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Event 27: Two Dramatic All-In Situations

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 619

Scott Roberts
Scott Roberts

Scott Roberts moved all in from UTG+1 for 610,000, and Michael Tait called from the big blind with QhQc. Roberts turned over JsJh, and needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came JdJc5c8h3h, and Roberts flopped quad jacks to win the pot and double up in chips.

Scott Roberts  –  1,310,000  (22 bb)
Michael Tait  –  640,000  (11 bb)

Two hands later, Michael Tait raised from the button to 175,000, Antonio Campbell moved all in from the small blind for 190,000, and Scott Roberts moved all in over the top from the big blind. Tait called all in for 610,000, and they turned over their cards.

Scott Roberts:  KhKd
Michael Tait:  AdKc
Antonio Campbell:  8s8d

The board came AcAh2h8h5d — Tait cheered the flop when he made trip aces, and Campbell cheered louder on the turn when he caught an eight for a full house. The river card was a blank, and Campbell won the main pot to triple up with his full house, while Tait won a larger side pot to double thru Roberts and make a 230,000 profit on the hand.

Antonio Campbell  –  630,000  (11 bb)
Michael Tait  –  840,000  (14 bb)
Scott Roberts  –  640,000  (11 bb)

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,325,000 (2 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $2,414.

Event 27: Evan Haw – 8th Place ($1,746)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 619

Evan Haw
Evan Haw

In the first hand after the break, chipleader David Shmuel raised UTG+1 to 120,000, Rene Noriega reraised from middle position to 250,000, and Evan Haw moved all in from the hijack for 770,000.

Shmuel folded, and Noriega called with KhKd. Haw turned over QhQc, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Ah6h5d5s2c, and the pocket kings held up for Noriega to win the pot and eliminate Haw in eighth place.

Rene Noriega  –  2,085,000  (42 bb)
Evan Haw  –  Eliminated in 8th Place  ($1,746)

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,325,000 (27 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $2,414.

Event 27: Andre Bryan – 9th Place ($1,263)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  8 of 619

Andre Bryan
Andre Bryan

In the last hand of Level 25, Andre Bryan moved all in from the button for 555,000, and Michael Tait called all in from the small blind with an identical stack of 555,000.

Bryan showed 8s8c, but Tait turned over KsKh.

The board came Qc10d2c6c7h — Bryan turned a club flush draw, but improved no further. Tait won the pot with his pocket kings to double up and eliminate Bryan in ninth place.

Michael Tait  –  1,190,000  (24 bb)
Andre Bryan  –  Eliminated in 9th Place  ($1,263)

After that hand, the players took a 15-minute break. These were the official chip counts with the blinds increasing to 25K-50K:

Seat 1.  Evan Haw  –  770,000  (15 bb)
Seat 2.  Al Gomez  –  835,000  (17 bb)
Seat 3.  Michael Tait  –  1,190,000  (24 bb)
Seat 4.  Antonio Campbell  –  575,000  (12 bb)
Seat 5.  Scott Roberts  –  735,000  (15 bb)
Seat 6.  David Coughlin  –  1,285,000  (26 bb)
Seat 7.  David Shmuel  –  2,690,000  (54 bb)
Seat 8.  Rene Noriega  –  1,190,000  (24 bb)

With eight players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,160,000 (23 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $1,746.

Timothy Banks Survives Two Hours of Tough Three-Handed Play to Win His Second Trophy

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 29
$2,200 Deep Stack PLO (Re-Entry)
Entries:  35
Prize Pool:  $70,000
January 21-22, 2020

Event 29 Champion Timothy Banks
Event 29 Champion Timothy Banks

Timothy Banks survived more than two hours of three-handed play against David Prociak and Melisa Singh before building up a big chip lead and winning the trophy in a three-way deal.

“It feels great,” said Banks, who hails from Charlottetown, the capital of Prince Edward Island in Canada. “I’m a PLO player by nature. I play it all the time as a cash game, but I never get to play tournaments because they never have any back home.”

Banks finished fourth in his last two PLO tournaments — the $1,100 PLO in last year’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open, and a $400 PLO event at Coconut Creek last February.

After his success in his last two Pot-Limit Omaha events, Banks said, “I just thought I better give this tournament a shot to see what happens.”

Banks faced some very tough competition at this final table. When play resumed on Wednesday afternoon with the final four players, Andrei Mitsiuk was eliminated in the first five minutes. Then the final three players battled it out for more than two hours.

One of the players battling Banks for the title was David Prociak, who has the career record for most wins here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood (seven), including five in PLO.

The other was Melisa Singh, who is on an incredible hot streak right now, with 18 final tables and three victories in the past eight months.

“They’re both really good competitors,” said Banks. “They’re young and they’re making a living at it. I’m recreational, so I’m glad to be able to make this deal with them, and get the trophy as well.”

Event 29 Champion Timothy Banks with David Prociak and Melisa Singh
From Left to Right: David Prociak, Timothy Banks, and Melisa Singh

Three-handed play lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours, with all three players holding the chip lead and the short stack at different points. Banks reached the lowest point, with just 40K in chips, but was able to bounce back.

“That’s my style,” said Banks. “I’m like a yo-yo. If I feel that the hand’s there, then I’m putting it all in. If I go home, I go home.”

Eventually, Banks built up a sizeable lead when the average chip stack was about 23 big blinds, and that’s when the three players agreed to an even chop of the remaining prizepool. As chipleader, Banks won the title and the trophy.

Banks wrapped up his winner’s interview by praising the staff. “What impresses me the most about the Seminole Hard Rock is the dealers,” said Banks. “They’re very nice people, and they’re very courteous to others, and I always have a great time here.”


Final Results:

1st:  Timothy Banks  –  $18,484* + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Melisa Singh  –  $18,483*
3rd:  David Prociak  –  $18,483*
4th:  Andrei Mitsiuk  –  $8,280
5th:  Emmanuel Sebag  –  $6,270

* Indicates a three-way chop.

Event 27: Final Table Begins with David Shmuel in the Lead

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  9 of 619

Event 27 Final Table
Event 27 Final Table

After the elimination of Efthimios Piperakis in 10th place, the final nine players redrew for random seats at the final table. These were their updated chip counts:

Seat 1.  Evan Haw  –  600,000  (20 bb)
Seat 2.  Al Gomez  –  815,000  (27 bb)
Seat 3.  Andre Bryan  –  780,000  (26 bb)
Seat 4.  Michael Tait  –  800,000  (27 bb)
Seat 5.  Antonio Campbell  –  405,000  (14 bb)
Seat 6.  Scott Roberts  –  1,410,000  (47 bb)
Seat 7.  David Coughlin  –  2,060,000  (69 bb)
Seat 8.  David Shmuel  –  2,100,000  (70 bb)
Seat 9.  Rene Noriega  –  355,000  (12 bb)

And here is the remaining prizepool at stake:

1st:  $20,052
2nd:  $11,885
3rd:  $7,799
4th:  $5,385
5th:  $3,974
6th:  $3,157
7th:  $2,414
8th:  $1,746
9th:  $1,263

Event 27 Final Table
Event 27 Final Table

And here are the players who have finished in the money so far:

10th:  Efthimios Piperakis  –  $966
11th:  Pinchas Chakchakov  –  $966
12th:  Matthew Zarcadoolas  –  $966
13th:  Albert Eskanazi  –  $780
14th:  Mario Atroce  –  $780
15th:  Carlo Rodriguez  –  $780
16th:  Courtney Rowe  –  $669
17th:  Zamira Kholdarova  –  $669
18th:  Michael Wetcher  –  $669
19th:  Jason McQueer  –  $557
20th:  Brenda Lyons  –  $557
21st:  Jose Rivero  –  $557
22nd:  Scott Hart  –  $557
23rd:  Elliot Goldman  –  $557
24th:  Jason Martin  –  $557
25th:  Alvaro Vivas Grisales  –  $557
26th:  Rodrigo De Barros Semeghini  –  $557
27th:  Louis Leo IV  –  $557
28th:  Vadim Shlez  –  $483
29th:  Leon Toledo  –  $483
30th:  Hermes Andino  –  $483
31st:  Jose Parra  –  $483
32nd:  Michael Gulliford  –  $483
33rd:  Michael Newman  –  $483
34th:  Joseph Istvan  –  $483
35th:  David Rivera  –  $483
36th:  Milton Miranda Jr.  –  $483