Main Event: Chip Counts Through Flight B

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Flight B Players Remaining: 177 of 943

There were another 499 entries on Day 1B, creating a tournament total of 943 and counting. There were 85 who bagged up chips on Day 1A and another 92 who survived Day 1B.

Here are the official chip counts for all 177 survivors heading to Day 2 so far, with an average chip count around 160,000 (40 big blinds):

Flight A: 444 Entries; 85 Advanced
Flight B: 499 Entries; 92 Advanced
Flight C: Saturday at noon
Day 2: Sunday at noon

RANKFIRST NAMELAST NAMECHIP COUNT
1NathanGrow730,000
2NathanFair547,000
3IlanShachr500,000
4KevinChan473,000
5JacoboMilhem Mugrabi384,000
6MatthewZarcadoolas370,000
7RobertoSchmeda351,000
8GustavoLopez347,000
9JoshuaHillock347,000
10YaroslavNakonechnyy345,000
11ReneEsquivel331,000
12JosephStarratt330,000
13PaulSmerdon328,000
14JosephDruetto310,000
15AgopRustemoglu309,000
16ArturRudziankov307,000
17PejivianNiyati299,000
18JosephCheong298,000
19ChristopherConrad297,000
20Davidto295,000
21JonathanTurner294,000
22WarrenSheaves293,000
23NathanielBandy289,000
24DavidInselberg275,000
25OktayAltinbas275,000
26GlenCressman272,000
27AndrewOstapchenko269,000
28PhilipWojtuniecki251,000
29AnthonyHu243,000
30BryceMcvay241,000
31JuanOberhauser Paz236,000
32ChadVetstein232,000
33JosephMontervino228,000
34RaymondMcdonough227,000
35PaulBalzano225,000
36ClaudioKalili223,000
37SamuelDoss222,000
38JorgeMartinez222,000
39SeanLegendre219,000
40MohammadSiddiqui217,000
41CaryHecker216,000
42EricVon Guttenberg216,000
43JoannaSkrukkerud213,000
44DanielSilva212,000
45AntonioDelacruz208,000
46EdwardJaffy208,000
47RobertBanks208,000
48GlennBecker205,000
49LoniHarwood203,000
50SamuelPanzica203,000
51DanielleSalters203,000
52MichaelMorton202,000
53MarcSacheli200,000
54RuthRuffman193,000
55MichaelBahena184,000
56YigalHen181,000
57SebastianGallego179,000
58IsmaelCabrera178,000
59AycaErakbas173,000
60EdgarVaras173,000
61MatthewLambrecht172,000
62DanielLawrence164,000
63EliudOrtiz Diaz162,000
64BradfordAlbrinck162,000
65DavidNathaniel, Jr.161,000
66JackShea160,000
67JordanJoeckel159,000
68SamuelBernabeu159,000
69DanielChandler157,000
70AlexanderGambino154,000
71EmoryOese-siegel153,000
72AthanasiosPolychronopoulos150,000
73EliasNassif145,000
74MarkDube145,000
75ErikChristensen142,000
76DavidSwatscheno141,000
77PeterShonk140,000
78SteveKatlin140,000
79DavidPoces139,000
80GeraldMortensen139,000
81John ThanhNguyen139,000
82WilliamHandwerker136,000
83EllenSmith136,000
84JamesKerr133,000
85StephenLeahy133,000
86LazaroHernandez132,000
87PasqualeCaiazza131,000
88AlexPresman130,000
89SethDavies130,000
90KevinGlenn129,000
91RobertPerry129,000
92PhilipConsolo128,000
93VegardDahl128,000
94JuanMartinez127,000
95JoseNigaglioni127,000
96IonGodoroja125,000
97VincentTeutonico125,000
98DanielleDilenge125,000
99TerryMoore124,000
100ClaudioPiedrabuena124,000
101RichardRice123,000
102ElanitHasas119,000
103MichaelHynek118,000
104PauliusBikus116,000
105JonathanKramer116,000
106ScottStewart115,000
107AllanBieler114,000
108VictorMartinez Urrieta112,000
109SanjayDulabh109,000
110JasonYoung109,000
111RobertFlacco108,000
112ImanDan107,000
113ArturTishchenko107,000
114AlexiHernandez105,000
115SyedShah105,000
116GaryFriedman103,000
117AnthonyZinno102,000
118ScottZakheim100,000
119JonathanOunjian100,000
120JayTrempler100,000
121KyleAiken99,000
122MichaelNewman99,000
123StevenGame99,000
124TingHo99,000
125DavidHarmon98,000
126StevenKarp98,000
127JacquelynScott98,000
128FabioSantos98,000
129AntoineSankari95,000
130CarlosLoving94,000
131QuinnBruno91,000
132CodyTaylor90,000
133TamaraGoldshteyn89,000
134JulianWohlgemuth88,000
135OryHen87,000
136DmitrySavelyev87,000
137AntonioArencibia Monduy87,000
138SheaSmith87,000
139SeanPosner84,000
140StephenHarris83,000
141RobertConstable81,000
142CoreyBurbick78,000
143VoytekGlab77,000
144JeffreyColpitts75,000
145WilliamFirebaugh75,000
146MichaelOrtiz75,000
147JasonWandling75,000
148NeilBlumenfield72,000
149MariusKudzmanas72,000
150NicholasCox71,000
151MarkWiser71,000
152JohnStevenson69,000
153Lee VaughnWilliams69,000
154RobertMantin68,000
155AdamKorth67,000
156EbrahimFigueroa Noboa66,000
157MichaelStashin66,000
158NashTran62,000
159StephenHooper61,000
160StuartBrown60,000
161DanielChess60,000
162StevenMcnally58,000
163FredAlesi58,000
164AmirShomron57,000
165JosephDi Rosa Rojas56,000
166KeithJohnson52,000
167DevondMarshall51,000
168PaulFisher50,000
169JohnBlevins49,000
170ChristopherYoung45,000
171ManhNguyen41,000
172JohnGorsuch41,000
173JaimeWiegrefe40,000
174PatriciaConrad40,000
175AnthonyUtnage40,000
176PeterVitantonio36,000
177KevinMilton23,000

Event 15: Brad Albrinck Wins Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha 8 ($4,635)

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 15
$360 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Single Re-Entry)
Entries:  45
Prize Pool:  $13,500
January 18, 2019

Brad Albrinck
Brad Albrinck

Brad Albrinck defeated David To in a heads-up battle to win the $360 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha 8 event, earning $4,635. It was an impressive comeback for Albrinck, who began the final table with the second shortest chip stack, worth only 13 big blinds at the time.

There were 45 entries in this event, which started at 3:00 pm with Day 1B of the Main Event playing out in the background.

Albrinck has more than $1.1 million in career live tournament earnings, and this is his second trophy from the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. At last year’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open, Albrinck won the $360 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty event to win $6,100.


Final Results:

1st:  Brad Albrinck  –  $4,635 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  David To  –  $3,040
3rd:  Erik Nomberg  –  $2,020
4th:  Heriberto Ferreyra  –  $1,355
5th:  Robert Wachtel  –  $925
6th:  Lars Johannsson  –  $635
7th:  Robert Oxenberg  –  $445
8th:  Kevin Sherrill  –  $445

Event 14: Shawn Nguyen Wins Pot Limit Omaha 8 ($8,200)

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 14
$570 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries:  40
Prize Pool:  $20,000
January 18, 2019

Shawn Nguyen
Shawn Nguyen

With Day 1B of the Main Event playing out in the background, Shawn Nguyen outlasted a field of 40 entries in $570 Pot Limit Omaha 8 to win $8,200.

This is the second PLO-8 trophy that Nguyen has won here at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in just the past two months. Nguyen’s other PLO-8 victory came during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open, when he won $360 Pot Limit Omaha 8 to earn $8,471.

Nguyen also picked up the biggest score of his career here; he finished fourth at the televised final table of the 2015 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, earning $323,500.


Final Results:

1st:  Shawn Nguyen  –  $8,200 + LHPO trophy
2nd:  Sean Legendre  –  $5,000
3rd:  Daniel Vitiello  –  $3,000
4th:  Zachary Milchman  –  $2,200
5th:  George Linkenback  –  $1,600

Main Event Day 1B: Nate Fair Leads 92 Survivors with 547K

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 16: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Flight B Players Remaining: 92 of 499

Nate Fair
Nate Fair

Day 1B comes to an end with 92 survivors, and Nate Fair bagged the chip lead after winning a huge pot in the final minutes of the day.

The full list of official chip counts will be posted later tonight, but here are the chipleaders:

1.  Nate Fair  –  547,000  (137 bb)
2.  Kevin Chan  –  473,000  (118 bb)
3.  Matthew Zarcadoolas  –  370,000  (93 bb)
4.  Gustavo Lopez  –  347,000  (87 bb)
5.  Yaroslav Nakonechnyy  –  345,000  (86 bb)
6.  Joe Druetto  –  310,000  (78 bb)

Day 1C begins tomorrow (Saturday) at 12:00 noon, and Day 2 begins Sunday at 12:00 noon.

Main Event Day 1B: Nate Fair Doubles Thru Matthew Bretzfield to Take the Day 1B Lead

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 3,000 ante
Flight B Players Remaining: 99 of 499

Matthew Bretzfield contemplates the all-in river bet of Nate Fair..
Matthew Bretzfield (right) contemplates the all-in river bet of Nate Fair (left).

In the final minutes of Day 1B, Nate Fair raised under the gun to 7,000, Matthew Bretzfield reraised from middle position to 21,000, and Fair called.

The flop came Jd3d3c, Fair checked, Bretzfield bet, and Fair check-raised to 65,000. Bretzfield called.

The turn card was the 7s, Fair bet 55,000, and Bretzfield thought for a while before he called.

The river card was the 4d, and Fair moved all in for 130,000. Bretzfield tanked for a long time until Fair called for a clock, and as the timer ticked down, Bretzfield called.

Fair turned over AsAcfor two pair, aces and threes, and Bretzfield threw his cards into the muck. Fair won the pot to double up into the chip lead with about 550K.

Nate Fair  –  550,000  (183 bb)

The next hand, Bretzfield got it all in with KhJd, but ran into the cutoff’s AsAh. Bretzfield never caught up, and he was eliminated from Day 1B.

Matthew Bretzfield  –  Eliminated

Main Event Day 1B: Ory Hen Doubles; Teitelbaum Eliminated by Turner

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 15: 1,500/3,000 with a 3,000 ante
Flight B Players Remaining: 110 of 499

A.J. Gambino raised under the gun, the UTG+1 player called, and Ory Hen moved all in from middle position for 57,000. Gambino called, and the UTG+1 player folded.

Hen turned over KsKh, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against Gambino’s AdQd.

The board came 10s10h5d10cJh, and the pocket kings held up for Hen to win the pot with a full house and double up in chips.

Ory Hen  –  128,000  (43 bb)
A.J. Gambino  –  163,000  (54 bb)

Jon Turner
Jon Turner

After a flop of 6c6d4d, Evan Teitelbaum was all in from the small blind for about 68,000 with 9h9d, but he needed to improve to stay alive against Jon Turner’s JsJd.

The turn card was the Kc, the river card was the 4c, and Turner won the pot with his pocket jacks to eliminate Teitelbaum from Day 1B.

Jon Turner  –  285,000  (95 bb)
Evan Teitelbaum  –  Eliminated

Main Event Day 1B: Yaroslav Nakonechnyy Leads with 335K

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 14: 1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante
Flight B Players Remaining: 126 of 499

There appear to be four players with at least 300K right now, and all three are fairly close in chips. Two of them knocked out a player in the past 10 minutes:

Three players check the flop to see a board of 7s6h5sJc on the turn. The big blind checks, Jon Turner checks from the hijack, and Joe Druetto bets 12,000 from the button. The player in the big blind moved all in for about 40,000, and Turner folded.

Druetto called, and the big blind turned over Js8h for a pair of jacks with an open-ended straight draw. But Druetto turned over AcJh for a pair of jacks with a higher kicker, and the big blind needed to improve to stay alive.

The river card paired the board with the Jd, and Druetto won the pot with trip jacks and an ace kicker to eliminate the player in the big blind from Day 1B.

Joe Druetto  –  320,000  (128 bb)


After a flop of Jc7d4c, Malachi Wiggs was all in from the small blind for 58,000 with Jh9h (pair of jacks), but he needed to improve to stay alive against the AhAc of Yaroslav Nakonechnyy in middle position.

The turn card was the Ks, the river card was the Kd, and Nakonechnyy won the pot with two pair, aces and kings, to eliminate Wiggs from Day 1B.

Yaroslav Nakonechnyy  –  335,000  (134 bb)
Malachi Wiggs  –  Eliminated


And here are some of the big stacks in the field as we head into the final level of the night:

1.  Yaroslav Nakonechnyy  –  335,000  (134 bb)
2.  Joseph Cheong  –  325,000  (130 bb)
3.  Joe Druetto  –  320,000  (128 bb)
4.  Julius Bikus  –  315,000  (126 bb)

Matthew Bretzfield  –  279,000  (112 bb)
Jon Turner  –  255,000  (102 bb)

Main Event Day 1B: Paulius Bikus Leads with 345K; Anthony Hu Doubles Up

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 13: 1,000/2,000 with a 2,000 ante
Flight B Players Remaining: 153 of 499

Paulius Bikus
Paulius Bikus

The Day 1B chip lead has recently changed hands, as Paulius Bikus is now sitting on a stack of 345K, the biggest in the room.

Paulius Bikus  –  345,000  (173 bb)


At Table 15, with the final board showing 10d6d2h6cQs and about 70K already in the pot, Anthony Hu was all in from the cutoff for 67,000.

His under-the-gun opponent (with about 100K in his stack) tanked for a very long time before he called with KsKh for two pair, kings and sixes.

But Hu turned over As6s to win the pot with trip sixes and double up in chips.

Anthony Hu  –  205,000  (103 bb)


With 153 players remaining in the field, the average chip stack is about 98,000 (49 big blinds). Action will continue tonight until the end of Level 15, shortly before midnight.

Main Event Day 1B: Joe Druetto Leads at the Break with 323K

$1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 13: 1,000/2,000 with a 2,000 ante
Flight B Players Remaining: 162 of 499

Joe Druetto
Chipleader Joe Druetto

The main event players return from their last break of the day to begin Level 13, with increased blinds of 1,000-2,000 and a big-blind ante of 2,000.

With 162 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 92,500 (46 big blinds).

A scan of the field during the break turned up three players with at least 240K in chips, creating an unofficial leaderboard:

1.  Joe Druetto  –  314,000  (157 bb)
2.  Joanna Skrukkerud  –  249,000  (125 bb)
3.  Cangir Elcin  –  240,500  (120 bb)

Event 15: David To Leads the Final Table in Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha 8

$360 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 11: 800/1,600
Players Remaining: 7 of 45

Final Table - Event 15
Final Table – Event 15

Shortly after bursting the Money Bubble (the final eight finish in the money), the Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha 8 event has reached its final table. David To has a huge chip lead with 181,100, followed by Robert Wachtel, who is second in chips with 112K.

Here is the final table lineup, followed by the remaining prizepool:

Seat 1.  Oscar Johansson  –  46,800  (29 bb)
Seat 2.  Robert Oxenberg  –  16,800  (11 bb)
Seat 3.  Robert Wachtel  –  112,000  (70 bb)
Seat 4.  David To  –  181,100  (113 bb)
Seat 5.  Bradford Albrinck  –  20,000  (13 bb)
Seat 6.  Heriberto Ferreyra  –  67,300  (42 bb)
Seat 7.  Erik Nomberg  –  100,000  (63 bb)

1st:  $4,635 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $3,040
3rd:  $2,020
4th:  $1,355
5th:  $925
6th:  $635
7th:  $445

We will provide the tournament results along with a final report and winner photo when the event ends.