Marc Schiller Wins the $150 Big Stack After a “Crazy Ride” of a Final Table

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  486
Prize Pool:  $58,320
January 13, 2020

Event 11 Champion Mark Schiller
Event 11 Champion Mark Schiller

“It was all one crazy ride, and to be honest, I’m so tired I don’t remember half of it.”

Marc Schiller registered Event #11 ($150 Big Stack NLH) on time when it started at 6:00 pm, and on a single bullet, he navigated his way through a field of 486 entries to win the trophy around 5:30 am.

The final table didn’t even begin until after 3:00 am, and even though the players seemed eager to make a deal, it was difficult to come to an agreement because there was a $3,500 seat to the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open added as a bonus to the first place prize.

Early in the final table, eliminations came quickly, but when they hit the final four, the action slowed, and even after Robinel Eugene busted in fourth, they played a surprising amount of time three-handed. The chips went back and forth, with all three holding the chip lead at some point, but nobody able to score a knock out.

Eventually, with the blinds high and all three stacks fairly close, they came to terms on a deal, with Schiller receiving the title, the trophy, and the $3,500 WPT seat.

Schiller has been a regular here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood since it opened, saying, “It’s the best poker room in town. It blows everyone else away. This is the place to go for sure.”


Final Table Results:

1st:  Marc Schiller  –  $8,546* + LHPO Trophy + $3,500 WPT seat
2nd:  Earl Gallegos  –  $8,545*
3rd:  Andre Bryan  –  $7,651*
4th:  Robinel Eugene  –  $3,566
5th:  Evan Haw  –  $2,737
6th:  Peter Bodnar  –  $2,281
7th:  Pasquale Caiazza  –  $1,904
8th:  Wilmer Diaz  –  $1,527
9th:  Jonathan Marcu  –  $1,151

* Indicates a three-way deal.

Event 11: Marc Schiller Wins the $150 Big Stack in a Three-Way Deal with Earl Gallegos and Andre Bryan

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 32:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 486

Marc Schiller
Marc Schiller

After playing three-handed for several levels, the final three players agreed to a deal to split up the remaining prizepool.

These were their official chip counts:

1.  Marc Schiller  –  2,725,000  (14 bb)
2.  Earl Gallegos  –  2,725,000  (14 bb)
3.  Andre Bryan  –  1,850,000  (9 bb)

Schiller and Gallegos were tied in chips, but the agreement was that Schiller would win the title, the trophy, and the $3,500 seat into the main even of this series, the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

Earl Gallegos
Earl Gallegos

Here are the adjusted final table payouts to reflect their deal:

1st:  Marc Schiller  –  $8,546* + LHPO Trophy + $3,500 WPT seat
2nd:  Earl Gallegos  –  $8,545*
3rd:  Andre Bryan  –  $7,651*
4th:  Robinel Eugene  –  $3,566
5th:  Evan Haw  –  $2,737
6th:  Peter Bodnar  –  $2,281
7th:  Pasquale Caiazza  –  $1,904
8th:  Wilmer Diaz  –  $1,527
9th:  Jonathan Marcu  –  $1,151

Stay tuned for a recap from this event to be posted later tonight.

Andre Bryan
Andre Bryan

* Indicates a three-way deal.

Event 11: Robinel Eugene – 4th Place ($3,566)

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 486

Robinel Eugene
Robinel Eugene

Robinel Eugene was all in from the button for 550,000 with 9s6h, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the Qc10s of Marc Schiller in the small blind.

The board came Jd3h2s3s10c, and Schiller won the pot with his queen to eliminate Eugene in fourth place.

Marc Schiller  –  2,150,000  (17 bb)
Robinel Eugene  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($3,566)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 2,425,000 (19 bb), and the next player to be eliminated will receive $5,182.

Event 11: Evan Haw – 5th Place ($2,737)

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29:  50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 486

Evan Haw
Evan Haw

Marc Schiller was all in from the button for 1,625,000 with Ac5s, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the 7d7c of Andre Bryan in the small blind.

The board came Qh10d4cKcJc, and Schiller rivered an ace-high straight to win the pot and double up in chips.

Marc Schiller  –  3,410,000  (43 bb)
Andre Bryan  –  650,000  (8 bb)

After the blinds had increased to 50,000-100,000, Evan Haw moved all in from the cutoff for 790,000, and Andre Bryan tanked for a while before he called from the big blind with QcJd.

Haw turned over KdKc, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Qh9d7sQd2s, and Bryan paired his queen on the flop and turned trips to win the pot and eliminate Haw in fifth place.

Andre Bryan  –  1,645,000  (16 bb)
Evan Haw  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($2,737)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,825,000 (18 bb), and the next player to be eliminated will receive $3,566.

Event 11: Peter Bodnar – 6th Place ($2,281)

$150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 486

Peter Bodnar
Peter Bodnar

Peter Bodnar got it all in from the big blind for about 575,000 with Ah8d, but he needed to improve to stay alive against the KhKd of Andre Bryan in the small blind.

The board came 7c2c2s5s7s, and the pocket kings held up for Bryan to win the pot and eliminate Bodnar in sixth place.

Andre Bryan  –  1,750,000  (29 bb)
Peter Bodnar  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($2,281)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,460,000 (24 bb), and the next player to be eliminated will receive $2,737.