2016 Coco Poker Open Seminole Casino Coconut Creek Coconut Creek, FL Event #1 $240 Omaha Hi/Low Entries: 61 Prize Pool: $12,400 September 21, 2016
South Florida regular adds to long track record of Omaha hi/low success.
Claudangelo Beaudouin kicked off the 2016 Coco Poker Open in style Wednesday night winning the series opening event, a $240 Omaha hi/low tournament. Beaudouin dominated nearly every stage of the tournament, masterfully made his way through its 62-entry field and nabbed a $3,100 top prize following a five-way chop.
The impressive performance didn’t come as all that much of a surprise for Beaudouin. His victory Monday night marked his second Omaha hi/low final table appearance at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek this year. His first came in the form of a runner-up finish during January’s Coco Poker Showdown. That tournament was won by eventual Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year David Prociak. Additionally, Beaudouin won this very event in 2014.
Event 1 began at 12pm and marked the first of 15 primary events during the Coco Poker Open. The series runs through October 2 with the $1,000,000 guaranteed Championship headlining the schedule beginning this Friday, September 23. In addition to a six-figure prize, the winner of that event earns an added seat into next year’s $5,250 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship as well as a bundle of points toward the new SHRP Player of the Year race.
Assuming he pulls up a chair, Beaudouin will take a head of steam into the Championship coming off runner-up and two 1st-place finishes in the last two year Seminole Casino Coconut Creek series.
Event 1 final results:
1st: Claudangelo Beaudouin – $3,100 2nd: Mark Belzer – $1,950 3rd: Brian Gelrod – $1,950 4th: David Fleischer – $1,950 5th: Daniel Genachte – $1,218 6th: Aaron Kupin – $744 7th: “Detroit” Al Green – $620 8th: Robert Brown – $496 9th: Brandon Berkenfeld – $372
Shortly after the elimination of Aaron Kupin in 6th place, the remaining five players agreed to a chop. Chip leader Claudangelo Beaudouin went home with $3,100 and the title while Mark Belzer, David Fleischer and Brian Gelrod earned $1,950. Short stack Genachte Daniel, meanwhile, pocketed $1,218.
A brief report will be posted shortly.
8th: Robert Brown – $496 9th: Brandon Berkenfeld – $372
It took about 90 minutes of play before Iliad Belkin was eliminated in 10th place bursting the bubble and sending the remaining nine players into the money. From there, Brandon Berkenfeld finished 9th for $372 and Robert Brown finished 8th for $496.
With seven players remaining, Claudangelo Beaudouin leads with about 235,000 chips.
Following about seven hours of play, the 62-entry field in today’s $240 Omaha hi/low event is down to the final table of 10. Leading the way on the money bubble is David Fleischer with a stack of 142,000.
Here’s a look at the final table seating assignments with chip counts followed by the tournament payouts:
Seat 1: Brandon Berkenfeld – 29,000 Seat 2: Brian Gelrod – 34,500 Seat 3: Ilia Belkin – 66,000 Seat 4: Claudangelo Beaudouin – 99,500 Seat 5: Genachte Daniel – 53,000 Seat 6: David Fleischer – 142,000 Seat 7: Robert Brown – 12,000 Seat 8: Mark Belzer – 94,500 Seat 9: “Detroit” Al Green – 57,000 Seat 10: Aaron Kupin – 32,500
Delray Beach’s Brandon Berkenfeld is at home on a South Florida poker table. This past January he finished 3rd in this very event during the property’s Coco Poker Showdown. In all, he’s scored nearly $35,000 in earnings following 20 in-the-money finishes at a mix of Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood and a number of other local rooms.
With a stack of 38,500, he currently sits toward the top of the Coco Poker Open Omaha hi/low chip counts and looks to add to a growing list of cashes.
With the start of Level 7 comes the end of registration in the Coco Poker Open $240 Omaha hi/low event. The 61-entry field generated a total prize pool of $12,400 besting the $10,000 guarantee comfortably. Each of the nine final table participants finishes in the money with a min-cash worth $372. The scores increase from there and top out in the form of a $3,720 first prize.
Players are freshly back in their seats following the first break in the $240 Coco Poker Open Omaha hi/low event. The clock shows 58 entries, and in typical hi/low fashion, there doesn’t appear to have been much chip movement early.
Despite adding just 4,100 to his 10,000-chip starting stack, Ron Schroeder tops the counts. Registration and re-entry are available for another hour and complete prize pool information will be posted shortly thereafter.
The clock reads 54 entries at the beginning of Level 3 and the $10,000 guaranteed in the Coco Poker Open $240 Omaha hi/low is officially busted. The prize pool sits at an unofficial $10,800 with late registration and re-entry still available.
A quick look around the tournament space reveals a slew of notable faces. Among them are Brandon Berkenfeld who finished 3rd in this event during January’s Coco Showdown, Jordan Chizick who own three victories during Seminole Hard Rock Poker series in Hollywood and fellow SHRP winner Kevin Love.
Here’s a look at above standouts as well as some of the other South Florida regulars: