Rafael Rodriguez Arango Wins His Second SHRP Major Series Trophy With Outright Win in Event 43 for $28,895

2022 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 43
$1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries:  134
Prize Pool: $97,970
November 29, 2022

2022 RRPO Event 43 Champion Rafael Rodriguez Arango and his Mother

Event 43 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open was the $1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry). A field of 134 entries created a prize pool of $97,970, and emerging victorious was Rafael Rodriguez Arango, winning outright for $28,895.

The triumph marks Arango’s second SHRP major series trophy, having previously won a $200 Double Green Chip Bounty event during the 2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1RafaelRodriguez Arango$28,895
2WilliamCascioli$18,715
3MilosIvanovic$12,400
4RobertoBendeck$8,500
5TobyJoyce$6,040
6DylanSmith$4,450
7DawnWilensky$3,400
8SamuelFuller$3,400
9ShaneRaikes$2,710
10CharlieCoultas$2,710
11SamanthaPerryman$2,250
12PaulFisher$2,250
13AndrewOstapchenko$2,250

Event 43: Prize Pool and Payouts with $28,895 to PLO Champ

2022 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 43
$1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries:  134
Prize Pool: $97,970
November 29, 2022

Registration closed for the $1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha tournament with 134 entries to create a prize pool worth $97,970. The last 13 spots will be paid with $2,250 for a min-cash and $28,895 set aside for our last PLO champ of the series.

1st: $28,895 + RRPO trophy
2nd: $18,715
3rd: $12,400
4th: $8,500
5th: $6,040
6th: $4,450
7th-8th: $3,400
9th-10th: $2,710
11th-13th: $2,250

Event 43: One Last Omaha Trophy

$1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1:  100/100 with a 100 ante

On a schedule packed with Omaha action, it’s seems appropriate that one of the last RRPO trophies up for grabs in a Pot-Limit Omaha game. The $1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha tournament gets underway at 2 pm and it should draw a great crowd for the last day in the Grand Ballroom.

Players sit down to 20,000 in their stacks and all levels last 30 minutes. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 6:30 pm. Once the doors are closed on the tournament, the last step is to crown our final PLO champ.

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (6:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 43 Structure Sheet

RRPO Day 14 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

10AM: Event 41 – $400 Seniors 50+ (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (2:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Seniors Structure Sheet

12PM: Day 4 – $3,500 WPT RRPO Championship

12PM: Event 42 – $5,000 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (4:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 42 Structure Sheet

1PM: Event 34 Day 2 – $600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

1PM: Event 36 Day 2 – $1,100 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

2PM: Day 2 – $25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)

2PM: Event 39 Day 2 – $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)

2PM: Event 43 – $1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (6:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 43 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 44 – $300 Quad Stack Black Chip Bounty (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 40,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-8 last 15 minutes; Levels 9+ last 20 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (7:15pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 44 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

10AM: $550 Event 42 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two seats guaranteed into $5,000/$200K GTD Event 42
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (12:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

2022 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Schedule

Ed Sebesta Wins Event 43 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Outright for $311,915

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 43
$10,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  111
Prize Pool:  $1,065,600
August 9, 2022

2022 SHRPO Event 43 Winner Ed Sebesta

Event 43 of the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open was the $10,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). The perennial SHRPO big buy-in closing event drew 111 entries, generating a prize pool of $1,065,600, more than doubling the guarantee.

Emerging victorious was Ed Sebesta, winning outright for $311,915.

“My best result before recently had been for $47,000,” said Sebesta afterward. “Then two months ago I won a high roller at the Aria for $120,000, and now this. I’m definitely on a heater.”

Sebesta was quick to mention how well he ran, but also how making some bold plays were necessary.

“Mostly, I got lucky,” admitted Sebesta, “but I pulled a few plays that most of these guys probably didn’t expect I would make. It was a combination of both. Then when I got heads up, I was on a roll. I had a big stack, applied pressure, and it worked out.”

Sebesta resides in Richmond, Texas, is retired, and plays poker as a hobby. He gives all of his winnings to The Congregation of Holy Cross in honor of his son, who went to the University of Notre Dame and became a Priest, before tragically passing away after a long battle with a brain tumor.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1EdSebesta$311,915
2BrandonLulov$201,100
3SeanRagozzini$118,280
4FilippKhavin$77,250
5StephenSong$59,675
6RenLin$49,025
7ElioFox$41,555
8DarrenElias$36,230
9AshrafChehata$32,000
10TaylorWilson$32,000
11JoeMcKeehen$28,240
12Taylorvon Kriegenbergh$28,240
13ChristopherMills$25,045
14MitchellHalverson$25,045

Event 43: Ed Sebesta Wins! ($311,915); Brandon Lulov Eliminated in 2nd Place ($201,100)

$10,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 111

Ed Sebesta

Brandon Lulov limped from the button and Ed Sebesta checked his option in the big blind.

The flop was 4s5c3d, Sebesta checked, Lulov bet 30,000, Sebesta check-raised to 100,000, and Lulov called.

The turn was the 4d, Sebesta bet 100,000, and Lulov called.

The river was the 4h, Sebesta moved all in, and Lulov thought for about 20 seconds before he called all in for roughly 500,000.

Sebesta showed 5s4c for quads fours, Lulov’s hand wasn’t shown, and Sebesta won Event 43 outright for $311,915. Lulov finished runner-up for $201,100.

A recap of the event will be posted later this morning.

Brandon Lulov

Event 43: Sean Ragozzini – 3rd Place ($118,280)

$10,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 111

Sean Ragozzini

Brandon Lulov raised all in from the small blind for effectively 315,000 and Sean Ragozzini thought for a bit before he called all in.

Lulov:  Jh7h
Ragozzini:  Kh3h

The board ran out 7cAhKcJc10d, giving Lulov jacks and sevens on the turn to eliminate Ragozzini in third place.

Brandon Lulov  –  1,050,000  (35 bb)
Ed Sebesta  –  1,215,000  (41 bb)
Sean Ragozzini  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($118,280)

Event 43: Filipp Khavin – 4th Place ($77,250)

$10,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 111

Filipp Khavin
Filipp Khavin

Ed Sebesta moved all in from the small blind for about 430,000, and Filipp Khavin thought for a bit before calling all in from the big blind for about 150,000 with 8s6d.

Sebesta turned over QhJs, and Khavin needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Jc10s4s5s2d, and Sebesta won the pot with a pair of jacks to eliminate Khavin in fourth place.

Ed Sebesta  –  605,000  (24 bb)
Filipp Khavin  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($77,250)

The final three players are guaranteed at least $118,280 each.

Event 43: Stephen Song – 5th Place ($59,675)

$10,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 111

Stephen Song
Stephen Song

In the first hand after the break, with the blinds increased to 15,000-25,000, Stephen Song completed the small blind to 25,000, Brandon Lulov raised from the big blind to 80,000, and Song thought for a bit before moving all in for about 500,000.

Lulov called with AdJc, but Song turned over JsJh. Song needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came As9h7sKd8s, and Lulov paired his ace on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Song in fifth place.

Brandon Lulov  –  1,460,000  (58 bb)
Stephen Song  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($59,675)

The final four players are guaranteed at least $77,250 each.

Event 43: Final Five Players

$10,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$500,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 111

Brandon Lulov  –  965,000  (39 bb)
Stephen Song  –  490,000  (20 bb)
Sean Ragozzini  –  345,000  (14 bb)
Ed Sebesta  –  265,000  (11 bb)
Filipp Khavin  –  160,000  (6 bb)

1st:  $311,915 + SHRPO trophy
2nd:  $201,100
3rd:  $118,280
4th:  $77,250
5th:  $59,675

6th:  Ren Lin  –  $49,025
7th:  Elio Fox  –  $41,555
8th:  Darren Elias  –  $36,230
9th:  Ash Chehata  –  $32,000