Event 11: Najeeb Reyes Ends Tournament Early with Win

2017 Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$365 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Entries: 145
Prize Pool: $43,500
October 1, 2017

Najeeb Reyes, Event 11 Champion

While the WSOP Circuit Main Event and High Roller were playing down in the ballroom, Event 11 finished earlier than expected in the meeting room. The $365 Single Re-Entry event was scheduled as a two-day tournament but Najeeb Reyes ended it early when he captured the WSOPC ring along with $12,181.

One of the last tournaments on the Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit schedule drew 145 entries creating a prize pool worth $43,500. It paid out the last 15 players and they were in the money soon after the dinner break.

The final table featured two-time WSOPC ring owner Bob Chow and SHRP regular Melisa Singh with her second cash of the series. Reyes began the final table with the chip lead and never relinquished it as players continued to drop at a steady pace.

Singh had the second biggest stack to start the final table and the two of played heads-up for the title. Singh was unable to overcome his huge chip advantage and had to settle for the $7,528 runner-up pay, good enough for the biggest tournament payout of the cash game players career.

Reyes, a mechanical engineer by trade, only began playing poker in 2015 and he was inspired to pick up the game after watching former SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen win an event. This is the first recorded tournament cash we can find for Reyes, there are few better ways to pick up a first cash then having a WSOPC ring come with it.

Event 11 results:
1st: Najeeb Reyes – $12,181
2nd: Melisa Singh – $7,528
3rd: Wayne Lovell – $5,434
4th: Paul Eastman – $3,993
5th: Robert Gianquitti – $2,985
6th: Bob Chow – $2,269
7th: Hossein Malekabadi – $1,754
8th: Tina Tellone – $1,378
9th: James Russ – $1,100
10th: Larry O’Brien – $892
11th: Carlos Sanchez Vegas Camacho – $892
12th: David Shmuel – $892
13th: Stephen Bierman – $734
14th: Doyle Elliott – $734
15th: Stephen Harris- $734

Event 11: Final Table Set

$365 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 18: 2,500/5,000 with a 1,000 ante | Payouts
Players Remaining: 10 of 145

The Event 11 field has played down from the starting 145 entries to the final table ten Najeeb Reyes and Melisa Singh holding the top two stacks.

Seat 1: Wayne Lovell – 182,000 (36 bb)
Seat 2: Ryan Gianquitti – 64,000 (13 bb)
Seat 3: Paul Eastman – 147,000 (29 bb)
Seat 4: Mike Russ – 85,000 (17 bb)
Seat 5: Melisa Singh – 245,500 (49 bb)
Seat 6: Tina Tellone – 78,500 (16 bb)
Seat 7: Hoss Malek – 68,500 (14 bb)
Seat 8: Bob Chow – 116,500 (23 bb)
Seat 9: Larry O’Brien – 80,000 (16 bb)
Seat 10: Najeeb Reyes – 354,500 (71 bb)

Remaining payouts:
1st – $12,181 + Gold Ring
2nd – $7,528
3rd – $5,434
4th – $3,993
5th – $2,985
6th – $2,269
7th – $1,754
8th – $1,378
9th – $1,100
10th – $892

Event 11: Prize Pool Final with $12K Up Top

$365 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)

Registration in Sunday’s 11am $365 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry) ring event is closed with 145 entries. The $43,500 prize pool pays the top 15 players at least $734. Payouts escalate from there and top out in the form of a $12,181 first prize. In addition, the winner earns a World Series of Poker Circuit gold ring.

Here are the details:

2017 Seminole Hard Rock WSOP Circuit
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$365 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Entries: 145
Prize Pool: $43,500
October 1-2, 2017

1st – $12,181 + Gold Ring
2nd – $7,528
3rd – $5,434
4th – $3,993
5th – $2,985
6th – $2,269
7th – $1,754
8th – $1,378
9th – $1,100
10th-12th – $892
13th-15th – $734

End-of-night chip counts will be posted when play concludes around midnight.

Event 11: $365 Single Re-Entry with a Gold Ring Up Top

$365 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50 | Structure

The clock strikes 11am in South Florida and Event 11 of the World Series of Poker Circuit at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is officially going. The $365 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament see its players sit to 10,000-chip starting stacks and they’re permitted a single re-entry. Registration is available until the start of Level 9 and play is scheduled to wrap following Level 21. Those still in return for Day 2 tomorrow at 1pm.

Here are the details:

11AM: Event 11 Day 1 – $365 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-18 last 30 minutes; Level 19+ last 45 minutes
  • Late registration/single re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 21 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 11 Structure Sheet

With Day 2 of the $1,675 Main Event kicking off at noon along with Day 1 of the $3,250 High Roller, much of our live reporting efforts will be concentrated there. For this $365, we’ll provide prize pool information after registration closes as well as post the end-of-night chip counts after play wraps.

Good luck, players!

WSOP Circuit Day 11 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 11 Day 1 – $365 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-18 last 30 minutes; Level 19+ last 45 minutes
  • Late registration/single re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 21 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 11 Structure Sheet

12PM: Main Event Day 2 – $1,675 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)

12PM: High Roller Day 1 – $3,250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $250,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 40-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 13
  • Day 1 will end after Level 15 or Tournament Director discretion
  • High Roller Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 47 – $350 High Roller Super Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into the $250K Guarantee High Roller
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 10-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 8
  • Satellite will be held in the Poker Room
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 47 Structure Sheet

11AM: Event 48 – $350 High Roller Super Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into the $250K Guarantee High Roller
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 10-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 8
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 48 Structure Sheet

7PM: Event 49 – $130 Nightly No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 8
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 49 Structure Sheet

Players are encouraged to park in Seminole Way Garage for easy, covered access to the tournament area and poker room
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Martin Kozlov Tops a Field of 887 to Win the SHRPO Championship and $754K at The Big 4

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$5,250 SHRPO Championship
$3 Million Guaranteed
Entries: 887
Prize Pool: $4,301,950
August 11-15, 2017

Martin Kozlov

After four days of poker, the final table of nine players emerged from a field of 887 in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship, and thanks to a quick play-down stretch on Day 3 the players returned on Tuesday with deep stacks for the final day of the event. That fact combined with 90 minute levels, made for an expectation of a long final table, and it played out true to form.

Martin Kozlov claimed the SHRPO Championship title, and $754,083 in prize money after more than 13 hours of play at the final table at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. “The title means a lot because now I’m even with [Patrick] Mahoney (2016 Rock N Roll Poker Open Championship winner), he won one last time so now he has no more bragging rights. And the money is sweet, it ends a down-swing so I can’t complain,” said Kozlov right after the win, but he was also quick to thank his friends on the rail. “Yeah, I mean without my rail I would have tilted it all off for sure,” said Kozlov.

The first four levels of play saw one player fall per level. Joe Kuether was the first to fall in ninth place, but he just made his way over to the $1,100 event final table that he was also playing out on the The Big 4 television set. As the Poker Night in America cameras continued to roll, Englishman Luke Brereton hit the rail next in eighth place. Poker professional Adam Levy fell in seventh place during the next level, and the chip leader at the start of play, Aaron Mermelstein, took his leave in sixth place during the level after that.

The pace of play slowed down even more during the five-handed battle . “They had The Big 4, and after two or three hours all the tables of the other three were down to four or five players, and it took us six hours to lose two players. It was super slow, and you just had to play it one hand at a time. The structure was so good you could afford to take some beats, you could afford to lose some pots. Patience was the most important thing I guess,” said Kozlov about the slow start.

Matt Berkey and Dylan Drazen pulled away from the pack during the start of this stretch in play, and each of them took a turn with the chip lead. The three other final tables that were running as part of The Big 4 had now ended by this point of play, and you could feel a serious mood set in at the final table. Announcers Mario Ho and Joe Stapleton kept the atmosphere light as they commentated on the action for the die-hard rail birds that were still sweating the action. “It’s a great setup, yeah I loved it. With Joe and Maria commentating it was sweet,” said Kozlov when he was asked about the unique atmosphere on the television set of The Big 4.

Kozlov was the short stack at one point, but he doubled up once before the elimination of Micheal Aron in fifth place, and he doubled up again after Aron’s exit to storm to the top of the pack. “The thing that affects my mental state the most is if I’m getting downward momentum, if I’m getting upward momentum it just kind of clears my mind to focus on the strategy. So when things are going right I’m thinking more clearly about what to do strategy-wise, if things are going bad I’m just steaming,” said Kozlov about the big momentum shift and how it affected his mind-set. He continued, “Five handed I didn’t have many chips at all, and I was a bit tilted on break. I was talking to my wife, and I was like, ‘What am I going to do now. There’s not much left, I’m going to have to win a couple of all ins.’ And then I came back and won every all in, and now I’ve won the tournament.”

Yi Chi Li was down to just three big blinds when he was eliminated in fourth place, and Berkey eventually fell in third place after losing the largest pot of the tournament up to that point when Kozlov doubled up again during four-handed play. Kozlov had increased his chip lead to 16,325,000 at the start of the heads-up final against Drazen, who held 10,325,000.

Despite a double up for Drazen that brought the chip stacks close to even, Kozlov was in control of the chip lead for the entirety of the heads-up match. On the final hand, Kozlov raised to 600,000 on the button preflop, and Drazen called. The flop was dealt KdQh8h, Kozlov bet 400,000, and Drazen check-called.

The turn fell 4s, and Kozlov bet 2.6 million. Drazen check-called before the river delivered the 2h. Kozlov thought for a moment before moving all in, and Drazen tanked before check-calling all in.

Kozlov flipped over KhKc, and Drazen said, “It’s over,” before showing Jh8d. Drazen was eliminated in second place, good for $528,322, and Kozlov won the 2017 SHRPO Championship. He took home $754,083 in prize money, and the SHRPO guitar pick trophy.

“I never played with [Dylan] until today in this tournament actually, and heads up was a struggle. We were just trading pots back and forth, I doubled him up, and I got lucky and made three-of-a-kind,” said Kozlov of the heads-up final.

Congratulations to the 2017 SHRPO Champion Martin Kozlov!

Final Table Results:

1st: Martin Kozlov – $754,083
2nd: Dylan Drazen – $528,322
3rd: Matt Berkey – $341,618
4th: Yi Chi Li – $252,481
5th: Michael Aron – $191,437
6th: Aaron Mermelstein – $152,547
7th: Adam Levy – $126,305
8th: Luke Brererton – $100,408
9th: Joe Kuether – $75,413

Championship: Martin Kozlov Wins the SHRPO Championship ($754,083) – Dylan Drazen Eliminated in Second Place ($528,322)

$5,250 SHRPO Championship
$3 Million Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 32: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 887

Martin Kozlov

Hand #246: Martin Kozlov raised to 600,000 on the button, and Dylan Drazen called. The flop was dealt KdQh8h, Kozlov bet 400,000, and Drazen check-called.

The turn was the 4s, and Kozlov bet 2.6 million. Drazen check-called before the river delivered the 2h. Kozlov thought for a moment before moving all in, and Drazen tanked before check-calling all in.

Kozlov flipped over KhKc, and Drazen said, “It’s over,” before showing Jh8d. Drazen was eliminated in second place, good for $528,322, and Kozlov won the 2017 SHRPO Championship. He took home $754,083 in prize money, and the SHRPO guitar pick trophy.

Congratulations Martin Kozlov!

Championship: Hands #242-245

$5,250 SHRPO Championship
$3 Million Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream754,083
Level 32: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 887

Hand #242: Martin Kozlov limped from the button, and Dylan Drazen checked his option.

The flop came down 9h8h4h, Drazen bet 300,000, and Kozlov folded.

Hand #243: Dylan Drazen limped his button, Martin Kozlov popped it to 1,000,000 from the big blind, and Drazen called.

They checked to the turn of a 9s4s3s3d board where Kozlov bet 1,350,000. Drazen folded.

Hand #244: Martin Kozlov limped on the button, and Dylan Drazen checked from the big blind.

The flop was 10c9d3c, and Drazen led for 375,000. Kozlov called. The turn was the 7s, Drazen checked, Kozlov bet 1,050,000, and Drazen called. The river was the Qc, and Drazen bet 2,650,000. Kozlov tanked for a bit before Drazen called the clock. As time ran down, Kozlov folded.

Dylan Drazen – 12,650,000 (51 bb)
Martin Kozlov – 14,000,000 (56 bb)

Hand #245: Dylan Drazen raised to 625,000 from the button, and Martin Kozlov called from the big blind.

The flop came down 5d4h2d, and Kozlov check-called 625,000 from Drazen. The turn was the 6c, Kozlov led out for 800,000, and Drazen folded.

Championship Event: Dylan Drazen Doubles Up to Nearly Even the Match

$5,250 SHRPO Championship
$3 Million Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream754,083
Level 32: 125,000/250,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 887

Hand #240: Martin Kozlov limped his button, Dylan Drazen raised to 850,000 from the big blind, and Kozlov called.

They checked to the turn of a Qh9s2d2h board where Drazen bet 800,000. Kozlov called, the 7h river completed the board, Drazen checked, and Kozlov bet 1,100,000. Drazen called after a few moments.

Kozlov showed Qc7c for queens and deuces, Drazen mucked, and Kozlov won the pot.

Hand #241: Dylan Drazen raised to 625,000 from the button, Martin Kozlov reraised all in, and Drazen called all in for exactly 6,000,000.

Drazen: 10d10c
Kozlov: Ad4d

The board came down Jd9h3c6c2c, safe for Drazen to double up.

Dylan Drazen – 12,050,000 (48 bb)
Martin Kozlov – 14,600,000 (58 bb)

Championship: Hands #229-239

$5,250 SHRPO Championship
$3 Million Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 31: 100,000/200,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 887

Hand #229: Dylan Drazen raised to 450,000 preflop on the button, and Martin Kozlov called. The flop was dealt AsQc7c, Drazen bet 275,000, and Martin folded.

Hand #230: Martin Kozlov called preflop on the button, and Dylan Drazen raised to 700,000. Kozlov folded.

Hand #231: Dylan Drazen called on the button, and Martin Kozlov checked his option before the flop was dealt Qc10h7c. Drazen bet 225,000, Kozlov raised to 700,000, and Drazen folded.

Hand #232: Martin Kozlov called on the button preflop, and Dylan Drazen checked his option. The flop was dealt Jc3d2h, Kozlov bet 300,000, and Drazen folded.

Hand #233: Martin Kozlov got a walk on his big blind.

Hand #234: Martin Kozlov called on the button, and Dylan Drazen checked his option before the AdKs9d fall on the flop. Kozlov bet 200,000, and Drazen folded.

Hand #235: Martin Kozlov got a walk on his big blind.

Hand #236: Martin Kozlov called on the button, Dylan Drazen raised to 600,000, and Kozlov called before the flop fell 5s5h3d. Drazen bet 400,000, and Kozlov called. Both players checked the 7h on the turn, and the 6s on the river. Drazen showed Jh9c,  but Kozlov won the pot with 2h2d in the hole.

Hand #237: Martin Kozlov got a walk on his big blind. Dylan Drazen folded 9-3 offsuit face-up on the table.

Hand #238: Martin Kozlov called on the button, and Dylan Drazen raised to 600,000 preflop. Kozlov called, and the flop was dealt Ad8s4s. Drazen bet 600,000, and Kozlov folded.

Hand #239: Dylan Drazen raised to 550,000 preflop on the button, and Martin Kozlov called before the flop fell 7d3d3c. Both players checked, and the turn fell 5h. Kozlov checked, Drazen bet 500,000, and Kozlov folded.