Antonio Campbell Wins Final Event of RRPO In Honor of Late Father

2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida 
Event 17
$100 No Limit Hold’em 
Entries: 221 
Prize Pool: $20,000 
November 29, 2017 

Antonio Campbell

Antonio Campbell took credit for the win in a 10-way chop in the final event of the 2017 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open.

He wasn’t going to chop unless he got credit for the win and a trophy. The money was secondary for the New York native. This win was personal.

The 36-year-old came out on top of a field of 221 entries to win $2,006 in the $100 no limit hold’em. He wanted to win the event in honor of his father, who passed away earlier this year.

“The win means everything,” said Campbell. “I lost my dad in February, so I’m pretty emotional right now, but I’m blessed and happy to win. I enjoy the game and I’ve taken some bad beats over the last couple of months, but to get a trophy here at the rock, it feels awesome.”

This is Campbell’s second trophy. His first trophy came with his father supporting him from the rail. He didn’t technically win the tournament with pocket eights, but the hand has sentimental value.

“My dad was with me when I won my first trophy ever at [Coconut] Creek,” he said. “I had the pocket eights just like I had now, so that was really important for me to take this down. I’m pretty emotional right now, but I know he’s smiling down on me.”

Campbell was born and raised in Brooklyn, but ended up leaving after joining the Navy. He spent a decade in the armed forces before leaving active duty and doing work for the federal government.

It wasn’t until after he was finished with his active duty that he picked up poker. He got his first cash here in the Sunshine State, which gave him the confidence to stick with the game and try to improve.

“I didn’t learn how to play poker until 2012,” said Campbell. “I took a risk. I was living in Oklahoma and I flew out here for the WSOP Circuit. I played the one milly guarantee. I said to myself that if I just  cash in it, I’m going to take poker serious.”

Campbell finished 119th and was in the money on just one bullet. From there, he put in the effort to work on his game. So far, he’s got two trophies to show for his hard work.

“There were a lot of ups and downs, but to get a couple trophies under my belt feels pretty good. Especially tonight.”

Final Table Results:

1st: Antonio Campbell – $2,006
2nd: Jermaine Phang – $1,891
3rd: Adan Hernandez – $1,845
4th: Peter Fellows – $1,593
5th: Luis Mantilla – $1,564
6th: Francisco Milanes – $1,377
7th: Yigal Hen – $1,343
8th: Karen Duffy – $1,214
9th: Errol Massey – $1,001
10th: Francisco Pulido Castillo – $976

**Payouts were adjusted to fit the final table deal 

Event 17: Antonio Campbell Wins in 10-Way Chop

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 20: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 221

When the unofficial final table of 10 players was reached in the $100 big stack no limit hold’em event, the talk of a chop began.

After a couple minutes of running ICM numbers and working out a few numbers, the final 10 players agreed on a chop. Antonio Campbell was the chip leader at the time of the agreed deal and he gets credit for the win.

Here are the final table results:

1st: Antonio Campbell – $2,006
2nd: Jermaine Phang – $1,891
3rd: Adan Hernandez – $1,845
4th: Peter Fellows – $1,593
5th: Luis Mantilla – $1,564
6th: Francisco Milanes – $1,377
7th: Yigal Hen – $1,343
8th: Karen Duffy – $1,214
9th: Errol Massey – $1,001
10th: Francisco Pulido Castillo – $976

Event 17: Oz Aharon Scores a Knockout

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 12: 1,000/2,000 with a 300 ante
Players Remaining: 63 of 221

Oz Aharon

A player in middle position moved all in for about 25,000 and Oz Aharon called from the big blind.

Aharon showed KdKs and was in great shape against his opponent’s AdJh.

The flop was Qs7s2s and Aharon flopped a flush draw to leave his opponent with just two outs.

The turn was the 3h and the river was the Js. Aharon rivered a flush, sent his opponent to the rail and nears the 100,000-chip mark.

Oz Aharon – 94,000

Event 17: Francisco Milanes Leads

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Players Remaining: 99 of 221

Francisco Milanes

Now that registration is closed, the field is starting to thin and with 20 minute levels, eliminations are happening at a rapid pace.

Francisco Milanes sits atop the chip counts with 134,000. Oz Ahron is the only other player with a six-figure count. He’s in second with 122,000.

Here are the rest of the top stacks:

Clauden Osorio – 96,000
Rodolfo Rodriguez – 83,000
Dolphus Powers – 72,000
Lizhi Gong – 68,000

Event 17: Registration Closes With 221 Entries, $4,571 Up Top

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Total Entries: 221

With players back from their second break of the day and level 9 underway, registration for the last event of the series is closed and there are 221 entries in the field.

The top 34 players will finish in the money and cash for at least $137.

Here are the payouts for the event:

1st: $4,517
2nd: $3,179
3rd: $2,044
4th: $1,247
5th: $963
6th: $798
7th: $670
8th: $560
9th: $452
10th-12th: $380
13th-15th: $325
16th-18th: $272
19th-21st: $225
22nd-24th: $180
25th-27th: $155
28th-34th: $137

Event 17: Nancy Birnbaum Eliminated by Victor Nassif

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 6: 250/500
Total Entries: 170

Victor Nassif

On the turn with the board reading QcJh9s7s, Nancy Birnbaum moved all in for 7,950 from early position.

Victor Nassif was in late position and asked the dealer for an exact count of Birnbaum’s stack before calling.

Birnbaum showed QsTc and was behind Nassif’s KsQc. Birnbaum needed a king or an eight to make a straight and stay alive, but the 3d came on the river and Birnbaum was eliminated.

She still has about an hour left before late registration and re-entry closes for the event.

Victor Nassif – 38,000
Nancy Birnbaum – Eliminated 

Event 17: Last Chance Trophy

$100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guarantee | Structure
Level 1: 50/100

Event 17 is the last chance for players to take home a Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open trophy and it’s a great value for our regular grinders.

The last tournament of the RRPO series has a $100 buy-in with big starting stacks and $20,000 guaranteed prize pool. The price and prize pool are sure to make it a fine way to close out the series

Each entrant will sit down to a 15,000 starting stack and they’ll play 20-minute levels throughout. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until ~9:05pm and we will crown the last RRPO champion before the night is through.

  • $20,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 20-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

RRPO Day 15 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

12PM: Final Table – $3,500 RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)

12PM: Event 16 – $250 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 16 Structure Sheet

1PM: Event 12 Day 2 – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

6PM: Event 17 – $100 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $20,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 20-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

Players are encouraged to park in Seminole Way Garage for easy, covered access to the tournament area and poker room
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Event 17: Alexander Turyansky Claims $10K Title for $334,176

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event #17 $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em
Entries: 118
Prize Pool: $1,132,800
August 15, 2017

Champion Alexander Turyansky

The final five-figure buy-in of the 2017 SHRPO, Event #17: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em, attracted 118 entries and it took nearly 16 hours of play for Germany’s Alexander Turyansky to emerge victorious. For his efforts, he took home a $334,176 first-place prize. The win came just a day after he finished 17th in the SHRPO Championship for $40,094.

Prior to the win, Turyansky was perhaps best known for bubbling the 2015 World Series of Poker November Nine. The $756,897 he earned for finishing tenth that year comprised the vast majority of his $975,597 in tournament winnings before his SHRPO win. He’s now a poker millionaire and then some.

“I feel pretty good, just exhausted,” Turyansky said after the win. “It’s really nice to win a tournament on home turf. I’ve live in Coconut Creek, Florida for the past four and a half years.”

It was a long and grueling day from start to finish. Among those to take a shot on Tuesday only to leave empty handed were Dan Colman, Cate Hall, Nick Schulman, Erik Seidel, Tim West, Matt Glantz, and Isaac Haxton. Many of them fired multiple bullets.

However, once Jay Kovoor fell as the bubble boy – the result of his ace-king failing to overcome David Stamm’s pocket kings – the final 15 players were in the money. Mike Dentale, Dan Smith and Taylor Paur all fell in quick succession, each taking home $25,488.

After James Calderaro, Zach Smiley, and Shannon Shorr departed, the final table of nine was set. Sam Soveral was first to go after his ace-king was cracked by Stamm’s ace-eight courtesy of an eight-high flop. He was followed out the door by Darren Elias, who got it in with ace-jack only to have his chips chopped up by Noah Schwartz and Bryn Kenney, who shared Big Slick.

It was then Schwartz’s time to go after his threes lost a race to Turyansky’s ace-nine suits, and in the very next hand Mike Simkins bowed out in sixth after picking an ill-time to three-bet jam. Not long after, Gal Yifrach fell in fifth after getting it in with pocket fives against Turyansky’s ace-ten. His ultimate demise came in the form of an ace on the turn.

The WSOP Circuit’s most-decorated player, Valentin Vornicu, was the next to go after getting his short stack all in preflop holding ace-ten only to run it smack dab into the ace-jack of Kenney. The board ran out clean and Kenney’s kicker made the difference.

Three-handed play lasted into the morning hours before David Stamm fell to Turyansky, which set up a heads-up match between him and Kenney with the former holding a healthy 10-1 chip lead. The duo jostled back and forth for a while, but eventually Turyansky closed it out.

Final Results
1st: Alexander Turyansky – $334,176
2nd: Bryn Kenney – $206,736
3rd: David Stamm – $123,475
4th: Valentin Vornicu – $79,296
5th: Gal Yifrach – $60,038
6th: Mike Simkins – $49,843
7th: Noah Schwartz- $43,046
8th: Darren Elias – $37,949
9th: Sam Soverel – $33,418
10th: Shannon Shorr – $29,453
11th: Zach Smiley – $29,453
12th: James Calderaro – $29,453
13th: Taylor Paur – $25,488
14th: Dan Smith – $25,488
15th: Mike Dentale – $25,488

Event 17: Alex Turyansky Wins ($334,176); Bryn Kenney Eliminated in 2nd place ($206,736)

$10,000 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 guaranteed | Payouts
Level 22: 8,000/16,000/2,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 118

Bryn Kenney moved all in from the small blind with ks9s and Alex Turyansky called with kd8h.

Kenney appeared primed for a double to extend heads up, until the board ran out acjh3c8d5h and Turyansky spiked the eight on the turn to eliminate Kenney in second place.

Alex Turyansky  –  Winner ($334,176)
Bryn Kenney  –  Eliminated in 2nd place ($206,736)