Seniors Event: Steve Ekin – 6th Place ($1,492)

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 113

Steve Ekin
Steve Ekin

Paul Freedman raised from the hijack to 23,000, John Bonar moved all in from the cutoff for 129,000, and Steve Ekin moved all in over the top from the big blind for about 190,000. Freedman folded.

Bonar turned over JhJd, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive against Ekin’s AcQs.

The board came Kh3d3cKc5h, and the pocket jacks held up for Bonar to win the pot with two pair, kings and jacks, and double up in chips.

John Bonar  –  296,000  (30 bb)
Steve Ekin  –  60,000  (6 bb)

Two hands later, Ekin was all in from the button for about 60,000 with 6c5c, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the AcKd of Freedman in the big blind.

The board came Kh7d2d7hQh, and Freedman paired his king on the flop to win the pot with two pair, eliminating Ekin in sixth place.

Paul Freedman  –  215,000  (22 bb)
Steve Ekin  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($1,492)

Seniors Event: Eric LaNeve – 7th Place ($1,288)

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with an 8,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 113

Hany Ayoub raised under the gun, and John Bonar called all in from the small blind for 26,000 with Jd9h. Ayoub turned over AdQc, and Bonar needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Kc9s7h6s5d, and Bonar paired his nine on the flop to win the pot and double up in chips.

John Bonar  –  68,000  (9 bb)
Hany Ayoub  –  220,000  (28 bb)

Eric LaNeve
Eric LaNeve

Eric LaNeve was all in from the big blind for about 110,000 with KhKd, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the AsQd of Hany Ayoub in the small blind.

The board came AcQs9c5h9s, and Ayoub flopped two pair to win the pot with aces and queens, eliminating LaNeve in seventh place.

Hany Ayoub  –  345,000  (35 bb)
Eric LaNeve  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($1,288)

Seniors Event: Scott Robbins – 8th Place ($1,136)

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 4,000/8,000 with an 8,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 113

Steve Ekin raised UTG+1 to 24,000, Paul Freedman moved all in from the hijack for 82,000, and Ekin thought for a while before he called with KsJc. Freedman turned over AhQc, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came As9d8dKd2c, and Freedman paired his ace on the flop to win the pot and double up in chips.

Paul Freedman  –  182,000  (23 bb)
Steve Ekin  –  230,000  (29 bb)

Scott Robbins
Scott Robbins

Hany Ayoub raised from middle position to about 35,000, and Scott Robbins called all in from the big blind for 30,000 with Jd6h. Ayoub turned over AhKc, and Robbins needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Ks9s2cQdAd, and Ayoub paired his king on the flop and his ace on the river to win the pot with two pair, eliminating Robbins in eighth place.

Hany Ayoub  –  240,000  (30 bb)
Scott Robbins  –  Eliminated in 8th Place  ($1,136)

Seniors Event: Kirvin Doubles Thru Robbins on the River; Ekin Doubles Thru Kirvin

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 113

James Kirvin
James Kirvin

With the board showing Ks8s6s2h on the turn and about 100K already in the pot, Scott Robbins checked the big blind, James Kirvin moved all in for 134,500, and Robbins went into the tank.

“I don’t think I can fold here,” said Robbins. After some more time in the tank, he added, “Oh my God, this is the toughest call I’ve had to make this tournament.”

Shortly after that, Robbins called and showed his KhQs for a pair of kings with a queen-high flush draw. Kirvin said, “I’m on a draw,” and turned over AsQd for an ace-high flush draw.

As the dealer began to put out the river card, Robbins said, “No spade! No spade!”

The river card was — the Ac. Kirvin paired his ace on the river to win the pot and double up in chips.

Robbins stood up to vent a bit, saying, “I knew I made the right call!”

James Kirvin  –  368,000  (61 bb)
Scott Robbins  –  40,000  (7 bb)

Steve Ekin
Steve Ekin

The next hand, with the board showing AdKh2c10d on the turn, Steve Ekin got it all in for about 125,000 with QdJh for an ace-high flush.

Ekin needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the Ac10h (two pair) of Kirvin, who had outs to a full house.

The river card was the 7h, and Ekin won the pot with his straight to double up in chips.

Steve Ekin  –  310,000  (52 bb)
James Kirvin  –  220,000  (37 bb)

Seniors Event: Nir Peleg – 9th Place ($1,000)

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 2,500/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 113

Nir Peleg
Nir Peleg

Nir Peleg moved all in from UTG+1, and Roy “Nick” Potts called from the small blind with JsJd. Peleg turned over AdQs, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

Peleg got up out of his chair and said, “I have to pretend I’m walking toward the door. But I’m only pretending.”

Peleg stood behind his chair and watched as the dealer put out a board of 10c9s8s7c7d. Potts turned a jack-high straight to win the pot and eliminate Peleg in ninth place.

Roy “Nick” Potts  –  395,000  (79 bb)
Nir Peleg  –  Eliminated in 9th Place  ($1,000)

Seniors Event: Roland Feichtner – 10th Place ($881)

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 113

John Bonar raised from middle position to 9,000, Roland Feichtner called from the hijack, and Hany Ayoub reraised from the cutoff to 19,000. Bonar called, and Feichtner reraised to 29,000.

Ayoub five-bet all in, and Bonar called all in for about 50,000. Feichtner thought for a while before he folded, leaving himself with just 20,500 in chips.

Bonar turned over 7s7d, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive against Ayoub’s AsJh.

The board came KsQs9c4c7c — Ayoub flopped a gutshot straight draw, but improved no further. Bonar won the pot with a set of sevens on the river to more than double up in chips.

John Bonar  –  139,000  (35 bb)
Hany Ayoub  –  140,000  (35 bb)

Roland Feichtner
Roland Feichtner

The next hand, Scott Robbins limped under the gun for 4,000, and Roland Feichtner moved all in from middle position for 20,500. Paul Freedman called from the big blind, and Robbins moved all in over the top for about 70,000.

Freedman folded, and Feichtner turned over Ah2h. Robbins turned over AsQd, and Feichtner was dominated as he faced elimination.

The board came KsQh5sJs3s — Robbins paired his queen on the flop and rivered an ace-high flush to win the pot and eliminate Feichtner in 10th place.

Scott Robbins  –  120,000  (30 bb)
Roland Feichtner  –  Eliminated in 10th Place  ($881)

Seniors Event: Roy “Nick” Potts Leads the Final Table with 375K

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 113

Final Table - Seniors Event
Final Table – Seniors Event

After the elimination of Vincent Spadavecchia in 11th place, the final 10 players in the Seniors Event redrew for random seats at the final table. Here are their approximate chip counts:

Seat 1.  Nir Peleg  –  56,500  (14 bb)
Seat 2.  John Bonar  –  40,000  (10 bb)
Seat 3.  James Kirvin  –  170,000  (43 bb)
Seat 4.  Roland Feichtner  –  50,000  (13 bb)
Seat 5.  Hany Ayoub  –  195,000  (49 bb)
Seat 6.  Eric LaNeve  –  86,500  (22 bb)
Seat 7.  Steve Ekin  –  118,000  (30 bb)
Seat 8.  Roy “Nick” Potts  –  375,000  (94 bb)
Seat 9.  Paul Freedman  –  196,000  (49 bb)
Seat 10.  Scott Robbins  –  75,500  (19 bb)

The final 15 players finished in the money, and here is the prizepool:

1st:  $10,000 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $6,187
3rd:  $3,695
4th:  $2,373
5th:  $1,797
6th:  $1,492
7th:  $1,288
8th:  $1,136
9th:  $1,000
10th:  $881
11th:  Vincent Spadavecchia  –  $881
12th:  David Guiffreda  –  $881
13th:  Patricia Conrad  –  $763
14th:  Stephen Roselius  –  $763
15th:  Jean-Luc Docquier  –  $763

Seniors Event: Prize Pool and Payouts with $10K to the Seniors Champ

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 10: 600/1,200 with a 1,200 ante
Players Remaining: 27 of 113

The numbers are in and the Seniors Event drew 113 entries to create a prize pool worth $33,900. The last 15 spots will be paid with $763 for a min-cash and the winner will earn exactly $10,000 plus the LHPO trophy.

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 6
$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Entries:  113
Prize Pool:  $33,900
January 13, 2019

1st: $10,000 + LHPO Trophy
2nd: $6,187
3rd: $3,695
4th: $2,373
5th: $1,797
6th: $1,492
7th: $1,288
8th: $1,136
9th: $1,000
10th – 12th: $881
13th – 15th: $763

Seniors Event: First Break

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 4: 200/300 with a 300 ante
Entries: 99

Neil Blumenfield

The Seniors Event is through four levels and the tournament is taking its first break. They are on the cusp of hitting triple digits entries and it should get there before too long.

Former WSOP November Niner Neil Blumenfield is among the 50+ year old crowd in the corner. Although he’s been playing for years, the rest of the world found out about Blumenfield after he finished third in the 2015 WSOP Main Event behind Josh Beckley (currently in the Ultimate Re-Entry field) and winner Joe McKeehen.