Hyndi Khomutetsky Survives a Long Heads-Up Battle to Win the Eight-Handed PLO Trophy

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 10
$360 Eight-Handed Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries:  103
Prize Pool:  $30,900
January 16, 2019

Hyndi Khomutetsky
Hyndi Khomutetsky

Hyndi Khomutetsky of Orlando, Florida, outlasted a field of 103 entries and an extended heads-up battle against runner-up Jordan Dhanani to win the $360 Eight-Handed Pot Limit Omaha, earning $8,655 for the title.

Khomutetsky began the final table with the chip lead, and she scored the first elimination at the final table to increase her stack to the point that she had twice as many chips as anyone else.

But just as it looked like Khomutetsky was going to run away with it, she was part of a huge three-way pot where Dhanani tripled up with a flopped set of sevens, and that put the two players nearly even in chips.

Khomutetsky rebuilt her lead as more players busted, and when heads-up play began, she had more than a 2-to-1 lead against Dhanani.

The heads-up battle lasted about 90 minutes, with Khomutetsky holding a commanding lead most of the time. Dhanani nearly tied it up at one point when he doubled up with a higher two pair, but Khomutetsky quickly rebuilt a lead.

In the final hand, they got it all in after a flop of Qd9s3c, and Dhanani’s pair of queens couldn’t catch up to Khomutetsky’s two pair, queens and nines.

Khomutetsky praised Dhanani after her victory. “I’ve played with him before, so I know he’s a really good player. Anything could have happened heads up.”

This is the second final table of the series for Khomutetsky, who finished sixth in Event 2 ($360 Omaha 8 or Better). In addition to the money and the title, Khomutetsky was pleased to win for another reason. “The trophy means a lot. I have one trophy at home that’s just been collecting dust for three years, and it needs a complement.”

Final Results:

1st:  Hyndi Khomutetsky  –  $8,655 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Jordan Dhanani  –  $5,770
3rd:  Eitan Elbaz-Dahan  –  $3,915
4th:  Aaron Klausman  –  $2,755
5th:  Joe Mobley  –  $2,015
6th:  Bob Kristich  –  $1,530
7th:  David Pain  –  $1,215
8th:  Joseph Villatico  –  $1,000
9th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $865
10th:  Matthew Silva  –  $865
11th:  Samuel Doss  –  $785
12th:  Johnny Johansen  –  $785
13th:  Michael Dreese  –  $745