Aaron Kupin Wins His First Seminole Hard Rock Trophy in Omaha-8, a Game He’s Been Playing Since Childhood

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 5
$600 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries:  109
Prize Pool:  $57,225
July 28, 2022

Aaron Kupin
Event 5 Champion Aaron Kupin

“I’ve been playing Omaha hi-lo since I was a kid,” said Aaron Kupin. “It’s one of my favorite games.”

So it’s fitting that Kupin won his first poker trophy at his home casino (Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood) in Event 5, $600 Limit Omaha 8.

“I used to live near Seminole Coconut Creek,” said Kupin, “and they always had this $110 Omaha-8 tournament on Wednesdays. I would go and play and I was the youngest person there, usually by about 40 years.”

Kupin began this final table with a massive chip lead — he had about 39% of all the chips in play with nine players left. His stack didn’t change much as the next five players were knocked out, but Kupin still held onto the lead with four players left.

“I had one big hand against Donny [Rubinstein],” said Kupin, “where he three-bet aces in the big blind and I just flopped and turned the world. I feel like that was the pivotal hand, and I just ran away with it from there.”

Kupin went on to eliminate Rubinstein in third place, and began heads-up play with a 2.6-to-1 lead over eventual runner-up Matthew Wolfson. But Wolfson couldn’t pick up any momentum, and 10 minutes later, the tournament ended when Kupin spiked a king on the river to win the final hand with two pair.

“I’ve definitely wanted a trophy for a while,” said Kupin. “I was a runner-up once, so I came close. Every series I play the majority of tournaments, and I’ve been hunting for one for a while. Not to sound arrogant, but I knew it was coming. I’m just happy; I feel blessed.”

Poker isn’t the only thing going well for Kupin at the moment.

“I appreciate everything going on in my life right now,” said Kupin. “I feel comfortable with my friends, my relationship, my hobbies. Everything’s going great.”


Final Results:

PlaceNameWinnings
1Aaron Kupin$17,015
2Matthew Wolfson$10,585
3Donny Rubinstein$6,300
4Kevin M. Buck$4,150
5David Snitkin$3,205
6Jason Papastavrou$2,635
7Dominic Granteed$2,230
8Chris Labrie$1,945
9Gabe Ramos$1,720
10Steve Ekin$1,720
11Hoyt Verner$1,515
12Michael Deveronica$1,515
13Jeff Cookson$1,345
14Shane Daniels$1,345

Event 5: Aaron Kupin Wins Outright ($17,015); Matthew Wolfson Finishes 2nd ($10,585)

$600 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  30,000/60,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  1 of 109

Aaron Kupin
Aaron Kupin

Shortly after heads-up play began, Matthew Wolfson jokingly pitched a deal where Aaron Kupin would take the full first-place prize money, but Wolfson would get the title and the trophy.

“This is my home casino,” said Wolfson, “and I don’t have a trophy.”

Kupin replied, “This is my home casino too, and I don’t have a trophy either.

“But you’re a better poker player than me,” said Wolfson. “You’ll win one eventually.”

About 10 minutes into heads-up play, Wolfson got it all in preflop from the big blind for 80,000.

Aaron Kupin:  Kc10c5c3c
Matthew Wolfson:  Qc8s7h4h

The board came 6h6c4sQhKh, and with no possible lows, Kupin won the pot — plus the title, $17,015, and his first Seminole Hard Rock trophy — with two pair, kings and sixes.

Matthew Wolfson finished as the runner-up, earning $10,585.

Congratulations to Aaron Kupin!

1st:  Aaron Kupin  –  $17,015 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  Matthew Wolfson  –  $10,585
3rd:  Donny Rubinstein  –  $6,300
4th:  Kevin M. Buck  –  $4,150
5th:  David Snitkin  –  $3,205
6th:  Jason Papastavrou  –  $2,635
7th:  Dominic Granteed  –  $2,230
8th:  Chris Labrie  –  $1,945
9th:  Gabe Ramos  –  $1,720
10th:  Steve Ekin  –  $1,720
11th:  Hoyt Verner  –  $1,515
12th:  Michael Deveronica  –  $1,515
13th:  Jeff Cookson  –  $1,345
14th:  Shane Daniels  –  $1,345

Matthew Wolfson
Runner-Up Matthew Wolfson

Event 5: Donny Rubinstein – 3rd Place ($6,300)

$600 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  30,000/60,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 109

Donny Rubinstein
Donny Rubinstein

Donny Rubinstein (big blind) and Aaron Kupin (button) played a hand to the river on a board of 5s4c3c4dKd, and built up a pot worth about 400,000.

At showdown, Kupin turned over Ad3d3h2s for a full house, threes full of fours, along with a 5-4 low. Rubinstein mucked, and Kupin scooped the pot to build his stack up near a million in chips.

Aaron Kupin  –  950,000  (19 BB)
Donny Rubinstein  –  285,000  (6 BB)

About 15 minutes later, Rubinstein lost a three-way pot and was left with just 15,000 in chips.

Rubinstein was forced all in from the big blind for 15,000, Kupin raised from the button to 60,000, and Matthew Wolfson folded.

Aaron Kupin:  AdAcKs8c
Donny Rubinstein:  AhKh9h9s

The board came Jd10d7s6cKd, and Rubinstein flopped a gutshot straight draw to potentially chop it, but only managed to pair his king on the river. There were no possible lows, and Kupin won the pot with his pocket aces to eliminate Rubinstein in third place.

Donny Rubinstein  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($6,300)

Here are the approximate chip counts for the start of heads-up play, followed by the remaining payouts:

Aaron Kupin  –  1,175,000  (20 BB)
Matthew Wolfson  –  450,000  (8 BB)

1st:  $17,015 + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  $10,585

Reminder:  In heads-up play, the button has the small blind and acts first before the flop.

Event 5: Kevin M. Buck – 4th Place ($4,150)

$600 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  3 of 109

Kevin M. Buck
Kevin M. Buck

Kevin M. Buck got it all in from the button for 105,000 against Matthew Wolfson in the cutoff, and they turned over their cards.

Matthew Wolfson:  AsQc4s3s
Kevin M. Buck:  AhKcJh3c

The board came Ac6s2h8h5d, and Wolfson rivered a wheel (five-high straight) to scoop the entire pot and eliminate Buck in fourth place.

Matthew Wolfson  –  575,000  (12 BB)
Kevin M. Buck  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($4,150)

With three players remaining from a field of 109, the average chip stack is around 0000000 (0000000 Big Bets). The remaining players are guaranteed at least $6,300 each.

Event 5: David Snitkin – 5th Place ($3,205)

$600 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  4 of 109

David Snitkin
David Snitkin

After a flop of 7d5c4d, David Snitkin bet 25,000 from the cutoff, and Donny Rubinstein called from the button.

The turn card was the Ac, Snitkin bet 50,000, Rubinstein raised, and Snitkin called all in.

Donny Rubinstein:  As8h6h6s  (eight-high straight, 8-6 low)
David Snitkin:  AdKd7s4s  (two pair, diamond flush draw)

The river card was the 10h, and Rubinstein scooped the pot with his straight and his 8-6 low to eliminate Snitkin in fifth place.

Donny Rubinstein  –  550,000  (11 BB)
David Snitkin  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($3,205)

With four players remaining from a field of 109, the average chip stack is around 410,000 (8 Big Bets). The remaining players are guaranteed at least $4,150 each.