Phil Hui Comes Back From a 10-to-1 Deficit to Win the H.O.R.S.E. Title and His Fifth SHR Trophy

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 19
$600 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Entries:  86
Prize Pool:  $45,150
August 1-2, 2022

Event 19 Champion Phil Hui
Event 19 Champion Phil Hui

Phil Hui is one of the winningest players in Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood history, but when he was down 10-to-1 in chips in Event 19 ($600 H.O.R.S.E.), it looked like he wouldn’t be winning another trophy today.

“Heads-up I got down to about two bets at one point,” said Hui. “So I felt like it was over then, but I ran hot in limit hold’em right after that last hand of Stud-8.”

The Stud-8 hand that knocked Hui down (click here for details) had both of them turning over two pair at showdown, but Lazaro Rodriguez’s nines up beat Hui’s sixes up. (Neither player made a low.)

That left Hui with two big bets as the game switched to limit Hold’em. Hui flopped two pair on the first hand of Hold’em to double up to four big bets. He then won the next two pots to reach seven big bets, and suddenly he was back in contention with some chips to work with.

A few hands later, Hui was dealt pocket aces (click here for details), and they held up with betting on every street to give Hui the lead.

They went thru all five games before returning to Stud-8.

Hui had more than a 2-to-1 chip lead when they played a pot to showdown, and Hui turned over a rivered flush to win the entire pot. (Hui didn’t have a low, and Rodriguez mucked.) That hand knocked Rodriguez all the way down to 1/10th of a big bet. (Click here for details.)

Rodriguez won the next hand to double up to 2/10ths of a big bet, but the hand after that would be the final showdown.

Rodriguez got it all in on third street, and both players picked up straight draws on fourth street. Rodriguez took the lead with a pair on fifth and two pair on sixth, but on seventh street, Hui caught a ten to complete his ace-high straight to knock out Rodriguez and win the title.

This is the fifth Seminole Hard Rock trophy for Hui, and the seventh for him and his wife Loni, who has two trophies of her own. They live nearby, and are regulars here for all the big tournament series.

“I love playing here,” said Hui. “It’s the best.”


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1PhilHui$14,460
2LazaroRodriguez$8,805
3ChristinaHill$5,475
4AaronKupin$3,700
5HarrisonLuba$2,825
6ScottBaumstein$2,255
7MichaelDreese$1,875
8SamuelSternfield$1,580
9AndrewKelsall$1,455
10DavidShmuel$1,455
11YuvalBronshtein1,265

Event 19: Phil Hui Wins the $600 H.O.R.S.E. Title ($14,460); Lazaro Rodriguez Finishes as Runner-Up ($8,805)

$600 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  40,000/80,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 86

Event 19 Champion Phil Hui
Event 19 Champion Phil Hui

Phil Hui and Lazaro Rodriguez continued to battle, going back-and-forth a while, but with neither player catching much momentum.

Then Hui opened up a more than 2-to-1 chip lead during Stud Hi-Lo.

Phil Hui:  (XxXx)  3cQc9s3s  (Xx)
Lazaro Rodriguez:  (XxXx)  4cJd7d10d  (Xx)

3rd Street:  Both players put in 10,000 each.

4th Street:  Both players checked.

5th Street:  Hui checked, Rodriguez bet 80,000, and Hui check-raised to 160,000. Rodriguez called.

6th Street:  Hui bet 80,000, and Rodriguez tanked for a while before he called.

7th Street:  Hui bet 80,000, and Rodriguez tanked for a long time before he called, leaving himself just 9,000 behind.

Phil Hui:  (QsJs2s)  3cQc9s3s

Hui turned over three spades in the hole for a queen-high flush with no qualifying low. Rodriguez mucked, and Hui won the pot.

Phil Hui  –  1,277,000  (16 BB)
Lazaro Rodriguez  –  9,000  (0.1 BB)

Rodriguez was all in for the ante on the next hand, and won the pot to double up to 19,000. (Even though Rodriguez couldn’t complete the ante, Hui had to put in the full 10K.)

The next hand after that, Rodriguez was all in on 3rd street for what would be the final hand.

Phil Hui:  (AcQc)  JsKd7h4s  (10s)
Lazaro Rodriguez:  (Jh8d)  10d9c9dJc  (6s)

Both players had straight draws on 4th street, and Rodriguez picked up a pair on 5th street and two pair on 6th street.

But Hui rivered a ten to win the pot for an ace-high straight, and Rodriguez finished with two pair, jacks and nines. Hui won the pot, the title, and the trophy.

Congratulations to Phil Hui!

1st:  Phil Hui  –  $14,460 + SHRPO trophy
2nd:  Lazaro Rodriguez  –  $8,805
3rd:  Christina Hill  –  $5,475
4th:  Aaron Kupin  –  $3,700
5th:  Harrison Luba  –  $2,825
6th:  Scott Baumstein  –  $2,255
7th:  Michael Dreese  –  $1,875

Lazaro Rodriguez
Runner-Up Lazaro Rodriguez

Event 19: Pocket Aces Propel Phil Hui Into the Lead Over Lazaro Rodriguez

$600 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  30,000/60,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 86

Phil Hui
Phil Hui

After Phil Hui was knocked down to 116,000, the game switched to Hold’em, and in that first hand, Lazaro Rodriguez limped for 30,000, and Phil Hui checked his option.

The flop came 9s7c3d, Hui checked, Rodriguez bet 30,000, Hui check-raised to 60,000, and Rodriguez called.

The turn card was the 5c, Hui moved all in for 26,000, and Rodriguez called with 6d3h for a pair of threes with a double-gutshot straight draw.

Hui turned over 9d3c for two pair, nines and threes, and needed his handt o hold to stay alive.

The river card was the Kh, and Hui won the pot to double up in chips.

Phil Hui  –  232,000  (4 BB)
Lazaro Rodriguez  –  1,054,000  (18 BB)


Hui took the next pot on the flop, and then bet every street on the next hand on a board of 8c7h2c7cAd. Rodriguez folded, and Hui took his third pot in a row to reach 412,000.

Phil Hui  –  412,000  (7 BB)
Lazaro Rodriguez  –  874,000  (15 BB)

A few hands later, Rodriguez limped for 30,000, Hui raised to 60,000, and Rodriguez called.

The flop came 10c7c3d, Hui bet 30,000, Rodriguez raised to 60,000, and Hui called.

The turn card paired the board with the 7h, Hui checked, Rodriguez bet 60,000, and Hui check-raised to 120,000. Rodriguez called.

The river card was the Jd, Hui bet 60,000, and Rodriguez thought for a while before he called. Hui showed AdAc to win the pot with two pair, aces and sevens, and Rodriguez mucked.

That pot pushed Hui into the chip lead.

Phil Hui  –  725,000  (12 BB)
Lazaro Rodriguez  –  560,000  (9 BB)


Here are the remaining payouts at stake:

1st:  $14,460 + SHRPO trophy
2nd:  $8,805

Event 19: Lazaro Rodriguez Takes a 10-to-1 Lead Over Phil Hui

$600 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  30,000/60,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 86

Lazaro Rodriguez
Lazaro Rodriguez

The heads-up H.O.R.S.E. battle between Phil Hui and Lazaro Rodriguez started with a swing in Rodriguez’s favor. The action started at the beginning of Level 23, with blinds at 25,000-50,000.

During a round of Omaha-8, Rodriguez took a more than 2-to-1 chip lead.

Lazaro Rodriguez  –  935,000  (19 BB)
Phil Hui  –  350,000  (7 BB)

Hui battled back to narrow the gap after that, but was still behind Rodriguez.

After the blinds increased to 30,000-60,000, they battled to showdown in a hand of Stud Hi-Lo.

Lazaro Rodriguez:  (XxXx)  5cAh5d9s  (Xx)
Phil Hui:  (XxXx)  Js2c2dQd  (Xx)

3rd Street:  Both players put in 30,000 each.

4th Street:  Rodriguez bet 30,000, and Hui called.

5th Street:  Rodriguez bet 60,000, and Hui called.

6th Street:  Rodriguez bet 60,000, and Hui called.

7th Street:  Both players checked.

Lazaro Rodriguez:  (9c8h2h)  5cAh5d9s
Phil Hui:  (8d6s6c)  Js2c2dQd

Neither player had a qualifying low. Hui showed two pair, sixes and deuces, with no qualifying low, but Rodriguez turned over a higher two pair, nines and fives, to win the pot and knock Hui down to just two big bets.

Lazaro Rodriguez  –  1,170,000  (20 BB)
Phil Hui  –  116,000  (2 BB)

Here are the remaining payouts at stake:

1st:  $14,460 + SHRPO trophy
2nd:  $8,805

Event 19: Phil Hui Leads Lazaro Rodriguez at the Start of Heads-Up Play

$600 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 86

Phil Hui and Lazaro Rodriguez Heads-Up in HORSE
Phil Hui (left) and Lazaro Rodriguez (right) battle heads-up for the H.O.R.S.E. title.

After the elimination of Christina Hill in third players, it was time for a 10-minute break, giving us a chance to get official chip counts for the start of heads-up play:

Phil Hui  –  696,000  (14 BB)
Lazaro Rodriguez  –  590,000  (12 BB)

And here are the final table payouts:

1st:  $14,460 + SHRPO trophy
2nd:  $8,805

3rd:  Christina Hill  –  $5,475
4th:  Aaron Kupin  –  $3,700
5th:  Harrison Luba  –  $2,825
6th:  Scott Baumstein  –  $2,255
7th:  Michael Dreese  –  $1,875