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Marius Gierse Takes Six Months Off From Live Poker, Then Wins the Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  1,692
Prize Pool:  $5,414,400
January 20–24, 2023

Lucky Hearts Poker Open Champion Marius Gierse poses with a pile of chips, the Championship trophy, and he's holding two cards -- 10-2 offsuit.
Lucky Hearts Poker Open Champion Marius Gierse

Marius Gierse hasn’t played in a live poker tournament since last summer’s WSOP, but he showed up at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open and entered two tournaments — the $25,500 High Roller, where he finished fifth to earn $110,500, and the $3,500 LHPO Championship, which he won on Tuesday night for $605,000.

“It’s been a long four days, but it feels pretty damn good,” said Gierse. “It was quite the ride.”

This final day of the event started with 16 players at the final two tables, and Gierse had an average chip stack.

“I started with five million, went up to 10 million, went down to 4.5 million, went up to 17, went down to 7, so it was a roller-coaster, for sure,” said Gierse. “But I can’t complain in the end.”

The key hand for Gierse happened during the first 15 minutes of the nine-handed final table.

“I had a big flip against Jerry Wong at the start,” said Gierse. “That hand was the most important, otherwise I would have been out in ninth.”

Gierse held QsQd, and needed it to hold against Wong’s AcKc. They got it all in preflop, but it seemed inevitable after the flop came Qc10c5h, giving Gierse a set of queens to Wong’s gutshot Royal Flush draw.

“It was almost a flip at the flop,” said Gierse. “You’ve got to win these in order to win tournaments.”

The turn was the 7h, the river was the 7d, and Gierse doubled up to 68 big blinds with a full house. (Click here for details.) As for Wong, he was knocked down below 20 big blinds and would eventually finish ninth.

With seven players left, Gierse found himself on the other side of this same flip, getting it all in preflop with AsKs against Daniel Clifford’s QsQh. This time, the board brought three spades, and the ace-king won the pot to knock out Clifford in seventh place and propel Gierse back into the lead. (Click here for details.)

After Gierse knocked out Martin Carnero in fifth place (pocket jacks held against ace-ten), the final four players battled for about an hour before agreeing to a deal. As chipleader, Gierse was awarded the title and the trophy.

I’m pretty blessed,” said Gierse, “and I’m lucky to win the Lucky Hearts Poker Open.”

Despite his success here, Gierse is primarily an online player, which he generally prefers over live tournaments.

“I really don’t enjoy live poker as much, mostly because people are too serious and take a lot of time,” said Gierse. “But that isn’t the case here at all. People play super fast, and people are talking, and not taking themselves too seriously. It’s super nice. So I’m very, very happy to play here and I will for sure to come back.”


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1MariusGierse$605,000*
2BrianScott$555,078*
3JacobPowers$500,000*
4PeterMugar$498,177*
5MartinCarnero$238,635
6TaylorWilson$181,950
7DanielClifford$140,055
8LeonardHermann$108,850
9JerryWong$85,410
10KonstantinHeld$85,410
11CeroZuccarello$67,680
12WasimAssaf$67,680
13ScottMargereson$54,165
14TylerStafman$54,165
15FrankFunaro$43,780
16KharlinSued$43,780
17ClaudioPiedrabuena$35,745
18BenjaminGrise$35,745
19AnatolyNikitin$35,745
20SaberSalum Penayo$35,745
21LeweThiesen$29,480
22MatthewWantman$29,480
23MichaelTweedlie$29,480
24JordanSparagana$29,480
25JoeMcKeehen$24,570
26JoeFirova$24,570
27JamesCarroll$24,570
28NathanRussler$24,570
29ImariLove$24,570
30ChrisTryba$24,570
31AramOganyan$24,570
32AndrewOstapchenko$24,570
33JarrettMullins$20,690
34KevinGarosshen$20,690
35JonBorenstein$20,690
36RichardAlati$20,690
37DonaldDelancy$20,690
38DavidHagmann$20,690
39LandonTice$20,690
40IgorHot$20,690
41NaoumZarcadoolas$17,605
42JosephCrowley$17,605
43GaryHays$17,605
44JonathanLewis$17,605
45AnthonyDalpra$17,605
46MichaelVanderWoude$17,605
47DanaCaruso$17,605
48NadyaMagnus$17,605
49DeividasDaubaris$15,140
50SamuelLaskowitz$15,140
51JesseLonis$15,140
52JorgeGomez$15,140
53ChristopherFrank$15,140
54BlakeWhittington$15,140
55EricLea$15,140
56NirCohen$15,140
57JoshuaWallace$13,155
58SebastiaanDe Jonge$13,155
59DerekSudell$13,155
60NicolasNoguera$13,155
61SeanShah$13,155
62JoshuaGarber$13,155
63JuanCorsi$13,155
64JakeFerro$13,155
65AnthonyLicastro$11,560
66CharlesWooden$11,560
67HowardFeingold$11,560
68ErikNomberg$11,560
69JasonHickey$11,560
70NicholasVerderamo$11,560
71DaneCass$11,560
72DarrenRabinowitz$11,560
73DenysShafikov$10,270
74GilAboodi$10,270
75PetarKalev$10,270
76DavidLaufer$10,270
77GlenCressman$10,270
78NorbertoCharuf Diab$10,270
79MichaelLydon$10,270
80MichaelKamenjarin$10,270
81VladimirGrechnikov$9,225
82JoeyWeissman$9,225
83MartinZamani$9,225
84MikeChiappetta$9,225
85ChadPyykonen$9,225
86BillyPilossoph$9,225
87DanielSwartz$9,225
88RuiBouquet$9,225
89DavidNovosel$9,225
90MichaelMonicatti$9,225
91RobertWailber$8,380
92RichardColeman$8,380
93JosephField$8,380
94AleksandarPetrovic$8,380
95SalvatoreSidoti$8,380
96AlexFoxen$8,380
97CyrilDarmouni$8,380
98JebharPatterson$8,380
99ColbyCovington$8,380
100SergeySergeev$7,700
101JeremyAusmus$7,700
102PeteChen$7,700
103MichaelAmato$7,700
104ShanmukhaMeruga$7,700
105ZiyaRahim$7,700
106JeremyWien$7,700
107MatthewLambrecht$7,700
108JesseKertland$7,700
109ArielMantel$7,700
110BryanBuonocore$7,700
111JosephCappello$7,700
112JamesKatz$7,700
113ErikCajelais$7,700
114JohnYpma$7,700
115JosephPombriant$7,700
116JimGilbert$7,700
117BryceMcVay$7,700
118DanielKusnerak$7,155
119ChristophCsik$7,155
120RudyMamo$7,155
121AntornioSerrao Jr.$7,155
122A.J.Kelsall$7,155
123RyanRemington$7,155
124RichardAlsup$7,155
125SheldonLibfeld$7,155
126JeffMadsen$7,155
127PetkoTsakov$7,155
128RomeoMendoza$7,155
129JosephMcArthur$7,155
130MarcGoldman$7,155
131KurtLichtman$7,155
132ToddIvens$7,155
133RossSantos$7,155
134IvayloSivinov$7,155
135TimothyLittle$7,155
136MatthewSchulte$6,725
137ChadWassmuth$6,725
138FredericKonowitz$6,725
139JeffTrudeau Jr.$6,725
140TuanPhan$6,725
141StephenBrite$6,725
142HaimOr Krief$6,725
143ScottLevitt$6,725
144StanleyLee$6,725
145AnthonySpinella$6,725
146MilesReinhard$6,725
147AaronRosenthal$6,725
148FawazSiddiqui$6,725
149WilliamSlepcevich$6,725
150PaulHolliday$6,725
151FredParadis$6,725
152ScottBohlman$6,725
153SpencerChamplin$6,725
154LyleDiamond$6,400
155ChristopherAudrain$6,400
156DanielChalifour$6,400
157StephenSong$6,400
158SebastianGallego$6,400
159DavidMcMahon$6,400
160RenLin$6,400
161OleksandrGnatenko$6,400
162BrentSibley$6,400
163TimothyUlmer$6,400
164WilliamEitze$6,400
165DanielJiacopello$6,400
166MatthewWaxman$6,400
167HaimGabay$6,400
168GeorgeRakitzis$6,400
169JosephHanna$6,400
170AlexanderZiskin$6,400
171JorgeAristizabal$6,400
172RaffaelloLocatelli$6,160
173ArielRosello$6,160
174FabianGumz$6,160
175MaksimRozenfeld$6,160
176FlorianGaugusch$6,160
177JavierGomez Marquez$6,160
178BarryRoth$6,160
179MihailsMorozovs$6,160
180RyanDepaulo$6,160
181ArseniiKarmatchkii$6,160
182CliffMaloney$6,160
183JeremyBecker$6,160
184JoeSerock$6,160
185BrianMurphy$6,160
186ChristopherLewis$6,160
187RaminHajiyev$6,160
188NicholasTucker$6,160
189HagaiStein$6,160
190PaulBalzano$6,000
191DanielMulhall$6,000
192GediminasUselis$6,000
193GregoryAnda$6,000
194RomanPipman$6,000
195SundiataDevore$6,000
196JonGottlieb$6,000
197PaulGellenbeck$6,000
198LukeGraham$6,000
199RichardWhitebrook$6,000
200GabrielAbusada$6,000
201NancyBirnbaum$6,000
202RichardYau$6,000
203StevenRivero$6,000
204KenAldridge$6,000
205BohdanSlyvinskyi$6,000
206VictorNissim$6,000
207AaronKupin$6,000
208NicholasAgnew$5,915
209AaronSteury$5,915
210ZhenCai$5,915
211RyanEriquezzo$5,915
212CurtisKing$5,915

* Indicates a four-way deal.

Championship: Marius Gierse Wins in a Four-Way Deal ($605,000)

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 35:  300,000/600,000 with a 600,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 1,692

Marius Gierse
Marius Gierse

Level 35 got underway with blinds of 300,000-600,000 and a 600,000 ante, and a short while after that, the final four players agreed to a deal to end the tournament and split the remaining prizepool.

As chipleader, Marius Gierse was awarded the title, the trophy, and $605,000.

Here are the final payouts:

1st:  Marius Gierse  –  $605,000 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Brian Scott  –  $555,078
3rd:  Peter Mugar  –  $500,000
4th:  Jacob Powers  –  $498,177

Congratulations to Lucky Hearts Poker Open Champion Marius Gierse!

Stay tuned for a recap of this event, which will be posted later tonight, followed by a series recap tomorrow.

Championship: Marius Gierse Narrowly Leads the Final Four at the Break with 24.7 Million

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 35:  300,000/600,000 with a 600,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 1,692

Marius Gierse
Marius Gierse

Level 34 came to an end, and the players took a 15-minute break. Here are their official chip counts:

Seat 1.  Peter Mugar  –  16,800,000  (28 bb)
Seat 2.  Jacob Powers  –  19,400,000  (32 bb)
Seat 3.  Brian Scott  –  23,700,000  (40 bb)
Seat 4.  Marius Gierse  –  24,700,000  (41 bb)

And here are the final table payouts:

1st:  $850,735 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $569,400
3rd:  $422,185
4th:  $315,935

5th:  Martin Carnero  –  $238,635
6th:  Taylor Wilson  –  $181,950
7th:  Daniel Clifford  –  $140,055
8th:  Leonard Hermann  –  $108,850
9th:  Jerry Wong  –  $85,410

With four players remaining from a field of 1,692, the average chip stack is around 21,200,000 (35 big blinds), and they are guaranteed at least $315,935 each.

Championship: Jacob Powers Shoves with King-Seven, Brian Scott Folds Pocket Jacks

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 34:  300,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 1,692

Jacob Powers
Jacob Powers

Brian Scott raised from UTG/cutoff to 1,100,000, Jacob Powers moved all in from the big blind for 18,800,000, and Scott went into the tank.

At one point, Scott asked Powers, “If I show, will you show?” Powers seemed to indicate that he would.

Scott tanked for a while longer before he folded JsJh face up, and Power turned over Kc7c as he took the pot. Scott merely shrugged at the king high.

Jacob Powers  –  20,700,000  (41 bb)
Brian Scott  –  23,200,000  (46 bb)

With four players remaining from a field of 1,692, the average chip stack is around 21,200,000 (42 big blinds), and they are guaranteed at least $315,935 each.

Championship: Peter Mugar Doubles Thru Marius Gierse

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 34:  300,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 1,692

Peter Mugar
Peter Mugar

Peter Mugar min-raised from UTG/cutoff to 1,000,000, and Marius Gierse asked how much Mugar had left behind before he moved all in from the big blind.

Mugar quickly called all in for 9,700,000 with AhQh, and Gierse turned over AsJs. Mugar needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came 4h4c2s5sKc, and Mugar won the pot with his queen to double up in chips.

Peter Mugar  –  20,200,000  (40 bb)
Marius Gierse  –  20,000,000  (40 bb)

With four players remaining from a field of 1,692, the average chip stack is around 21,200,000 (42 big blinds), and they are guaranteed at least $315,935 each.

Championship: Martin Carnero – 5th Place ($238,635)

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 1,692

Martin Carnero
Martin Carnero

Marius Gierse min-raised from the button to 800,000, Martin Carnero moved all in from the big blind for 7,300,000, and Gierse called with JsJc.

Carnero turned over Ah10c, and needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 8s5d4h5s9d, and the pocket jacks held up for Gierse to win the pot and eliminate Carnero in fifth place.

Marius Gierse  –  27,200,000  (68 bb)
Martin Carnero  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($238,635)

With four players remaining from a field of 1,692, the average chip stack is around 21,200,000 (53 big blinds), and they are guaranteed at least $315,935 each.

Championship: Taylor Wilson – 6th Place ($181,950)

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 1,692

Taylor Wilson
Taylor Wilson

Taylor Wilson raised under the gun to 6,500,000, leaving himself just 400K behind, and Brian Scott thought for a while before calling from the big blind. (Scott had thought Wilson was all in.)

The flop came Kh7c2d, Scott moved all in, and Wilson called all in for 400,000 with As7s for a pair of sevens.

But Scott turned over 10s10c, and Wilson needed to improve to stay alive.

The turn card was the 6h, the river card was the 4s, and Scott won the pot with his pocket tens to eliminate Wilson in sixth place.

Brian Scott  –  33,000,000  (83 bb)
Taylor Wilson  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($181,950)

With five players remaining from a field of 1,692, the average chip stack is around 16,900,000 (42 big blinds), and they are guaranteed at least $238,635 each.

Championship: Martin Carnero Didn’t Want to See Jacob Powers’ Cards, But Is Thankful He Did

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 1,692

Jacob Powers
Jacob Powers

Martin Carnero min-raised under the gun to 800,000, Jacob Powers moved all in from the hijack for about 19,000,000, and everyone else folded.

Action returned to Carnero, who carefully removed his sunglasses and said, “I’m going to need a couple of minutes.”

Carnero went into the tank, and was quietly talking to himself about the possible hands Powers could have.

Eventually, Carnero folded, and Powers held up his cards like he was about to show them to the table.

Carnero said, “I don’t want to see it. I don’t want to see it.”

Powers flipped over his cards and showed AhAd, and Carnero breathed a sigh of relief as he was let off the hook, knowing he made the right fold.

Taylor Wilson jokingly said, “Are you sure you don’t want to see it?”

Wilson said he folded pocket queens, and then he said to Powers, “Thank you for showing me.”

Jacob Powers  –  20,700,000  (52 bb)
Martin Carnero  –  9,700,000  (24 bb)

With six players remaining from a field of 1,692, the average chip stack is around 14,100,000 (35 big blinds), and they are guaranteed at least $181,950 each.

Martin Carnero
Martin Carnero

Championship: Daniel Clifford – 7th Place ($140,055)

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 1,692

Daniel Clifford
Daniel Clifford

Daniel Clifford min-raised from the hijack to 800,000, Taylor Wilson called from the small blind, and Marius Gierse thought for a while before he moved all in from the big blind for about 12,500,000.

Clifford called all in for about 9,900,000, and Wilson folded.

Clifford turned over QsQh, and needed it to hold to stay alive against Gierse’s AsKs.

The board came 8d6s2s6c8s, and Gierse rivered a spade flush to win the pot and eliminate Clifford in seventh place.

Marius Gierse  –  23,600,000  (59 bb)
Daniel Clifford  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($140,055)

With six players remaining from a field of 1,692, the average chip stack is around 14,100,000 (35 big blinds), and they are guaranteed at least $181,950 each.

Championship: Back From Dinner

$3,500 LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 33:  200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 1,692

The players have returned from break to begin Level 33, with increased blinds of 200,000-400,000 with a 400,000 ante.

With seven players remaining from a field of 1,692, the average chip stack is around 12,100,000 (30 big blinds), and they are guaranteed at least $140,055 each.