2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $122,000
Bounty Prize Pool: $61,000
January 15, 2018
Keith Morrow has made plans to win at least 10 poker tournaments this year. It’s a lofty goal, but he’s already setting a good pace toward it.
Morrow just won the $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty, collecting the trophy and the top prize of $35,378. He also notched 11 bounties worth another $500 apiece.
The 28-year-old Morrow is a professional player from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He comes from a cash game background, but he’s recently been transitioning into tournament poker.
It’s going well so far. Morrow has earned well over $300,000 over the last three years, including a six-figure score in a WPT event in 2016.
“I’ve had a few [cashes] that were bigger than this,” he said, “but this is my first win.” Indeed, it is his first live tournament victory on record.
An eager Morrow began the final table with the most chips, and he ended it with all of them.
It took about six hours of play to settle the issue on Day 2, with Morrow finding himself heads-up with a big lead against Veerab Zakarian for the trophy. The duel was over within a few hands.
This victory represents a new beginning for Morrow. “I took some time off over the last couple months to work on myself,” he said. “I wanted to start the year fresh.”
He spent the holiday season reading, relaxing, and “taking things in,” as he put it. “Basically slowing my life down a little bit,” he said. “I wanted to see where that leads.”
Tonight, it’s led him into the winner’s circle at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.
Final table results:
1st: Keith Morrow – $35,378
2nd: Veerab Zakarian – $20,960
3rd: Harjinder Chawla – $13,115
4th: Lukas Pribyl – $8,235
5th: Manny Tarich – $6,100
6th: Jacob Snider – $5,246
7th: Novica Miskovic – $4,545
8th: Gavin O’Rourke – $4,026
9th: Doyle Scott Elliott – $3,538
- Download: Final Results (PDF)