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Francois Zayas Turns $360 into Over $100K at Seminole Hard Rock

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  • A deal at Seminole Hard Rock saw seven players bank over $50,000 in the Ultimate Reentry.

Seminole Hard Rock's latest monstrous reentry event, appropriately dubbed $360 Ultimate Reentry at Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open, ended Monday evening with a multi-way deal that saw seven players turn $360 into more than $50,000 after surviving a 3,570-entry field.

The most lucrative cut went to Miami resident Francois Zayas, who walked away from the negotiations with $107,793. His best cash coming into the event was just over $8,000.

“It was awesome,” Zayas told tournament reporters. “I ran good since Day 1 and today I ran like a god.”

Six of his competitors banked between $52,661 and $85,481.

Official Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHometownPrize
1Francois ZayasMiami Springs, FL$107,973*
2Daniel TaylorHensall, Canada$85,481*
3Song OTampa, FL$85,146*
4Benjamin MinerAtlanta, GA$75,070*
5Brandon AgeloffCoconut Creek, FL$70,133*
6Richard Trippensee Jr.Sunrise, FL$57,735*
7Pasquale CaiazzaDavie, FL$52,661*
8Sam WynderPalm Springs, FL$15,818
9Ruslan DykshteynHallandale Beach, FL$11,205

*reflects seven-way deal

Originally, the tournament was set to award more than $200,000 to the first-place finisher, with 13 players surviving to make an unscheduled final day. Some players who narrowly missed the cut after late Day 2 bustouts included Hard Rock Ambassador Loni Harwood, Jonathan Hilton and Josh Beckley.

The final day began without a single player over 50 big blinds according to the live updates, but things moved quickly to a final table with start-of-day leader Daniel Taylor scoring some early knockouts en route to 10-handed play. Zayas, though, kept pace, and both players raced past 11 million at 60,000/120,000/20,000 when nobody else was above 6 million.

Final Table Action

After Tracy Potter busted his last few blinds to fall in 10th, Zayas and Taylor played a key pot that would propel Zayas to the top spot and secure him the eventual big payout. Zayas raised to 410,000 and got three callers to a {9-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds}{2-Hearts} flop. Taylor bet out 505,000 from the big blind and Zayas made it 1.1 million. Taylor called and they went heads up to a {3-Clubs} and then an {8-Spades}, both of which checked through.

Zayas tabled {q-Clubs}{q-Diamonds} and took it with queens up, distancing himself from the pack.

Song O tried to put the pressure on by shoving for 2.5 million effective when Ruslan Dykshteyn raised on the button to 375,000 at 75,000/150,000/25,000, but Dykshteyn found the call button with {a-Clubs}{9-Spades} and had the lead against {j-Hearts}{10-Spades}. Four bricks fell but a ten on the river doomed Dykshteyn.

Benjamin Miner then won a race to bust Sam Wynder, holding with {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds} against {a-Spades}{j-Diamonds} during that same level.

That left seven players who all had very playable chip counts ranging from 3.7 million to Zayas' 13.9 million. They decided to make a deal based on those counts and Zayas, who said he only fired a single entry into the prize pool, claimed the lion's share of the money.

Photo courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock

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