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Ben Boston Victorious in Seminole Hard Rock RRPO Opener for $133,918

Ben Boston

The 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open will culminate with a $3,500 buy-in, $2 million guaranteed World Poker Tour Main Event from November 29-December 4. In the meantime, a series of side events are playing out in South Florida.

One of them was Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH, which cruised by its $1 million guarantee by drawing 4,699 entrants and creating a $1,579,640 prize pool.

“It’s a $400-coin flip into a field of almost 5,000 people. Of course, I thought I was torching the $400."

The tournament ended in an ICM deal that saw the final six players all lock up more than $114K in prize money. Coming out on top was Ben Boston, who claimed the trophy and $133,918 in prize money.

“It feels great,” Boston told tournament officials after the win. “I’ve toyed around with tournaments a little bit over the years, but I never really took them seriously. I’m a cash game player.”

Boston, who traveled to Florida from Los Angeles, added: “I wasn’t expecting to win anything,” said Boston. “It’s a $400-coin flip into a field of almost 5,000 people. Of course, I thought I was torching the $400. But why not?”

Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Ben Boston$133,918*
2Pedro Catinchi$133,776*
3Song O.$128,869*
4Ronald Campillo$119,432*
5Brian Mancilla$116,143*
6John Two-Bears$114,897*
7Richard Leger$39,605
8Stuart Hankin$27,625
9Leif Force$16,440

*Denotes six-way deal.

According to updates from the event, one of the biggest stories was the comeback of Pedro Catinchi, who on Day 2 was left with a quarter of a big blind just before the dinner break. Amazingly, he not only spun it up but ended Day 2 as the chip leader among the surviving players. At the final table, was nearly equal in chips to Boston when the deal was struck.

Speaking of Boston, he earned the last elimination at the final table. It happened when Richard Leger moved all in under the gun with nine-eight suited and Boston called from the cutoff. Boston wound up with kings and sevens to bust Leger, who missed a flopped open-ended straight draw.

The final six make a deal.
The final six make a deal.

Here’s a look at all those to capture side event titles at the 2019 RRPO:

Side Event Winners

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH4,699$1,579,650Ben Boston$133,918
Event #2: $400 Limit Omaha 886$29,240Gloria LoRusso$7,566
Event #3: $400 HORSE84$28,560Barry Levy$8,425
Event #5: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha137$46,580Tommy Tran$11,705
Event #6: $400 Big O78$26,520Gavin Smith$8,125
Event #7: $400 Deep Stack NLH263$89,420Sheldon Gross$20,370
Event #8: $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty111$113,775Schahin Ghiai$34,105
Event #10: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8102$34,680Michael Daud$9,015
Event #11: $150 Big Stack NLH486$58,320John Gorsuch$8,000 + $3,500 Championship seat

Images courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock.

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