Ray Piccin Wins the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $1 Million Guarantee

Posted at 10:30 2013-08-21 by Rich Ryan

On Monday, Event #7 of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, a $560 no-limit hold’em tournament with a $1 million guaranteed prize pool, came to a conclusion in Hollywood, FL. Ray Piccin was crowned the winner, earning $291,087, after defeating Darren Rabinowitz heads up. On the final hand, Rabinowitz, who won $190,125 for his runner-up performance, limped in on the button and called an all-in bet from Piccin with {A-}{2-}. Piccin turned over {K-}{J-}, and after the flop, turn, and river were completed, he held a winning two pair.

According to the Hendon Mob database, Piccin only has three other career cashes, including a 79th-place finish in a $350 event at the SHPRO last week for $2,340.

SHRPO Event #7 Results

Place Name Prize
1 Ray Piccin $291,087
2 Darren Rabinowitz $190,125
3 Neville Darrell $124,630
4 Jon Cohen $104,635
5 Bryan Campanello $85,150
6 Ben Zamani $66,935
7 Johnny Miller $49,140
8 Wendy Freedman $33,045
9 Sam Barnhart $23,725

The third and final day of SHRPO Event #7 began with 19 players, and 2013 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Bryan Campanello was the chip leader with nearly 100 big blinds. En route to the final table, notables Ty Reiman and Nicolas Cardyn hit the rail.

Reiman exited in 11th place when he moved all in preflop with pocket fours. Jon Cohen, the original raiser, looked him up with pocket eights and held. While Reiman was packing up, Cardyn was all in from under the gun on the other table, and Campanello called in the big blind. Cardyn turned over {Q-Hearts}{10-Hearts}, Campanello {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs}, and the bracelet winner made a flush to knockout the Frenchman.

Both Reiman and Cardyn earned $15,250.

The final table was set, and 20 hands later 2011 WSOP National Championship winner Sam Barnhart was eliminated. Barnhart was crippled in a previous hand and was forced to go all in with {9-}{2-}, which was dominated by Neville Darrell’s pocket eights. The eights held, and Barnhart was out in ninth.

Four hands later, Wendy Freedman, the only female to make the final table, moved all in from early position for roughly 10 big blinds. Rabinowitz re-shoved from the hijack seat, and the other players folded. Freedman tabled {Q-}{10-} off-suit, which was racing against Rabinowitz’s pocket nines, but the nines held on a king-high board.

In the next three hands, Johnny Miller and Ben Zamani busted in seventh and sixth place, respectively, and a dozen hands later Cohen jumped out to a big lead. Cohen called a min-raise from Campanello out of the blinds, then check-called a bet on a nine-high flop. Cohen check-raised when an ace hit the turn, Campanello called, and Cohen led for the first time when a third heart completed the board on the river. Campanello called, then mucked when Cohen showed {A-}{9-} for two pair, leaving Campanello with just 11 big blinds. Cohen rocketed up to 81 big blinds.

Nine hands later, Campanello was eliminated. He moved all in from the cutoff for 5 million with the blinds at 250,000/500,000/75,000, Rabinowitz re-shoved from his direct left for 7.325 million, and Cohen called in the big blind.

Cohen: {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds}
Rabinowitz: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}
Campanello: {j-Hearts}{8-Hearts}

Rabinowitz’s aces held up, pushing his stack to 19.8 million, Cohen slipped to 14.9 million, and Campanello was out in fifth place.

Rabinowitz doubled again 14 hands later with a flopped set of queens against Darrell’s flopped set of sixes, giving Rabinowitz 38.2 million chips and Darrell 21.3 million. He then eliminated Cohen in fourth place, when Cohen three-bet jammed for just under nine million with the blinds at 300,000/600,000/100,000. Rabinowitz called with {A-}{7-} suited, which was ahead of Cohen’s {K-}{5-} off-suit, and held.

During three-handed play, Darrell and Rabinowitz battled back and forth, but it was Piccin who eventually eliminated Darrell in third place. Darrell raised out of the small blind, Piccin moved all in from the big blind having Darrell slightly covered, and he called with {A-}{8-}. Piccin tabled pocket sevens, and won the crucial race.

With 62.75 million chips to Piccin’s 21.5 million, Rabinowitz entered heads-up play with a nearly three-to-one chip advantage. Piccin narrowed the gap in two all-in pots where Rabinowitz was forced to fold, and then took the lead in a third all-in pot where Rabinowitz bet and then folded on the turn. Thirty hands after taking the lead, the final hand occurred, and Piccin was crowned the champion.

Day 1a of SHRPO Event #21, the $10 million guarantee championship event, will begin on Thursday. Our friends at PokerNews will be on hand to provide you with player interviews and feature pieces, while the participants will be able to update you via the PokerNews MyStack App. Follow all of the action, here!

Data and photo courtesy of the SHRPO live updates team.

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