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Championship Day 1A: Frank Brannan Sends One Out Early

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2:  200/300 with a 300 ante
Day 1 Entries:  456

Frank Brannan

As Level 1 was coming to an end, Frank Brannan was in a hand with the flop reading 9c4s2s. He bet 3,200 from the small blind and his opponent in middle position raised to 10,100. Brannan moved all in for 41,700 and the other player went into the tank.

After two minutes to think it through, he tossed in a black chip to call and the cards were tabled.

Brannan: 2c2d
Opponent: Td9d

Brannan was ahead with bottom set of deuces against top pair/ten kicker and they held as the board finished with the 6d turn and 4d river. They counted down the stacks and Brannan had his opponent covered by about 1,000.

Brannan is trying to bookend his series with great results. He started his LHPO run by finishing third out of 4,960 entries in Event 1 for a $175K payout.

Frank Brannan – 83,000

Championship Day 1A: Regulars Represent

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Day 1 Entries:  401

Jeff Trudeau Jr (left) and Dion Jagroo (right)

While it’s great to see a lot of top players in today’s game, we love seeing our regular locals and visitors from across the state who support our events. We caught two pair sitting next to each other, both from South Florida and our friends from Tampa.

Jeff Trudeau Jr and Dion Jagroo are regular fixtures in our Poker Room while Filipp Khavin and Jeremy Becker can often be found in our sister room in Tampa.

Filipp Khavin (left) and Jeremy Becker (right)

Championship Day 1A: Ready to Go

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

The big day is here! It’s time to kick off the 2022 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship with Day 1A starting at 11 am. This tournament has produced some historic moments and we expect another great headliner.

Players will start with 40,000 stacks and levels last 60 minutes on the first two days then go up to 60 on Day 3. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 around 9:15 pm and players may re-enter as often as needed during that time. Play will continue into the evening and come to a close at the end of Level 10 when survivors bag up their chips for a Day 2 return on Sunday.

It will be an exciting day in the Grand Ballroom and we look forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones

  • $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 9 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Day 1A – $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

7PM: Event 21 – $150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $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

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

10AM: $400 “One-and-Done” Championship Satellite(1-in-10)

  • 20 seats guaranteed into $2,000,000 WPT LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 8 (2:00pm)
  • Structure Sheet

3PM: $400 Championship Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 10 seats guaranteed into $2,000,000 GTD LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 8 (7:00pm)
  • Structure Sheet

9PM: $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 (11:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Schedule

Event 19: Last Level to Register

$2,200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 8:  400/800 with a 800 ante
Entries:  397

Katie Lindsay

Event 19 reached Level 8 and time is running out to take part in this huge last preliminary tournament before the Championship. We have 394 entries so far and the prize pool is nearing $800,000.

After this level, players will take a 15-minute break and registration will close at 4:30 pm when they return.

Richard Zipes

Event 19: More Friendly Faces

$2,200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 7:  300/600 with a 600 ante
Entries:  358

Josh Arieh

There’s just about one hour remaining for players to get down to the Grand Ballroom to jump in this big warmup before the Championship. The prize pool is already over $700,000 and it will keep building until we close registration.

A few more familiar friends showed up to play including Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger, Ryan Luker, Sam Panzica, and Josh Arieh fresh off winning his third and fourth WSOP bracelets.

Andrew “LuckyChewy” Lichtenberger
Ryan Luker
Sam Panzica

WPT LHPO Championship Kicks Off Tomorrow

The schedule is running out of preliminary events and that means it’s almost time to kick off the 2022 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship. Cards go in the air on Friday at 11 am for the first of two starting flights and the $3,500 buy-in tournament features a $2,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.

We expect a huge field of pros coming out to mix with our group of loyal regulars and locals. The Grand Ballroom will be packed all weekend and the headliner will be a great way to cap an already-fantastic series.

A lot of eyes will be on Brian Altman as the only player to win the same WPT event twice; both the 2015 and 2020 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship.

We have a stellar list of former champions as we hosted the WPT main tour and WPTDeepStacks tour:

2012  – Matthew Juttelstad
2013  – Matt Giannetti
2014 – James Calderaro (Coconut Creek)
2015  – Brian Altman
2016  – Salomon Ponte
2017  – Michael Graffeo
2018  – Darryll Fish
2019  – Jason Young
2020  – Brian Altman
2021  – Ilyas Muradi
2022  – ???

Who will put their name on the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup this year? Will it be someone new or another repeat champ?

Find out starting on Friday and continuing until we have the live-streamed final table on January 26.

  • $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

Event 19: First Break

$2,200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 4:  200/300 with a 300 ante
Entries:  281

Shannon Shorr

Four levels are gone and players were sent on their first break of the day. The prize pool climbed over $500,000 and $600K will fall next not long after they return.

Shannon Shorr is among those in the field today, his first game back after his turn at the GPI #1 (prior to Chance Kornuth) and also his turn as a new father.

Other notables include Alex Rocha, Kyle Rignola, Brian Altman, Loni Hui, and RRPO champ Duff Charette.

Alex Rocha
Kyle Rignola

Event 19: He’s Number One; He’s Number One

$2,200 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 3:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Entries:  203

Chance Kornuth

The prize pool doubled the guarantee over the first hour and now we’re just going to sit back and wait to see how big it gets. The triple is locked up and quads aren’t out of the question.

Like yesterday, we are seeing a lot of top players getting into the game early and not waiting for the max late reg slip. Chance Kornuth is back with us and something is different from when we saw him yesterday in the $1,100.

Overnight, Global Poker Index put him as the #1 ranked player in the world on the heels of two wins and a deep run during the Aria Stairway to Millions series. Kornuth closed out 2021 with his third WSOP bracelet and a 16th place finish out of 6,650 in the WSOP Main Event.