Event #33: $50,000 Super High Roller is all over from the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. After playing around 14 hours on Day 1 and another three hours on Day 2, 20-year-old Zhuang Ruan (pictured) emerged victorious atop the 29-entrant field to claim the $562,600 first-place prize. In the final duel, Ruan defeated Dan Smith in heads-up play.
Six players remained to start Day 2, and it was Smith and Ruan one-two in chips. These two found themselves pitted against one another in heads-up play following the eliminations of four others.
With five places making the money, one player would need to bust and become the “bubble boy.” That ended up being David Peters when his pocket eights lost to Smith’s ten-four of spades. Next to go was Sean Perry in fifth place, picking up $112,520 for his run. Smith also busted Perry and further increased his chip lead. For Perry, the result followed his fourth-place finish in Event #29: $50,000 Super High Roller for $139,680 at this Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open series.
Out in fourth place was Giuseppe Iadisernia, picking up a payday of $154,715 after he busted next. Iadisernia lost most of his chips when Cary Katz doubled through him and then Ruan finished Iadisernia off shortly thereafter.
Katz eventually lost out to Ruan and it took a bit of unluckiness to send him to the rail in third place when his ace-jack lost to Ruan’s ace-eight. Ruan hit an eight on the flop and held from there. Katz won $225,040. Like Perry, Katz also cashed in Event #29: $50,000 Super High Roller, finishing third for $209,520.
Ruan held the chip lead to start heads-up play, with 2.1 million to Smith’s 1.525 million. It didn’t take long for Smith to make his way to the lead and he even worked Ruan down to fewer than 1 million in chips. Ruan battled back, though. He picked off a bluff from Smith in a sizable pot that knocked Smith down to around 700,000 in chips and then things ended soon after.
On the final hand, Ruan jammed the river with trip jacks and Smith called it off with two pair. Smith’s hand was no good and he picked up $351,625 for his runner-up performance.
The final table payouts are as follows.
|Event #33: Super High Roller Payouts|
|Place||Name||Prize||PokerGO Tour Points|
As for the PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate leaderboard, Perry once again picked up some points to narrow the gap between him and the leader, Ali Imsirovic, but Imsirovic still maintains a comfortable lead. Katz jumped over Sam Soverel in a move from fifth place to fourth place.
|Updated PokerGO Tour Top 10|
|Rank||Name||Country||Total Earnings||PokerGO Tour Points|
|1||Ali Imsirovic||Bosnia and Herzegovina||$3,004,960||2,394|
That concludes PokerGO’s coverage of Event #33: $50,000 Super High Roller. Next up for our coverage is the $15,000 High Roller starting on Sunday, August 8. Be sure to tune back in then for coverage from the tournament floor.
Dan Smith (pictured) finished atop the remaining six players in Event #33: $50,000 Super High Roller, with play concluding a little after 4 a.m. ET at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. Smith finished the day with 995,000 in chips, edging out Zhuang Ruan’s 940,000.
The other competitors joining Smith and Ruan in reaching Day 2 were Giuseppe Iadisernia (850,000), David Peters (315,000), Sean Perry (300,000), and Cary Katz (225,000). The six players will return on Friday, April 6, at 2 p.m. ET to play down to a winner, but one player will go home empty-handed as only five spots pay. Up top is $562,600.
The event drew 29 entries and generated a prize pool of $1.406 million. Smith rose to a big stack later on Day 2 when he scored two double ups with pocket tens. He first doubled through Lazaro Hernandez with pocket tens and then did it against Nick Petrangelo not too long after. Those doubles came when 10 players remained. From that point on, Smith did well behind the big stack and remained the leader for most of the remaining play on Day 1.
While the final six includes plenty of firepower and regular faces, it’s newcomer Ruan who has started to steal the show a bit. Ruan showed up to play Wednesday’s $50,000 Super High Roller but fell short of reaching the money. He’s just 20 years old and has shown that he’s capable of playing alongside some of the best in the world. Although Ruan isn’t able to play in such places as Las Vegas just yet due to his age, he’s in a good position to put himself on the high roller map with a finish in the money in this event.
As mentioned, the final six players will be back in action on Friday at 2 p.m. ET. Be sure to tune in to PokerGOnews.com for live coverage of the remainder of this event.
David Peters raised to 40,000 from the hijack seat and Giuseppe Iadisernia (pictured) reraised to 120,000 from the big blind. Peters reraised all in for Iadisernia called off for 405,000 total.
Iadisernia showed the and Peters had the .
The board kept Iadisernia in the lead and he doubled up.
David Peters opened with a raise to 40,000 from the hijack seat. Cary Katz called from the cutoff seat and Giuseppe Iadisernia called from the big blind.
All three players checked the flop to see the land on the turn. After Iadisernia checked, Peters fired 75,000. Katz and Iadisernia both folded.
Sergi Reixach (pictured) raised all in for 245,000 from the cutoff seat and Zhuang Ruan reraised all in from the small blind. Everyone folded, leaving Reixach’s against Ruan’s .
The board came and Reixach was eliminated in seventh place. With Reixach’s bust, the tournament moved to be on the money bubble.
10,000 / 20,000
Big Blind Ante
From under the gun, Cary Katz raised to 30,000. Giuseppe Iadisernia called from the cutoff seat, then Sergi Reixach called from the big blind.
The flop came and Reixach checked. Katz bet 65,000, Iadisernia folded, and Reixach folded.
Giuseppe Iadisernia limped in from under the gun, David Peters called from the hijack seat, Cary Katz called on the button, and Sean Perry checked his option in the big blind.
The flop came down and Perry checked. Iadisernia also checked and then Peters bet 25,000. Katz called, Perry folded, and Iadisernia called.
The turn was the and Peters fired 100,000 after Iadisernia checked. Katz then folded, as did Iadisernia, and Peters picked up the pot.
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