2021 LHPO in Review

Ilyas Muradi
Ilyas Muradi, 2021 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open champion

After hitting the pause button for a year, big tournament poker series returned to South Florida with the 2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open. A chance for players to compete for big money in a safe environment designed to protect them while they took their shot.

And they came out to play. We had record-setting fields beating numbers that have been around for nearly a decade and the 26 primary events combined to create prize pools of nearly $11 million.

The series was headlined by the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship, a $3,500 buy-in tournament drew 1,573 entries to create the third biggest field in World Poker Tour history.

The Championship had a $1,000,000 guarantee, which was topped before the first hand was dealt, and players ended up with a prize pool that topped $5,000,000.

Ilyas Muradi of Fort Wayne, IN pictured above and below) outlasted a tough final table for an emotional win, taking the title along with $620,000. In local news, Poker Room regular Francis Margaglione had our regulars behind him as he went on to finish in fourth place for $293,510.

Ilyas Muradi Emotional After Winning
Photographers capture the moment as Ilyas Muradi gets emotional after his victory in the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

It was a fantastic series by any measure. We thank our old friends and new for trusting us to run it with their safety in mind and look forward to seeing everyone again in April.

Lucky Hearts Poker Open by the numbers:

Primary Events:  26
Total Entries:  10,954
Total Guarantees: $2,160,000
Total Prize Pools: $10,919,235
Players Cashing $100K or More: 15

Here are the results and updates from all primary events: