Ivan Ruban Wins the $1,100 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em Event Outright for $107,125

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 39
$1,100 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  563
Prize Pool:  $563,000
August 8-9, 2022

Ivan Ruban

Event 39 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was the $1,100 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). The tournament drew 563 entries, generating a prize pool of $563,000. Taking it down was Ivan Ruban, winning outright for $107,125.

“It feels good to win this tournament,” said Ruban afterward. “I hope to do it again soon.”

Ruban finished Day 1 on top of the chip counts by a healthy margin of 35 big blinds, leading the 17 players who returned on Day 2. He coasted to the final table, and once there stayed out of the way for the most part as players began to fall.

With four players remaining, Ruban picked up pocket aces in back-to-back hands, doubling up into a commanding chip lead thanks to a set-over-set showdown. He then added to it by eliminating Gary Gelman in fourth place moments later.

Ruban began heads-up play against 2013 SHRPO champion Blair Hinkle with nearly a 4:1 chip lead and closed it out after making a full house in a limped pot, earning the outright victory.

Ruban, a native of Moscow, Russia, recently moved to South Florida and has registered several cashes at the Seminole Hard Rock in those few months. This marks his second-largest live career tournament score and pushes him past the $420,000 mark in total live earnings according to the Hendon Mob poker database.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1IvanRuban$107,125
2BlairHinkle$73,425
3GeorgeDolofan$48,500
4GaryGelman$34,360
5KharlinSued$26,385
6NelliePark$21,700
7KevinNaim$18,000
8ZoltanCzinkota$14,325
9SohebPorbandarwala$10,760
10RoniZelichonok$10,760
11SeanShah$8,900
12MichaelWadlow$8,900
13SteveKarp$7,125
14JoshDaff$7,125
15YejunKim$7,125
16BorjaIglesias$5,940
17JordanMiller$5,940
18PaulDomb$5,940
19KevinBlewitt$5,015
20JoseRuiz$5,015
21WillGivens$5,015
22AntonioMallol$4,165
23ManuelAmaro Alvarez$4,165
24FilippKhavin$4,165
25LeviBerger$3,555
26JeremyBecker$3,555
27BobMather$3,555
28ParkerLaneyherdt$2,955
29BradleyCoultas$2,955
30BrianHastings$2,955
31SamuelLaskowitz$2,955
32BrandonNavarrete$2,955
33PhilHui$2,955
34DanielPearlman$2,955
35StevenMcKoy$2,955
36JuliaBindelglass$2,955
37ScottZakheim$2,575
38MarcSchiller$2,575
39TuanPhan$2,575
40RudyCervantes$2,575
41MarcoRodriguez$2,575
42NicholasZautra$2,575
43DavidWilliams$2,575
44MichaelAmato$2,575
45ShangDai$2,575
46AlejandroFunes$2,250
47IraSchwartz$2,250
48EricPhillips$2,250
49BinDuan$2,250
50JosephLiberta$2,250
51PasqualeCaiazza$2,250
52RonaldSullivan$2,250
53JeffreyBlenkarn$2,250
54JamesCaleraro$2,250
55RyanVan Sanford$2,000
56AshrafChehata$2,000
57JavierZarco$2,000
58MichaelMann$2,000
59TaylorHart$2,000
60RichardRice$2,000
61LukeSpeer$2,000
62ChristopherMeyers$2,000
63AlaikseiTsiareshka$2,000
64MarcusStein$1,805
65RafaelLima$1,805
66DavidKahan$1,805
67VictorFigueroa$1,805
68VincentChauve$1,805
69TuanPham$1,805
70JasonUnger$1,805
71DarrenRabinowitz$903
72CarlosVelasco$902

Event 39: Ivan Ruban Wins! ($107,125); Blair Hinkle Eliminated in 2nd Place ($73,425)

$1,100 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 563

Ivan Ruban

Blair Hinkle limped on the button and Ivan Ruban checked his option in the big blind.

They checked to the turn of a Qh4c2d8d board where Hinkle bet 225,000. Ruban check-raised to 675,000 and Hinkle called.

The river was the 4s, Ruban shoved for effectively 1,700,000, and Hinkle thought for a bit before he called with Js8s for eights and fours.

Ruban tabled 8c4h for a full house, fours full of eights, to win the pot and the $1,100 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em event outright for $107,125.

Blair Hinkle, the original SHRPO champion, finished runner-up for $73,425.

Blair Hinkle

Event 39: George Dolofan – 3rd Place ($48,500)

$1,100 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 563

George Dolofan

After a chop and a double, George Dolofan raised all in for 225,000 from the button. Ivan Ruban called in the small blind and Blair Hinkle called in the big blind.

They checked to the river of a KdJh7c5s2h board where Hinkle isolated the pot with a bet and showed 7d2d for sevens and deuces, besting Dolofan’s Ks6s.

Dolofan finished in third place for $48,500.

Ivan Ruban  –  8,900,000  (89 bb)
Blair Hinkle  –  2,350,000  (24 bb)
George Dolofan  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($48,500)

Event 39: Gary Gelman – 4th Place ($34,360)

$1,100 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 563

Gary Gelman

On the next hand after the set-over-set confrontation, Gary Gelman raised all in for about 1,600,000 from UTG/cutoff and Ivan Ruban called from the button. With a potential pay jump in play, George Dolofan folded his big blind with just 75,000 behind.

Gelman showed Ac8c, but Ruban tabled AhAs for the second hand in a row.

The board ran out QhJh10c2c8h, safe for Ruban to eliminate Gelman in fourth place.

Ivan Ruban  –  7,850,000  (79 bb)
Gary Gelman  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($34,360)

Event 39: Ivan Ruban on The Right Side of Set Over Set

$1,100 Big 4 No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 563

Ivan Ruban

George Dolofan raised to 300,000 from UTG/cutoff, Ivan Ruban three-bet to 975,000 from the small blind, and Dolofan called.

The flop came down Ac9h6h, Ruban continued for 425,000, Dolofan raised all in with a covering stack, and Ruban called all in for 2,425,000 with AhAd for a set of aces. Dolofan showed 6d6c for a set of sixes.

The As turn locked it up for Ruban with quad aces, rendering the 2c river moot.

Ivan Ruban  –  7,000,000  (70 bb)
George Dolofan  –  275,000  (3 bb)