Come to Mixed Games for the Camaraderie, Stay for the Trophy; Chris Labrie Wins the First Trophy of His Poker Career in Omaha 8/Stud 8

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

Chris Labrie
Event 8 Champion Chris Labrie

“The camaraderie of players in mixed games is why I quit hold’em years ago.”

That quote came from Chris Labrie of Tampa, Florida, after winning the $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (OE) event Friday night in a five-way deal. It was the first trophy of Labrie’s poker career.

“I really appreciate all the guys I’ve played with over the years that have really helped me improve my game,” said Labrie. “Honestly, I wouldn’t be here without them. I’ve just been blessed.”

A game like OE has a much different vibe than the hold’em events that attract massive fields, and that’s part of the appeal for Labrie.

“When you play in a hold’em field, you can sit at a table and not know half the players,” said Labrie. “But in these kind of games, you know everybody. You may not know their names, but you’ve at least played with them before.”

On the flip side, those same factors often lead to stronger competition.

“It was a really tough final table,” said Labrie. ” The lead changed many times, and I was very impressed with everybody at the table. I didn’t think I was going to end up here, because I really wasn’t near the top in chips until the end.”

Labrie called out one of his opponents as particularly tough — runner-up Miami John Cernuto, a poker legend with three WSOP bracelets and more than $6 million in career earnings.

Labrie also praised Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

“The staff and dealers here are fabulous,” said Labrie. “To win here for the first time is as good as it gets. I just got back from Vegas, but far and away I love coming down here.

“Hopefully this is the first trophy of many to come,” said Labrie.


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1ChrisLabrie$5,328*
2JohnCernuto$4,754*
3ShaneDaniels$4,010*
4BobbyLeff$3,814*
5SteveAllen$3,344*
6HoytVerner$1,360
7MichaelDreese$1,125
8TomWalter$950
9MartyRaschkovan$875
10LennySt. Germain$815
11MatthewWolfson$380
12KevinLove$380

* Indicates results of a five-way deal.

Event 8: Chris Labrie Wins in a Five-Way ICM Deal

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  5 of 81

Chris Labrie
Event 8 Champion Chris Labrie

The final five players returned from a break and quickly agreed to an ICM deal to split up the remaining prizepool. These were their official chip counts:

1.  Chris Labrie  –  278,000  (6 BB)
2.  Miami John Cernuto  –  234,000  (5 BB)
3.  Shane Daniels  –  177,000  (4 BB)
4.  Bobby Leff  –  162,000  (3 BB)
5.  Steve Allen  –  126,000  (3 BB)

As chipleader, Chris Labrie was declared the champion, receiving the title and the trophy. Here are the modified payouts they agreed to:

1st:  Chris Labrie  –  $5,328 + SHRPO trophy
2nd:  Miami John Cernuto  –  $4,754
3rd:  Shane Daniels  –  $4,010
4th:  Bobby Leff  –  $3,814
5th:  Steve Allen  –  $3,344

Congratulations to Chris Labrie!

Stay tuned for a recap from this event, which will be posted later tonight.

Miami John Cernuto
Runner-Up Miami John Cernuto

Event 8: Hoyt Verner – 6th Place ($1,360)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  20,000/40,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  5 of 81

Hoyt Verner
Hoyt Verner

During a round of Stud-8, Bobby Leff limped for 20,000, Hoyt Verner raised all in for 35,000, and Leff called.

Bobby Leff:  (Ac9c)  Ah9s8c9d  (As)
Hoyt Verner:  (Jh2h)  6h10h5c6d  (Kd)

Leff started off with split aces to put him in the lead, and picked up two pair on 4th street, while Verner improved to a heart flush draw with three cards to come.

But Leff made a full house on 6th street, nines full of aces, to clinch the pot. When the final cards were dealt, Verner wasn’t able to complete his flush anyway.

Leff won the pot with an even better full house, aces full of nines, to eliminate Verner in sixth place.

Bobby Leff  –  162,000  (4 BB)
Hoyt Verner  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($1,360)

With five players remaining from a field of 81 entries, the average chip stack is around 194,000 (5 Big Bets). The remaining players are guaranteed at least $1,700 each.

Event 8: Michael Dreese – 7th Place ($1,125)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  15,000/30,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  6 of 81

Michael Dreese
Michael Dreese

During a round of Stud-8, Steve Allen limped for 15,000, Michael Dreese moved all in for 20,000, and Allen called.

Michael Dreese:  (As9c)  8dKc9s10c  (3h)
Steve Allen:  (Ah3s)  AcJd6s10s  (5h)

Allen started off with split aces on 3rd street for a pretty big lead, and Dreese picked up a pair of nines on 5th street to pick up some outs for the high, but disqualify him for the low.

Allen’s split aces held up the entire way for him to win the pot and eliminate Dreese in seventh place.

Steve Allen  –  220,000  (7 BB)
Michael Dreese  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($1,125)

With six players remaining from a field of 81 entries, the average chip stack is around 162,000 (5 Big Bets). The remaining players are guaranteed at least $1,360 each.

Event 8: Tom Walter – 8th Place ($950)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  12,000/24,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  7 of 81

Tom Walter
Tom Walter

During a round of Stud-8, Hoyt Verner bet 12,000 on 4th street, Tom Walter called, and Shane Daniels called.

On 5th street, Verner bet 24,000, Walter raised all in for 32,000, and Daniels folded. Verner called, and they turned over their hole cards.

Hoyt Verner:  (AdAc)  Js8d7s10h  (9h)
Tom Walter:  (6s3d)  4sQs7cJd  (Ks)
Shane Daniels:  (XxXx)  2cQh10s

Verner started with aces in the hole, and then his next five cards brought him a jack-high straight.

Meanwhile, Walter started with a 6-4-3, and picked up a 7-6 low draw on fifth street, but couldn’t find another low card.

Walter finished with nothing but king high, and Verner won the pot with his jack-high straight to eliminate Walter in eighth place.

Hoyt Verner  –  230,000  (10 BB)
Shane Daniels  –  180,000  (8 BB)
Tom Walter  –  Eliminated in 8th Place  ($950)

With seven players remaining from a field of 81 entries, the average chip stack is around 139,000 (6 Big Bets). The remaining players are guaranteed at least $1,125 each.