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Championship Day 1B: Numbers Still Climbing

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 3:  200/400 with a 400 ante
Day 1B Entries:  715

Chance Kornuth (left) and Sheddy Siddiqui (right)

Players keep coming into the Grand Ballroom and we keep putting them in seats. There’s no line, no alternates, and we are seating players as fast as they can get a ticket.

The 1,608 entries so far make this the third biggest WPT field in history and we are aiming for number two on that list. We won’t beat the 2,482 from the 2021 Poker Showdown but 1,795 is in play to beat our 2014 Poker Showdown.

A few more familiar faces joined up including Chance Kornuth, Sheddy Siddiqui, Aaron Massey, and Jessica Cai.

Aaron Massey
Jessica Cai

Championship Day 1B: Close Call Club

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2:  200/300 with a 300 ante
Day 1B Entries:  630

Gabe Abusada (left) and Ken “Teach” Aldridge (right)

There are a lot of former WPT champs in today’s field but we also have a lot that got very close. Making a WPT final table is an accomplishment in itself and two are sitting next to each other at the front of the room.

Gabe Abusada came one spot short of putting his name on the Championship, finishing second to Brian Altman at the WPT Tampa final table. Ken “Teach” Aldridge is a favorite any time he shows up and he made a big splash by making the 2021 WPT Poker Showdown Championship final table, the biggest field in WPT history.

Championship Day 1B: Team Tampa

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2:  200/300 with a 300 ante
Day 1B Entries:  594

Marsha Wolak

We weren’t the only place offering up satellites as a chance to play in the WPT LHPO Championship for a fraction of the buy-in. Our friends in the Seminole Tampa Poker Room had a satellite of their own and sent six of their players across the state for a chance at a WPT title.

Four of them are playing today. Former WSOP Ladies Champion Marsha Wolak, all-time Tampa cash leader Karl Manouchakian, Nick Scholz, and Vincenzo Pizzurro are all seated and taking a shot.

Karl Manouchakian
Nicholas Scholz
Vincenzo Pizzurro

Championship Day 1B: Mum and Son Grinding

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Day 1B Entries:  580

Judith Bielan

Level 1 is coming to an end and we hit another big number. With 580 entries this morning, the total count of 1,473 is good enough to put this field in the top five for all-time WPT fields and there’s a lot of time to challenge the ones above us (they’re all ours anyway).

We found another mother/son set of players in the field. Judith Bielan is sitting at the tough table with Craig Varnell, Eric Afriat, and Ory Hen while her son David Somers sits a table right next door.

David Somers

Championship Day 1B: Two Champs and a POY

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Day 1B Entries:  520

Craig Varnell

Found a fun table at the start of the day, a little mix of cross-country talent and local favorites. Craig Varnell is at one end, coming to South Florida from Colorado looking for his third WPT title.

On the other side, we have Eric Afriat and Ory Hen; Afriat already has his name on the Champions Cup three times and going for four while Hen is a former SHRP Player of the Year and has four Hollywood titles.

Eric Afriat (left) and Ory Hen (right)

Championship Day 1B: Setting More Records

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/200 with a 200 ante

The first flight of the 2022 WPT LHPO Championship set the table for Day 1B. The 893 entries for Day 1A already set a record for most LHPO Championship entries on the first day and we have our eyes on several milestones with a $3,000,000 prize pool going into play at the start of the day.

Players start with 40,000 deep deep stacks and all levels last 60 minutes on the first two days. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 around 9:15 pm. Day 1B will end after Level 10 when survivors will bag up chips for a Day 2 return tomorrow at noon,

We expect a packed Grand Ballroom today, get down here early and get your seat.

  • $2,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 40,000 in chips
  • Day 1 & Day 2 levels will last 60 minutes each
  • Day 3 Levels will be 60 minutes until 40 players remain, then go to 90 minutes levels
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (~9:15pm)
  • Day 1 will end after Level 10
  • Championship Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 10 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Day 1B – $3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

  • $2,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 40,000 in chips
  • Day 1 & Day 2 levels will last 60 minutes each
  • Day 3 Levels will be 60 minutes until 40 players remain, then go to 90 minutes levels
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (~9:15pm)
  • Day 1 will end after Level 10
  • Championship Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 22 – $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Single Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (7:15pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 22 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: $400 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two seats guaranteed into $2,000,000 GTD LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (11:15am)
  • Structure Sheet

11AM: $375 Championship Super Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 10 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 8 (12:20pm)
  • Structure Sheet

8PM: $200 Event 24 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two seats guaranteed into $1,700/$100K GTD Purple Chip Bounty Event 24
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (10:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Schedule

Event 21: Something for the Rest

$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/100

Not everyone can play in the LHPO Championship, some might feel more comfortable in the smaller buy-in tournaments and we have something for that gang tonight along with a trophy at the end.

Event 21 is a $150 buy-in Big Stack No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $20,000 guarantee and snappy structure to keep things exciting.

Players start with 15,000 stacks and the first eight levels last 15 minutes. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 9:15 pm and levels increase to 20 minutes until the end.

It will be a fun tournament for our regulars and big money awaiting.

  • $20,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-8 last 15 minutes; Levels 9+ last 20 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (9:15pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 21 Structure Sheet