2015 Coco Poker Open

2015 Coco Poker Open Championship Recap

2015 Coco Poker Open
$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
$1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool

October 1-5, 2015

Total Entries:  410
Total Prize Pool: $1,000,000

Matt Affleck, 2015 Coco Poker Open Champion
Matt Affleck, 2015 Coco Poker Open Champion

Recap:

The 2015 Coco Poker Open Championship was the big event on the two week schedule and attracted players from around the world. There were 410 entrants for the tournament this year and it was Hard Rock Poker ambassador Matt Affleck taking the title along with the $264,000 prize money.

The Championship event featured three starting flights and the surviving players after ten levels returned for Day 2 on Sunday. It was a long day and they didn’t hit the money with 45 players remaining until after the dinner break. From there it moved quickly and the field was ready to move on to the last day of the Championship.

Local pro Chance Kornuth finished strong on Day 2 and came to the final day with a big chip lead over the remaining 27 players. That’s where the good news ended for Kornuth, nothing went his way on Monday and he was eliminated in 12th place.

The final table ten were joined as one when 2014 Coco Poker Open Champion John Dolan went out in 11th, a  great result for the former WSOP November Niner. Seminole Hard Rock Poker ambassador Michael Laake went out in 10th and the final table was moved into the high limit room.

They quickly played down until just three players were around and each guaranteed at least $100,000 with Affleck holding a commanding lead. Each had top results in their past but only one would earn the title. Cord Garcia, 2015 WSOP Colossus Champion, went out in 3rd place and Gaspard lasted only a few hands before Affleck sent him out in 2nd.

The Championship trophy belonged to Affleck along with the $264,000 payday, the second largest of his career behind his 15th place result in the 2010 WSOP Main Event.

2015 Coco Poker Open Championship Results:

1st: Matt Affleck – $264,000
2nd: Jean Gaspard – $155,000
3rd: Cord Garcia – $100,500
4th: Nathan Bjerno – $70,000
5th: Kevin Ho – $50,500
6th: James Brown – $40,500
7th: Danny Notice – $31,000
8th: Andre Pillow – $22,000
9th: Ioannis Patsourakis – $16,000
10th: Michael Laake – $12,000
11th: John Dolan – $12,000
12th: Chance Kornuth – $12,000
13th: Javier Zarco – $9,500
14th: Richard Leger – $9,500
15th: Hunter Cichy – $9,500
16th: Peter Walsworth – $8,000
17th: Jonathan Abla – $8,000
18th: Bienvenido Santiago – $8,000
19th: T.K. Miles – $7,000
20th: Alberto Rodriguez – $7,000
21st: Brandon Miller – $7,000
22nd: Shea Smith – $7,000
23rd: John Holley – $7,000
24th: Joshua Hillock – $7,000
25th: Tristan Wade – $7,000
26th: Scott Zakheim – $7,000
27th: John Depersio – $7,000
28th: Neil Blumenfield – $6,000
29th: Scott Efron – $6,000
30th: Evan Teitelbaum – $6,000
31st: Vu Tuan – $6,000
32nd: Zachary Goodman – $6,000
33rd: Jerry Wong – $6,000
34th: Steven McKoy – $6,000
35th: David Barbieri – $6,000
36th: Harvey Freedman – $6,000
37th: Mohammed Jaafar – $5,000
38th: Corey Burbick – $5,000
39th: Chris Bolek – $5,000
40th: James Carroll – $5,000
41st: Alfonso Perez – $5,000
42nd: Roberto Barreto – $5,000
43rd: Hans Winzeler – $5,000
44th: Stewart Newman – $5,000
45th: Eric Becks – $5,000

Championship: Affleck Defeats Gaspard to Win Title

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

Matt Affleck, 2015 Coco Poker Open Champion
Matt Affleck, 2015 Coco Poker Open Champion

Jean Gaspard was going to have a lot of work to erase Matt Affleck’s huge lead from the beginning. It did not start off well and the heads up match was done quickly.

The penultimate hand saw Affleck take Gaspard to value town with 100K, 200K, and 550K bets to the river with trip Sevens and a huge pot.

The next hand saw the chips quickly in the middle with Affleck’s 8s8d ahead for all the chips against ac7h. The kh7d6d flop gave Gaspard a little help Gaspard but the 8c turn locked up the Championship for Affleck. Gaspard played a great tournament from start to close but had to settle for $155,000 runner-up money.

The $264,000 first place money for Affleck is the second biggest of his career behind his 15th place finish in the 2010 WSOP Main Event.

Championship: Cord Garcia – 3rd Place ($100,500)

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 27: 25,000/50,000/5,000 Ante

Cord Garcia - 3rd Place ($100,000)
Cord Garcia – 3rd Place ($100,000)

Jean Gaspard took a little piece off of Matt Affleck, doubling up with ksjc against actd but that didn’t slow Affleck down.

Just two hands later he had Cord Garcia all-in and they were racing. Affleck’s adqc would need to hit against Garcia’s 7c7h to knock him out, and did just that on the ksqh3h flop.

No love for Garcia on the qd turn or 8c river and he was on his way to the payout desk before flying out to California.

Seat 1: Matt Affleck – 8,600,000 (172 bb)
Seat 4: Jean Gaspard – 1,655,000 (33 bb)

Championship: Nathan Bjerno – 4th Place ($70,000)

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000 Ante

Nathan Bjerno - 4th Place ($70,000)
Nathan Bjerno – 4th Place ($70,000)

There was ~1 million in the heads up pot between Matt Affleck and Nathan Bjerno when Affleck bet enough to put Bjerno all-in on the river.

Bjerno looked pained and several times looked like he was going to fold his hand with the board reading jc6h3h7hts. With 1.4 million remaining, he called off his stack and Affleck showed the nut flush ah9h. Bjerno tabled his inferior jhth and stood up.

The hand left Affleck with 6 million of the 10 million in play at the three-handed table.

Seat 1: Matt Affleck – 6,100,000 (153 bb)
Seat 4: Cord Garcia – 1,200,000 (30 bb)
Seat 7: Jean Gaspard – 2,900,000 (73 bb)

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Championship: James Brown – 6th Place ($40,500)

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 26: 20,000/40,000/5,000 Ante

James Brown - 6th Place ($40,500)
James Brown – 6th Place ($40,500)

Matt Affleck and James Brown battled one last time, and it didn’t end well for Brown. He opened to 90,000 from the button and Affleck three-bet to 270,000 in the small blind. Kevin Ho let his big blind go and Brown moved all-in, effectively for 1.3 million.

Affleck quickly called with asqc to race against Brown’s 8h8d. Brown fell behind on the acks4h flop. The qh left Brown looking for two river outs but missed when it came 9c to send him out while Affleck moves way out front.

Brown: Eliminated in 6th Place
Affleck: 4,850,000

Championship: Bjerno Quiets the Prince

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000 Ante

Everyone knows when “Prince” Gaspard is at the table, he takes up most of the conversation. He was talking to Nathan Bjerno all the way to the river in a big hand that could change the outcome of the final table.

Bjerno opened action to 70,000 and Gaspard three-bet to 190,000. The raise was called to see the ac5d2d flop and Gaspard fired another 260,000. Bjerno thought it over and called again. Gaspard kept shooting with 350,000 after the 2c river and Bjerno called to get a comment from Gaspard.

“I give up,” he half-laughed. “Check in the dark.”

Bjerno checked behind after the 9c river and his ahjd out kicked Gaspard’s as6s. It was a 1.7 million chip pot without either getting all-in.

Gaspard: 950,000
Bjerno: 2,400,000

Championship: Bjerno Up; Ho Bounces

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000 Ante

Kevin Ho had a very swingy two hands, the first saw Nathan Bjerno move all-in after Ho three-bet. It was a quick call with ahqh but Ho was behind Bjerno’s ackc. The khkdts all but locked the hand up for Bjerno then eabred his double after the 6c turn and 9h river.

Bjerno: 1,725,000
Ho: 530,000

One hand later and Ho was at it again but with Cord Garcia this time. All the chips were in the middle after the 2s2h2d3s6c board was complete. Ho quickly turned over his quad-happy td2c to beat Garcia’s jhjd and build his stack back up.

Ho: 1,250,000
Garcia: 1,300,000

Championship: Danny Notice – 7th Place ($31,000)

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 25: 15,000/30,000/5,000 Ante

Danny Notice - 7th Place ($31,000)
Danny Notice – 7th Place ($31,000)

The seven remaining players took their time to feel each other out after the dinner break, but that only lasted one orbit. Danny Notice opened to 60,000 from under the gun to get calls from Jean Gaspard and James Brown.

Notice checked the ks8c6c flop and Gaspard bet out 90,000. Brown moved all-in and Notice called, Gaspard hemmed before letting his hand go. Notice was on a flush draw with ac4c against Brown’s top pair kdth.

Notice missed his flush draw and over card when the board completed 7d3s to send him out shortly after dinner.

Notice: Eliminated in 7th place
Brown: 1,842,000

Championship: Dinner Time Counts

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
End of Level 24: 12,000/24,000/3,000 Ante

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Matt Affleck is your dinner time leader by a small bit over Jean Gaspard. No one is in the danger zone with the average stack at 1,464,000 and 49 big blinds when they return to 15,000/30,000 and 5,000 ante.

Seat 1: Matt Affleck – 2,065,000 (69 bb)
Seat 2: Kevin Ho – 1,495,000 (50 bb)
Seat 3: Nathan Bjerno – 1,225,000 (41 bb)
Seat 4: Cord Garcia – 1,585,000 (53 bb)
Seat 5: Danny Notice – 815,000 (27 bb)
Seat 7: Jean Gaspard – 2,025,000 (68 bb)
Seat 9: James Brown – 1,040,000 (35 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $264,000
2nd: $155,000
3rd: $100,000
4th: $70,000
5th: $50,500
6th: $40,500
7th: $31,000

Championship: Affleck Climbing

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 24: 12,000/24,000/3,000 Ante

Matt Affleck limped his button followed by call and check from Kevin Ho and Nathan Bjerno in the blinds. An innocent beginning to the ks7h2c flop.

Ho and Bjerno checked, Affleck bet out 26,000 to get a call from Ho and fold from Bjerno. Ho checked again after the 9c turn and check/raised to 400,000 after Affleck bet 150,000. A four-bet shove from Affleck got a call from Ho with two pair kh7d.

Affleck was ahead with 2h2d and his set of ducks dodged the 6c river for the double.

Affleck: 2,100,000
Ho: 1,550,000

Championship: Ioannis Patsourakis – 9th Place ($16,000)

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 24: 12,000/24,000/3,000 Ante

Ioannis Patsourakis - 9th Place ($16,000)
Ioannis Patsourakis – 9th Place ($16,000)

Ioannis Patsourakis was milking his short stack for all its might and even laddered up a few spots before running into the “Prince”. He moved all-in for his small 65,000 and Gaspard called next to act. The rest of table let their hand go and the two were off.

Gaspard: khjs
Patsourakis: adjd

Patsourakis was ahead for the tiny double but Gaspard smashed the kcks8s flop. No miracle for Patsourakis and he was gone in 9th place for $16,000.

Championship: Ho Doubles Into the Lead

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 24: 12,000/24,000/3,000 Ante

Kevin Ho and Andre Pillow were heads up to the js9d3d flop and there they lit the fireworks. Ho was all-in with kckd and needed to catch after Pillow flopped a set with 3c3h.

His rail was yelling for a King but added a diamond demand after the 4d turn. Ho was delivered the four flush saving 6d river to send him into the lead.

Ho: 2,800,000
Pillow: 305,000

Championship: Moving Rooms

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 23: 12,000/24,000/3,000 Ante

The final table moved into the high limit room to make things a little more intimate. They’ll play down here until we have a winner.

Seat 1: Matt Affleck – 537,000 (22 bb)
Seat 2: Kevin Ho – 970,000 (40 bb)
Seat 3: Nathan Bjerno – 1,000,000 (42 bb)
Seat 4: Cord Garcia – 1,360,000 (57 bb)
Seat 5: Danny Notice – 610,000 (25 bb)
Seat 6: Ioannis Patsourakis – 75,000 (3 bb)
Seat 7: Jean Gaspard – 2,400,000 (100 bb)
Seat 8: Andre Pillow – 1,520,000 (63 bb)
Seat 9: James Brown – 1,750,000 (73 bb)

Championship: Michael Laake – 10th Place ($12,000)

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 22: 10,000/20,000/2,000 Ante

Michael Laake - 10th Place ($12,000)
Michael Laake – 10th Place ($12,000)

There was little movement over the first level back from break and we were in the process of updating chip counts when Michael Laake and James Brown played a seemingly innocent hand.

Nothing spectacular until the board was complete and reading ahjd7h6cas. Laake moved all-in for ~400,000 and Brown took his time before calling with ac7d. Laake briefly showed jxtx before mucking and sending his chips to Brown.

Championship: Garcia Doubles Thru Brown

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 22: 10,000/20,000/2,000 Ante

Cord Garcia opened to 45,000, Jean Gaspard called, and James Brown three-bet to 105,000 from the button. Garcia and Gaspard called to see the td9s5h flop and Garcia moved all-in for 560,000.

Gaspard dropped his hand and Brown called with acts, ahead of Garcia’s open-ended straight draw and two overs with qsjs for the moment. The dealer put out the 8c turn to complete the straight and double Garcia.

Garcia: 1,500,000
Brown: 1,780,000

Championship: Bjerno Doubles Thru Affleck Before Break

$2,500 Coco Poker Open Championship
Level 21: 8,000/16,000/2,000 Ante

Players were getting ready to hit the second break of the day when Nathan Bjerno and Matt Affleck got involved in a big hand. Affleck opened from the button and called a three-bet from Bjerno from the big blind to see the 8d6d2h flop. Bjerno bet out 80,000 and Affleck called.

Bjerno shoved for 396,000 after the 5h turn and Affleck went into the tank. He eventually called with top pair 8c7c but was behind Bjerno’s over pair jcjd. The ac provide no help and Bjerno got a big double.

Break time counts going to 10,000/20,000 and 2,000 ante:

Seat 1: Matt Affleck – 880,000 (44 bb)
Seat 2: Kevin Ho – 680,000 (34 bb)
Seat 3: Nathan Bjerno – 1,345,000 (67 bb)
Seat 4: Cord Garcia – 730,000 (37 bb)
Seat 5: Danny Notice – 702,000 (35 bb)
Seat 6: Ioannis Patsourakis – 274,000 (14 bb)
Seat 7: Jean Gaspard – 1,472,000 (74 bb)
Seat 8: Michael Laake – 776,000 (39 bb)
Seat 9: Andre Pillow – 1,380,000 ( 9 bb)
Seat 10: James Brown – 2,100,000 (105 bb)

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