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The 20-event long 2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO) commenced on November 19 at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. Topping the $1,100 No Limt Hold’em event at the series was Indian-origin player Raminder Singh, who in the post-event interview dedicated his win to his daughter, Sonya. Singh bagged $37,706 at the event.
The series kicked off with the $360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em and was won by Trung Pham, who defeated a massive field of 4,558 entries that generated a prize pool of $1,367,400. Pham claimed the lion’s share of the prize pool for $123,364 in first-place prize money.
Representing Team India at the series are Hiren Dharani and Nipun Java. Dharani finished 13th in the $1,100 NLH for $3,125 (₹2.22 Lakhs), while Java cashed $684 (₹48,748) for finishing 357th in the $360 DeepStack NLH.
The $1,100 NLH pulled in 170 entries and culminated on November 19. Taking down the event was Indian-origin player Raminder Singh who banked $37,706 for his win.
This was Singh’s fourth title win in recent weeks and his breakout form has fared him well with titles in the $130 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Bounty #7 for $1,168 and the $130 No Limit Hold’em – Turbo Bounty #12 at the 2018 Isle Open for $1,171, along with the 2018 Deepstacks Charity Festival $2,200 No Limit Hold’em for $22,000. With over 138 cashes under his belt, Singh is a big deal in the South Florida poker community where he resides.
Indian challenger Hiren Dharani who recently finished 10th in the $3,500 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event at the WPT Maryland at Live! Casino for $33,047 (₹23.55 Lakhs), was seen in action too. He narrowly missed the final table finishing 13th for $3,125 (₹2.22 Lakhs).
With the top 22 spots assured payouts, known names who figured among the in-the-money finishers were Vitor Coelho (12th for $3,694), Hyndi Khomutetsky (14th for $3,125), Indian-origin player Sukhjinder Hare (17th for $2,597), Chris Moorman (18th for $2,597), Paul Domb (20th for $2,102) and Scott Wright (22nd for $1,608).
Guy Naimi (11th for $3,694) became the final table bubble boy.
Following the eliminations of several notable players on the final table including Irish pro Gavin O’Rourke (10th) and David Jackson (5th), Travis Jackson and Raminder Singh came up against Jackson for heads-up play. Both players agreed to a heads-up deal with Singh eventually winning the title.
Singh dedicated his win to his daughter Sonya saying, “My daughter, Sonya, she’s into ice skating and she wins a lot of trophies too. She wins some in ice skating and I win some in poker. This is to inspire her. When I take a new trophy home, she is quite inspired to win more in ice skating and do well. That is a great inspiration as a dad.”
Regarding his poker career and other wins, Singh stated, “Those are all amateur trophies, I call it. I call myself a true amateur in the Slum Donkey Poker Community. I’m one of the decent amateurs. I’ll describe it like that, but I enjoy poker in my free time.”
1. Raminder Singh – $37,706*
2. Travis Jackson – $34,311*
3. Lucas Braga – $16,910
4. Sherrie Williams – $10,290
5. David Jackson – $7,940
6. Edward McNamara – $6,580
7. Ann Coffen – $5,689
8. Jason Budish – $4,978
9. Derek Bowers – $4,434
10. Gavin O’Rourke – $3,694
*denotes heads-up deal
The 2018 RRPO kicked off with the $360 DeepStack NLH (Re-Entry) which drew in one of the largest fields in Florida history – a total of 4,558 entries! Fielding across eight starting flights, the massive player field was topped by Texan pro Trung Pham who collected $123,364 for his win, following a seven-way ICM chop.
Pham recently won his second World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) gold ring in the $400 No Limit Hold’em (One Day) at the WSOP Circuit – Choctaw, Durant for $25,883. While his total live earnings stand at $545,061, his latest score worth $123,364 in this event is his career-best live cash.
India’s Nipun Java, an active player on the international circuit, also joined the action and finished in the money, placing 357th for $684 (₹48,748).
Out of 451 runners who finished in the money were several well-known faces including Peter Udovik (12th for $10,563), Richard Saunders (23rd for $4,786), Indian-origin player Harjinder Chawla (44th for $3,350), WSOP bracelet winner Roberly Felicio (79th for $2,393) and 2018 WPT bestbet Bounty Scramble Main Event winner Tony Tran (251st for $804).
Finishing in 11th place for $10,563, was Larry Hirschfield who missed the final table by a whisker.
After the eliminations of Rick Boyle (10th), David Maslowski (9th) and James Lloyd (8th), the remaining seven players began to talk about a deal. Originally, just the top two were slated to receive six-figure payouts with $218,794 up top and $142,216 set aside for the runner-up. Instead, the deal gave five players six-figure paydays and the other two more than fifth-place money.
Pham met Devond Marshall in the heads-up play, defeating him to post his career-best live cash of $123,364, along with taking home the event trophy.
1. Trung Pham – $123,364*
2. Devond Marshall – $109,854*
3. Kharlin Sued – $106,611*
4. Carlos Loving – $102,888*
5. David Laufer – $101,146*
6. Pavlos Kasselouris – $72,443*
7. Lorell Pascual – $68,787*
8. James Lloyd – $25,927
9. David Maslowski – $15,725
10. Rick Boyle – $10,563
*denotes seven-way deal
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