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

South Florida Main Event goes down as second largest on WPTDeepStacks record, Seminole Hard Rock owns the top four turnouts in the tour’s history

The WPTDeepStacks Main Event headlined the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open schedule and it had a great turnout. The 1,634 combined entries created the second biggest field in the tour’s history with more than $260,000 set aside for first place. 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 on Day 2 and a double knockout during hand-for-hand play burst the bubble. Day 2 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’s 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)

Event 23: Manny Tarich Doubles Through Philip Wojtuniecki

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with an 12,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 115

After losing two consecutive hands Manny Tarich is all in for 223,000 with Qd9h against Philip Wojtuniecki’s Ac3d.

The flop comes 8c3h2s and Wojtuniecki extends his lead with a pair of threes. The turn brought the 9c and Tarich took the lead.

The river was the 4s and Tarich’s pair of nines held to avoid elimination.

Manny Tarich – 450,000 (38 bb)
Philip Wojtuniecki – 1,000,000 (83 bb)

Event 25: Big Buy-in, Big Stack PLO; Final Trophy Up for Grabs

$1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 100/100

The final trophy event of the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open begins at 5pm. This is a $1,100 buy-in Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha tournament permitting unlimited re-entries. Players begin with 15,000 chips and are slated to log 40-minute levels throughout. Registration and re-entry are available until about 9:30pm.

Here are the full details:

5PM: Event 25 – $1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 40-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 25 Structure Sheet

Good luck, pot limit Omaha players!

Event 24: Prize Pool and Payouts with $23,568

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 72 of 182

The clock ticked to Level 9 and registration is closed in Event 24 of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open, a $570 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament. The event drew 182 entries handily besting the $75,000 guarantee before the prize pool settled in at $91,000. A payday is reserved for only the top 22 finishers and a min-cash awards $864. Payouts escalate from there and top out in the form of a $23,568 top prize. In addition, the winner earns the property’s coveted guitar pick trophy.

Full information and payouts:

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 24
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 182
Prize Pool:  $91,000
January 22, 2019

1st – $23,568 + LHPO Trophy
2nd – $15,811
3rd – $9,328
4th – $5,674
5th – $4,382
6th – $3,631
7th – $3,094
8th – $2,721
9th – $2,358
10th-12th – $2,002
13th-15th – $1,684
16th-18th – $1,411
19th-21st – $1,138
22nd – $864

We will provide another update when this event reaches the 10-handed final table.

Event 20: Final 65 Players Return at 5:00 pm

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 65 of 507

After two starting flights with a total of 507 entries, there are 65 players who survived to Day 2 in the $150 No Limit Hold’em event that closes out the Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

Click here for the seat draw, and click here for the leaderboard of chip counts.

The final 36 players will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $395 each, and the field will play down to a winner tonight. First prize is worth $16,432, plus the trophy and a framed winner’s photo courtesy of Image Masters.

Event 23: Romain Follet – 4th Place ($8,050)

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with an 12,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 115

Romain Follet

Romain Follet was all in for 203,000 and needed help with As9s against Manny Tarich’s AcQc.

The board came Kc10h8s7d and Follet had some straight outs. The river was the Jd and Follet hit his straight but was no good against Tarich’s higher straight.

Manny Tarich – 800,000 (67 bb)
Romain Follet – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($8,050)