Hal Klein Wins Event 3 ($400 H.O.R.S.E.) in a Heads-Up Deal

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Entries:  72
Prize Pool:  $24,480
January 10, 2020

Event 3 Champion Hal Klein and TD Jason Heidenthal
Event 3 Champion Hal Klein (left) and TD Jason Heidenthal

Hal Klein won his first Seminole Hard Rock trophy back in 2013 in a H.O.R.S.E. event, and on Friday night he added another one, winning Event 3 ($400 H.O.R.S.E.) in a heads-up deal against Stephen Reid to win $7,268.

After the elimination of last night’s Event 2 champion David Shmuel in third place, Klein held a 4.5-to-1 chip lead over Reid, and they quickly agreed to an ICM deal. As chipleader, Klein was awarded the trophy and the title.

Klein enjoys playing all games, so H.O.R.S.E. is a great fit for him. “I like mixing it up, and I try to be proficient in all games,” said Klein. “I’ve had a lot of seconds and thirds in H.O.R.S.E., and I haven’t won a H.O.R.S.E. tournament in a year or two, so it feels great.”

But in this event, one game in particular was the key to Klein’s victory.

“I like the stud-eight and Omaha-eight, but hold’em was my game today. I crushed hold’em, and that’s how I built my stack. At one table, I won all eight hands in a round of hold’em.” Klein pointed to runner-up Reid and added, “He was there. I even raised ten-three into his jacks and flopped two pair.”

Unfortunately, Klein is going to be out of town next weekend and won’t be able to play in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open, but he’ll be back in the future.

“It’s a great venue, and I love playing here. It was a great structure for a one-day tournament.”

Final Results:

1st:  Harold Klein  –  $7,268* + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Stephen Reid  –  $5,627*
3rd:  David Shmuel  –  $3,440
4th:  Georges Boyadjian  –  $2,390
5th:  Benjamin Matthews  –  $1,735
6th:  Cory Zeidman  –  $1,315
7th:  Adam Zeltser  –  $1,050
8th:  Carey Pickus  –  $880
9th:  Charles Mayes  –  $775

* Indicates a heads-up deal.