2023 LHPO Live Updates

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: 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: 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: 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: 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)

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