4c2h  (ace-high straight)

Gunter won the pot with his straight to double up in chips.

James Gunter  –  300,000  (9 BB)
Matt Woodward  –  500,000  (16 BB)

Event 25: James Calderaro – 6th Place ($4,220)

$1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  12,000/24,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  5 of 87

James Calderaro

With the board reading 9d8d4c9h, James Gunter checked, James Caldarero bet, and Gunter check-raised. Calderaro called, the river was 2s and Gunther bet all in for ~23,000. Calderaro called, Gunther showed 5s4s4d2d for a full house fours over nines and Calderaro mucked.

Calderaro was under 40,000 and found a couple chops and one small double before the next big hand. He raised his button, Matt Woodward three-bet, Calderaro put in a fourth bet and Woodward called to see the QsTc3h flop.

Woodward checked, Calderaro bet, Woodward check-raised, and Claderaro with 36,000 behind. The turn was Th, Woodward checked, Calderaro bet, Woodward put him all in and Calderaro called.

Calderaro: AsKs5c2s (gutshot draw)
Woodward: AhQdJs4h (top pair, flush draw/gutshot draw)

Woodward was ahead and Calderaro had only four outs to double up. The 7c river was no help and Calderaro was eliminated in sixth place.

Matt Woodward – 720,000 (30 bb)
James Calderaro – Eliminated in 6th Place ($4,220)

Event 25: Yuval Bronshtein – 8th Place ($2,955); Adam Hutchinson – 7th Place ($3,500)

$1,100 Limit Omaha 8 Championship (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  12,000/24,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  7 of 87

Yuval Bronshtein
Yuval Bronshtein

Nick Marsico raised from the button to 24,000, James Calderaro called from the small blind, and Yuval Bronshtein called all in from the big blind for about 10,000.

The flop came 9s3s2c, Calderaro checked, Marsico bet 12,000, and Calderaro folded. Marsico took the side pot.

For the main pot, the two remaining players flipped over their cards.

Nick Marsico:  8s6d3c2h  (two pair, 8-6 low draw)
Yuval Bronshtein:  AcKhJc8d  (ace high, 8-3 low draw)

The turn card was the 10h, the river card was the Ad, and Marsico scooped the pot with his two pair (threes and deuces) for the high side, and and 8-6 for the low side. Bronshtein was eliminated in eighth place.

Nick Marsico  –  410,000  (17 BB)
Yuval Bronshtein  –  Eliminated in 8th Place  ($2,955)

Adam Hutchinson
Adam Hutchinson

A few hands later, Adam Hutchinson was eliminated in seventh place.

Adam Hutchinson  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($3,500)