Event 20: Padmanaban Kulathur-Karvannan Out on the Money Bubble; His Amazing Comeback Falls Short

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining: 36 of 507

Padmanaban Kulathur-Karvannan bagged up a stack of 39,500 to reach Day 2, but he said he ran into traffic this afternoon which is why he arrived late — into the second level of the day.

When he got here about 45 minutes late, Kulathur-Karvannan was down to one big blind in his stack, but he was able to survive for more than an hour to make it to the Money Bubble and a shot at redemption with a min-cash.

In Hand #5 of hand-for-hand play on the Money Bubble, Kulathur-Karvannan moved all in UTG+1 for 32,000, and James Scott called from the big blind with Ac9c.

Kulathur-Karvannan turned over AhQh, and he was in a dominant position to double up here.

The board came KhKc6c9hQc — Scott paired his nine on the turn, but Kulathur-Karvannan celebrated when he saw the queen on the river to give him a higher pair.

But what Kulathur-Karvannan didn’t notice is that Scott had two clubs in his hand, and the same queen he celebrated gave Scott the victory with an ace-high club flush.

It was a painful reversal, and it ruined what would have been an amazing comeback for Kulathur-Karvannan. But he took the loss in good spirits as the remaining 36 players finished in the money, guaranteed at least $395 each.

James Scott  –  165,000  (21 bb)
Padmanaban Kulathur-Karvannan  –  Eliminated

Event 20: Chipleaders Near the Money Bubble; Nathan Grow Still on Top

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with a 8,000 ante
Players Remaining: 38 of 507

Level 17 comes to an end with 38 players remaining, one elimination away from beginning hand-for-hand play on the Money Bubble.

With 38 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 200,000 (25 big blinds).

A scan of the field during the break turned up six players with at least 300K in chips, creating an unofficial leaderboard:

1.  Nathan Grow  –  901,000  (113 bb)
2.  Ignas Jasinevicius  –  523,000  (65 bb)
3.  Frankie Flowers  –  475,000  (59 bb)
4.  Jose Nigaglioni  –  360,000  (45 bb)
5.  Homer Molina  –  358,000  (45 bb)
6.  David Harmon  –  335,000  (42 bb)

Event 23: Brad Coultas Defeats Manny Tarich Heads Up

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with an 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 115

Manny Tarich opened and Brad Coultas called. Both players checked the acqh4d flop.

The turn brought the 9c, Coultas bet 25,000 and Tarich called. The river was the 10c, Coultas bet 50,000 and Tarich shoved.

Coultas called with qc5c to defeat Tarich’s jc3c.

Brad Coultas – Event 23 Champion $33,922
Manny Tarich – Eliminated in 2nd Place ($20,988)

Event 20: Down to 42 Players; 36 Get Paid

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining: 42 of 507

At Table 5, the player on the button is all in for about 75,000 with KdKc, and needs his hand to hold to stay alive against the AsJs of Will Evans in the hijack.

The board came Qc10s8sAh7d — Evans flopped a spade flush draw and paired his ace on the turn to win the pot and eliminate his opponent from the tournament.

Will Evans  –  225,000  (38 bb)

At Table 6, a player raised under the gun to 11,000, the next player moved all in from UTG+1 for about 85,000, and Giovanni Massa moved all in over the top from late position. The original raiser folded.

The short stack turned over AsKd, and she needed to improve to stay alive against Massa’s QsQd.

The board came Js6h3h10d2h, and the pocket queens held up for Massa to win the pot and eliminate his opponent from the tournament.

Giovanni Massa  –  245,000  (41 bb)

With 42 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 181,000 (30 big blinds). The field is less than one table away from the money.

Event 23: Philip Wojtuniecki – 3rd Place ($12,535)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with an 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 115

Philip Wojtuniecki

Manny Tarich shoved from the button and Philip Wojtuniecki called all in for around 300,000. Wojtuniecki tabled adkh and appeared to be in great shape against Tarich’s as10d.

The flop came kdqc4h and Tarich called for a jack. The turn brought the ac giving Wojtuniecki two-pair.

The river, however, was the jd and Tarich hit broadway to eliminate Wojtuniecki in third place.

Manny Tarich – 800,000 (53 bb)
Philip Wojtuniecki – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($12,535)

Main Event: Jason Young Dominates Final Table to Win WPTDeepStacks Title

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guarantee

Entries:  1,634
Prize Pool:  $1,584,980
January 17-22, 2019

The WPTDeepStacks Main Event headlined the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open schedule and it had a great turnout. The 1,6,34 combined entries created the second biggest field in the tour’s history with more than $260,000 set aside for first place. Former WSOP bracelet winner Jason Young came to the final table with a big lead and dominated to win the WPTDeepStacks title after defeating Leif Force heads-up.

“Oh man, it’s been a long journey to get back here,” Young said of the win. “There’s been a lot of stuff that’s gone on in my life over the last five-six years, that I didn’t think I’d ever be back in a position like this.”

“I’m rarely speechless, and I don’t even know how to process my thoughts just quite yet about everything.”

The Main Event had a $1,000,000 Guarantee and the big turnout pushed the prize pool up to $1,584,980. The last 205 players were set to make the money with 322 advancing to Day 2.

They were near the money before the first break and a double knockout during hand-for-hand play burst the bubble. Day 2 was came to end and when the Main Event reached 27 players and Chilean pro Nick Yunis bagged up the lead going into Day 3.

Young was in the middle of the pack at the restart but began to move up the counts as the day progressed. They formed the unofficial final table with ten players remaining and he had pulled himself into the lead. Yunis’ run came to an end in tenth place and the WPTDeepStacks live-stream final table was set with Young holding that big lead.

“This was fun. This was like a picnic.” Young said about his final table chip lead. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a spot like this and I wasn’t going to get rattled by anything…not today.”

Playing from nine players to a winner, the matter was settled in less than four hours. UK’s Paul James Hizer picked up aces in two big, early hands to send Stephen Ibrahim and Eddy Sabat out to start the day. Young took his turn with the knockouts when he eliminated Quinn Bruno and Pedro Aldave.

He held onto the lead until he was heads-up with Force, the other WSOP bracelet winner at the final table. Force doubled into the lead but it did not last long. Young doubled back when his tens flopped a set against jacks and the Main Event was over soon after.

“I’m going to celebrate this win with my daughter Kaeley and my family,” Young said about his title. “I can’t even possibly begin to think of what going to happen next right now. I’m just so happy that I can finally take a breath.”

Force earned $183,540 for his runner-up result while Young earned $263,205 which includes his WPTDeepStacks Championship package.

Final table results:

1st: Jason Young – $263,205 + LHPO trophy
2nd: Leif Force – $183,540
3rd: Paul James Hizer – $119,820
4th: Kevin Chan – $89,000
5th: David Inselberg – $66,760
6th: Pedro Aldave – $53,785
7th: Quinn Bruno – $43,930
8th: Eddy Sabat – $34,125
9th: Stephen Ibrahim – $26,025

WPTDeepStacks Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event results

Event 20: Nathan Grow Increases His Dominant Chip Lead

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 2,500/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 48 of 507

Nathan Grow
Nathan Grow

With the board showing Kd10d3s5h on the turn and more than 200K already in the pot, chipleader Nathan Grow has moved all in from the big blind against his opponent in late position.

Grow’s opponent has about 185K remaining in his stack, and he tanks for a long time before he folds.

Grow shows Ad4h for ace high with a gutshot straight draw as he takes the pot to increase his already massive chip lead.

Nathan Grow  –  700,000  (140 bb)

A few minutes later, Grow has knocked out a player to near the 900K mark.

Nathan Grow  –  890,000  (178 bb)

Grow already has about 11.7% of all the chips in play with 48 players remaining.

Event 23: Manny Tarich Doubles through Philip Wojtuniecki Again

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with an 15,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 115

Manny Tarich
Manny Tarich

Manny Tarich moved all in for 294,000 and got called by Philip Wojtuniecki. Tarich turned over asqs and was racing against Wojtuniecki’s jhjs.

The flop came 10c8s2s giving Tarich a flush draw. The turn brought the ah and Tarich took the lead with a pair of aces.

The river was the 5h making it official.

Manny Tarich – 600,000 (40 bb)
Philip Wojtuniecki – 590,000 (39 bb)