Gary Kosakowski Wins His First SHRP Major Series Trophy in Event 11 for $8,645

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry)
Entries:  81
Prize Pool:  $27,135
March 29, 2022

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Event 11 Champion Gary Kosakowski

Event 11 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown was the $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry). A field of 81 entries generated a prize pool of $27,135, and outlasting them all was Gary Kosakowski, earning $8,645 for the victory.

“It feels good, man. It’s my first Hard Rock trophy,” said Kosakowski afterward. “I just moved down to Florida from New Jersey for work. I’m off Monday and Tuesdays, so I said lemme go play some tournaments, so I came over here and won. This place is the best.”

Kosakowski had close calls in prior SHRP major series, finishing runner-up in a $300 H.O.R.S.E. at the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open, and a third-place finish in a $360 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament at the 2018 Poker Showdown. The victory also puts Kosakowski above the $650,000 mark in live career tournament winnings, according to the Hendon Mob poker database.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount

Event 11: Gary Kosakowski Wins! ($8,645); Phil Hui Finishes in 2nd Place ($5,290)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  1 of 81

Gary Kosakowski

About five minutes after the elimination of Salvatore Pipitone in third place, Gary Kosakowski outlasted Phil Hui heads-up for the win, his first SHRP major series trophy, and $8,645.

Hui finished in second place for $5,290.

A recap of the tournament will be posted later tonight.

Phil Hui

Event 11: Salvatore Pipitone – 3rd Place ($3,290)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 81

Omaha 8

Sal Pipitone grinded a short stack for all of the lengthy five-handed battle and down before ultimately busting in third place.

On his final hand, he was already all in from the big blind with Ac8d5s3c. Unfortunately for him, Phil Hui had AsAd5d4d in the small blind.

The board ran out QcQhAd6h3s, giving Hui aces full of queens along with a six-five low to eliminate Pipitone in third place.

Gary Kosakowski  –  790,000  (20 big bets)
Phil Hui  –  182,000  (5 big bets)
Salvatore Pipitone  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($3,290)

Event 11: Matthew Wolfson – 4th Place ($2,225)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  3 of 81

Matthew Wolfson

Omaha 8

Phil Hui raised to 40,000 from under the gun and Matthew Wolfson called all in for 35,000 from the big blind.

Hui:  AcAs3d2h
Wolfson:  KsQc7c5c

The board ran out 8c8d5s2sJc, giving Hui aces and eights with the nut low, eliminating Wolfson in fourth place.

Phil Hui  –  280,000  (7 big bets)
Matthew Wolfson  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($2,225)

Event 11: Russell Clayton – 5th Place ($1,700)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  4 of 81

Russell Clayton

Omaha 8

Matthew Wolfson raised all in for 23,000 from under the gun, Russell Clayton called from the small blind, and Gary Kosakowski called from the big blind.

The flop was Qs6s3s, Clayton bet 20,000, Kosakowski raised to 40,000, and Clayton called all in for less.

Kosakowski:  JdJs10c8s
Clayton:  KdQh5s4d
Wolfson:  AcJc10h2c

Kosakowski flopped a flush and locked up the high when the Jh fell on the turn, while the 4h river gave Wolfson the nut low.

Clayton was left empty-handed, out in fifth place for $1,700.

Gary Kosakowski  –  655,000  (16 big bets)
Matthew Wolfson  –  35,000  (< 1 big bet)
Russell Clayton  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($1,700)