Event 18: Matt Vinke Wins the Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em Title ($10,445)

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 18
$360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  248
Prize Pool:  $74,400
January 20, 2019

Matt Vinke - Event 18 Champion
Matt Vinke – Event 18 Champion

When the final seven players in the $360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em event agreed to an ICM chop late Sunday night, it was Matt Vinke who was in the lead with 24% of all the chips in play to claim the title, the trophy, and $10,445.

This was just the fourth event of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open to end in a deal, with all of the rest playing down to a winner.

This is the biggest cash of Vinke’s live tournament career, and his second trophy. Vinke’s previous victory came at last year’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in a $360 Big Stack Bounty event, where he earned $9,500.

Final Table Results:

1st:  Matt Vinke  –  $10,445 + LHPO trophy
2nd:  Benjamin Wallace  –  $9,880
3rd:  Aaron Klausman  –  $8,317
4th:  David Zionts  –  $6,721
5th:  George Fountoulakis  –  $5,390
6th:  Eric Ruffman  –  $5,091
7th:  Iuri Leite  –  $4,858
8th:  Mitchell Menes  –  $2,158
9th:  Rudy Mamo  –  $1,725
10th:  Ryan Weiss  –  $1,462

Event 18: Benjamin Wallace Leads the Final Table in $360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em

$360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 248

Event 18 - Final Table
Event 18 – Final Table

The field of 248 for the $360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em event is down to the final 10, so they’ve combined to the final table. Here are their updated chip counts, followed by the remaining prizepool:

Seat 1.  Iuri Leite  –  141,000  (9 bb)
Seat 2.  Aaron Klausman  –  456,000  (29 bb)
Seat 3.  Mitchell Menes  –  340,000  (21 bb)
Seat 4.  Rudy Mamo  –  747,000  (47 bb)
Seat 5.  David Zionts  –  468,000  (29 bb)
Seat 6.  Ryan Weiss  –  230,000  (14 bb)
Seat 7.  Rick Ruffman  –  409,000  (26 bb)
Seat 8.  Benjamin Wallace  –  920,000  (58 bb)
Seat 9.  George Fountoulakis  –  377,000  (24 bb)
Seat 10.  Matt Vinke  –  891,000  (56 bb)

1st:  $17,240 + LHPO trophy
2nd:  $12,116
3rd:  $7,626
4th:  $4,639
5th:  $3,582
6th:  $2,969
7th:  $2,530
8th:  $2,158
9th:  $1,725
10th:  $1,462

Event 18: Prize Pool and Payouts with $17,240 Up Top

$360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 10: 600/1,200 with a 1,200 ante
Players Remaining: 117 of 248

While the WPTDeepStacks Main Event was playing down Day 2, Event 18 went big on a Sunday afternoon and easily surpassed its $50,000 Guarantee. The $360 Deep Stack drew 248 entries to create a prize pool worth $74,400 and the last 31 players will take home some money.

A min-cash is worth $513 and the Event 18 will earn $17,240 along with the LHPO trophy and custom-framed winner’s photo courtesy of Image Masters.

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 18
$360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  248
Prize Pool:  $74,400
January 20, 2019

1st: $17,240 + LHPO trophy
2nd: $12,116
3rd: $7,626
4th: $4,639
5th: $3,582
6th: $2,969
7th: $2,530
8th: $2,158
9th: $1,725
10th-12th: $1,462
13th-15th: $1,257
16th-18th: $1,053
19th-21st: $865
22nd-24th: $684
25th-27th: $600
28th-31st: $513

Event 18: One-Day Deep Stacks

$360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1: 100/100

The Day 2 field is set for the WPTDeepStacks Main Event but not everyone was able to make it through. For those and others, we have a one-day trophy event for those looking for some Sunday action

Event 18 is a $360 buy-in deep stack tournament with a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. Players will start with 20,000 stacks and all levels last 30 minutes. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 3:30pm with a dinner break at 5pm.

It’s a great way to close our your weekend.

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 18 Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 11 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 18 – $360 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 18 Structure Sheet

12PM: Day 2 – $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event

3PM: Event 19 – $360 Big O (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 12,000 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 19 Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 21 Day 1 – $2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $300,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Day 1 levels last 40 minutes; Day 2 levels last 60 minutes
  • Late registration/re-entry 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 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 21 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 20 Day 1A – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips with 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 20 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 62 – $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 62 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 63 – $200 Event 23 Mega Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty Event 23
  • 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 63 Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 64 – $200 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 15,000 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 64 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 65 – $200 Event 23 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty Event 23
  • 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 65 Structure Sheet

Sergio Grosso Wins First Hard Rock Trophy With Seniors Victory

2018 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 18
$360 Seniors No-Limit Hold’em      
Entries: 122
Prize Pool: $36,600 
November 27, 2018

Sergio Grosso earns $360 seniors title. 

Sergio Grosso claimed the second of three Hard Rock trophies being awarded on Tuesday. Grosso earned his trophy from the Seminole Hard Rock by taking down the 122-entry $360 seniors no-limit hold’em event.

Grosso defeated Marvin Brantley heads-up to earn the title and $10,615.

“It feels great,” said Grosso after his win. “I’ve been at this a long time and it’s nice to win my first seniors event.”

Grosso has scored a couple other wins in his career, including a victory in a Rio Daily Deepstack event during the 2017 World Series of Poker for just shy of $28,000, but it’s the first time he’s earned a title in the senior division.

According to Grosso, he is retired and just enjoying life. He currently resides just outside of Toronto, but traveled down to Florida to play in the $3,500 RRPO WPT Championship event. He’s taking poker as a serious hobby in his life after work, and will be taking more shots at WPT events in the short-term.

He is leaving South Florida tomorrow morning and heading straight to Las Vegas for the next WPT stop at Bellagio.

He’ll get there riding high, going nearly wire-to-wire with the chip lead at the final table. Grosso came into the final table with the chip lead, lost it briefly to David Albertson before regaining it for good.

“I was playing pretty solid the whole time,” said Grosso. “I just kind of popped up for like 15-20 minutes and they just kind of ran into me.”

Grosso won a massive pot to eliminate Albertson in fourth place when he flopped trip queens and got it all in on the turn against Albertson’s pocket sevens. He faded a two-outer on the river and had two-thirds of the chips in play with three players remaining.

Jerome Hyafil busted in third to Brantley before Brantley went heads-up against Grosso.

Brantley put a small dent in Grosso’s heads-up chip lead, but then he rivered a flush after Grosso turned a full house. All the chips got into the middle and Grosso left with the trophy.

Results:

1st: Sergio Grosso – $10,615
2nd: Marvin Brantley – $6,588
3rd: Jerome Hyafil – $3,935
4th: David Albertson – $2,471
5th: Fariborz Zojaji – $1,830
6th: Juan Carlos Diaz – $1,574
7th: Orlando Maldonado – $1,363
8th: Bruce Freedman – $1,208
9th: Nir Peleg – $1,061
10th: Robert Williamson – $933
11th: Alexander Orlov – $933
12th: Tony Guglietti – $933
13th: Neil Blumenfield – $814
14th: Truyen Nguyen – $814
15th: Brian Wilson – $814
16th: Gregory Anda – $714

Seniors: Sergio Gross Wins ($10,615), Marvin Brantley Eliminated in 2nd ($6,588)

$360 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Seniors Remaining: 1 of 122

Sergio Grosso

There was about 100,000 in the pot on the river with a completed board of [Ac][8c][3s][Ad][5c].

Marvin Brantley checked from the big blind and Sergio Grosso moved all in on the button, for a huge overbet. Brantley immediately called and was all in for his remaining 300,000.

Grosso showed [Ad][3d], good for a full house, and was on the right end of a cold deck against Brantley’s [Jc][6c], good for a flush.

Brantley was eliminated in second and took home $6,588, while Grosso earned $10,615 and the trophy for his win in the Seniors event.

Marvin Brantley

Sergio Grosso – Seniors Event Champion
Marvin Brantley – Eliminated 

Seniors: Jerome Hyafil – 3rd Place ($3,935)

$360 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Seniors Remaining: 2 of 122

Jerome Hyafil

Jerome Hyafil moved all in from the small blind and Marvin Brantley called from the big blind. Hyafil was the player at risk, all in for about 150.000.

Hyafil showed [As][Kd] and was flipping with Brantley’s [Jh][Jc].

“I’ll take a race,” said Hyafil after the cards were tabled.

The board ran out [8h][8d][5d][Qs][7c] and Hyafil lost the race. Brantley won the pot to eliminate Hyafil in third for $3,935. Brantley goes into heads-up play against Sergio Grosso facing a sizable chip disadvantage.

Marvin Brantley – 400,000
Jerome Hyafil – Eliminated 

Seniors: David Albertson – 4th Place ($2,471)

$360 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Seniors Remaining: 3 of 122

David Albertson

It was a battle of the blinds between David Albertson in the small blind and Sergio Grosso in the big blind. There was about 100,000 in the pot on the turn with the board reading [Qc][Qd][6d][3s].

Albertson bet 65,000 and Grosso moved all in for Albertson’s remaining 200,000.

Albertson thought for several minutes, while saying he was hoping that Grosso had a diamond draw or a six. Eventually, he called. Grosso showed [Qs][Td] and was in the lead against Albertson’s [7c][7d].

The river was the [8h] and Grosso won the pot to eliminate Albertson in fourth place for $2,471. Grosso now has about two-thirds of the chips in play.

Sergio Grosso – 950,000
David Albertson – Eliminated 

Seniors: Fariborz Zojaji – 5th Place ($1,830)

$360 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Seniors Remaining: 4 of 122

Fariborz Zojaji

Fariborz Zojaji moved all in from under the gun for about 175,000 and Sergio Grosso called out of the big blind.

Zojaji showed [Ad][Js] and was dominated by Grosso’s [Ah][Kh].

The board ran out [Qs][4s][3c][3h][8c] and Grosso won the pot to eliminate Zojaji in fifth place for $1,830. Grosso moved back into the chip lead.

 

Sergio Grosso – 650,000
Fariborz Zojaji – Eliminated