Sheila O’Connor Wins Event 11 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Three-Way Deal

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$400 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries:  124
Prize Pool:  $41,540
July 30, 2022

Event 11 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was a $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry). A field of 124 entries created a prize pool of $41,540. A three-way deal took place, and as the chip leader it was Sheila O’Connor who was the official Event 11 winner, earning $10,000 for the victory.

“This is my home casino, even though it’s two hours away,” said O’Connor afterward. “I live in Fort Myers Beach, but I like to play cash here. I never really play PLO8, just PLO, but I came in second once here, so it’s nice to win the trophy this time.”

The second-place finish O’Connor referred to was at the 2018 Showdown, when she finished runner-up in a $360 Pot-Limit Omaha for $5,090.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1SheilaO'Connor$10,000*
2Kevin M.Buck$7,000*
3JohnGoyette$6,825*
4StewartYancik$2,805
5SamSternfield$2,075
6GabeRamos$1,790
7PhilHui$1,545
8AlejandroEspaillat$1,370
9JayKerbel$1,205
10HarryEisenberg$1,205
11EricTang$1,060
12AaronKlausman$1,060
13BrandonBerkenfeld$925
14CharlesMayes$925
15SalvatorePipitone$875
16MarkMcGarity$875

*denotes three-handed deal

Event 11: We Have a Deal!

$400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  15,000/30,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 124

After playing three-handed for a few minutes, the remaining three players agreed to a deal.

Here were their chip counts at the time:

Sheila O’Connor  –  965,000  (32 bb)
Kevin M. Buck  –   492,000  (16 bb)
John Goyette  –  404,000  (13 bb)

Here were the resulting payouts:

Sheila O’Connor  –  $10,000
Kevin M. Buck  –   $7,000
John Goyette  –  $6,825

As the chip leader, Sheila O’Connor is the official winner of Event 11 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

A recap of the event will be published later tonight.

Event 11: Stewart Yancik – 4th Place ($2,805)

$400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  15,000/25,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 124

Stewart Yancik

Sheila O’Connor raised to 90,000 from UTG/cutoff, Stewart Yancik called all in for 85,000 from the small blind, and John Goyette called from the big blind.

The flop was AcQh8c, Goyette checked, O’Connor bet the pot of 265,000, and Goyette folded.

O’Connor:  AsKc8d2d
Yancik:  7c6c5c4h

Yancik had a low draw and flush draw while O’Connor had aces and eights.

The turn was the 9c to give Yancik the lead with a flush, but the river was the 8s to give O’Connor a winning full house.

Sheila O’Connor  –  1,020,000  (41 bb)
Stewart Yancik  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($2,805)

Event 11: Sam Sternfield – 5th Place ($2,075)

$400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  15,000/25,000
Players Remaining:  4 of 124

Sam Sternfield

Sheila O’Connor limped from the button, Sam Sternfield potted from the big blind, and O’Connor called.

The flop was 3c5d3s, Sternfield bet his remaining 130,000-ish, and O’Connor called with As7s4d3h for trip threes with the second best low draw.

Sternfield tabled AdQdQh4s for a pair of queens with the same low draw.

The turn was the Qc, vaulting Sternfield into the lead with queens full of threes, but the river was the 3d to give O’Connor quad threes, eliminating Sternfield in fifth place.

Sheila O’Connor  –  820,000  (33 bb)
Sam Sternfield  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($2,075)

Event 11: Gabe Ramos – 6th Place ($1,790)

$400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  10,000/20,000
Players Remaining:  5 of 124

Gabe Ramos

John Goyette opened to 70,000 from the hijack and Gabe Ramos called from the small blind.

They checked to the turn of an AcJc10c3h board where Goyette bet 100,000. Ramos thought for a while before he check-raised all in for about 130,000 total.

“I smashed it,” said Goyette, as he called and tabled AdAhKc5c for the nut flush.

“Nice hand,” said Ramos, who was drawing dead with AsKs6d3s.

The river was an irrelevant 3d, giving both full houses, but Goyette had aces full to eliminate Ramos in sixth place.

John Goyette  –  770,000  (39 bb)
Gabe Ramos  – Eliminated in 6th Place  ($1,790)