2016 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood
$1,650 No Limit Hold’em Purple Chip Bounty (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $167,500
January 18-19, 2016
The 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open schedule featured two big bounty tournaments and Event 11 was the biggest of them. The $1,650 buy-in tournament drew 165 entrants looking to capitalize on knocking out other players. When all was complete, Florida poker pro RJ Sullivan was the player posing with the trophy.
Event 11 put $1,000 of each entry into the regular prize pool while a $500 bounty was placed on each player. Knock someone out, get a purple chip worth $500 cash.
The tournament was scheduled to play across two days and the field made it into the money with 18 remaining shortly before play concluded on Day 1. Joey Couden began Day 2 with the chip lead but could only convert that into an eight place finish.
Jason Wheeler and Joe Kuether traded the chip lead several times at the final table but Sullivan took it away during four-handed action. He never relinquished the lead and extended it as he knocked out the last three players.
All told, Sullivan collected ten bounties during the tournament including six at the final table enroute to the victory. This isn’t his first success in this style tournament, he made the final table and finished sixth in the $1,500 WSOP Bounty event this summer.
Sullivan also has success in the ballroom. He won two events here within one week during the 2013 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown.
“I live three hours away,” Sullivan said. “But I always make sure to come down here for the big series.”
Sullivan earned $48,574 for his title along with $5,000 in collected bounties. A great way to wrap up his Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open run.
Final table results:
1st: RJ Sullivan – $48,574
2nd: Marcus Stein – $28,475
3rd Jason Wheeler – $16,750
4th Joe Kuether – $13,400
5th: Gaston Miculitzki – $10,050
6th: Timothy Banks – $8,375
7th: Daren Stabinski – $6,700
8th: Joey Couden – $5,025
9th: Justin Zaki – $3,769
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