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Super High Roller: Stefan Schillhabel Defeats Talented Field for the Title

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 12
$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 25
Prize Pool: $1,232,500
January 17-18, 2018

The biggest buy-in tournament on the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open schedule brought out some top poker talent. The Super High Roller surpassed its $1,000,000 Guarantee and generated a lot of great poker action. After a long two days at the tables, Stefan Schillhabel defeated Adrian Mateos heads up for the Super High Roller title and $493,000.

The $50,000 buy-in tournament drew 25 entries to create a prize pool worth $1,232,500 and the last five players took home some of the money.

Day 1 played out over 13 hours and included Isaac Haxton, Rainer Kempe, Seth Davies, Sean Winter, and Stephen Chidwick along with Hall of Famer Erik Seidel among a list of top players. Alan Schein had the distinction of going out on the first hand of the tournament when Ben Tollerene’s turned straight was best.

The field slowly filled and the structure provided plenty of play. They moved along at a steady pace until the final table was formed and they began to approach the money bubble late on Day 1. Action slowed until the burst the money bubble. Tollerene was the beneficiary of the early double but he went out on in sixth place with five spots paying.

The clock was paused and the five remaining players returned on Thursday to play it out. Schillhabel and Mateos were joined by David Peters, Nick Petrangelo, and chip leader Justin Bonomo.

The stacks were deep at the start of Day 2 but it took only three hands to lose the first player. Peters moved in with a suited ace but Mateos woke up with a bigger ace to send the 2016 GPI Player of the Year out in fifth place.

Nick Petrangelo lost a flip with fives against Bonomo to exit in fourth but that was the end of the good times for Bonomo.  He began the day with the chip lead but fell out in third place after doubling up Schillhabel. He made a small comeback but was unable to finish it off.

Mateos began heads up play with the lead but it was exchanged several times during the long, two-hour match. Schillhabel took command late and Mateos was unable to pull back even in the match. The tournament ended with Schillhabel pairing his two live cards to win the Super High Roller title.

This is the third biggest cash for Schillhabel after his Super High Roller Bowl third-place finish in Las Vegas and his WPT Bay 101 Shooting Star title, both for more than $1,000,000.

Mateos earned more than $300,000 for his time at the tables and the Spanish pro booked his second SHRP Super High Roller runner-up finish, the first coming last spring to Dietrich Fast during the Showdown series.

Schillhabel conquered a tough field and talented final table.

“Pretty tough field. Like only two recreational players, and the rest were pros,” he commented. “The re-entries came mostly from the better players.”

“And that final table, I think it was the toughest final table I’ve ever played.”

“Just try to play my best against these guys,” Schillhabel answered about his strategy. “Not too loose. Playing tight. Take my spots against them.”

“Against these guys — it’s hard to exploit them. So you just have to play your best game and not be exploited yourself.”

It was another great Super High Roller. Congrats to Stefan and thank you to the entire field for a great two days of poker.

Super High Roller results:
1st: Stefan Schillhabel – $493,000 + trophy
2nd: Adrian Mateos – $308,125
3rd: Justin Bonomo – $197,200
4th: Nick Petrangelo – $135,575
5th: David Peters – $98,600

WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship Kicks Off Friday

More than a dozen preliminary events are in the books and tomorrow we roll out the $2 Million Guarantee WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship.

The tournament features two starting flights with unlimited re-entries while registration is open. They will start with deep stacks and a slow structure to give plenty of play in the major Championship. This is the first time the World Poker Tour has run a tour stop during this series, the last was in 2015 when Brian Altman captured the title.

They return this year and the big guaranteed prize pool is sure to attract some of the top players in the world looking to play in the warm weather.

Flight A starts at noon on Friday followed by Flight B at the same time on Saturday. All survivors will return for Day 2 on Sunday then begin the process of playing down to the WPT live-streamed final table and the next WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Champion.

  • $2,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 30,000 in chips
  • Days 1 & 2 levels last 60 minutes; Day 3 levels last 90 minutes
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Day 1 will end after Level 10 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Championship Structure Sheet

Event 14: From the Mic to the Table

$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 10: 400/800 with a 100 ante
Total Entries: 144

Maria Ho

The last time we saw Maria Ho, before this series, she was holding a microphone and interviewing Martin Kozlov after he won the SHRPO Championship in August. She was commentating on the SHRPO Big 4 final tables along with Joe Stapleton and did an excellent job.

More recently, she was back on the mic in the Bahamas but was unable to play while working. Ho saw our schedule, took the short flight across the Straights of Florida and came to play some poker.

And she found a result on her first shot. Ho made her way through the $100,000 Guarantee Event 13 field and finished in eighth place for $6,526.

Now she’s back trying again.

Event 14: Guarantee Met

$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 7: 200/400 with a 50 ante
Total Entries: 103

Ari Engel

With the 103rd entry today, Event 14 officially went over its $200,000 guaranteed prize pool and will continue pushing it higher until registration closes around 6:40 pm.

Ari Engel is among those in the field today and he’s trying to go back-to-back. The eight-time WSOP Circuit champ won last night’s $100,000 Guarantee Event 13 over a tough final table to take home $45,688 after a heads up chop with Loni Harwood.

Super High Roller: Stefan Schillhabel Doubles Through Justin Bonomo

$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 25

Stefan Schillhabel

Adrian Mateos opened to 40,000 from the button and Stefan Schillhabel moved all in from the small blind. Justin Bonomo immediately asked for a count and the dealer cut out Schillhabel’s stack to 365,000. Bonomo announced all in himself and Mateos quickly mucked.

Schillhabel: adjc
Bonomo: ac9c

Schillhabel was dominating for the double and never had a sweat on the kdts4h8dks board to switch their positions on the leaderboard.

Stefan Schillhabel – 779,000 (39 bb)
Justin Bonomo – 196,000 (10 bb)

Event 14: Arunas Sapitavicius Leads at First Break

$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 5: 100/200
Total Entries: 85

Arunas Sapitavicius

Event 14 players returned from their first break of the day and the field is nearing the $200,000 Guarantee.

Arunas Sapitavicius is leading the way after running his 12,000 starting stack up to 37,000 in two hours. Dylan Gang is his closest competitor but there’s plenty of time for anyone to catch them.

Notable counts:

Arunas Sapitavicius – 37,000 (185 bb)
Dylan Gang – 30,000 (150 bb)
Patrick Quinn – 26,975 (135 bb)
Jacob Toole – 26,000 (130 bb)
Barry Hunter – 25,000 (125 bb)
Brian Hastings – 20,300 (102 bb)
Darren Rabinowitz – 17,550 (88 bb)
Michael Tureniec – 17,000 (85 bb)
Brian Altman – 14,450 (72 bb)
Jon Borenstein – 12,675 (63 bb)
Seth Davies – 12,075 (60 bb)
Ari Engel – 10,500 (53 bb)
Jake Schwartz – 9,000 (45 bb)
Rainer Kempe – 4,250 (21 bb)

Super High Roller: From Five to a Champion

$50,000 Super High Roller
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 25

Justin Bonomo

The $50,000 Super High Roller attracted some of the top players in the world and they played a long opening day to make it into the money after more than 13 hours.

The tournament drew 25 entries to surpass the $1,000,000 Guarantee and today we begin paying out that money. Ben Tollerene was eliminated on the first hand in Level 16 and the five remaining players return today already in the money.

All five players are accomplished high roller specialists and it is anyone’s game as Justin Bonomo leads them back. Current and former GPI Players of the Year Adrian Mateos and David Peters are still in the mix along with WPT Champions Club member Stefan Schillhabel. WSOP bracelet winner Nick Petrangelo can cross the $10 million career earnings mark with a top-two finish.

Five talented players all with one goal today, win the Super High Roller and walk away with nearly $500,000.

Cards go back in the air at 1 pm and we will track them the entire way.

Seat 1: Adrian Mateos – 664,000 (55 bb)
Seat 2: Nick Petrangelo – 478,000 (40 bb)
Seat 3: Stefan Schillhabel – 359,000 (30 bb)
Seat 4: David Peters – 294,000 (25 bb)
Seat 5: Justin Bonomo – 705,000 (59 bb)

Chip counts:

Justin Bonomo – 705,000 (59 bb)
Adrian Mateos – 664,000 (55 bb)
Nick Petrangelo – 478,000 (40 bb)
Stefan Schillhabel – 359,000 (30 bb)
David Peters – 294,000 (25 bb)

Super High Roller Payouts:

1st: $493,000 + Trophy
2nd: $308,125
3rd: $197,200
4th: $135,575
5th: $98,600

Event 14: WPT Champs Playing

$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2: 50/100
Total Entries: 45

Brian Altman

The $2,200 event is moving right along and nearly halfway to the $200,000 after one level. There’s plenty of talent in the game already including three former WPT Champions.

Brian Altman, Darren Elias, and Olivier Busquet were in their seats early and throwing around some chips. There are also two former November Niners in the crown with Joseph Cheong and Neil Blumenfeld firing away.

Darren Elias
Olivier Busquet

Event 14: Another Big Guarantee

$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1: 25/50

The WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship is almost upon us and players coming to town can warm up today with a big prize pool tournament.

Event 14 is a $2,200 No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $200,000 guaranteed prize and one-day structure to wrap things up before tomorrow’s Championship.

Players start with 12,000 out front and grind 30-minute levels from beginning to end. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 12 at 6:40 pm after the dinner break. Once registration has closed, they will continue playing down until we have another LHPO champion.

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration available until start of Level 12
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 14 Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 8 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

12PM: Event 14 – $2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration available until start of Level 12
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 14 Structure Sheet

1PM: $50,000 Super High Roller Day 2

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

11AM: Event 55 – $390 Satellite into LHPO Championship (1-in-10)

  • 20 seats guaranteed into $2,000,000 GTD LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 55 Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 56 – $390 Satellite into LHPO Championship (1-in-10)

  • 10 seats guaranteed into $2,000,000 GTD LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 56 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 57 – $200 Satellite into LHPO Championship (1-in-20)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $2,000,000 GTD LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 57 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 58 – $390 Turbo Satellite into LHPO Championship (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $2,000,000 GTD LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 58 Structure Sheet

Players are encouraged to park in Seminole Way Garage for easy, covered access to the tournament area and poker room
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