Jonathan Jaffe Adds High Roller Title

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 25
$25,500 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  41
Prize Pool:  $1,012,700
January 20-21, 2020

Jonathan Jaffe, 2020 LHPO High Roller champ with Brian Altman

The $25,500 High Roller returned to the LHPO schedule this year and the tournament bested its $1,000,000 guarantee with 41 entries. WPT Champions Club member Jonathan Jaffe conquered the tough field and walked away with the trophy along with $340,285 after a heads-up deal.

“I misfired my first bullet running kings into aces,” Jaffe said of his High Roller run. “But the second one went great and I ran really well.”

The tournament drew some of the best players around and it featured a talented final table. But with seven getting paid, they had a long process to get into the money. After two and a half hours with eight players, former SHRPO $10K Champ Alexander Turyansky dropped in eighth place to put the rest of the field in the money and end Day 1.

Jared Jaffee was short to start the final table but came into Day 2 with the chip lead. Kevin Rabinchow, Byron Kaverman, and 2019 Poker Showdown Championship final table member Maria Ho were all eliminated in the first four hands and Ping Liu followed in fourth place.

It was a long three-handed battle between Jaffe, Jaffee, and Arkadiy Tsinis. Jaffee’s lead as Jaffe took command and he was sent out in third place to begin the heads-up match for the High Roller title.

Jonathan Jaffe (left) versus Arkadiy Tsinis (right)

Jaffe had a big lead and the two decided to chop up the remaining prize money after playing a few hands. Tsinis earned $257,207 for a runner-up finish and Jaffe added a LHPO High Roller title to his WPT win.

“It’s definitely not as exciting as the WPT win,” Jaffe said. “But it’s always fun to get a win especially one this big.”

Jaffe was joined in his winner’s photo but former WPT LHPO Champion Brian Altman who returns on Wednesday to play his live-streamed final table and Jaffe plans to be on the rail for that one.

High Roller results:

1st: Jonathan Jaffe – $340,285 *
2nd: Arkadiy Tsinis – $257,207 *
3rd:  Jared Jaffee – $146,842
4th:  Ping Liu – $101,270
5th:  Maria Ho – $70,889
6th:  Byron Kaverman – $55,699
7th:  Kevin Rabinchow – $40,508
* – denotes results of a heads-up deal

Jonathan Jaffe, 2020 LHPO High Roller champ

High Roller: Jonathan Jaffe Wins High Roller After Heads-Up Deal

$25,500 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 18:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante

Jonathan Jaffe

The heads-up match between a WPT Champion (Jonathan Jaffe) and WSOP bracelet winner (Arkadiy Tsinis) played out for a few hands before the two decided to look at numbers for dividing up the remaining prize pool.

It was a quick negotiation and the numbers were adjusted based on the counts at the time.

Jonathan Jaffe – 3,035,000 (101 bb)
Arkadiy Tsinis – 1,065,000 (36 bb)

1st: Jonathan Jaffe – $340,285
2nd: Arkadiy Tsinis – $257,207

Jaffe picks up the High Roller title along with a very nice payday.

3rd:  Jared Jaffee – $146,842
4th:  Ping Liu – $101,270
5th:  Maria Ho – $70,889
6th:  Byron Kaverman – $55,699
7th:  Kevin Rabinchow – $40,508

Arkadiy Tsinis

High Roller: Jared Jaffee – 3rd Place ($146,842)

$25,500 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 18:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 41

Jared Jaffee

Jared Jaffee dropped chips after the break and made a move to double. He shoved for 360,000 from the button, Jonathan Jaffe folded his small blind but Arkadiy Tsinis quickly called in the big.

Tsinis: 7c7d
Jaffee: AcQc

It was a race, Jaffee could not pair on the JcTc9d flop but he picked up a ton of outs with the open-ended straight draw/flush draw. Tsinis made a set on the 7h turn and Jaffee missed all 13 of his outs on the As river to exit in third place.

Arkadiy Tsinis – 1,115,000 (37 bb)
Jared Jaffee – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($146,842)

High Roller: Arkadiy Tsinis Doubles Through Jonathan Jaffe

$25,500 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 18:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 41

Jared Jaffee folded his button and Jonathan Jaffe dropped enough 100K chips in the middle from the small blind to put Arkadiy Tsinis all-in. He took a look at his cards and quickly called.

Tsinis: TcTh
Jaffe: 7h4h

Tsinis woke up with a hand in the big blind and his tens held as the board ran Jd8c3hJc6c.

Arkadiy Tsinis – 720,000 (24 bb)
Jonathan Jaffe – 2,350,000 (78 bb)

High Roller: Break Counts; Jonathan Jaffe Extends His Lead

$25,500 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 18:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 41

Jonathan Jaffe extended his lead over the last few hands of the level and holds 2.8 million of the 4.1 million chips in play at the three-handed table.

Seat 1: Jared Jaffee – 865,000 (29 bb)
Seat 2: Jonathan Jaffe – 2,825,000 (94 bb)
Seat 6: Arkadiy Tsinis – 410,000 (14 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $364,571
2nd: $232,921
3rd: $146,842