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Valerie Novak Wins Her Second SHRP Major Series Trophy With Outright Win in Event 36 for $52,030

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 36
$400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  917
Prize Pool:  $302,610
January 22–24, 2023

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 36 Champion Valerie Novak

Event 36 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a multi-flight $400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). Across three starting flights, a field of 917 entries generated a prize pool of $302,610. Emerging victorious was Valerie Novak, winning outright for $52,030 and her second SHRP major series trophy.

It was deja vu for Novak, being heads-up for an SHRP trophy against an accomplished professional. At the 2022 Showdown, Novak defeated Chance Kornuth, and this time she was heads-up with Alessio Isaia, who was in search of his third SHRP trophy of the 2023 Lucky Hearts alone. Novak, though, had other ideas.

“I knew he had won once, but didn’t know he had two. We played together a lot today and he was very aggressive, but once I had some chips I was able to take some advantages. Playing against Chance last year it was just constant aggression, so I felt comfortable in this spot.”

“I don’t even know what to say, I’m so excited and happy. Thank you to all the staff and dealers that are a part of putting on such a great event!”

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1ValerieNovak$52,030
2AlessioIsaia$35,800
3NiallCostigan$23,800
4CharlemagneBenjamin$17,625
5JasonRocha$13,330
6OrlandoMaldanado$10,640
7JohnFreidkes$8,815
8MatthewKaplan$7,010
9JeffreyFarnes$5,250
10WilliamNoonan$5,250
11JamesCalderaro$4,250
12EricBaldwin$4,250
13ChadLipton$3,340
14RafaelRodriguez Arango$3,340
15DavidLaufer$3,340
16BohdanSlyvinskyi$2,765
17MichaelSteinbacher$2,765
18AyedShweihat$2,765
19TylerMcKinney$2,315
20OleksiiKoiev$2,315
21CarlosPino$2,315
22ZacharyRyan$1,950
23JesseCohen$1,950
24DanielBelisle$1,950
25SohebPorbandarwala$1,595
26TaylorHart$1,595
27DaleRoesel$1,595
28TimothyShortell$1,370
29FrankLagodich$1,370
30JonathanMoschel$1,370
31RobBrown$1,370
32MIchaelAmato$1,370
33SergiuCornea$1,370
34AndreyBereza$1,370
35MukulPahuja$1,370
36DonaldGibbs$1,370
37TimothyUlmer$1,190
38MIchaelNewman$1,190
39JeremyMeacham$1,190
40KevinDavis$1,190
41FredericKonowitz$1,190
42KeldCurtis$1,190
43HanyAyoub$1,190
44CarlosBolanos$1,190
45ScottRobbins$1,190
46ArmanBolouri$1,050
47PaulGarritson$1,050
48JuanMontoya Bernal$1,050
49RaulPaez Corral$1,050
50DavidRivera$1,050
51GaroldCasterline$1,050
52ShannonMcCloud$1,050
53JamesBurke$1,050
54RichardDe Carvalho Saunders$1,050
55RaminderSingh$955
56DucarmelBeaubien$955
57AlexFindlay$955
58GuillermoHamilton$955
59CharlesHonkonen$955
60ShadMorris$955
61JosephIannacone$955
62FabianGumz$955
63NicholasFischer$955
64WillyamMoura$875
65DanStavila$875
66JohnGorsuch$875
67WalterBuss$875
68CarlosBermudez$875
69FrankRusso$875
70RanganathKanchi$875
71FranciscoPerez Moreno$875
72AlfonsoDelgado III$875
73ElijahRuffin$800
74HiteshPatel$800
75LuisSuarez$800
76CraigPollak$800
77VamsiMagam$800
78AlejandroRomero Bristol$800
79MahmoudHamed$800
80GilNachum$800
81RobertLevin$800
82JimCollopy$725
83StevenCohen$725
84JerryDing$725
85AllanBieler$725
86DanielBoilard$725
87MelissaKaiser$725
88JosephMcNeely$725
89LongNguyen$725
90MarcelaDe Aguilar Fumero$725
91DavidChilds$660
92AnibalPabon$660
93ChetSickle$660
94EstherTaylor$660
95ManuelSoltero Luna$660
96RIchardParadis$660
97EricWard$660
98JamielAsghar$660
99BradleyGrossman$660
100DonaldWilliams$600
101VictorShkurka$600
102DanielSaffer$600
103AlcidesGomez II$600
104ScottEpstein$600
105DavidOshry$600
106PierreRodriguez$600
107JeremyDrobushevich$600
108BillOderat$600
109RoniZelichonok$580
110JohnMacDonald$580
111NancyBirnbaum$580
112PhillipStuttman$580
113LuisRamos$580
114MaximeLenders$580
115FrancoisZayas$580
116AlejandroFernandez$580

Eddy Nedialkov Wins Event 42 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Outright for $35,955

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

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 42 Champion Eddy Nedialkov

Event 42 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $1,100 Six-Max Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry). A field of 135 entries produced a prize pool of #130,950. Taking it down was Eddy Nedialkov, winning outright for $35,955.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1EddyNedialkov$35,955
2RishiMakkar$23,355
3JosephLupo III$15,575
4EricLea$10,725
5AriEngel$7,635
6GregoryWish$5,620
7DucarmelBeaubien$4,290
8KevinNaim$4,290
9SamanthaPerryman$3,395
10GregoryKolo$3,395
11CalebPiderit$2,785
12JonathanMoschel$2,785
13ChristopherLewis$2,385
14OleksandrTrokhymenko$2,385
15BradleyButcher$2,125
16SerhiiPopovych$2,125
17CraigHueffner$2,125

Jonathan Ounjian Wins Event 43 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Three-Way Deal

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

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 43 Champion Jonathan Ounjian

Event 43 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $300 Quad Stack Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). A field of 278 entries created a prize pool of $43,920, with an additional $27,600 set aside for bounties.

A three-way deal took place at the final table, and as the chip leader it was Jonathan Ounjian who was the official Event 43 winner for $7,562.

The win marked Ounjian’s second SHRP major series trophy, having previously won a $150 Double Stack Turbo No-Limit Hold’em at the 2013 RRPO.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1JonathanOunjian$7,562*
2AaronBerman$6,318*
3RonaldLaduca Jr.$5,025*
4IraFriedman$2,765
5MohammedAl-Balushi$2,075
6JamielAsghar$1,725
7RandalFernandez$1,445
8FloydScott Jr.$1,205
9TomislavKrizanic$965
10EduardoSubirats$965
11RyanLewandowski$805
12RobertPoolos$805
13BryanHernandez$700
14RonnieTate$700
15MichaelNewman$700
16RaminderSingh$600
17JordanKeller$600
18AntonioColon$600
19BernardoAbramovich$525
20PaulFreedman$525
21AriDinov$524
22RamonRodriguez Cuni$475
23ImadSalameh$475
24DavidVacanti$475
25JackSumner Jr.$430
26ElissaHalbreich$430
27RonnieAbro$430
28GilGuadalpi$430
29ZacharyParisis$430
30JoseGonzalez Gamboa$430
31MichaelRemis$430
32ReyRodriguez$430
33StevenPollack$430
34MatthewMatuza$430
35MichaelHayes$215
36SandeepVelkuru$215

*denotes three-way deal

Event 36: Valerie Novak Wins! ($52,030); Alessio Isaia Eliminated in 2nd Place ($35,800)

$400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 31:  75,000/150,000 with a 150,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 917

Valerie Novak raised to 300,000 from the button, Alessio Isaia three-bet all in for about 4,100,000 from the big blind, and Novak called with QcQh, leading Isaia’s 10d9h.

The board ran out Ah7d5c7cJh, safe for Novak to win Event 36 outright for $52,030.

Alessio Isaia finished runner-up for $35,800.

A recap of the event will be published later this morning.

Event 36: Alessio Isaia vs. Valerie Novak

$400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 917

Alessio Isaia vs. Valerie Novak

Alessio Isaia is looking to win his third SHRP trophy of the series, while Valerie Novak aims to capture her second overall SHRP trophy, having previously won back at the 2022 Showdown defeating Chance Kornuth heads-up.

Alessio Isaia  –  12,000,000  (96 bb)
Valerie Novak  –  6,350,000  (51 bb)

1st:  $52,030 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $35,800

Brock Wilson Wins Event 41 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Outright for $129,350

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

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 41 Champion Brock Wilson

Event 41 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $5,000 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). A field of 89 entries generated a prize pool of $422,750, more than doubling the guarantee. Emerging victorious was Brock Wilson, winning outright for $129,350.

One of the top No-Limit Hold’em tournament players in the game today, Wilson surpassed the $6 million mark in career live tournament winnings per the Hendon Mob poker database with his victory tonight.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1BrockWilson$129,350
2GergelyKulcsar$80,300
3UpeshkaDe Silva$50,600
4JoshuaGarber$34,700
5LeonardSande$25,300
6DanielSepiol$20,000
7AlexFoxen$17,000
8SamuelLaskowitz$14,900
9MartinZamani$13,400
10VitalijsZavorotnijs$13,400
11MatthewWantman$11,900
12DavidForbes$11,900

Event 36: Niall Costigan – 3rd Place ($23,800)

$400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 30:  75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 917

Valerie Novak raised to 300,000 from the small blind, Niall Costigan reraised all in for about 2,900,000 from the big blind, and Novak called with AdQc, leading Costigan’s KcJh.

The board ran out Ah6c5d5h7s, no help to Costigan, ending his tournament in third place.

Valerie Novak  –  6,350,000  (51 bb)
Niall Costigan  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($23,800)

David Bach Wins Event 40 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Outright for $8,460

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

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 40 Champion David Bach

Event 40 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry). A field of 75 entries produced a prize pool of $25,125, and collecting the lion’s share of that was David Bach, winning outright for $8,460.

This marked the three-time WSOP-Bracelet winner’s first cash at the Seminole Hard Rock. One of the premier mixed-game players in the poker world, Bach now has more than $4.32 million in career live tournament winning per the Hendon Mob poker database.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1DavidBach$8,460
2NicholasBallo$4,900
3BrianBrunner$3,065
4LaneAbraham$2,075
5RonaldSchroeder$1,570
6DonnyRubinstein$1,255
7RonaldFast$1,130
8JoanneGranteed$1,005
9GeorgeBoyadjian$890
10PaulLenkeit$775

Championship: Peter Mugar Doubles Thru Brian Scott

$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

Peter Mugar
Peter Mugar

Brian Scott raised to 1,000,000 from the button, and Peter Mugar called in the big blind.

The flop was Jh7d6s, Mugar checked, Scott bet 1,000,000, Mugar checked-raised all in for 4,300,000, and Scott called after about 45 seconds.

Scott:  Ah6d
Mugar:  9c7s

Mugar was in the lead with a pair of sevens.

The 8c turn and 10s river completed the board, further improving Mugar to a ten-high straight to double up.

Peter Mugar  –  11,200,000  (28 bb)
Brian Scott  –  29,600,000  (74 bb)

Championship: Brian Scott Shoves the River Against Marius Gierse

$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

Brian Scott
Brian Scott

Brian Scott raised to 800,000 from the hijack, and Marius Gierse called on the button.

The flop was Ac9d8h, Scott checked, Gierse bet 700,000, and Scott called.

The turn was the 10s, Scott checked, Gierse bet 2,300,000, Scott raised to 6,000,000, and Gierse called.

The river was the 4s, Scott shoved for 9,700,000, and Gierse went into the tank for about four minutes before he folded.

Brian Scott  –  25,700,000  (64 bb)
Marius Gierse  –  17,700,000  (44 bb)