Event 17: Frank Nerat Wins First Trophy, Career-Best Payout ($8,850)

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 17
$300 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 114
Prize Pool: $30,000
January 21, 2018

Frank Nerat

Well that didn’t take long.

Frank Nerat has just outlasted a field of 114 entries in Event 17, collecting the trophy and the top prize of $8,850. It took less than seven hours for him to accomplish the victory.

Nerat is a 66-hear-old attorney from Lansing, Michigan. This result is the largest on his record, which includes just one previous tournament cash. Remarkably, he began the final table with the shortest stack, entering with less than three big blinds.

Final table results:

1st: Frank Nerat – $8,850
2nd: Sasidhar Bobba – $5,475
3rd: Donald Somers – $3,270
4th: Frank Bedoya – $2,100
5th: Yousef Nassr – $1,590
6th: Ory Hen – $1,320
7th: Esteban Garcia – $1,140
8th: Glenn Menne – $1,005
9th: Joseph Patalano – $885

Event 17: Final Table Set

$300 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,500 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 114

Playing like a true turbo, Event 17 is down to its final table with only ten players remaining. Sashi Bobba holds a big lead with regulars Yousef Nassr, Joseph Patalano, and former SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen trying to catch him.

Seat 1: Jeff Krusinski – 51,000
Seat 2: Ory Hen – 48,500
Seat 3: Yousef Nassr – 58,500
Seat 4: Sashi Bobba – 340,000
Seat 5: Glenn Menne – 151,500
Seat 6: Frank Naranjo Bedoya – 135,000
Seat 7: Donald Somers – 200,000
Seat 8: Frank Nerat – 28,000
Seat 9: Esteban Garcia – 105,000
Seat 10: Joseph Patalano – 30,000

Remaining payouts:

1st: $8,850 + trophy
2nd: $5,475
3rd: $3,270
4th: $2,100
5th: $1,590
6th: $1,320
7th: $1,140
8th: $1,005
9th: $885
10th: $780

Previous payouts:

11th: Lloyd Gunther – $780
12th: Zoltan Czinkota – $780
13th: Steven Weintraub – $675
14th: Jorge Gomez – $675
15th: Bradley Coultas – $675

Event 17: First Turbo

$300 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1: 25/50

We have two new tournaments on the Lucky Hearts Poker Open schedule and both of them will zip off with turbo formats while the Championship plays down in the ballroom.

Event 17 is a $300 buy-in tournament with a turbo structure and a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool. It is set up to start and finish on the same day so we will crown another LHPO trophy before the night is through.

Entrants start out with 10,000 stacks and play 15-minute levels from start to finish. Late registration and re-entries are available until the start of Level 11 at 2 pm. They will return and continue shrinking the field until only the Event 17 remains.

Cards fly at 11 am and we’ll keep one eye on them from across the hallway.

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 11
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 17 Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 11 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 17 – $300 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 11
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 17 Structure Sheet

12PM: Day 2 – $3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

3PM: Event 18 – $1,100 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 12
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 18 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

3PM: Event 68 – $140 Mega Satellite into Event 19 (1-in-5)

  • 5 seats guaranteed into $570/$50,000 GTD Event 19
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 68 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 69 – $2,650 Mega Satellite into High Roller (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $25,500 LHPO High Roller
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 69 Structure Sheet

10:30PM: Event 70 – $2,625 Super Turbo into High Roller (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $25,500 LHPO High Roller
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 10-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 70 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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$50K Super High Roller Begins Tomorrow, Mega Satellite Tonight at 5pm

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)

Tomorrow starts the big buy-ins with the two-day, $50,000 Super High Roller. Players in this prestigious tournament will be treated to a private tournament space in the meeting rooms across the hall from the main ballrooms and it boasts a $1,000,000 guarantee.

They’ll begin with 100,000 chips and it kicks off with 40-minute levels before they jump to 60 minutes later in the structure. Unlimited re-entry is permitted until the start of Level 10 and the tournament will feature a catered dinner break.

Here are the details on tomorrow’s event:

12PM: Event 17 Day 1 – $50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 100,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-12 will last 40 minutes; Levels 11+ last 60 minutes, 30 minutes heads up
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 10
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Super High Roller Structure Sheet

Those interested in earning their way in at a discount are encouraged to play tonight’s 5pm satellite. The $5,100 buy-in mega will see one in every 10 players earn an entry in tomorrow’s event.

Here are the details on the 5pm mega:

5PM: $5,100 Mega Satellite into $50,000 Super High Roller (1-in-10)

  • Players begin with 10,000 chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until the start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Structure Sheet

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