Zhuang Ruan had simply three stay event outcomes to his identify previous to getting into the 2021 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $50,000 buy-in no-limit maintain’em tremendous excessive curler occasion that was held from Aug. 5-6. Despite having simply over $102,000 in earnings, Ruan hopped into this high-stakes occasion, collaborating in a 29-entry area that was largely comprised of excessive rolling regulars. In the top, Ruan was the final participant standing. He emerged victorious with the title and the highest prize of $562,600. This was his first-ever six-figure event rating.
Ruan was additionally awarded 306 Card Player Player of the Year factors because the champion of this occasion. This was his first POY-qualified rating of the yr, however not his first title. He took down a $5,000 buy-in occasion on the World Poker Tour Tampa collection that failed to satisfy the prize pool and area dimension necessities for awarding POY factors. While he didn’t earn any rankings factors for that victory, he did safe a $66,000 payday. Ruan now sits in 744th place within the 2021 POY race standings, that are sponsored by Global Poker.
The remaining day of this two-day event started with six gamers remaining and simply 5 set to make the cash. Three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and two-time U.S. Poker Open champion David Peters was knocked out on the bubble when his pocket eights from the small blind failed to carry up in opposition to the button shove of high-stakes common and WPT champion Dan Smith, who held 104. Running spades gave Smith a flush on the river to safe the pot, eliminating Peters in sixth place.
Sean Perry was the subsequent to fall. The rising high-stakes event star was at his fifteenth POY-qualified remaining desk of the yr and searching so as to add to his three titles in occasions that award POY factors. He acquired all-in with pocket sevens going through the Ok-J of Smith, who made a pair of jacks to ship Perry packing in fifth place ($112,520). Perry earned 128 POY factors for his newest final-table end, sufficient to maneuver him into fourth place within the POY standings. He was additionally awarded 68 PokerGO Tour rankings points for his newest deep run in a high-stakes occasion. With 1,819 complete factors, he stays in second place on that leaderboard, with present chief Ali Imsirovic simply 575 factors forward of him.
Giuseppe Iadisernia’s run on this occasion got here to an finish shortly after his Q-10 misplaced a key all-in in opposition to fellow quick stack Cary Katz. Iadisernia flopped a queen to take the lead, however Katz rivered a king to earn the much-needed double up. Iadisernia was left with lower than a small blind and was eradicated shortly after. He took dwelling $154,715 because the fourth-place finisher.
Recent PokerGO Cup $100,000 buy-in occasion winner Cary Katz fell to the underside of the chip counts throughout three-handed motion. He shoved his final seven or so massive blinds with AJ from the button and acquired a name from Zhuang Ruan, who had picked up A8 within the small blind. Ruan flopped an eight to take the lead and held from there, sending Katz to the rail in third place ($225,040). This was Katz’s twelfth POY-qualified remaining desk of the yr, and his second in the previous few days. He was awarded 204 POY factors this time round. He now occupies the 14th-place spot within the total rankings. The 135 PokerGO Tour factors he earned for his fifteenth rating in that factors race noticed him leapfrog Sam Soverel to maneuver into fourth place.
Heads-up play started with Ruan within the lead, holding 2,100,000 to Smith’s 1,525,000. The two traded the lead forwards and backwards a bit earlier than Ruan started to drag away. In the ultimate hand Smith limped in from the button with AQ. Ruan checked his J8 from the large blind and the flop got here down JJ2. Ruan wager 125,000 together with his journeys and Smith known as.The Q gave Smith queens and jacks with an ace kicker. He as soon as once more known as Ruan’s wager, this time for 250,000. The river introduced the Ok and Ruan moved all-in for over 2.2 million. Smith went into the tank earlier than calling off his final 585,000. Smith’s hand was second greatest, and he earned $351,625 for his runner-up exhibiting. The rating elevated his profession event earnings to $37.7 million, additional securing his maintain on the fifth-place spot on poker’s all-time cash record.
Here is a take a look at the payouts and rankings factors awarded on this occasion:
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