Two Trophies in One Night: Justin Lee Wins PLO Outright After Watching His Friend Chris Blik Win Two Hours Earlier

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 10
$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries:  108
Prize Pool:   $36,720
January 13, 2020

Event 10 Champion Justin Lee
Event 10 Champion Justin Lee surrounded by his friends.

About two hours after watching his friend Chris Blik win Event 9 in a heads-up deal, Justin Lee won Event 10 ($400 Pot Limit Omaha) outright after a lengthy heads-up battle against Dmitry Savelyev.

Lee and a group of his friends came down from Michigan primarily to play in the $1,100 WPTDeepStacks event that just finished, and the $3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open that begins on Friday. But in between those two events, they’ve now won two trophies.

“It feels amazing,” said Lee. “I just ran well, played well, and the cards came. It felt good.”

In addition to his supportive rail of friends, Lee caught a small bit of luck at just the right time. “I got it in bad with a set against the nut straight, and I rivered a boat,” said Lee. “After that, I had a big lead, and I just kind of hung out until heads-up.”

“It’s Omaha,” said Lee. “Anything can happen.”

The heads-up battle was fairly long, and Lee and Savelyev both had very deep stacks, so it could have gone either way. But shortly after watching his friend Blik win a trophy, Lee was able to match it with one of his own.

“It feels amazing. It feels great,” said Lee. “The positive energy worked out.”


Final Results:

1st:  Justin Lee  –  $10,035 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Dmitry Savelyev  –  $6,695
3rd:  David Levy  –  $4,550
4th:  Aaron Frei  –  $3,205
5th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $2,340
6th:  Michael Dreese  –  $1,780
7th:  Bobbi Smith  –  $1,410
8th:  Reed Orem  –  $1,165
9th:  Sergii Noskov  –  $1,005
10th:  Andrew Klivan  –  $1,005
11th:  Yuval Bronshtein  –  $905
12th:  William McMahan  –  $905
13th:  Riley Fuller  –  $860
14th:  Zachary Milchman  –  $860

Event 10: Justin Lee Wins! ($10,035); Dmitry Savelyev Finishes as the Runner-Up ($6,695)

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Players Remaining:  1 of 108

Justin Lee
Justin Lee

Most of the events this series have been resolved with a deal between the final few players, but Justin Lee won this event outright by eliminating Dmitry Savelyev in second place.

Here are the official results from the final table, with a recap to follow later tonight:

1st:  Justin Lee  –  $10,035 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Dmitry Savelyev  –  $6,695
3rd:  David Levy  –  $4,550
4th:  Aaron Frei  –  $3,205
5th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $2,340
6th:  Michael Dreese  –  $1,780
7th:  Bobbi Smith  –  $1,410
8th:  Reed Orem  –  $1,165
9th:  Sergii Noskov  –  $1,005

Dmitry Savelyev
Dmitry Savelyev

Event 10: Justin Lee and Dmitry Savelyev are Heads-Up

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  5,000/10,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 108

Justin Lee Heads Up
Justin Lee

The only final table currently in progress is Event 10 ($400 Pot Limit Omaha), which is down to the final two players. Justin Lee and Dmitry Savelyev are fairly close in chips and still very deep as Level 20 begins:

Justin Lee  –  680,000  (68 bb)
Dmitry Savelyev  –  620,000  (62 bb)

These are the payouts they’re playing for, followed by players who have busted from this final table:

1st:  $10,035 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $6,695

3rd:  David Levy  –  $4,550
4th:  Aaron Frei  –  $3,205
5th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $2,340
6th:  Michael Dreese  –  $1,780
7th:  Bobbi Smith  –  $1,410
8th:  Reed Orem  –  $1,165
9th:  Sergii Noskov  –  $1,005

Dmitry Savelyev Heads Up
Dmitry Savelyev

Event 10: Final Table Begins with Dmitry Savelyev in the Lead

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 14:  1,500/2,500
Players Remaining:  9 of 108

The final nine players have drawn for random seats at the final table, and play will continue tonight until they reach a winner. Here are their updated chip counts, followed by the remaining prizepool:

Seat 1.  Bobbi Smith  –  109,000  (44 bb)
Seat 2.  Michael Dreese  –  59,500  (24 bb)
Seat 3.  Dmitry Savelyev  –  293,500  (117 bb)
Seat 4.  Aaron Frei  –  203,000  (81 bb)
Seat 5.  David Levy  –  192,500  (77 bb)
Seat 6.  Gabriel Ramos  –  100,000  (40 bb)
Seat 7.  Sergii Noskov  –  5,500  (2 bb)
Seat 8.  Reed Orem  –  72,500  (29 bb)
Seat 9.  Justin Lee  –  261,000  (104 bb)

1st:  $10,035 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $6,695
3rd:  $4,550
4th:  $3,205
5th:  $2,340
6th:  $1,780
7th:  $1,410
8th:  $1,165
9th:  $1,005

And here is a list of the players who have finished in the money so far, along with their payouts:

10th:  Andrew Klivan  –  $1,005
11th:  Yuval Bronshtein  –  $905
12th:  William McMahan  –  $905
13th:  Riley Fuller  –  $860
14th:  Zachary Milchman  –  $860

Event 10: Prize Pool and Payouts $10,035 to the PLO Champ

$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 9:  400/800
Players Remaining:  40 of 108

The numbers were released for Event 10 and the $400 Pot Limit Omaha tournament drew 108 entries to create a prize pool of $36,720. The last 14 spots will be paid with $860 for a min-cash and $10,035 for the PLO champion.

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 10
$400 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries:  108
Prize Pool:   $36,720
January 13, 2020

1st: $10,035 + LHPO Trophy
2nd: $6,695
3rd: $4,550
4th: $3,205
5th: $2,340
6th: $1,780
7th: $1,410
8th: $1,165
9th-10th: $1,005
11th-12th: $905
13th-14th: $860