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2023 LHPO in Review

Another series means another packed Grand Ballroom

The 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open kicked off the new year with a huge series. Over 43 trophy events, more than 16,000 entries came through the door to earn a piece of the $14,776,880 in prize money.

Events:  43
Entries:  16,320
Guarantees:  $5,480,000
Prize Pools:  $14,776,880

This was the biggest LHPO series in our history based on the entry counts, top five all-time across all festivals, and second most money we’ve awarded for a LHPO series.

We couldn’t do it without our old friends and the new ones we made during the series. Thank you.

The LHPO Championship headlined the series and drew 1,692 entries to smash the $2,000,000 guarantee. They created a prize pool worth $5,414,400 and Austrian Marius Gierse took the title along with $605,000 after a four-way deal.

Marius Gierse

We had another great round of notable wins during the series and Matt Bretzfield started things off with a big milestone. He captured the $600 Mixed PLO title early in the first week and became the first player in our history to win a trophy in four consecutive series.

Alessio Isaia and John Holley won two LHPO trophies. Isaia won his two tournaments in back-to-back days and Holley earned his seventh and eighth major Hollywood titles.

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 9 Champion Alessio Isaia

Isaia came close to winning a third on the final night of the series, getting heads-up with a big lead but fell short against Valerie Novak. Had he won, Isaia would have been only the third player (and first in more than a decade) to win three in a series.

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 37 Champion John Holley

Those eight wins for Holley were enough to move him into a tie for the second most ever and he joined Yuval Bronshtein with eight after he won the $600 Big O. Holley and Bronshtein are tied in second place with Michael Newman, one behind all-time leader Raminder Singh’s nine wins.

Most Major Hollywood Wins:

Raminder Singh – 9
John Holley – 8
Michael Newman – 8
Yuval Bronshtein – 8
Brian Altman – 7
David Prociak – 7
David Shmuel – 7
Gabriel Ramos – 7
Scott Baumstein – 6

Thank you again to everyone who came out for the series; we couldn’t do it without you. We look forward to seeing everyone for the 2023 Poker Showdown from April 13 to May 2!

Links for all 43 are listed below:

LHPO Championship: Marius Gierse – $605,000
Event 1 ($600 NLH): Scott Woodring – $190,939
Event 2 ($400 H.O.R.S.E.): Mark Hurst – $7,640
Event 3 ($150 Big Stack): Joseph Burns – $4,845
Event 4 ($400 Turbo): Javier Gomez Marquez – $4,740
Event 5 ($400 O8): David Shmuel – $12,025
Event 6 ($400 Bounty): Gilles Dalco – $9,170
Event 7 ($1,100 PLO): Taylor Lipson – $32,615
Event 8 ($400 NLH): Jeremy Becker – $33,615
Event 9 ($1,100 NLH): Alessio Isaia – $55,835
Event 10 ($600 Mixed PLO): Matt Bretzfield – $14,963
Event 11 ($200 Bounty): Darin Kaplan – $4,336
Event 12 ($200 NLH): Dejan Petkovic – $42,962
Event 13 ($600 Big O): Yuval Bronshtein – $13,405
Event 14 ($400 Bounty PLO): Michael McKuin – $11,175
Event 15 ($600 Turbo): John Holley – $13,760
Event 16 ($400 Seniors): Amir Baron – $18,434
Event 17 ($600 Six-Max): Alessio Isaia – $20,592
Event 18 ($1,100 Six-Max PLO8): Zhen Cai – $27,880
Event 19 ($2,200 NLH): Aaron Flores – $97,935
Event 20 ($10K High Roller PLO): Dylan Smith – $91,960
Event 21 ($600 PLO): William Kopp – $47,595
Event 22 ($200 Bounty): Pierre Xavier-Laurent – $4,608
Event 23 ($1,100 Turbo): Sam Panzica – $28,082
Event 24 ($1,100 NLH): Ryan Hogan – $66,790
Event 25 ($25K High Roller): Aram Oganyan – $480,175
Event 26 ($150 Big Stack): David Oshry – $5,205
Event 27 ($1,100 Turbo): Jorge Cuesta – $28,360
Event 29 ($600 H.O.R.S.E.): Steven Idels – $11,131
Event 30 ($400 Bounty): James Wiedenborner – $10,025
Event 31 ($400 Big O): Sue Sanders – $11,130
Event 32 ($600 Turbo): Robert French – $14,045
Event 33 ($400 Bounty): Stephen Thomas – $12,382
Event 34 ($1,700 Bounty): Andrew Esposito – $49,380
Event 35 ($1,100 Mixed PLO): Renny Barrett – $23,670
Event 36 ($400 NLH): Valerie Novak – $52,030
Event 37 ($600 Seniors): John Holley – $25,715
Event 38 ($5K PLO): Benjamin Juhasz – $64,125
Event 39 ($600 Turbo): Brandon Duvdivani – $13,360
Event 40 ($400 OE): David Bach – $8,460
Event 41 ($5K NLH): Brock Wilson – $129,530
Event 42 ($1,100 PLO): Eddy Nedialkov – $35,955
Event 43 ($300 Bounty): Jonathan Ounjian – $7,562

Event 43: Prize Pool and Payouts with $8,725 to the Winner

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 43
$300 Quad Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Entries:  278
Prize Pool:  $43,290
Bounty Prize Pool:  $27,600
January 24, 2023

Registration closed for the $300 Quad Stack Black Chip Bounty tournament, the last on the LHPO schedule, and it drew 278 entries. They put $43,290 in the regular prize pool with another $27,600 up for grabs in the form of bounties. The last 35 players will make the money with $430 for a min-cash and $8,725 to the Event 43 champ.

1st: $8,725 + LHPO Trophy
2nd: $6,010
3rd: $4,170
4th: $2,765
5th: $2,075
6th: $1,725
7th: $1,445
8th: $1,205
9th-10th: $965
11th-12th: $805
13th-15th: $700
16th-18th: $600
19th-21st: $525
22nd-24th: $475
25th-35th: $430

Event 42: Prize Pool and Payouts $35,955 to PLO Champ

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 42
$1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries:  135
Prize Pool:  $130,950
January 24, 2023

Registration closed for the $1,100 Six-Max PLO tournament with 135 entries creating a prize pool worth $130,950. The last 17 players will make the money with $2,125 for a min-cash and $35,955 to the Event 42 winner.

1st: $35,955 + LHPO Trophy
2nd: $23,355
3rd: $15,575
4th: $10,725
5th: $7,635
6th: $5,620
7th-8th: $4,290
9th-10th: $3,395
11th-12th: $2,785
13th-14th: $2,385
15th-17th: $2,125

Event 41: Prize Pool and Payouts with $129,350 Up Top

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 41
$5,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  89
Prize Pool:  $422,750
January 24, 2023

Registration closed for the one-day $5K Deep Stack tournament and it drew 89 entries to more than double the $200,000 guarantee. Our players put together a prize pool worth $422,750 and the last 12 players will cash.

A min-cash is worth $11,900 while the Event 41 champ will take home $129,350 and the LHPO trophy.

1st: $129,350 + LHPO Trophy
2nd: $80,300
3rd: $50,600
4th: $34,700
5th: $25,300
6th: $20,000
7th: $17,000
8th: $14,900
9th-10th: $13,400
11th-12th: $11,900

Event 43: Closing with a Bounty

$300 Quad Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1:  100/100

The last tournament on the LHPO schedule, Event 43 of 43, has something for everyone at 5 pm. Lower buy-in to make it available for most bankrolls, quad stacks for plenty of chips in play, and a $100 bounty on everyone’s head so you can start making money right out of the gate.

Event 43 participants will start with huge 40K stacks and the first eight levels last 15 minutes each. Registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 7:15 pm and levels increase to 20 minutes.

This will be one last, great chance for anyone to take home the LHPO trophy.

  • Players begin with 40,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-8 last 15 minutes; Levels 9+ last 20 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (7:15pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 43 Structure Sheet

Event 40: Prize Pool and Payouts with $8,460 to the OE Champ

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 40
$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries:  75
Prize Pool:  $25,125
January 24, 2023

Registration closed for the $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 tournament with 75 entries creating a prize pool worth $25,125. The last ten players will earn some money with $775 for a min-cash and $8,460 plus the LHPO trophy to the winner.

1st: $8,460 + LHPO trophy
2nd: $4,900
3rd: $3,065
4th: $2,075
5th: $1,570
6th: $1,255
7th: $1,130
8th: $1,005
9th: $890
10th: $775

Championship: Jerry Wong Doubles Through Taylor Wilson

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  9 of 1,692

Jerry Wong

Taylor Wilson opened to 425,000 from middle position and it folded to Jerry Wong in the big blind. He moved all in for 3,625,000 and Wilson called.

Wilson: AsJc
Wong: 7c7d

It was a flip and Wong needed his sevens to hold to double up. The board ran out Ts9s4c4hKs, safe for Wong, and he doubled up.

Jerry Wong – 7,550,000 (38 bb)
Taylor Wilson – 13,900,000 (70 bb)

Championship: Konstantin Held Eliminated in 10th Place by Brian Scott

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  100,000/200,000 with a 200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  10 of 1,692

Konstantin Held

Konstantin Held opened to 400,000 from the button and picked up calls from Brian Scott in the small blind and Jerry Wong in the big.

The flop was Ks9h9d, Scott checked, Wong checked, and Held continued for 350,000. Scott checked-raised to 850,000 and Wong folded. Held moved all in and Scott quickly called.

Scott: Kh9s
Held: As9c

Held flopped trip nines with an ace kicker but was dominated by Scott’s full house nines over kings. A tough cooler and Held could not find a save on the 3c turn or Qh river.

The dealer counted down both stacks, they were very close, and Scott had 100K more than Held. It was 7,850,000 for Scott and 7,750,000 for Held and Held was eliminated in tenth place.

“How does that even happen?” Scott asked after the hand.

Brian Scott – 16,450,000 (82 bb)
Konstantin Held – Eliminated in 10th Place ($85,410)

Tournament staff paused the clock and the last nine players are redrawing seats for the final table.

Event 42: Last Chance PLO

$1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1:  100/100 with a 100 ante

The 13-day series is wrapping up today but we couldn’t leave without one more PLO tournament. Event 42 gets underway at 2 pm with a Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha tournament with all the action you expect from the game.

Players start with 20K deep stacks and all levels last 30 minutes for the one-day tournament. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 6:30 pm. They will collect chips until we have a final table and eventually the last LHPO PLO champ.

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (6:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 42 Structure Sheet

Championship: Day 4 Ready to Crown a Winner

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining:  16 of 1,692

Taylor Wilson
Taylor Wilson

The last day of the LHPO series means it’s time to crown our 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Champion. A tough group of 16 return today at noon with Taylor Wilson leading but nothing is locked up.

Action will continue until we have our champ, from 16 players to one sitting with the big guitar pick trophy.

The bulk of the big money is still up for grabs, with more than $3.3 million still waiting to be paid out, and our winner will earn $850,735.

Cards go back in the air at noon and we will be here with them until someone takes the title.

TABLE 6
Seat 1.  Marius Gierse  –  5,675,000  (45 bb)
Seat 2.  Frank Funaro Jr.  –  3,375,000  (27 bb)
Seat 3.  Jacob Powers  –  4,675,000  (37 bb)
Seat 4.  Kharlin Sued  –  1,275,000  (10 bb)
Seat 5.  Cero Zuccarello  –  2,575,000  (21 bb)
Seat 6.  Taylor Wilson  –  12,850,000  (103 bb)
Seat 7.  Konstantin Held  –  4,675,000  (37 bb)
Seat 8.  Martin Carnero  –  10,300,000  (82 bb)

TABLE 7
Seat 1.  Peter Mugar  –  5,325,000  (43 bb)
Seat 2.  Leonard Hermann  –  3,450,000  (28 bb)
Seat 3.  Daniel Clifford  –  5,425,000  (43 bb)
Seat 4.  Wasim Assaf  –  3,225,000  (26 bb)
Seat 5.  Tyler Stafman  –  4,325,000  (35 bb)
Seat 6.  Brian Scott  –  7,025,000  (56 bb)
Seat 7.  Scott Margereson  –  4,525,000  (36 bb)
Seat 8.  Jerry Wong  –  6,000,000  (48 bb)

1st:  $850,735 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $569,400
3rd:  $422,185
4th:  $315,935
5th:  $238,635
6th:  $181,950
7th:  $140,055
8th:  $108,850
9th-10th:  $85,410
11th-12th:  $67,680
13th-14th:  $54,165
15th-16th:  $43,780