Event 16: David May Wins the $570 H.O.R.S.E. Title ($6,565)

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 16
$570 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Entries:  35
Prize Pool:  $17,500
January 19, 2019

David May - Event 16 Champion
David May – Event 16 Champion

With Day 1C of the Main Event playing out in the background, the $570 H.O.R.S.E. event came to an end on Saturday night with David May taking home the title, the cash, and the trophy.

As has been the case for most of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open, May won this event outright, without any chops or deals.

There were 35 entries in this one-day event, and May, a local player from Plantation, Florida, outlasted them all to win the second H.O.R.S.E. tournament of his career.


Final Results:

1st:  David May  –  $6,565 + LHPO trophy
2nd:  Mark Hurst  –  $4,380
3rd:  Harry Eisenberg  –  $2,920
4th:  Gregory Masterson  –  $2,070
5th:  William Marsh  –  $1,565

Event 16: Jon Turner Leads the Final Table for $570 H.O.R.S.E.

$570 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 13: 2,500/5,000
Players Remaining: 9 of 35

Event 16 - Final Table
Event 16 – Final Table

The field is down to the final nine players, so they’ve combined to the final table in the $570 H.O.R.S.E. event. Jon Turner holds the lead with 139,800 (28 big bets), and here are their seating positions and chip counts:

Seat 1.  Greg Masterson  –  32,900  (7 BB)
Seat 2.  Mark Hurst  –  27,700  (6 BB)
Seat 3.  Jon Turner  –  139,800  (28 BB)
Seat 4.  Michael Dreese  –  29,300  (6 BB)
Seat 5.  Harry Eisenberg  –  25,000  (5 BB)
Seat 6.  George Fountoulakis  –  59,100  (12 BB)
Seat 7.  Bill Marsh  –  60,800  (12 BB)
Seat 8.  Andrew Woodmancey  –  85,000  (17 BB)
Seat 9.  David May  –  73,700  (15 BB)

The final five players will finish in the money, and here are the payouts:

1st:  $6,565 + LHPO trophy
2nd:  $4,380
3rd:  $2,920
4th:  $2,070
5th:  $1,565

Event 16: Prize Pool and Payouts with $6,565 to the HORSE Champ

$570 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 800/1,500
Players Remaining: 21 of 35

Registration closed on the second and final H.O.R.S.E. tournament of the series and it drew 35 entries. They combined to create a prize pool worth $17,500 and the last five spots will be paid. A min-cash will earn $1,565 and the H.O.R.S.E. champ will walk away with $6,565 along with the LHPO trophy.

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 16
$570 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Entries:  35
Prize Pool:  $17,500
January 19, 2019

1st: $6,565 + LHPO trophy
2nd: $4,380
3rd: $2,920
4th: $2,070
5th: $1,565

Event 16: Big HORSE

$570 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1: 100/200

In a new twist, there are two HORSE tournaments on this year’s schedule and the biggest of the two kicks off at 11am in the Event Center.

Event 16 has a $570 buy-in for our mixed game fans and they will rotate between Limit Hold’em, Limit Omaha 8, Razz, Seven-Card Stud, and Seven-Stud 8 every eight hands. Players will start with 15,000 stacks and all levels last 30 minutes. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 3:30pm.

There is a dinner break at 5pm and they will continue playing until we our HORSE champ.

  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 16 Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 10 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 16 – $570 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 16 Structure Sheet

12PM: Day 1C – $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 30,000 in chips and 40-minute levels
  • Late registration/single re-entry (per flight) available until start of Level 10
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Day 1 will end after Level 15 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Main Event Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 17 – $360 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Single Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/SINGLE re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 17 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 59 – $140 Main Event Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into WPTDeepStacks Main Event
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 59 Sheet

5PM: Event 60 – $275 Event 21 Mega Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 5 seats guaranteed into $2,500/$300K GTD LHPO Event 21
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 10
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 60 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 61 – $275 Event 21 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $2,500/$300K GTD LHPO Event 21
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 61 Structure Sheet

David Peters Scores RRPO $5,000 Victory in Consecutive Years

2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 16
$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em      
Entries: 95
Prize Pool: $451,250  
November 26, 2018 

David Peters wins $5,000 no-limit hold’em

If David Peters wasn’t already one of the best no-limit hold’em tournament players on the planet, there might be some credence to the theory that the shirt that he wore on Monday is his lucky shirt.

For the second consecutive year, the Ohio native won the Rock N’ Roll Poker Open’s $5,000 no-limit hold’em event. Last year, he defeated Scott Wright heads-up to take down the title and this year, he defeated a 95-entry field and bested Guillaume Diaz to earn the $143,159 and his second consecutive trophy in this event.

“Isn’t that the same shirt you wore last year?!” asked Peters’ girlfriend after the final card was dealt. “Yeah, it is. I bought you that shirt.”

Peters smiled and acknowledged how crazy it was for him to win the event for the second year in a row.

“It’s kind of crazy,” he said. “It was a fun tournament. I’m wearing the same sweatshirt and everything. Things went pretty well at the final table early on. Then I lost a bunch of chips and I battled back and it worked out.”

David Peters from his 2017 win

Peters has north of $29 million in career tournament earnings and is always in the discussion for ‘Best no-limit hold’em player in the world.’

His skill was on display for the entirety of the tournament, but was magnified in a hand against World Series of Poker bracelet winner Will Givens. Givens raised from under the gun and went bet, bet, jam on an [Ad][9d][4c][Kh][Jd] runout.

Peters check-called down from the big blind with [Kd][Qh] and doubled up against Givens’ [6s][5s]. The pot gave him about a third of the chips in play eight-handed and left Givens with just a few big blinds. He was eliminated in eighth-place on the very next hand.

“I felt that there was a lot of small pairs, a lot of low suited connectors, queen-jack, jack-ten suited type hands that would keep barreling,” said Peters about his call on the turn.

The [Jd] river card allowed Peters to piece together the rest of the hand.

“I was blocking the nut flush and the ace, jack and nine are all out there, so there aren’t too many combos of flushes,” said Peters about the most infamous hand of the final table. “I don’t think he’d bet that sizing on the flop with top set, I block queen-ten suited. I don’t think he’d immediately go all in with two pair or a set or hands like that. I thought there were a lot of hands like he had that are trying to blow me off a nine. I have a lot of weakish ace-x type hands that are obligated to call the turn. So I felt he was trying to blow me off a lot of those hands. So I called. It worked out.”

The $5,000 buy-in is a little smaller than what Peters is used to playing. He’s one of the elite players that participates regularly in $25,000 buy-ins and up. He’s got three seven-figure scores in the last month in those type of events.

In some of the smaller events, seeing Peters call down in that spot may make some less experienced players shy away from playing pots with him. This final table featured two bracelet winners, an EPT champion and a team PokerStars pro.

Peters didn’t think anybody at this final table would be intimidated in the slightest.

“I guess sometimes maybe some guys might not be trying to play too many pots with me or might avoid marginal situations,” said Peters. “So I can sometimes take advantage of that. On the flip side, you have some guys that are ready to battle. I don’t think any of these guys were scared or anything like that.”

The 95-entry field paid out the top 12 spots and here are the results:

1st: David Peters – $143,159
2nd: Guillaume Diaz – $85,738
3rd: Alexander Haber – $54,150
4th: Joey Weissman – $34,972
5th: Jake Schwartz – $27,075
6th: Stanley Lee – $21,434
7th: Jeff Gross – $18,050
8th: Will Givens – $15,794
9th: Chad Eveslage – $14,318
10th: Mykel Conroe – $13,086
11th: Paul Fisher – $12,184
12th: Joe McKeehen – $11,190

Event 16: David Peters Wins ($143,159), Guillaume Diaz Eliminated in 2nd ($85,738)

$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em One-Day
$250,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts 
Level 24: 20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 95

David Peters

David Peters moved all in on the button and Guillaume Diaz called out of the big blind. Diaz was all in for for about 700,000 and in the lead with his [As][6d] against Peters’ [Qd][Tc].

The board ran out [9h][8c][3h][Qc][2h] and Peters turned a queen to make the best hand, win the pot and the tournament.

Diaz was eliminated and took home $85,738 for his runner-up finish. Peters earned $143,159 for the victory.

Guillaume Diaz

David Peters – $5,000 No-Limit Hold’em Single-Day Champion
Guillaume Diaz – Elimianted 

Event 16: Alexander Haber – 3rd Place ($54,150)

$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em One-Day
$250,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts 
Level 23: 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 95

Alexander Haber

Alexander Haber moved all in from the small blind for about 260,000 and David Peters called from the big blind.

Peters showed [Ad][9h] and was in the lead against Haber’s [Kd][6d].

The board ran out [8h][5h][2c][Td][5d] and Peters’ ace-high won the pot. Haber was out in third place and earned $54,150 for his deep run. Peters goes into heads-up play against Guillaume Diaz at a slight chip disadvantage.

David Peters – 800,000
Alexander Haber – Eliminated 

Event 16: Guillaume Diaz Calls Down With Queen-High

$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em One-Day
$250,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts 
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 95

Alexander Haber raised to 45,000 on the button and Guillaume Diaz called out of the big blind.

They both checked a flop of [7c][5d][5s] and the [As] came on the turn. Diaz checked again and Haber bet 40,000. Diaz called and the river was the [3c].

Diaz checked and Haber bet 75,000. Diaz called. Haber showed [Jc][Tc] and Diaz won the pot with [Qs][Jh].

“Queen-high?” asked Haber.

“Sometimes it’s good,” said Diaz. “Sometimes it’s not.”

Guillaume Diaz – 920,000
Alexander Haber – 480,000

Event 16: Alexander Haber Doubles Through Guillaume Diaz

$5,000 No-Limit Hold’em One-Day
$250,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts 
Level 22: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 BB ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 95

David Peters limped in on the button and Guillaume Diaz moved all in out of the small blind. Alexander Haber called from the big blind and was all in for 270,000 before Peters folded.

Haber showed [Ac][Qd] and was flipping against Diaz’s [4s][4h].

The flop was [Qc][9c][7h] and Haber took the lead. The turn was the [5h] and the river was the [Qh]. Haber made trip queens and doubled up.

Alexander Haber – 580,000
Guillaume Diaz – 800,000