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Event 25: Prize Pool and Payouts with $26,278 for First

$1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 7: 600/1,200
Players Remaining: 32 of 84

There were 84 entries in the $1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha event, running on a busy final day of  the schedule here at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open. The total prizepool is worth $81,480.

The final 11 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $2,281 each, while the winner will earn $26,278 plus the trophy and a framed winner’s photo courtesy of Image Masters.

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 25
$1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha 
Entries:  84
Prize Pool:  $81,480
January 22, 2019

1st:  $26,278 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $15,889
3rd:  $9,879
4th:  $6,681
5th:  $5,093
6th:  $4,074
7th:  $3,381
8th:  $2,852
9th:  $2,628
10th:  $2,444
11th:  $2,281

Event 25: Matt Bretzfield is Among the Chip Leaders

$1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Level 6: 500/1,000
Total Entries: 77

Matt Bretzfield

Matt Bretzfield is among the chipleaders the the Event 25 field. Bretzfield finished in tenth place in the $5,250 SHRPO Championship Event last August taking home $62,415. Since then he’s had more scores on property including yesterday’s eleventh place finish in the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em Event 21 worth $8,026.

Matt Bretzfield – 60,000


Event 23: Brad Coultas Wins Outright

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 23
$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed

Entries: 115
Prize Pool: $115,000
Bounty Prize Pool: $57,500
January 21-22, 2019

Brad Coultas

After more than four hours of play Brad Coultas took down the Event 23 $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty title. Event 23 boasted a field of 115 entries easily surpassing the $100,000 guarantee. Coultas took home the biggest piece of the $115,000 prize pool with his first place finish. He earned $33,922 plus his four purple chip bounties worth $500 each.

Coultas lives in Florida and plays poker, but wouldn’t consider himself a tournament pro. “I don’t play a lot of tournaments. I’m a mid-high stakes PLO player. I’ve got a lot of buddies that are really good at tournaments and they basically tell me what I’m doing wrong and try to make me better.”

Coultas came into Day 2 in the middle of the pack. “On Day 1 I got short early so I didnt get many bounties. At the end of the day I was just picking off pots here and there. I only came to the final table with two bounties”

Here’s how the final eight stacked up before the start of play today:

Seat 1.  Brandon Eisen  –  240,000  (30 bb)
Seat 2.  Philip Wojtuniecki  –  611,000  (76 bb)
Seat 3.  Jaime Wiegrefe  –  181,000  (23 bb)
Seat 4.  Manny Tarich  –  525,000  (66 bb)
Seat 5.  Brad Coultas  –  245,000  (31 bb)
Seat 6.  Corey Burbick  –  105,000  (13 bb)
Seat 7.  Jeff Hakim  –  287,000  (36 bb)
Seat 8.  Romain Follet  –  121,000  (15 bb)

The first to be eliminated was 2018 SHRPO Champion Brandon Eisen when his jack-four couldn’t improve against the start-of-day chipleader Philip Wojtuniecki. Wojtuniecki proceeded to score Jaime Wiegrefe’s bounty in seventh place as well as Jeff Hakim’s in sixth place.

Wojtuniecki put a bad beat on Hakim when he hit a straight on the river with pocket nines to crack Hakim’s set of tens.

Brad Coultas scored the next bounty when he took Corey Burbick out in fifth place. Coultas woke up with pocket kings in the big blind to beat Burbick’s under the gun shove with ace-six.

Manny Tarich, the eventual runner-up, scored Romain Follet’s fourth place bounty when his ace-queen made a higher straight than Follet’s ace-nine.

It was down to three when Tarich began his streak of getting lucky to double through Wojtuniecki, until he eventually took him out in third place. They were all in preflop with Wojtuniecki’s ace-king out in front of Tarich’s ace-ten. However, the board ran out a straight for Tarich to bring the action to heads up.

Wojtuniecki took a big chip lead into heads-up play and never relinquished it. The final hand was a cooler situation as Coultas hit a queen-high flush on the river against Tarich’s jack-high flush.

“I got lucky in certain spots, hit some gutshots, hit some flushes. I didn’t really get too many hands preflop, just won a bunch of small pots. Death by a thousand cuts.”

Here’s a look at the full results from Event 23:

1st:  Bradley Coultas  –  $33,922
2nd:  Manny Tarich  –  $20,988
3rd:  Philip Wojtuniecki  –  $12,535
4th:  Romain Follet  –  $8,050
5th:  Corey Burbick  –  $6,095
6th:  Jeff Hakim  –  $5,060
7th:  Jaime Wiegrefe  –  $4,370
8th:  Brandon Eisen  –  $3,853
9th:  Nick Yunis  –  $3,393
10th:  Daniel Monosson  –  $2,990
11th:  Anthony Zinno  –  $2,990
12th:  Kenneth Frey  –  $2,588
13th:  Chad Trentacosta  –  $2,588
14th:  Adam Adler  –  $2,588
15th:  Anthony Ruberto Jr.  –  $2,588

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 [ac][qh][4d] 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 [qc][5c] to defeat Tarich’s [jc][3c].

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

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 [ad][kh] and appeared to be in great shape against Tarich’s [as][10d].

The flop came [kd][qc][4h] 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)