Ladies: Marla Crumpler Emerges Victorious After Five-Handed Deal

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 16
$250 Ladies NLH (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guarantee
Entries: 70
Prize Pool: $14,700
November 30, 2019

Marla Crumpler
Marla Crumpler

Event 16 of the 2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open was the $250 Ladies NLH (Re-Entry) with a guaranteed prize pool of $10,000. A field of 70 entries generated a prize pool of $14,700.

A deal took place between the final five players and as the chip leader, Marla Crumpler was the official winner. For her showing, Crumpler earned $2,676 and an $1,100 seat into an RRPO event of her choice.

Final Results
*1st:  Marla Crumpler – $2,676 + $1,100 RRPO seat + RRPO Trophy
*2nd:  Jill Rukeysey – $2,652
*3rd:  Tuyet Do – $2,448
*4th:  Roxane Duguay – $2,448
*5th:  Arlene Dujmovich – $1,939
6th:  Christine DiFiore –  $772
7th:  Sharon Pickard – $662
8th:  Andrea Orphanos – $588
9th:  Patty Conrad – $515

*denotes five-handed deal

Ladies: Final Table Lineup

$250 Ladies NLH (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 15:  2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining:  9 of 70

Seat 1: Marla Crumpler – 90,000
Seat 2: Arlene Dujmovich – 149,000
Seat 3: Jill Rukeyser – 213,000
Seat 4: Tuyet Do – 163,000
Seat 5: Christine DiFiore – 109,000
Seat 6: Sharon Pickard – 99,000
Seat 7: Roxane Duguay – 111,000
Seat 8: Andrea Orphanos – 80,000
Seat 9: Patty Conrad – 41,000

1st: $5,144 + $1,100 RRPO seat + RRPO Trophy
2nd: $2,940
3rd: $1,801
4th: $1,286
5th: $992
6th: $772
7th: $662
8th: $588
9th: $515

Ladies: Prize Pool and Payouts with $5,144 to the Ladies Champ

$250 Ladies NLH (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 11:  1,000/1,500 with a 1,500 ante
Players Remaining:  18 of 70

Registration closed on the special Ladies Event and it drew a fantastic crowd. The 70 entries cruised past the $10,000 guarantee early in the afternoon and they combined to put $14,700 in the prize pool.

The last nine spots will be paid with $515 for a min-cash and $5,144 to the Ladies Champ along with a $1,100 RRPO seat.

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 16
$250 Ladies NLH (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guarantee
Entries: 70
Prize Pool: $14,700
November 30, 2019

1st: $5,144 + $1,100 RRPO seat + RRPO Trophy
2nd: $2,940
3rd: $1,801
4th: $1,286
5th: $992
6th: $772
7th: $662
8th: $588
9th: $515

Ladies: Guarantee Already Met

$250 Ladies NLH (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 3:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Entries:  48

Gift basket awaiting the Ladies Event champion

The Ladies Event quickly kicked up the numbers and the field hit the $10,000 guarantee long before the first break. Besides the prize pool, there are a number of other things on the line. In addition to first-place money, the winner will also receive a $1,100 RRPO seat into the tournament of their choice. There is also a nice gift basket waiting with Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood gift cards, a coveted Hard Rock robe, and a nice bottle of champagne.

The early action had WPT Royal Flush Crew member Tyler Campbell, WPT Global Events Manager Keta Olozina, Tampa favorite Deborah Farmer, SHRPO trophy winner (and RRPO Event 6 third-place finisher) Jennifer Miller, and WSOP Circuit ring winner Melisa Singh.

WPT Royal Flush Crew member Tyler Campbell
WPT Global Events Manager Keta Olozina
Deborah Farmer
Jennifer Miller

Event 16: Ladies Saturday Poker

$250 Ladies NLH (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/100

We have Day 1B of the RRPO Championship going running on one side of the Seminole Ballroom but we have a special tournament running on the other side. The $250 Ladies Event kicks off at 3 pm with a $10,000 guaranteed prize pool and we added a $1,100 RRPO tournament seat to first place.

They’ll start out with 15,000 stack and the first nine blind levels will last 20 minutes. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 10 and levels will increase to 30 minutes at that point.

It will be a fun corner of the Seminole Ballroom and we will hit the highlights along the way.

  • $10,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Winner receives ADDED $1,100 RRPO seat
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-9 last 20 minutes; Levels 10+ last 30 minutes
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 10
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 16 Structure Sheet

RRPO Day 11 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Day 1B – $3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)

  • $2,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 40,000 in chips
  • Day 1 and 2 levels last 60 minutes; Day 3 levels last 90 minutes
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 10 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Championship Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 16 – $250 Ladies NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $10,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Winner receives ADDED $1,100 RRPO seat
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-9 last 20 minutes; Levels 10+ last 30 minutes
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 10
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 16 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 17 – $600 Six-Max Turbo Double Black Chip Bounty (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 17 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

10AM: Event 60 – $400 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $2 Million GTD RRPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 60 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 61 – $375 Championship Super Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $2 Million GTD RRPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 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 61 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 62 – $550 Event 20 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $200,000 GTD Event 20
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 62 Structure Sheet

10:30PM: Event 63 – $530 Event 20 Super Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $200,000 GTD RRPO Event 20
  • Players begin with 10,000 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 63 Structure Sheet

Complete 2019 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock N Roll” Poker Open Schedule

Repeat! Randal Fernandez Defies the Odds by Defending His Title in the Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event

2019 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 16
$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Entries:  370
Prize Pool:  $15,000 + Prize Packages
August 7, 2019

Randal Fernandez - Winner
Two-Time Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Champion Randal Fernandez

When Randal Fernandez arrived at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to play in the Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event after winning it last year, he thought, “Maybe I could win it back-to-back.”

That thought likely goes thru the mind of every poker champion who returns to the same event the following year, but defending a title isn’t easy, especially in a charity event with a turbo structure. But Fernandez managed to pull it off, going back-to-back to repeat as champion.

“It was so crazy,” said Fernandez. “The levels were going by so quick, and I couldn’t get past 50K.” But the same hand that saved him from a short stack last year — 8x5x — brought him back from the brink this year.

“I found myself down to 15,000, and I just bounced back with the same five-eight that got me back in the tournament last year.” Fernandez was all in and made a flush with 8x5x suited to double up, and he carried that momentum to the final table, and ultimately, the winner’s circle.

The final three players made a deal to split the money more evenly, and for winning, Fernandez earned $3,250 in cash, plus a $5,250 seat into the SHRPO Championship, which begins on Friday. Of course Fernandez also wins another SHRPO trophy, and a custom-framed winner’s photo, courtesy of IMPDI.

“I have my picture frame from last year hanging in the living room by the TV,” said Fernandez. “So I guess I’m going to put this one on the other side.”

Fernandez is self-employed; he and his wife April own TightBunz.com, which sells women’s active wear. They have their own line of active wear, designed by April, but also sell other brands.

Of course, the Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event is primarily about the charity — the Conine Clubhouse, which is part of the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. Money was raised not only from the tournament buy-ins, but also a silent auction and a live auction for a variety of different packages, including sports memorabilia and travel packages.

“It’s a great charity event,” said Fernandez. “I love playing it, and I love supporting the cause. You also get to meet a bunch of great people.”

Final Results:

1st:  Randal Fernandez  –  $3,250 + prize package
2nd: Haitham Kaki  –  $3,000 + prize package
3rd:  Chris Cote  –  $3,000 + prize package
4th:  Steve Iodice  –  $1,250 + prize package
5th:  James Scott  –  $950 + prize package
6th:  Ronald Benedetto  –  $850 + prize package
7th:  Daniel Genachte  –  $750 + prize package
8th:  Rob Lenkey  –  $700 + prize package
9th:  Robbie Kubusheski  –  $650 + prize package
10th:  Raul Cabrera  –  $600 + prize package

Randal Fernandez - Winner

Charity Event: Randal Fernandez Wins Back-to-Back SHRPO Charity Events ($3,250); Haitham Kaki Finishes 2nd ($3,000)

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 out of 370

Event 16 Winner Randal Fernandez and Jeff Conine
Charity Event Champion Randal Fernandez (left) and Jeff Conine

Haitham Kaki lost chips for a while, then doubled up his short stack with 3h2c against Randal Fernandez’s As3d — Kaki spiked a deuce on the turn, but Fernandez still had a big lead.

A short while later, Kaki got it all in for 350,000 with 5h3c, and he needed to improve to stay alive against Fernandez’s 10c9d.

The board came Kc9h8sQh4s, and Fernandez won the pot — and back-to-back SHRPO charity titles — with a flopped pair of nines.

Haitham Kaki finished as the runner-up, earning $3,000 and a two-night stay at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa and a $1,650 seat into the December Winter Poker Open.

Randal Fernandez won the $300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event, earning $3,250 and a $5,250 seat into the SHRPO Championship. Fernandez also receives a three-night stay at Hard Rock Vallarta, Mexico in a Hard Rock Deluxe Room, plus a SHRPO trophy and a custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of IMPDI. Fernandez’s name will also be inscribed a second time on the Jeff Conine Clubhouse Trophy.

Congratulations to Randal Fernandez!

Final Results:

1st:  Randal Fernandez  –  $3,250 + prize package
2nd: Haitham Kaki  –  $3,000 + prize package
3rd:  Chris Cote  –  $3,000 + prize package
4th:  Steve Iodice  –  $1,250 + prize package
5th:  James Scott  –  $950 + prize package
6th:  Ronald Benedetto  –  $850 + prize package
7th:  Daniel Genachte  –  $750 + prize package
8th:  Rob Lenkey  –  $700 + prize package
9th:  Robbie Kubusheski  –  $650 + prize package
10th:  Raul Cabrera  –  $600 + prize package

Haitham Kaki - 2nd Place
Haitham Kaki – 2nd Place

Charity Event: Chris Cote – 3rd Place ($1,750 + prize package)

$300 Jeff Conine Celebrity Charity Event
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 out of 370

Chris Cote
Chris Cote

The final three players agree to a deal where each of them will make $3,000 each. They would continue playing for the prize packages, and the winner would receive an extra $250.

Defending champion Randal Fernandez moved all in from the small blind, and Chris Cote called all in from the big blind for about 600,000 with 10s9h.

Fernandez turned over Jd8s, and Cote needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Jh7c6c4hAs — Cote flopped a gutshot straight draw, but improved no further. Fernandez won the pot with a flopped pair of jacks to eliminate Cote in third place.

Chris Cote  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($3,000 + prize package below)

Chris Cote - 3rd Place
Chris Cote – 3rd Place

Cote’s prize package includes an authentic electric guitar, deluxe accommodations for a two-night stay in the new Guitar Tower at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, dinner for two at Council Oak Steaks and Seafood, dinner for two at Kuro, a $200 gift card to Rock Spa, and assorted logo items.

Here are the approximate chip counts for the final two players:

Randal Fernandez  –  2,000,000  (13 bb)
Haitham Kaki  –  1,700,000  (11 bb)

Haitham Kaki vs. Randal Fernandez
Haitham Kaki (left) vs. Randal Fernandez