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.


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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)