2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $43,215
January 13, 2023
“I just told my friend today, ‘I’m going to win this tournament,’ and I actually did it.”
On Friday night, David Shmuel won his seventh major series trophy here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood in Event #5, $400 Limit Omaha 8.
“I like to compete,” said Shmuel, “and it’s always nice to get the trophy. But I don’t think about the [career] numbers, just the competition.”
Here are Shmuel’s other six victories here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood:
2017 RRPO: $360 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 ($7,152)
2017 RRPO: $150 No-Limit Hold’em ($16,573)
2018 SHRPO: $360 Pot-Limit Omaha ($12,589)
2020 LHPO: $400 Omaha 8 ($7,742)
2022 Showdown: $600 H.O.R.S.E. ($13,890)
2022 RRPO: $400 H.O.R.S.E. ($7,471)
This seventh victory moves Shmuel into a tie for third place on the career leaderboard, behind Raminder Singh (nine SHR trophies) and Michael Newman (eight SHR trophies).
This seventh trophy was a tough one for Shmuel, who was down to about two big blinds with 11 players remaining.
“Even at the final table, I was down to almost nothing,” said Shmuel. “But I had a couple of nice rushes in the end, and that’s what counts.”
When heads-up play began, Shmuel was slightly outchipped by defending champion Jay Kerbel. Kerbel won this Omaha-8 event at Lucky Hearts last year, and also the Omaha-8 event a few months before that during the 2021 Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open.
“I’ve played with Jay many times,” said Shmuel. “He’s a very good player.”
With seven victories here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, it’s no wonder that Shmuel keeps coming back. But for him, it’s more than that.
“This is a great organization,” said Shmuel. “They have an amazing staff and dealers. This is basically the only place I play, besides Vegas and sometimes Tampa. This is where I like to play.”
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