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Event 5: Paulo Carranza Wins Double Green Chip Bounty for $1,945

2017 Deep Stack Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 5
$150 Deep Stack Turbo Double Green Chip Bounty
Entries: 107
Prize Pool: $8,025 + $5,250 Bounties
May 27, 2017

Paulo Carranza won Event 5 of the Deep Stack Series, a $150 Deep Stack Turbo Double Green Chip Bounty, during the early morning hours of Sunday at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. As chip leader at the time of a heads-up chop, Carranza won $1,945 along with the tournament trophy. Alex Akhavan went down as the runner-up.

Full results:

1st: Paulo Carranza – $1,945 + Trophy
2nd: Alex Akhavan – $1,945
3rd: Ricardo Busciglio – $891
4th: Robert Ayoob – $582
5th: Petr Liesner – $449
6th: Kyle Harry – $369
7th: Simon Boyce – $313
8th: Pasquale Caiazza – $273
9th: Myles German – $241
10th: Sherif El Messiri – $213
11th: Anna Dikker – $213
12th: Howard Nejib – $213
13th: Joseph Dorival – $189
14th: David Goldfischer – $189

Event 5: Registration Closed in 6pm Turbo; Prize Pool Released

Event 5: $150 Deep Stack Turbo Double Green Chip Bounty
$10,000 Guaranteed

Level 14: 2,000/4,000/500
Players Remaining: 28/107

Registration is closed in tonight’s $150 Deep Stack Turbo Green Chip Bounty. Below is a look at the prize pool and payout details.

2017 Deep Stack Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, FL
Event 5
$150 Deep Stack Turbo Double Green Chip Bounty
Entries: 107
Prize Pool: $8,025 + $5,250 Bounties
May 27, 2017

1st – $2,405 + Trophy
2nd – $1,485
3rd – $891
4th – $582
5th – $449
6th – $369
7th – $313
8th – $273
9th – $241
10th-12th – $213
13th-14th – $189

We will provide the final results after the tournament concludes.

Event 5: Turbo Underway

Event 5: $150 Deep Stack Turbo Double Green Chip Bounty
$10,000 Guaranteed
Level 2: 100/200
Entries: 48

The 6pm $150 Deep Stack Turbo Double Green Chip Bounty got underway about 15 minutes ago. A big field is expected as the Saturday night crowd comes out to play a little weekend poker.

Here are the details on the event:

6pm: Event 5: $150 Deep Stack Turbo Double Green Chip Bounty ($10,000 Gtd)

  • $150 buy-in, $10,000 guaranteed
  • 20,000 chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 13 (~9:30pm)
  • Structure Sheet

We will post the payout information when it’s finalized.

Deep Stack Series Day 10 Schedule

Flight AB chip counts are available one post below — Flight C updates will begin after the first break

11am: Event 4 Flight C: $1,650 Deepest Stack ($300,000 Gtd)

  • $1,650 buy-in, $300,000 guaranteed
  • 50,000 chips starting chips and 40-minute levels on Day 1
  • A 40-minute dinner break occurs following Level 9 (~5:30pm)
  • Play concludes following Level 15 (~10:25pm)
  • Late registration and re-entry available until the start of Day 2
  • Day 2 is Sunday at 12-noon
  • Levels 16-21 are 60 minutes, Levels 22+ are 90 minutes
  • Structure Sheet

6pm: Event 5: $150 Deep Stack Turbo Double Green Chip Bounty ($10,000 Gtd)

  • $150 buy-in, $10,000 guaranteed
  • 20,000 chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration and re-entry available until the start of Level 13 (~9:30pm)
  • Structure Sheet

Event 5: Former Poker Dealer Hiep Doan Chops His Way to Trophy, $27,502 in Cash

2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Fla.
Event 5
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 1,937
Prize Pool: $236,760
March 23, 2017

Hiep Doan

Hiep Doan is the newest winner at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, taking the Event 5 title and the top payout of $27,502 after a seven-way deal.

Doan is a 56-year-old professional poker player from New Orleans, Louisiana by way of Vietnam. He’s been in the United States since 1992, jumping straight into a career as a poker dealer to make a living while splashing around as a part-time player on the side.

His job at a Harrah’s property meant that Doan was not permitted to play at the World Series of Poker, and that just wasn’t going to work for him. He eventually saved up enough of a bankroll to take the plunge and transition to the other side of the table as a full-time poker player.

That was less than four years ago, and Doan has made the best of his new career, so far. This result brings his total earnings to nearly $200,000, with a big chunk of that coming courtesy of a long-awaited WSOP Main Event cash in his first attempt last year. His 2017 campaign is off to a hot start, too. This result comes just a couple months removed from a career-best payday of $42,868 for his fourth-place finish in a big $345 event in Biloxi.

Doan is married with two children, and he said they’re the primary motivation behind his poker success. “I helped my son and my daughter to get into college,” he said with a big smile. “All my money I give back to them and to my wife.” He was even able to buy a house with his winnings.

The champ advanced through the final starting flight, Day 1F, returning for Day 2 with 147,500 chips — good enough for 37th place of the 191 survivors. He was fourth in chips by the time the final 10 players combined around the final table late in the evening, and he did not put a foot wrong for the rest of the night.

Doan was responsible for the elimination of Fariborz Zojaji in ninth place, and despite taking a bad beat to double-up Kevin Ho, he was the chip leader when the final seven players stopped to have a look at the numbers. Doan was the last holdout, but he eventually agreed to the deal, locking up the win to earn a photo session with his new trophy.

Event 5 was a $150 re-entry event with six starting flights, drawing a total field of 1,937 entries. That turnout generated a prize pool worth $236,760 which was shared by the final 117 players. The final table was reached around 9 p.m., with the final 10 players guaranteed at least $2,273. After a couple attempts at it earlier in the night, the seven-way deal was finally reached right around midnight local time as the calendar ticked over to the morning of March 23.

Final Table Results:

1st: Hiep Doan – $27,502*
2nd: Mike Ben-Shoaff – $20,778*
3rd: Daniel Mijac – $20,660*
4th: Robert Williams – $20,243*
5th: Alfredo Ratmiroff – $18,977*
6th: Marcus Stein – $18,479*
7th: Kevin Ho – $18,125*
8th: Charlemagne Benjamin – $4,427
9th: Fariborz Zojaji – $3,173

*Denotes seven-way deal

Event 5: Hiep Doan Wins in Seven-Way Deal

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 33: 100,000/200,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,973

Hiep Doan

With just 14 big blinds in the average stack, the final seven players have agreed to a deal. Former poker dealer Hiep Doan had the biggest stack, so he’ll take the lion’s share of the prize pool, the trophy, and the win, officially.

Here’s how the deal broke down for the final seven:

1st: Hiep Doan – $27,502
2nd: Mike Ben-Shoaff – $20,778
3rd: Daniel Mijac – $20,660
4th: Robert Williams – $20,243
5th: Alfredo Ratmiroff – $18,977
6th: Marcus Stein – $18,479
7th: Kevin Ho – $18,125

A more in-depth story about Doan and his big win will be published shortly.

Event 5: Kevin Ho Doubles Again

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 33: 100,000/200,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,973

Kevin Ho is fighting for his tournament life. Having been worked back down to 635,000 chips, Ho three-bet shoved from the button behind a Daniel Mijac cutoff open. Mijac had raised to 400,000, and he called the remainder to put Ho at risk, flipping for the knockout.

Mijac: 8s8h
Ho: QcTd

The board ran out KsQd9c7s4h, and Ho won the race to double up with a pair of queens.

Kevin Ho – 1,745,000 (9 bb)
Daniel Mijac – 2,825,00014 bb)

Event 5: Kevin Ho Doubles Through Hiep Doan

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 32: 75,000/150,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,973

Kevin Ho had seen his stack whittled down to just 915,000 chips when he took the opportunity to get them all in under the gun. Hiep Doan called on the button, the blinds folded, and Ho was heads-up, at risk, and dominated.

Ho: Qh9h
Doan: KsQc

There was a nine in the window, and the 9c5c2s flop gave Ho a big lead with two to come. The turn was the 9s to improve him to trips, locking up the pot one card early. Doan was already paying off the debt as the meaningless 5h hit the river, and Ho doubled up with nines full.

Kevin Ho – 2,230,000 (15 bb)
Hiep Doan – 3,125,000 (21 bb)

Event 5: Marcus Stein Doubles Through Kevin Ho (Again)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 32: 75,000/150,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,973

Kevin Ho opened the cutoff to 350,000, and Marcus Stein three-bet shoved for 1,140,000 on the button. Ho waited for the count, then called to put Stein at risk.

Ho: Td4c
Stein: 9s9h

The board ran out AdAh2h9d6h, and Stein turned nines full to lock up the pot one card early. He doubled up, putting another dent in Ho’s once-mighty stack in the process.

Marcus Stein – 2,680,000 (18 bb)
Kevin Ho – 1,965,000 (13 bb)

Event 5: Charlemagne Benjamin Eliminated in 8th Place ($4,427)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 31: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,973

Charlemagne Benjamin

Charlemagne Benjamin opened to 350,000 in early position, and Mike Ben-Shoaff three-bet shoved for about 2,000,000 next to act. Action folded back around to Benjamin, and he called all in for about 1,500,000 total, putting himself at risk.

Benjamin: AcKd
Ben-Shoaff: KsKh

The board ran out Th9h5sTc7c, and Ben-Shoaff’s kings held strong to earn him the knockout pot with two pair. Benjamin was eliminated in eighth place.

Mike Ben-Shoaff – 3,800,000 (25 bb)
Charlemagne Benjamin – Eliminated in 8th place ($4,427)

Event 5: Marcus Stein Doubles Through Kevin Ho

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 31: 60,000/120,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,973

Kevin Ho opened to 275,000 in middle position, and Marcus Stein three-bet shoved for 580,000 next to act. When it folded back to Ho, he called to put Stein at risk.

Ho: As5h
Stein: JcJd

The board ran out Ks9d2cKc2d, and Stein doubled up with two pair, kings and jacks.

Marcus Stein – 1,500,000 (13 bb)
Kevin Ho – 2,350,000 (20 bb)

Event 5: Robert Williams Doubles Through Kevin Ho

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 1,973

Robert Williams moved all in for 1,215,000 in early position, and Kevin Ho called from the big blind to put Williams at risk.

Williams: KcKh
Ho: AcKs

The QsTh2s flop didn’t provide much additional help for Ho, but the 3s turn gave him the only flush draw with one to come. The river was the blank 5h, though, and Williams’ kings held strong to earn him a double-up.

Robert Williams – 2,570,000 (26 bb)
Kevin Ho – 3,175,000 (32 bb)

Event 5: Fariborz Zojaji Eliminated in 9th Place ($3,173)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 30: 50,000/100,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 1,973

Fariborz Zojaji

Fariborz Zojaji moved all in for 655,000 in early position, and Hiep Doan called next to act, putting Zojaji at risk.

Zojaji: Ac9h
Doan: QsQd

The board ran out Jh3h2c3sKc, and Doan won the knockout pot with queens up. Zojaji was eliminated in ninth place.

Hiep Doan – 3,520,000 (35 bb)
Fariborz Zojaji – Eliminated in 9th place ($3,173)

Event 5: Marcus Stein Doubles Through Kevin Ho

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 1,973

Kevin Ho opened to 200,000 in middle position, and Marcus Stein three-bet shoved for 655,000 in the cutoff. When it came back around to Ho, he called to put Stein at risk.

Ho: 9s9c
Stein: QhQc

The board ran out safely for Stein, coming Jd6c3dTsTc. He doubled up, while Ho’s stack continues to trend in the wrong direction.

Marcus Stein – 1,520,000 (19 bb)
Kevin Ho – 2,985,000 (37 bb)

Event 5: Mike Fryett Eliminated in 10th Place ($2,273)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 1,973

Mike Fryett

Fariborz Zojaji found a quick double-up with pocket aces in one of the first hands at the final table, giving him enough chips to compete for this 10th-place knockout.

Zojaji opened this pot to 225,000 in middle position, and Mike Fryett called in the small blind. The flop was 8h5s2s, and Fryett moved all in for 470,000. Zojaji quickly called to put his opponent at risk.

Zojaji: AsTs (flush draw)
Fryett: Ad8d (pair of eights)

The 3s landed right on the turn, leaving Fryett drawing dead to the 7d river. He was eliminated in 10th place as the first casualty of the final table, giving Zojaji’s short stack another significant boost.

Fariborz Zojaji – 1,225,000 (15 bb)
Mike Fryett – Eliminated in 10th place ($2,273)

Event 5: Final Table Set

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 29: 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 1,973

From a staring field of 1,973 entries, just 10 players remain in contention for the Event 5 title. Alfredo Ratmiroff was responsible for the 11th-place knockout, so he enters this final table as the chip leader. Here’s the lineup:

Seat 1: Daniel Mijac – 865,000
Seat 2: Kevin Ho – 3,965,000
Seat 3: Marcus Stein – 950,000
Seat 4: Robert Williams – 1,600,000
Seat 5: Charlemagne Benjamin – 1,750,000
Seat 6: Fariborz Zojaji – 306,000
Seat 7: Mike Ben-Shoaff – 3,010,000
Seat 8: Hiep Doan – 2,230,000
Seat 9: Alfredo Ratmiroff – 4,640,000
Seat 10: Mike Fryett – 625,000

Here are the remaining payouts:

1st: $52,706 + Freeroll Seat
2nd: $31,165
3rd: $21,713
4th: $14,916
5th: $10,229
6th: $7,931
7th: $6,037
8th: $4,427
9th: $3,173
10th: $2,273

Blinds are 40,000/80,000 with a 10,000 ante, putting the average stack at about 24 big blinds.

Event 5: Mike Ben-Shoaff Doubles Through Kevin Ho

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 11 of 1,973

In a battle of the blinds, Mike Ben-Shoaff ended up all in for 1,345,000 preflop against chip leader Kevin Ho.

Ben-Shoaff: AsKd
Ho: KsJd

The 7c7h5s flop was clean for Ben-Shoaff, but the Jc was a disaster on the turn. “Oh my god,” he said, spinning out of his chair and glancing back at the table just in time to see the Ad drop off on the river. “Oh my god!” he said again.

Ben-Shoaff doubled up with aces up, taking a bite out of Ho’s big stack.

Mike Ben-Shoaff – 2,750,000 (46 bb)
Kevin Ho – 4,025,000 (67 bb)

Event 5: Jessica Dawley Eliminated in 12th Place ($2,273)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 28: 30,000/60,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 12 of 1,973

Jessica Dawley

Robert Williams opened the button to 185,000, and Jessica Dawley three-bet shoved for about 550,000 in the big blind. Williams called to put Dawley at risk.

Williams: Ah3d
Dawley: KsQs

The board ran out 9h9c7d4s3c, and Dawley could not catch up. She was eliminated in 12th place, sending the rest of her chips across the table to the man they call “Car Wash”.

Robert Williams – 1,750,000 (29 bb)
Jessica Dawley – Eliminated in 12th place ($2,273)

Event 5: Kevin Ho Knocks Out Two, Takes the Lead

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 27: 25,000/50,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 1,973

The battle atop the leaderboard has been hotly contested for several levels, but Kevin Ho has suddenly put himself well clear of the chase pack.

The huge pot that just unfolded began with Nalton Williams opening the button to 115,000, and Ho three-bet to 260,000 in the small blind. From the big blind, Elias Nassif four-bet shoved for more than a million total, and Williams re-shoved for even more than that. Ho called both shoves with his big stack, putting both opponents at risk.

Williams: 7x7x
Ho: KsKd
Nassif: 4s4c

The board ran out blanks for everyone, and Ho dragged the biggest pot of the day to send two players to the payout desk. Williams had the larger of the two stacks, so he took the better finishing position, but both men earn the same $1,776 payout.

Kevin Ho – 4,400,000 (88 bb)
Nalton Williams – Eliminated in 14th place ($1,776)
Elias Nassif – Eliminated in 15th place ($1,776)