LHPO in Review

The 2020 Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open featured 29 tournaments with more than $5,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools. The series opened with the $1,000,000 guaranteed WPTDeepStacks Hollywood event and finished with the $2,000,000 guaranteed WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship with a $25K High Roller in the middle.

Brian Altman made World Poker Tour history when he won the LHPO Championship on the final day. He is the first in tour history to win the same tournament twice, this one to go along with his WPT LHPO Championship title from 2015.

In addition to that record, this is also Altman’s sixth career SHRP title putting him in a tie with Raminder Singh for second behind David Prociak.

Raminder Singh captured his sixth title earlier in the series in the $600 Six-Max tournament. Edwards Muñiz had a good opening weekend of the series; he bagged early in the WPTDeepStacks, won $400 Big O tournament on his day off, then shipped the WPTDeepStacks title.

Jonathan Jaffe shipped the $25K High Roller title with Brian Altman on the rail, the Jaffe returned the favor when Altman won the Championship. Then posed after swapping the good luck hoodies.

You can find complete results, updates, and recaps on the event links below.

Jonathan Jaffe, 2020 LHPO High Roller champ with Brian Altman

Edwards Muñiz, 2020 WPTDeepStacks Hollywood Champion
Event 13 Champion Raminder Singh
Event 13 Champion Raminder Singh

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Scott Roberts Closes Out the 2020 LHPO After Winning “The Craziest Final Table”

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 27
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries:  619
Prize Pool:  $74,280
January 20-22, 2020

Event 27 Champion Scott Roberts
Event 27 Champion Scott Roberts

The 2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open came to an end late Wednesday night with the conclusion of Event #27 ($150 No-Limit Hold’em), a two-day event that attracted 619 entries.

After a roller-coaster of a final table, the final four players agreed to an ICM deal, and chipleader Scott Roberts was declared the winner, receiving the title and the trophy.

There were a lot of dramatic all-in situations, and Roberts seemed to be involved in all of them.

“It was the craziest final table I think I’ve ever been at,” said Roberts. “My jacks against queens flopping quads. My nines against sixes and ace-king, and he hit his king, but then I hit my nine on the river to triple up. And then I hit my queen on the river against something else. The river has been good to me tonight.”

To be fair, Roberts was also on the losing end of a bad beat, getting it all in with pocket kings as the big stack against ace-king and pocket eights — there were two aces on the flop and an eight on the turn. That knocked Roberts down to 11 big blinds, but he may have forgotten about that one because two hands later is when he tripled up with pocket nines after spiking a nine on the river.

“It feels great,” said Roberts. “It’s finally nice to win a big one here at the Seminole Hard Rock.”


Final Table Results:

1st:  Scott Roberts  –  $13,584*
2nd:  David Shmuel  –  $13,406*
3rd:  David Coughlin  –  $10,042*
4th:  Al Gomez  –  $8,089*
5th:  Michael Tait  –  $3,974
6th:  Rene Noriega  –  $3,157
7th:  Antonio Campbell  –  $2,414
8th:  Evan Haw  –  $1,746
9th:  Andre Bryan  –  $1,263

* Indicates a four-way deal.

Event 27: Scott Roberts Wins in a Four-Way Deal

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 619

Scott Roberts
Scott Roberts

After the elimination of Michael Tait in fifth place, the final four players quickly agree to an ICM deal for the remaining prizepool.

These were the official chip counts:

1.  Scott Roberts  –  3,500,000  (35 bb)
2.  David Shmuel  –  3,375,000  (34 bb)
3.  David Coughlin  –  1,550,000  (16 bb)
4.  Al Gomez  –  850,000  (9 bb)

As chipleader, Scott Roberts was declared the winner, receiving the title and the trophy.

David Shmuel
David Shmuel

Stay tuned for a recap from this event, which will be posted later tonight.

1st:  Scott Roberts  –  $13,584*
2nd:  David Shmuel  –  $13,406*
3rd:  David Coughlin  –  $10,042*
4th:  Al Gomez  –  $8,089*
5th:  Michael Tait  –  $3,974
6th:  Rene Noriega  –  $3,157
7th:  Antonio Campbell  –  $2,414
8th:  Evan Haw  –  $1,746
9th:  Andre Bryan  –  $1,263

David Coughlin
David Coughlin
Al Gomez
Al Gomez

* Indicates a four-way deal.

Event 27: Michael Tait – 5th Place ($3,974)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 619

Michael Tait
Michael Tait

Michael Tait got it all in from the button for about 1,100,000 with AcJc, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the KsKh of David Shmuel, who was under the gun.

The board came Kd7c3s8c6d, and Shmuel flopped a set of kings to win the pot and eliminate Tait in fifth place.

David Shmuel  –  3,375,000  (34 bb)
Michael Tait  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($3,974)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 2,325,000 (23 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $5,385.

Event 27: Rene Noriega – 6th Place ($3,157)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 619

Rene Noriega
Rene Noriega

There is a short break to color up the 5K chips after Level 27, and these were the official chip counts with the blinds increasing to 50K-75K:

Seat 1.  Al Gomez  –  850,000  (11 bb)
Seat 2.  Michael Tait  –  1,050,000  (14 bb)
Seat 3.  Scott Roberts  –  1,925,000  (26 bb)
Seat 4.  David Coughlin  –  1,500,000  (20 bb)
Seat 5.  David Shmuel  –  3,200,000  (43 bb)
Seat 6.  Rene Noriega  –  750,000  (10 bb)

A half hour later, the blinds increased to 50K-100K, and Scott Roberts raised under the gun to 225,000. Rene Noriega moved all in from the button for 425,000, and Roberts called with QhQc.

Noriega turned over AcKc, and needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Kh10d5c9hQd — Noriega paired his king on the flop, but Roberts rivered a set of queens to win the pot and eliminate Noriega in sixth place.

Scott Roberts  –  3,600,000  (36 bb)
Rene Noriega  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($3,157)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,850,000 (19 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $3,157.