David Shmuel Wins Third Hard Rock Trophy in $360 PLO

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event #9
$360 Pot-Limt Omaha 
Entries: 152
Prize Pool: $45,600 
August 6, 2018 

David Shmuel Wins Third Trophy in $360 PLO

At the 2017, David Shmuel made his mark on the South Florida poker world by winning two Hard Rock trophies in November’s Rock N’ Roll Poker Open.

He won his third in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the $360 pot-limit Omaha. He defeated 152 entries and Emily Perinjaquet heads-up to earn his third Hard Rock title and $12,589.

The one-day event started at 3 p.m. on Monday afternoon, but by the time Shmuel was crowned the champion, the sun was only a few hours from coming up on Tuesday morning and he had played heads-up against Perinaquet for over an hour.

“I had a very tough opponent,” said Shmuel. “She was amazing the way she played. I was down to 6,000 chips late in the stage and I got back to this level is amazing.”

Shmuel earned three hard rock trophies in three different variants of poker. His first came in pot-limit Omaha hi-lo and his second came in no-limit hold’em. Now, he adds a pot-limit Omaha title to his resume.

Shmuel’s main game was the hi-lo variant of this game, so making adjustments to what needed to be more nutted ranges was what helped him in playing the hi only version.

“In just hi, you got to really have the lock hand,” said Shmuel.

Having that knowledge allowed him to make a key fold against the eventual runner-up.

“I folded a big hand to [Perinjaquet],” said Shmuel. “I had the king-high flush and she had the ace-high flush. If I called that, I’d have been out. She would have had all the chips.”

Shmuel’s road to victory wasn’t an easy one. Aside from having to battle Perinjaquet heads-up, he had to maneuver his way through a final table that featured local pro Zach Milchman and Peter Walsworth.

Walsworth, a Sarasota native, finished in third place at his third final table of the series. Walsworth won the $360 Omaha hi-lo last week and finished fourth in the $360 HORSE the following night. He was just a few spots shy of his fourth Hard Rock title.

The field paid out the top 19 spots. Here are a look at the results:

1st: David Shmuel – $12,589
2nd: Emily Perinjanquet – $7,980
3rd: Pete Walsworth – $4,697
4th: Zachary Milchman – $2,851
5th: Manuel Gomez – $2,212
6th: Mike Zholendz – $1,826
7th: Doug Booth – $1,596
8th: John Palace – $1,425
9th: Gabriel Ramos – $1,259
10th: Barry Gallaher – $1,094
11th: Charles Kapetanakos – $1,094
12th: Doron Dahan – $1,094
13th: Jacobo Fernandez – $935
14th: Parker Detweiler – $935
15th: Bradley Butcher – $935
16th: Michael Lipman – $798
17th: Jason Wells – $798
18th: Dustin Lee – $798
19th: Zachary Donovan – $684

Event 9: David Shmuel Leads With Five Players Remaining

$360 Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) 
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 5,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 5 of 152

David Shmuel

Half of the unofficial final table has been eliminated and David Shmuel leads the pack with five players remaining.

Here are the chip counts as the final table is halfway through level 20:

David Shmuel – 485,000
Emily Perrinjaquet – 410,000
Pete Walsworth – 270,000
Zach Milchman – 190,000
Manuel Gomez – 130,000

Here are the final table results thus far:

6th: Mike Zholendz – $1,826
7th: Doug Booth – $1,596
8th: John Palace – $1,425
9th: Gabriel Ramos – $1,259
10th: Barry Gallaher – $1,094

Event 9: Emily Perrinjaquet Leads Final 10 Players

$360 Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) 
Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 2,500/5,000
Players Remaining: 10 of 152

The $360 pot-limit Omaha is down to its final 10 players and they have redrawn for seats at the unofficial final table.

There are only a couple minutes remaining in the level with blinds of 2,500/5,000 and everybody is guaranteed a cash of at least $1,094.

Here is the seat map and chip counts for the final 10 players:

Seat 1: Doug Booth – 190,000
Seat 2: Barry Gallaher – 65,000
Seat 3: Emily Perrinjaquet – 311,000
Seat 4: John Palace – 50,000
Seat 5: Zack Milchman – 19,000
Seat 6: Pete Walsworth – 246,500
Seat 7: David Shmuel – 295,000
Seat 8: Gabriel Ramos – 140,000
Seat 9: Mike Zholendz – 68,000
Seat 10: Manuel Gomez – 192,500

Event 9: David Prociak Doubles With Full House over Full House

$360 Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) 
Structure | Payouts
Level 10: 500/1,000
Players Remaining: 36 of 152

David Prociak

On the turn with the board reading Ts7h3s7c, David Prociak checked from the big blind and a player in middle position checked as well. The button bet 5,000 and only Prociak called.

There was about 16,000 in the pot heading to the river, which was the 4s. Prociak checked and the button bet 10,000. Prociak moved all in for 23,400 and the button quickly called.

“Tens full,” said Prociak, showing TdTh5s2s.

“I really wanted to check,” said the button, who showed 7d6d5d4h, good for a smaller boat.

Prociak won the pot as a player was eliminated on another table and the field was trimmed down to 36 players and the final four tables.

David Prociak – 79,000

Event 9: $45,600 Prize Pool With $12,589 Up Top

$360 Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) 
Structure
Level 9: 400/800
Total Entries: 152

With the start of level 9, registration is closed for the $360 pot-limit Omaha and the prize pool is finalized. With 152 entries in the field, it generated a $45,600 prize pool and the top 19 spots will earn a cash of at least $684.

Full prize pool details and payouts:

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event #9
Entries: 152
Prize Pool: $45,600
August 6, 2018

1st: $12,589 + Trophy
2nd: $7,980
3rd: $4,697
4th: $2,851
5th: $2,212
6th: $1,826
7th: $1,596
8th: $1,425
9th: 1,259
10th-12th: $1,094
13th-15th: $935
16th-18th: $798
19th: $684

Event 9: More Four Card Poker

$360 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1: 25/50

As long as South Florida keeps coming out for Pot Limit Omaha games, we will continue to put plenty of them on the schedule. Today we have another and Event 9 is a $360 Pot Limit Omaha version.

Entrants will start with 10,000 stacks and the tournament will run 30-minute levels. Late registration and re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 7:30pm. This is a one-day trophy event so we will have another PLO champ before too long.

  • 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 9 Structure Sheet

SHRPO Day 5 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 7 – $360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)

  • 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 7 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 8 – $360 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 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 8 Structure Sheet

2PM: Event 1 Day 3 – $570 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

2PM: Event 6 Day 2 – $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Single Re-Entry)

3PM: Event 9 – $360 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)

  • 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 9 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 10 – $150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $20,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • $5,250 SHRPO Championship seat added to 1st place
  • 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 10 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 39 – $140 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into any $1,100 SHRPO event
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Satellite will be held in the Poker Room
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 39 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 40 – $550 Multi-Event Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 packages guaranteed worth $5,000 each
  • Package includes $2,650 Event 20 seat, $1,100 Event 21 seat, and $1,250 cash
  • Players begin with 8,000 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 40 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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With a Lifetime of Hi-Lo Experience, Matt Kaplan Wins $360 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, FL 
Event 9
$360 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo
Entries: 87
Prize Pool: $26,100
April 10, 2018 

Matt Kaplan

Matt Kaplan has been playing hi-lo games for as long as he can remember. He used the knowledge he picked up as a child and used that knowledge to take down the $360 pot-limit Omaha hi-lo event on Tuesday night at the Hard Rock.

Kaplan defeated Sheila O’Connor heads-up to finish off an 87-entry field and take home $8,416. Despite having decades of poker experience under his belt, Kaplan spends a good chunk of his time in cash games and this is his first recorded tournament win.

“I’ve been playing poker since I was born,” said the New York native after his win. “And I’ve played on and off for a living.”

During his childhood growing up in New York, he learned the game from his father. It sparked an interest in the game that never waned.

“When I was real young, my dad, every Wendesday night had a hi-lo game in my house,” said Kaplan. “I would literally sit on his lap and learn how to play. Ace-two-three-four-six was the nuts, not a wheel. I learned how to play declare hi-low when I real little.”

After learning the fundamentals, it was off to the races for Kaplan.

“Ever since then, I’ve always played,” said the 45-year-old. “I played Omaha at Foxwoods for a long time. It’s one of my favorite games.”

During his time in New York, Kaplan spent time playing both professionally and semi-professionally. When he wasn’t playing in New York, he was managing restaurants. He moved down to South Florida three years ago to get away from New York and ended up pouring his energy back into poker.

Now, he’s back playing poker as his sole source of income.

“I moved down here to get away from New York,” said Kaplan. “I was there for like 40 years…. I came down here expecting to work and play, but the games are pretty soft. It’s been good.”

Aside from wanting to get out of the cold and under the sun, the poker boom hurt the New York poker games. Having played for so long, Kaplan saw the difference in the games and the ability to beat the games in New York before and after Moneymaker’s victory.

“The New York poker scene really changed because the underground games, the owners started taking big rakes and it became tough to beat the game,” said Kaplan. “You have to drive to Atlantic City or Foxwoods. It was really annoying. I started working for a long time and then started getting back into it again.”

Kaplan came into the final table with the chip lead and seemingly never let up. He went heads-up with O’Connor with a chip lead and finished her off fairly quickly.

“That’s basically what happened,” said Kaplan when asked if he just steamrolled the final table. “I did get hit with the deck a little bit. Had a lot of aces today, but I played solid the best I could.”

With an 87-entry field, the top 11 spots finished in the money. Here is a look at the results:

1st: Matt Kaplan – $8,416
2nd: Sheila O’Connor – $5,090
3rd: Frank Argano – $3,165
4th: Mitchell Smith – $2,140
5th: Stephen Allen – $1,631
6th: Ralph Broderick – $1,305
7th: Joseph Orsino – $1,083
8th: Claudangelo Beaudouin – $914
9th: David Mclure – $842
10th: Sean Remz – $783
11th: Jeffrey Higgins – $731

Event 9: Matt Kaplan Leads Final 10

$360 Pot Limit Omaha/8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 15: 1,500/3,000
Players Remaining: 10 of 87

The pot-limit Omaha hi-lo event is down to its final 10 players and they have redrawn for seats at the unofficial final table. With one more player eliminated, the final nine will be credited with making the final table.

Everybody is guaranteed a cash of at least $783, but the winner will leave with $8,416.

Here is a look at the seating arrangement and chip counts for the final 10 players:

Seat 1: Frank Argand – 37,000
Seat 2: Andy McClure – 76,000
Seat 3: Sheila O’Connor – 145,000
Seat 4: Joseph Orsino – 34,000
Seat 5: Steve Allen – 61,500
Seat 6: Ralph Broderick – 32,000
Seat 7: Matt Kaplan – 251,000
Seat 8: Mitchell Smith – 81,000
Seat 9: Claudangelo Beaudouin – 11,000
Seat 10: Sean Remz – 120,000

Event 9: Pot Limit Omaha/8 Payouts with $8,416 to the Champ

$360 Pot Limit Omaha/8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 9: 400/800
Players Remaining: 32 of 87

Registration closed for the $360 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha/8 tournament with 87 total entries. They combined to create a prize pool worth $26,100 and the last 11 players will share in the money.

A min-cash is worth $731 and the PLO8 Champ will walk away with $8,416 plus the Showdown trophy.

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 

Hollywood, FL
Event 9
$360 Pot Limit Omaha/8 (Re-Entry)
Entries: 87
Prize Pool: $26,100
April 10, 2018

1st: $8,416 + Trophy
2nd: $5,090
3rd: $3,165
4th: $2,140
5th: $1,631
6th: $1,305
7th: $1,083
8th: $914
9th: $842
10th: $783
11th: $731