David Shmuel Wins the First Trophy of the 2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open to Add to His Collection

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 2
$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
$25,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  88
Prize Pool:  $29,920
January 9, 2020

David Shmuel - Event 2 Winner
David Shmuel – Event 2 Winner

David Shmuel is a regular here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, and he has the hardware to show for it, with a SHRPO trophy and two RRPO trophies in the last couple of years. On Thursday night, Shmuel won Event 2 ($400 Limit Omaha 8) in a heads-up chop with Yuval Bronshtein to claim the first trophy of the 2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

“It always feels great to win another trophy,” said Shmuel after his victory. “I’ve been very, very dry lately in mixed games. Doing alright in hold’em, but in mixed games, the last year was not so good.”

With three players remaining, Claudangelo Beaudouin got it all in on the river with three fives on the board, and he was holding pocket tens for the top full house. Only one card could beat him, and unfortunately for him, Bronshtein had the remaining five to win the pot with quads. Beaudouin finished third, and heads-up play was set to begin with Shmuel holding about 40% more chips than Bronshtein (615K vs. 440K).

At that point, the final two players agreed to chop the remaining prizepool evenly, and as chipleader, Shmuel was declared the winner, receiving the title and the trophy.

“It was a very tough field,” said Shmuel, “and Yuval is an amazing player. I saw him playing before, and I think he is one of the specialists in this game.”

Shmuel has been coming to Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood since it opened, and before that he was going to the original Seminole casino located across the street. The first game Shmuel played in that original casino 25 years ago? Omaha 8.

When asked why he keeps coming back, Shmuel said, “The atmosphere here is great, and the people here are very professional. I like it here. This is the only place I am playing poker.”


Final Results:

1st:  David Shmuel  –  $7,742* + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Yuval Bronshtein  –  $7,741*
3rd:  Claudangelo Beaudouin  –  $3,628
4th:  Peter Dirksen  –  $2,453
5th:  Bob Mangino  –  $1,870
6th:  Chuck Jacoby  –  $1,496
7th:  Bryce Fox  –  $1,242
8th:  Lazaro Rodriguez  –  $1,047
9th:  Ricardo Quintero  –  $965
10th:  Michael Marx  –  $898
11th:  George Fountoulakis  –  $838

* Indicates a heads-up chop.

Event 2: David Shmuel Wins in a Heads-Up Deal with Yuval Bronshtein

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
$25,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 23:  10,000/25,000
Players Remaining:  1 of 88

David Shmuel
Event 2 Winner David Shmuel

After the elimination of Claudangelo Beaudouin in third place, David Shmuel and Yuval Bronshtein agreed to an even chop of the remaining prizepool. These were their official chip counts:

David Shmuel  –  615,000  (25 bb)
Yuval Bronshtein  –  440,000  (18 bb)

As chipleader, Shmuel was declared the winner, receiving the trophy and the title.

Stay tuned for a recap, which will be posted later tonight.

Yuval Bronshtein
Event 2 Runner-Up Yuval Bronshtein

1st:  David Shmuel  –  $7,742 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Yuval Bronshtein  –  $7,741
3rd:  Claudangelo Beaudouin  –  $3,628
4th:  Peter Dirksen  –  $2,453
5th:  Bob Mangino  –  $1,870
6th:  Chuck Jacoby  –  $1,496
7th:  Bryce Fox  –  $1,242
8th:  Lazaro Rodriguez  –  $1,047
9th:  Ricardo Quintero  –  $965
10th:  Michael Marx  –  $898
11th:  George Fountoulakis  –  $838

Event 2: Claudangelo Beaudouin – 3rd Place ($3,628)

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
$25,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 23:  10,000/25,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 88

Claudangelo Beaudouin
Claudangelo Beaudouin

With the final board showing 8c5c5s5d10s, Claudangelo Beaudouin got it all in for his last 45,000 against Yuval Bronshtein. “Full house,” said Beaudouin, but Bronshtein quickly replied, “Quads.”

Yuval Bronshtein:  QhJd5h2c  (quad fives)
Claudangelo Beaudouin:  10c10d3d2d  (top full house, tens full of fives)

Bronshtein won the pot with his quad fives to eliminate Beaudouin in third place.

Claudangelo Beaudouin  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($3,628)

Here are the official chip counts for heads-up play, followed by the remaining prizepool:

David Shmuel  –  615,000  (25 bb)
Yuval Bronshtein  –  440,000  (18 bb)

1st:  $9,649 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $5,834

Event 2: Peter Dirksen – 4th Place ($2,453)

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
$25,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 23:  10,000/25,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 88

Peter Dirksen
Peter Dirksen

With the board showing Kd10c6h4h on the turn and roughly 150K already in the pot, Peter Dirksen got it all in for his last 30,000 against Claudangelo Beaudouin, who had him barely covered.

Claudangelo Beaudouin:  10h9h8h7c  (pair of tens, flush draw, straight draw, 8-7 low draw)
Peter Dirksen:  AcQd2d2c  (pair of deuces, 6-4 low draw)

The river card paired the board with the 4s, negating any possible lows. Beaudouin won the pot with a higher two pair, tens and fours, to eliminate Dirksen in fourth place.

Claudangelo Beaudouin  –  235,000  (9 bb)
Peter Dirksen  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($1,870)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 350,000 (14 big blinds), and the next player to be eliminated will receive $3,628.

Event 2: Bob Mangino – 5th Place ($1,870)

$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
$25,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 23:  10,000/25,000
Players Remaining:  4 of 88

Bob Mangino
Bob Mangino

Bob Mangino was short-stacked and all in from the small blind against Peter Dirksen in the big blind, who barely had him covered.

Peter Dirksen:  Js10h8s3c
Bob Mangino:  AsKh6h2d

The board came KsQd3s6d3d, and with no qualifying lows, Mangino’s two pair (kings and sixes) wasn’t enough to survive against Dirksen’s rivered trip threes. Mangino was eliminated in fifth place.

Peter Dirksen  –  80,000  (3 bb)
Bob Mangino  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($1,870)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 265,000 (11 big blinds), and the next player to be eliminated will receive $2,453.