Mark Hurst Wins the First Trophy of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 2
$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Entries:  109
Prize Pool:  $36,515
January 12, 2023

A smiling Mark Hurst holds pocket nines as he poses with the HORSE trophy and a big pile of poker chips.
Event 2 Champion Mark Hurst

On the first day of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open, the first trophy of the series was awarded in Event #2, $400 H.O.R.S.E.

There were 109 entries, and the tournament ended when the final three players agreed to a deal. As chipleader, Mark Hurst was awarded the trophy and the title.

“I’ve probably made seven or eight mixed-game final tables here,” said Hurst. “I’ve finished second and chopped a couple, but I hadn’t got an actual trophy yet. So it feels good to win my first.”

“I wanted my first trophy here to be in H.O.R.S.E. specifically,” said Hurst. “I really try to specialize in the H.O.R.S.E rotation.”

Hurst would like to see more players give mixed games a try.

“I encourage other no-limit hold’em players to learn the games and give it a shot,” said Hurst. “They might actually like it. Sometimes no-limit hold’em can get a little old, so it’s nice to switch it up and do something different.”

Hurst lives here in South Florida, and said that Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is his “favorite place to play.”

“Everyone from the floor guys to the dealers is top notch,” said Hurst. “I’m really lucky to be able to come here. I’ve been to all the poker rooms in Vegas, and played the other tournament series, and I enjoy this one the most.”

Hurst finished his post-game interview with an optimistic look forward.

“I hope to win some more trophies before the series is over.”

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