WPT LHPO Championship Starts Tomorrow

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino has been hosting World Poker Tour events for more than a decade and the next one kicks off on Friday morning with the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship.

The $3,500 buy-in tournament will feature a $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool with two starting flights, the first on Friday followed by the second on Saturday. It will have hour-long levels on Day 1 and 2 going up to 90 minutes for Days 3 and 4. The final table will play out on Tuesday, January 26 and we will add a name to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup.

Brian Altman made history in 2020 by becoming the first player to win the same WPT event twice. He won the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship in 2015 and followed that up with his second last January.

Action gets underway at 11 am on Friday and we will bring you all the action from cards in the air to crowning the winner.

2021 WPT LHPO Championship structure sheet

Event 16: Guarantee Gone

$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2: 100/100 with a 100 ante
Entries: 103

Steve Ekin

Much like the other tournaments on the LHPO schedule, Event 16 quickly surpassed its guarantee and they are now playing for more than $200,000 in the one-day tournament. With late registration and unlimited re-entries, that number will get much bigger.

“I want to finish better than I did last year,” Steve Ekin told us.

That would be a really good day for the SHRP regular. We had 149 entries in this game last year and Ekin made it all the way to fourth place. Finishing higher this year would be a very nice payday.

Event 16: Last Warmup

$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1: 100/100

The WPT LHPO Championship kicks off tomorrow and today we have the last preliminary event on the schedule. If it turns out anything like yesterday’s one-day event, it’s going to be a busy day in the Seminole Ballroom.

Event 16 is a $2,200 buy-in with a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool and one-day structure. Players will start with 20,000 deep stacks and all levels last 30 minutes. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30 pm with unlimited re-entries available during that time.

Cards go in the air at noon and we will bring you all the action as we prepare for the main attraction.

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry until start of Level 9 (4:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 16 Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 8 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

12PM: Event 16 – $2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry until start of Level 9 (4:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 16 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 56 – $250 Event 16 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $2,200 buy-in LHPO Event 16
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Satellite will be held in the Poker Room
  • Structure Sheet

11AM: Event 57 – $400 WPT LHPO “One and Done” Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 20 seats guaranteed into $1,000,000 GTD WPT LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 8
  • Winners will be entered into the earliest starting flight
  • Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 58 – $400 WPT LHPO Championship Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 10 seats guaranteed into $1,000,000 GTD WPT LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 8
  • Winners will be entered into the earliest starting flight
  • Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 59 – $200 Double Green Chip Bounty (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 60 – $400 WPT LHPO Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 5 seats guaranteed into $1,000,000 GTD WPY LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Structure Sheet

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It’s a Historic Day as Chad Eveslage Wins His First Trophy in Event 15

2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 15
$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  556
Prize Pool:  $539,320
January 20, 2021

Chad Eveslage
Chad Eveslage

Event 15 was a one-day event, starting at noon (coinciding with the Presidential Inauguration), and it ended just a few moments before 5:00 am. Eventual winner Chad Eveslage assumed it was a two-day event, and he didn’t learn the truth until after midnight.

But Eveslage didn’t let the misunderstanding affect his play, even as the tournament continued for another four hours, with the payouts increasing to five figures, and for the winner, six figures — $101,572.

It was the third-highest live cash of Eveslage’s career, coming in just behind his 66th-place finish in the 2014 WSOP Main Event. But when the tournament ended, Eveslage seemed more excited about the trophy than the money.

“I think this is my first trophy,” said Eveslage. “I’ve won a tournament, but it only had like 20 people in it, so I didn’t get a trophy or anything.”

“I just got lucky,” said Eveslage. “I didn’t have any really tough decisions, and everything seemed to work out my way. There were a couple of really tough players, and everyone was pretty good. Whoever runs the best is going to win, and this time, it was me.”

Eveslage lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and is a regular in the Seminole Hard Rock’s tournaments. What keeps him coming back?

“Big fields and big prizepools,” said Eveslage. “I love this room. I almost wish I didn’t live around here, because I would travel here every time. I’ve never even stayed at the hotel, but it looks sweet.”

Chad Eveslage
Chad Eveslage

Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1ChadEveslage$101,572
2NickPupillo$67,735
3DavidBerman$49,885
4WilliamWatson$37,165
5Igor De OliveiraPinheiro$28,005
6ScottStewart$21,350
7AndriyKovalchuk$14,664
8BlakeWhittington$14,664
9JordanJoeckel$10,160
10JonathanDokler$10,160
11SamuelPanzica II$8,125
12YaroslavNakonechnyy$8,125
13ChadReynolds$6,580
14JamesHundt$6,580
15BrandonNavarrete$5,395
16LawrenceEngerman$5,395
17MatthewGallen$4,485
18BrianClements$4,485
19DanielSwartz$4,485
20MatthewYorra$4,485
21RyanJones$3,770
22IanO’Hara$3,770
23MasonVieth$3,770
24MatthewWantman$3,770
25DavidDiBernardi$3,215
26JamesCalderaro$3,215
27JermaineGerlin$3,215
28AlbertBarney, Jr.$3,215
29Ricardo Alves De LimaTavares$3,215
30OrlandoMaldonado, Jr.$3,215
31AlbertoSabogali$3,215
32BenjaminThomas$3,215
33BryanHunter$2,775
34MarkAmaral$2,775
35GabrielBoria$2,775
36MichaelRocco$2,775
37JamesCarroll$2,775
38IdoAshkenazi$2,775
39SharonChen$2,775
40DennisZollo$2,775
41MichaelAntimisiaris$2,430
42RonnieTate$2,430
43MahmoodMoghaddam$2,430
44OryHen$2,430
45NicholasVerderamo$2,430
46TylerHirschfeld$2,430
47TravisHeryla$2,430
48NikolasMinkov$2,430
49ChristopherBlik$2,155
50SatoshiTanaka$2,155
51MatthewZarcadoolas$2,155
52DavidMoreno$2,155
53AlexanderRosenblatt$2,155
54ArmandoGutierrez, Jr.$2,155
55JamesAnderson$2,155
56DavidMcGowan$2,155
57BlakeNapierala$1,940
58JonathanBaylor$1,940
59VladimirVasilyev$1,940
60Josias CardosoDos Santos$1,940
61JuanRodriguez$1,940
62HenryLiang$1,940
63TszShing$1,940
64DanielKuntzman$1,940
65JackShea$1,770
66JeffreyProctor$1,770
67RobertLandhauser$1,770
68AnthonyMerlo, Jr.$1,770
69JenniferBorsini$1,770
70DhavalJoshi$1,770