Event 3: Final Results

Seminole Hard Rock Poker presents
Coco Poker Open at Coconut Creek
$560 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack (Re-Entry)
September 29-30, 2014

Total Entries: 113
Total Prize Pool: $56,500

Chris Bolek, Winner, Event 3
Chris Bolek, Winner, Event 3


Chris Bolek lives right down the road from Seminole Coconut Creek Casino so it’s no surprise to see him here on a regular basis for the Coco Poker Open. After falling short in Event 1, Bolek came back for another try in Event 3 and it was a good thing he did as he emerged victorious taking home $16,442 and the trophy for his victory.

The 25 year old Bolek said afterwards “it’s always nice to win” – something the young poker pro has started to become accustomed to as this is his fourth victory in the last two years. Bolek moved above $480,000 in lifetime tournament earnings with this score.

There were two hands at the final table that propelled Bolek to victory. The first was when he called down Paul Balzano on a board of Kd7h6d9sKs with 8h8d and was correct when Balzano turned over the bluff with As3c.

The second hand saw Bolek take a chunk of chips off of Richard Leger when Bolek check-raised Leger’s 25K bet on the AsAhQs flop to 65K and Leger put in another raise to 125K. Bolek called and the two would check the 6d on the turn. The river was the 7h and Bolek placed out a bet of 175K and Leger would make the call with KhQc for aces and queens with a king kicker. “Ace,” said Bolek, as he turned over Ad8h to take down the pot.

Once Oleg Vayman was eliminated in 4th place when his AdKc could not outrace Howard Darnold’s 6h6d, the three remaining players made a deal giving Darnold and Leger $10,000 apiece and giving Bolek the remainder and the trophy.

Congratulations on a well earned victory Chris!


1stChris Bolek$16,442.00
2ndRichard Leger$10,000.00
3rdHoward Darnold$10,000.00
4thOleg Vayman$4,803.00
5thPaul Balzano$3,814.00
6thLarry Klur$2,966.00
7thMichael Goldfarb$2,401.00
8thJohn DePersio$1,836.00
9thDavid Felger$1,271.00
10thNigel Murray$989.00
11thJames Sutherland$989.00
12thJorge Gomez$989.00