Michael Newman Captures His Second Six-Figure Score by Winning the $360 Ultimate Re-Entry for $181,025

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 1
Ultimate Re-Entry
$360 No Limit Hold’em
$500,000 Guaranteed

Entries: 4,508
Total Prize Pool: $1,352,400
Multi-Stack Payouts: 71 @ $2,500 = $177,500
Day 2 Prize Pool: $1,174,900

January 10-15, 2019

TD Tony Burns and Event 1 Champion Michael Newman
TD Tony Burns and Event 1 Champion Michael Newman

Michael Newman won the $360 buy-in Ultimate Re-Entry event on Tuesday, winning $181,025 by being the chipleader when a deal was negotiated by the final three players.

Event 1 was an incredibly successful kick-off to the Lucky Hearts Poker Open, with 4,508 entries more than doubling the $500K guarantee to create a total prizepool worth $1,352,400.

After eight starting flights, there were 374 players who survived to Day 2, which began with a flurry of bustouts in the money. By the time the field reached the dinner break, there were only 52 players remaining.

Event 1's Field on Day 2
Event 1’s Field on Day 2

At that point, Newman was one of the short stacks, down to 17 big blinds. But he battled back, and by the time the field was down to the final 20, Newman had built his stack up to about 100 big blinds, and he never looked back.

From that point forward, the lead went back-and-forth between Newman and eventual runner-up finisher Willie Wiggins. Day 2 came to an end around 2:30 am with 11 players remaining, and Newman bagged the chip lead.

Play resumed this afternoon at 2:00 pm, and it didn’t take long for Danny Kasper to be sent to the rail in 11th place, and the final table was set.

Event 1 - Final Table
Event 1 – Final Table

Seat 1.  Devond Marshall  –  2,575,000  (21 bb)
Seat 2.  Scott Robbins  –  10,235,000  (82 bb)
Seat 3.  Jeffrey Colpitts  –  7,200,000  (58 bb)
Seat 4.  Willie Wiggins  –  9,865,000  (79 bb)
Seat 5.  Jason Young  –  1,675,000  (13 bb)
Seat 6.  Michael Duek  –  3,475,000  (28 bb)
Seat 7.  Richard Carr  –  4,300,000  (34 bb)
Seat 8.  Angel Bracho  –  8,400,000  (67 bb)
Seat 9.  Perry Shiao  –  1,400,000  (11 bb)
Seat 10.  Michael Newman  –  12,600,000  (101 bb)

Perry Shiao (10th) and Jason Young (9th) busted fairly quickly, but with eight players remaining the table stalled for nearly two hours. In that time, Wiggins went on a rush to become the first player to cross the 20-million mark, but nobody busted.

Eventually, the dam burst, and in the span of about half an hour we lost Devond Marshall (8th), Angel Bracho (7th), and Michael Duek (6th). Duek’s elimination had a bit of painful poetry to it, as he had just doubled up with pocket aces before running into somebody else’s pocket aces to be eliminated.

That somebody else with pocket aces? Michael Newman.

5th-Place Finisher Richard Carr
5th-Place Finisher Richard Carr

Down to five players, the short stacks were Richard Carr and Jeffrey Colpitts. Carr looked like he would outlast Colpitts after doubling thru him with pocket jacks vs. king-ten suited. But the next hand, Carr got involved in a big pot against Wiggins.

They both limped from the blinds, and Wiggins check-called the flop and the turn on a board of [Ac][Qd][10s][2s][3s].

Wiggins shoved the river, and Carr snap-called all in for 6.1 million with [Ah][10d] for two pair. But Wiggins turned over [Kh][Jh] for a flopped ace-high straight to eliminate Carr in fifth place.

4th-Place Finisher Jeffrey Colpitts
4th-Place Finisher Jeffrey Colpitts

The next hand, Colpitts was first to act and woke up with [As][Qd]. He shoved, only to see Newman wake up with a slightly better [Ad][Kh] in the big blind. The better hand held up to eliminate Colpitts in fourth place.

The final three players played one more hand before deciding to chop up the remaining prizepool in an ICM deal. Newman had the chip lead, and was declared the winner and received the trophy.

This is the 13th tournament that Newman has won at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, and it’s his second six-figure score — Newman won the 2017 Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open Championship to earn $374,240. With his victory today, Newman has crossed the coveted $1 million mark in career live tournament earnings.

3rd-place finisher Scott Robbins (left) and runner-up Willie Wiggins (right) pose with Event 1 Champion Michael Newman after a three-way chop.
3rd-place finisher Scott Robbins (left) and runner-up Willie Wiggins (right) pose with Event 1 Champion Michael Newman after a three-way chop.

Final Table Results:

1st:  Michael Newman*  –  $181,025 + LHPO trophy
2nd:  Willie Wiggins  –  $176,120
3rd:  Scott Robbins  –  $130,235
4th:  Jeffrey Colpitts  –  $63,359
5th:  Richard Carr  –  $45,895
6th:  Michael Duek  –  $34,929
7th:  Angel Bracho  –  $26,806
8th:  Devond Marshall  –  $19,495
9th:  Jason Young*  –  $13,809
10th:  Perry Shiao  –  $8,935

* Michael Newman and Jason Young survived two starting flights, so they each received an additional $2,500 on top of their final-table earnings.

Complete Ultimate Re-Entry Results

Ultimate Re-Entry: Michael Newman Wins! ($181,025); Willie Wiggins – 2nd ($176,120); Scott Robbins – 3rd ($130,235)

$360 Ultimate Re-Entry
$500,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 33: 200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 4,508

Michael Newman
Michael Newman

One hand after the elimination of Jeffrey Colpitts in fourth place, the final three players agreed to an ICM deal to split up the remaining prizepool.

These were the official, verified chip counts at that point:

Michael Newman  –  26,300,000  (66 bb)
Willie Wiggins  –  24,300,000  (61 bb)
Scott Robbins  –  11,100,000  (28 bb)

As the chipleader, Michael Newman would be declared the winner and awarded the trophy. Here are the payouts they agreed to, along with the rest of the final table prizepool:

1st:  Michael Newman  –  $181,025 + LHPO trophy
2nd:  Willie Wiggins  –  $176,120
3rd:  Scott Robbins  –  $130,235
4th:  Jeffrey Colpitts  –  $63,359
5th:  Richard Carr  –  $45,895
6th:  Michael Duek  –  $34,929
7th:  Angel Bracho  –  $26,806
8th:  Devond Marshall  –  $19,495
9th:  Jason Young  –  $13,809
10th:  Perry Shiao  –  $8,935

Willie Wiggins
Willie Wiggins – 2nd Place
Scott Robbins
Scott Robbins – 3rd Place

Ultimate Re-Entry: Jeffrey Colpitts – 4th Place ($63,359)

$360 Ultimate Re-Entry
$500,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 33: 200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 4,508

Jeffrey Colpitts
Jeffrey Colpitts

In the hand after Richard Carr was eliminated in fifth place, there was no small blind. Jeffrey Colpitts moved all in from the hijack for 4,300,000, and Michael Newman called from the big blind with [Ad][Kh].

Colpitts turned over [As][Qd], and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came [Kd][Jc][3d][Js][9d] — Colpitts flopped a gutshot straight draw, but improved no further. Newman won the pot with two pair, kings and jacks, to eliminate Colpitts in fourth place.

Michael Newman  –  24,000,000  (60 bb)
Jeffrey Colpitts  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($63,359)

Ultimate Re-Entry: Richard Carr – 5th Place ($45,895)

$360 Ultimate Re-Entry
$500,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 33: 200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 4,508

Richard Carr
Richard Carr

One hand after Richard Carr doubled thru Jeffrey Colpitts, Willie Wiggins completed the small blind to 400,000, and Carr checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came [Ac][Qd][10s], Wiggins checked, Carr bet 700,000, and Wiggins thought for a bit before he called.

The turn card was the [2s], Wiggins checked, Carr quickly bet 2,000,000, and Wiggins quickly called.

The river card was the [3s], Wiggins quickly shoved, and Carr snap-called all in for 6,100,000 with [Ah][10d] for a flopped two pair, aces and tens.

But Wiggins turned over [Kh][Jh] to win the pot with a flopped ace-high straight, eliminating Carr in fifth place.

Willie Wiggins  –  27,800,000  (70 bb)
Richard Carr  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($45,895)

Ultimate Re-Entry: Richard Carr Doubles Through Jeffrey Colpitts

$360 Ultimate Re-Entry
$500,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 33: 200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 4,508

Michael Newman and Scott Robbins folded and Jeffrey Colpitts moved all in from the button. Willie Wiggins folded his small blind but Richard Carr quickly called at risk from the big.

Carr: [jh][jc]
Colpitts: [kh][th]

Carr was ahead for the double, needed to dodge the over and hearts, and picked up the pot as the board ran [7h][6c][2s][3d][5d].

Richard Carr – 9,000,000 (23 bb)
Jeffrey Colpitts – 4,300,000 (11 bb)

Ultimate Re-Entry: Updated Counts

$360 Ultimate Re-Entry
$500,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 33: 200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 4,508

The five remaining players took another break and returned with the 500K plaques in play and Michael Newman back with the lead.

Seat 2: Scott Robbins – 11,900,000 (30 bb)
Seat 3: Jeffrey Colpitts – 9,700,000 (24 bb)
Seat 4: Willie Wiggins – 17,000,000 (43 bb)
Seat 7: Richard Carr – 4,600,000 (12 bb)
Seat 9: Michael Newman – 18,500,000 (46 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $251,813 + LHPO trophy
2nd: $154,337
3rd: $81,230
4th: $63,359
5th: $45,895

Ultimate Re-Entry: Michael Duek – 6th Place ($34,929)

$360 Ultimate Re-Entry
$500,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 32: 150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 4,508

Michael Duek

Michael Newman opened the action to 600,000 and it folded to Michael Duek. He moved all in for 5,200,000 and Newman called about as fast as possible.

Newman: [as][ac]
Duek: [tc][td]

Duek doubled with aces but now they had him at risk. He kept calling for a ten but could not find a save as it ran out [kd][5s][2h][2d][ad].

Michael Newman – 16,800,000 (56 bb)
Michael Duek – Eliminated in 6th place ($34,929)

Ultimate Re-Entry: Michael Duek Doubles Through Richard Carr

$360 Ultimate Re-Entry
$500,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 32: 150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 4,508

Action folded around to Michael Duek on the button and he open-shoved for 2,900,000. After confirming the count, Richard Carr quickly called from the small blind.

Duek: [as][ah]
Carr: [7h][7d]

Duek was in great shape and virtually locked up the hand on the [ad][qs][4c] flop. The board finished [qc] turn and [6s] river and Duek had his double.

Michael Duek – 6,400,000 (21 bb)
Richard Carr – 6,750,000 (23 bb)

Ultimate Re-Entry: Angel Bracho – 7th Place ($26,806)

$360 Ultimate Re-Entry
$500,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 32: 150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 4,508

Angel Bracho

Willie Wiggins opened to 850,000 from the cutoff and was called from Richard Carr and Angel Bracho in the blinds. The flop was [as][6h][2h], Carr checked, and Bracho moved all in for approximately 3,000,000. Wiggins folded and Carr quickly called.

Carr: [ad][kd]
Bracho: [ah][qd]

Bracho was in tough shape, outkicked, but the dealer put the [qh] on the turn to get the crowd yelling. Then they really got loud as Carr spiked the comeback [ks] river for better aces up to send Bracho out in seventh place.

Richard Carr – 11,900,000 (40 bb)
Angel Bracho – Eliminated in 7th place ($26,806)

Ultimate Re-Entry: Devond Marshall – 8th Place ($19,495)

$360 Ultimate Re-Entry
$500,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 31: 100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 4,508

Devond Marshall

The board was reading [kd][9c][7d][7s] and it was four-ways between Jeffrey Colpitts, Willie Wiggins, Richard Carr, and Devond Marshall.

Marshall bet 425,000 from the small blind to get folds from Colpitts and Wiggins and a call from Carr. The river was [kh], Marshall moved all in for 2,125,000 and Carr called.

Carr: [jh][js]
Marshall: [8h][8s]

Carr was good with the bigger pocket pair and Marshall was eliminated in eighth place.

Richard Carr – 9,450,000 (47 bb)
Devond Marshall – Eliminated in 8th place ($19,945)