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Jacob Bazeley Wins 2015 SHR Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open Main Event

Poker Pro Wins $568,687 After Topping 766-Entry Field


Jacob BazeleyJacob Bazeley’s time of being poker’s best under-the-radar players might be coming to an end. The Cincinnati-based poker pro topped a huge field of 766 entries to win the $2 million guaranteed $3,500 buy-in SHR Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open no-limit hold’em main event. For the win he was awarded $568,687 and 1,368 Card Player Player of the Year points, the largest score of his career and enough POY points to move him into 24th place in the race.

Bazeley now has more than $3.1 million in live tournament earnings and two major tournament titles. His first big victory came just under a year ago in the 2014 WSOP Circuit Harrah’s Cherokee main event. Now with this latest win he is starting to secure his place on the list of the game’s best young players.

“I think there’s something to be said for the luck factor of winning one. I think the second one kind of gives you a little more respect.” Bazeley told the Seminole Hard Rock’s tournament blog. “I know everyone around me respects me, but you get some titles, you get a little bit more love, you know? It’s just a little bit nicer.”

Bazely had to overcome a tough final table en route to the title, with the likes of Nipun Java (7th – $88,243), Jessica Dawley (6th – $110,304) and Marvin Rettenmaier (5th – $134,816). He came into the final day of play in fourth chip position out of the six players remaining, and was at one point the shortest stack with only four players remaining before going on a tear. By the time he reached heads-up play against David Prociak he held 12 million of the 22 million chips in play.

The final two battled it out for 68 hands with several lead changes and double ups along the way. In the end Bazeley had built nearly a 2-to-1 lead by the time the final hand arose. With blinds at 300,000 – 600,000 with an ante of 100,000 Bazeley moved all-in from the button and Prociak called for his last 8.8 million in chips with the 3Spade Suit3Diamond Suit. Bazeley had two overs with the KSpade Suit4Diamond Suit. The board ran out ADiamond SuitQDiamond Suit9Heart Suit7Heart Suit4Heart Suit to pair Bazeley’s four on the river, securing the pot and the title for him and sending Prociak to the as the runner-up with $330,912.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded at this final table:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Jacob Bazeley $568,687 1368
2 David Prociak $330,912 1140
3 Joshua Gibson $202,224 912
4 Martin Carnero $166,682 684
5 Marvin Rettenmaier $134,816 570
6 Jessica Dawley $110,304 456
7 Nipun Java $88,243 342
8 Peter Walsworth $67,408 228
9 Dylan Drazen $46,573 114

Photo and quotes courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock tournament blog.



over 6 years ago

Wanting to get it all in with K4 off, and winning. I gotta improve my game.