Zhuang Ruan wins $ 50,000 High Roller Seminole Hard Rock Open for $ 562,600
Zhuang Ruan had just three live tournament results under his belt before entering 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Super high roller no limit hold’em event with a buy-in of $ 50,000 which took place from August 5th to 6th. Despite just over $ 102,000 in winnings, Ruan jumped into this high-stakes event, taking part in a 29-entry field that was largely made up of top-tier regulars. In the end, Ruan was the last player standing. He emerged victorious with the title and the top prize of $ 562,600. It was his very first six-figure tournament score.
Ruan also received 306 Card player Player of the year points as champion of this event. It was his first POY-qualified score of the year, but not his first title. He won a $ 5,000 buy-in event at the Tampa Poker World Tour series that did not meet jackpot and court size requirements for allocation POY points. Although he did not get any ranking points for the victory, he did earn a salary of $ 66,000. Ruan now occupies 744th place of 2021 POY ranking of races, which are sponsored by Global Poker.
The last day of this two-day tournament started with six players remaining and only five ready to make any money. Thrice World Series of Poker bracelet winner and two-time US Poker Open champion David Peters was knocked out on the bubble when his small blind eights failed to hold up against the regulars push button and WPT champion Dan Smith, who held 104. Running spades gave Smith a flush on the river to secure the pot, knocking out Peters in sixth place.
Sean Perry was the next to drop. The rising star of high-stakes tournaments was in her 15th birthday POY-qualified final table of the year and looking to add to his three titles in rewarding events POY points. He went all-in with a pair of sevens against KJ Smith, who made a pair of jacks to send Perry to fifth place ($ 112,520). Perry won 128 POY points for his last final table result, enough to place him in fourth place in the POY ranking. He also received 68 PokerGO Tour ranking points for his last deep run in a high stakes event. With 1,819 points in total, he remains in second place in this ranking, with current leader Ali Imsirovic just 575 points ahead of him.
Giuseppe Iadisernia’s run in this event ended shortly after his Q-10 lost a key all-in to fellow short stacked compatriot Cary Katz. Iadisernia flopped a queen to take the lead, but Katz riveted a king to win the much-needed double up. Iadisernia ended up with less than a small blind and was knocked out soon after. He won $ 154,715 as a fourth place finish.
Recent PokerGO Cup The winner of the $ 100,000 buy-in event, Cary Katz, fell to the bottom of the chip count in a three-way action. He pushed his last seven big blinds with AJ button and received a call from Zhuang Ruan, who had picked up A8 in the small blind. Ruan flopped an eight to take the lead and held on from there, sending Katz to the rail in third place ($ 225,040). It was Katz’s 12th POY-qualified final table of the year, and his second in recent days. He received 204 POY points this time around. He now occupies 14th place in the general classification. The 135 PokerGO Tour the points he got for his 15th score in this points race saw him overtake Sam Soverel to reach fourth place.
The heads-up started with Ruan in the lead, holding 2,100,000 against Smith’s 1,525,000. The two exchanged their lead a bit before Ruan started to walk away. In the final hand, Smith limped from the button with AQ. Ruan checked his J8 big blind and the flop fell JJ2. Ruan bet 125,000 with his trips and Smith called. The Q gave Smith queens and jacks with an ace kick. He called Ruan’s bet again, this time for 250,000. The river brought the K and Ruan went all-in for over 2.2 million. Smith entered the tank before canceling his last 585,000. Smith’s hand was the second best and he won $ 351,625 for his second place finish. The score increased his career tournament earnings to $ 37.7 million, securing him fifth place on poker’s all-time winning list.
Here is an overview of the earnings and ranking points awarded during this event:
|1||Zhuang Ruan||$ 562,600||306||338|
|2||Dan Smith||$ 351,625||255||211|
|3||Cary katz||$ 225,040||204||135|
|4||Giuseppe Iadisernia||$ 154,715||153||93|
|5||Sean perry||$ 112,520||128||68|
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