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

Event 9: Pot Limit Omaha/8

$360 Pot Limit Omaha/8 (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1: 25/50

We are well into the first week of the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and are ready to roll out the ninth tournament on the schedule. And it should be a fun one.

Event 9 is a $360 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha/8 tournament, combining the skills of those who like their poker in the PLO-style with some split action in there to chop some pots.

Each entrant will start with a 10,000 stack and all levels will run 30 minutes long. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 3:30 pm and the re-entry desk should be busy. There is a dinner break scheduled at 5:30 pm and the remaining players will return to play down to the champion.

Cards go in the air at 11 am and we will provide some highlights along the way.

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 8
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 9 Structure Sheet

Showdown Day 6 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 9 – $360 Pot Limit Omaha/8 (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 8
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 9 Structure Sheet

12PM: Day 1B – $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Event (Re-Entry)

  • $250,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 25,000 in chips and 40-minute levels
  • Late registration available until start of Level 10
  • Day 1 will end after Level 15 or Tournament Director discretion
  • WPTDeepStacks Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

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

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1,100 WPTDeepStacks 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

3PM: Event 40 – $150 Double Green Chip Bounty (Re-Entry)

  • $390 Showdown satellite seat added to 1st place
  • Players begin with 10,000 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 40 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 41 – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $20,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • $3,500 WPT Championship seat added to 1st place
  • Players begin with 10,000 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 41 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 42 – $200 Turbo into Purple Chip Bounty (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1,650/$100K GTD Purple Chip Bounty
  • 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 42 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 9: Sebastian Kos Wins After Four-Way Deal

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 9
$570 Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries: 80
Prize Pool: $40,000
January 15, 2018

                                                                                 Sebastian Kos

Event 9 of the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $570 Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) tournament. A total of 80 entries created a prize pool of $40,000 with the top 10 places being paid.

When the money bubble burst and the final 10 players converged at one table, 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Player of the Year David Prociak was the chip leader. He eliminated four of the first five players to fall at the final table and seemed primed to win his fifth Pot-Limit Omaha title at the Seminole Hard Rock. However, his run came to an abrupt end as he went from chip leader with five players remaining to out in fifth place, opening the door for Sebastian Kos to emerge as the official victor after a four-handed deal was reached.

Kos was third in chips to begin the final table and held steady while Prociak thinned the field. When Prociak’s luck began to change, Kos scored the final blow by eliminating him in fifth place.

With the remaining players all within four big blinds of each other, they agreed to look at the numbers and eventually agreed to a deal.

For Kos, it marks his fourth cash in a major series event at the Seminole Hard Rock and his first trophy. It also bumps him toward the $120,000 mark in career tournament winnings.

Final Results
1st: Sebastian Kos – $7,557*
2nd: Marcus Stein – $7,429*
3rd: Leandro Peirano – $7,284*
4th: Edward Han – $7,230*
5th: David Prociak – $2,500
6th: Fito Rascosvky – $2,000
7th: Peter Eichhardt – $1,800
8th: Zack Milchman – $1,600
9th: Artem Maksimov – $1,400
10th: Joseph Irgon – $1,200

*denotes four-way deal

Event 9: We Have a Deal!

$570 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 4 of 80

Sebastian Kos – 1st Place

The remaining four players agreed to a deal. Here were their chip counts at the time, followed by their subsequent payouts.

Sebastian Kos – 254,000
Marcus Stein – 244,000
Leandro Peirano – 233,000
Edward Han – 229,000

As chip leader, Sebastian Kos is officially the winner of Event 9 of the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

Sebastian Kos – $7,557
Marcus Stein – $7,429
Leandro Peirano – $7,284
Edward Han -$7,230

A tournament recap will be posted later tonight.

Marcus Stein – 2nd Place
Leandro Peirano – 3rd Place
Edward Han – 4th Place

Event 9: David Prociak – 5th Place ($2,500)

$570 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 4 of 80

                                                                            David Prociak – 5th Place

David Prociak raised to 14,000 from the button, Sebastian Kos three-bet to 62,000 from the small blind, and Prociak called.

The flop came down 8d5d2c,  Kos bet the pot, and Prociak called all in for about 35,000.

Prociak: Qs8s5h4h
Kos: KdKs10c9c

Prociak had outflopped Kos to take the lead with top two pair, The turn was the 7s, though, giving Kos an open-ended straight draw. The Kc river completed the board, giving Kos a set of kings to eliminate Prociak in fifth place for $2,500.

Sebastian Kos – 255,000 (43 bb)
David Prociak – Eliminated

Event 9: Edward Han and Marcus Stein Score Doubles Through David Prociak

$570 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 5 of 80

In the span of about 15 minutes, David Prociak went from chip leader to short stack. Marcus Stein was the main beneficiary, scoring two double ups against Prociak, while Edward Han scored one in the middle.

On the first hand, with the board reading 8c6c3d, Stein was all in for about 45,000 with AhAd8d6h for top two pair. Prociak had a ton of outs with Qc9s8s7s for top pair with an open-ended straight draw, but found no help from the 3s turn and 2d river.

A few hands later with the flop reading 5c3s2h, Han was in the tank after Prociak check-raised a covering amount. Han apologized to the table a few times and tanked for about two minutes before he called all in for 109,000 with AhQh6c5d. Prociak was well behind with KhQs6d5s as Han had most of Prociak’s outs. The 7d and 10h river completed the board, and Han won the pot with a pair of fives with the ace kicker.

Not long after, following the river of a Js4s2h9hKs board, Stein was all in for 56,000. Prociak called and Stein showed As10sXxXx, for an ace-high flush. Prociak showed 9s5sXxXx for an inferior flush and mucked, locking up another double for Stein.

Marcus Stein – 245,000 (41 bb)
Edward Han – 230,000 (38 bb)
David Prociak – 80,000 (13 bb)

Event 9: Fito Rascovsky – 6th Place ($2,000)

$570 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 2,500/5,000
Players Remaining: 5 of 80

                                                                                 Fito Rascovsky – 6th Place

Fito Rascovsky was all in from under the gun for a total of 32,500 against David Prociak in the small blind.

Rascovsky: AsKsKc8d
Prociak: Ac9s8s4h

The board came down 10c7s5h6hAd, giving Prociak a ten-high straight to eliminate Rascovsky in sixth place.

“I didn’t even see him in the hand,” said Prociak. “I thought it was blind vs. blind.”

“He’s just so in the zone,” said tablemate Marcus Stein of Prociak. “Doesn’t even know he’s knocking everyone out.”

David Prociak – 440,000 (88 bb)
Fito Rascovsky – Eliminated