Championship Day 1B: Two Champs and a POY

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/200 with a 200 ante
Day 1B Entries:  520

Craig Varnell

Found a fun table at the start of the day, a little mix of cross-country talent and local favorites. Craig Varnell is at one end, coming to South Florida from Colorado looking for his third WPT title.

On the other side, we have Eric Afriat and Ory Hen; Afriat already has his name on the Champions Cup three times and going for four while Hen is a former SHRP Player of the Year and has four Hollywood titles.

Eric Afriat (left) and Ory Hen (right)

Championship Day 1B: Setting More Records

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/200 with a 200 ante

The first flight of the 2022 WPT LHPO Championship set the table for Day 1B. The 893 entries for Day 1A already set a record for most LHPO Championship entries on the first day and we have our eyes on several milestones with a $3,000,000 prize pool going into play at the start of the day.

Players start with 40,000 deep deep stacks and all levels last 60 minutes on the first two days. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 around 9:15 pm. Day 1B will end after Level 10 when survivors will bag up chips for a Day 2 return tomorrow at noon,

We expect a packed Grand Ballroom today, get down here early and get your seat.

  • $2,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 40,000 in chips
  • Day 1 & Day 2 levels will last 60 minutes each
  • Day 3 Levels will be 60 minutes until 40 players remain, then go to 90 minutes levels
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (~9:15pm)
  • Day 1 will end after Level 10
  • Championship Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 10 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Day 1B – $3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

  • $2,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 40,000 in chips
  • Day 1 & Day 2 levels will last 60 minutes each
  • Day 3 Levels will be 60 minutes until 40 players remain, then go to 90 minutes levels
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (~9:15pm)
  • Day 1 will end after Level 10
  • Championship Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 22 – $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Single Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (7:15pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 22 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: $400 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two seats guaranteed into $2,000,000 GTD LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (11:15am)
  • Structure Sheet

11AM: $375 Championship Super Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 10 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 8 (12:20pm)
  • Structure Sheet

8PM: $200 Event 24 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two seats guaranteed into $1,700/$100K GTD Purple Chip Bounty Event 24
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (10:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Schedule

Championship: Day 1A Chip Counts

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Return to Level 11:  1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante
Players Remaining:  241 of 893

Day 1A:  893 Entries; 241 Advanced
Day 1B:  Saturday at 11 a.m.
Day 2:  Sunday at 12 p.m.

RankFirst NameLast NameChip Count
1JesseLonis685,500
2DanStavila487,500
3JoshKay454,000
4PatrickWhite445,500
5MatthewAhmed430,000
6BinWeng417,000
7LannyVaysman409,500
8WilliamWatson399,500
9ConorHannan369,000
10ManuelAmaro Alvarez356,000
11ChristopherMeyers355,500
12DavidMzareulov332,000
13ScottRobbins320,500
14AlbertCalderon315,000
15VincentFiorenza315,000
16CherishAndrews312,500
17KennethWeinstein310,000
18ChadTrentacosta303,500
19MikeGao297,000
20AlbertoDestrade280,000
21CarlosBermudez280,000
22FaridJattin279,000
23ColbyCovington278,000
24KevinHo278,000
25JacobFerro277,000
26FarhadJamasi276,000
45ShawnLucas273,500
27MichaelLech268,500
28MichaelVela268,000
29JamesCarroll266,500
30NghiaLe265,000
31MaxwellYoung260,500
32RenLin260,000
33BradleyRogoff256,500
34A.J.Kelsall256,000
35RoniZelichonok253,000
36NickYunis251,000
37JeremyAusmus249,500
38ChristopherOhara248,500
39MarcoRodriguez247,500
40MichaelNewman240,500
41BrianNerney229,000
42IvanSaul225,500
43JakeRipnick225,000
44DavidMock214,000
46NickPupillo211,500
47AliImsirovic210,500
48PhilipShing210,000
49TommyTran209,000
50DanielWirgau207,000
51AndrewEsposito207,000
52CarlosGuerrero204,000
53JasonWheeler201,000
54JonathanTamayo197,000
55LuniquePetiote196,500
56JonathanJaffe196,000
57DavidGuay195,000
58DallanEscobar193,000
59AndrewOstapchenko192,500
60JosephJean192,000
61NitisUdornpim188,000
62AmiAlibay188,000
63JosephMuldoon186,500
64OrsonYoung186,500
65RobertCalhoun184,500
66ArditKurshumi183,000
67BobBounahra182,000
68CorelTheuma181,000
69JustinZaki179,500
70NicholasDavidson179,000
71SaberSalum Penayo178,500
72JoelHarwood177,500
73JakeDaniels176,500
74MatthewHolmquist175,500
75DavidColeman175,000
76SamTaylor173,000
77MattBond172,500
78KyleArora171,500
79CharlesOdenz171,000
80JohnDollinger171,000
81LeonToledo164,000
82OmarLakhdari164,000
83ChristopherCruz164,000
84LukeBrereton163,500
85DavidForbes162,500
86JimCollopy162,000
87MichaelGathy160,000
88ScottLevitt155,000
89MarcEvanier154,000
90TrungPham153,000
91ChadWassmuth153,000
92AlonYehudai151,000
93ScottZakheim150,500
94FernandoDiaz150,500
95DmitrySavelyev149,500
96Albert Thien-LocNguyen149,000
97ShannonShorr149,000
98TimReilly148,000
99BrianHastings147,000
100ArunasSapitavicius146,000
101HassanEl Hakim145,000
102JakeSchwartz143,000
103Jean-LouisSantoni142,000
104SeanMiller Jr142,000
105FikretKovac141,500
106JohnRacener140,500
107DanielCouzens140,000
108BlakeWhittington138,000
109GiulianoLentini137,500
110JosephHebert137,500
111ChristopherBasile137,000
112DavidKim136,500
113PhillipKrnyaich136,000
114AnthonyMarch135,500
115IanGillespie134,000
116BenjaminMiner134,000
117LeeMarkholt133,500
118AxelSantoni133,000
119AlbertBarney Jr131,500
120AngelinaRich131,000
121NicholasRicciardi130,500
122BenjaminGrise128,000
123FaysalSmile127,500
124AaronOlshan127,000
125AntonWigg126,000
126JaimeCervantes125,500
127KevinKernan124,000
128AndrewDudley121,500
129AliTurkan121,500
130NicholasVerderamo121,000
131TomGottlieb121,000
132DavidGoodis120,500
133MarkWiser119,500
134ArmandoFigueroa119,500
135MichaelGraffeo118,500
136SebastianGallego118,000
137JonathanLewis117,500
138SamuelBernstein117,000
139JoanneLiu116,000
140GaryHerstein113,000
141JasonHickey112,500
142LukeBlindert111,000
143OmarSaeed111,000
144HaydenToole109,500
145WillieWiggins109,000
146BrettStern108,500
147VladimirVasilyev106,500
148RichardWhitebrook106,000
149MitchellGarshofsky105,000
150StephenJohnson103,000
151TimothyCapretta101,000
152JoeyCouden101,000
153AntonioSalorio100,500
154T.K.Miles99,000
155PhilHui98,000
156JosephCheong97,500
157VincentChauve97,000
158VincentLongtin96,000
159AleksandarPetrovic96,000
160CoreyHochman94,000
161EricBaldwin93,500
162LiorRusinek93,500
163SergioGiha92,500
164DarryllFish92,500
165RobynMarshman91,000
166GeorgesBoyadjian90,500
167JarodLudemann89,500
168WilliamMical88,000
169MatveyTevlin88,000
170BrentBallentine87,500
171ChristopherPerry87,000
172HarrisonGimbel87,000
173RichardAlati86,000
174JamesFrangoulidis85,000
175DanielBlum85,000
176JasonBrauda84,000
177MikeSowers82,500
178GueorguiGantchev81,500
179DylanSmith81,000
180ZacharyGoodman80,000
181AnthonyZinno79,500
182NadyaMagnus79,500
183FrankFunaro78,500
184DanielKusnerak76,500
185StephenSullo73,500
186ElijahBerg73,000
187AnujTiwary71,500
188RandySim71,000
189FredGoldberg70,000
190RobertThornhill70,000
191MichaelJagroo68,500
192BruceYamron67,500
193AaronThivyanathan67,000
194PeterKim66,500
195AlexJim66,500
196DarrinWright64,500
197JoeSerock64,000
198ScottBaumstein63,000
199SeanDunleavy62,000
200JohnShin60,500
201RandallClinger60,000
202NicklausDoyle60,000
203JoseVidal Sr58,500
204EdanSucov58,500
205CarlosRodriguez Rojas57,500
206BrockWilson57,500
207LeonardSande57,500
208DavidCastranova57,000
209JorgeMartinez56,500
210JohanSchumacher56,500
211ShahinEdalatdju53,500
212Alejandro RomeroBristol53,500
213EugeneLayne53,500
214JosephReddick53,000
215IvanStarostin52,500
216NickolasVinson52,000
217JasonSagle52,000
218HaimOr Krief51,000
219LazaroRojas50,500
220MichaelRossitto50,500
221FilippKhavin50,000
222StephenSong49,500
223AlRiccobono45,000
224AntonioJustiniano Santos44,500
225VikentyShegal42,000
226DuffCharette42,000
227IdoAshkenazi41,000
228D.J.Alexander38,000
229FaberRussell36,000
230MichaelWetcher35,500
231JoeMckeehen35,000
232LeifForce33,000
233LeonardoEmperador Marquez32,000
234BrentRayis29,000
235JosephParker28,500
236BradfordAlbrinck28,000
237JayKlitzner27,500
238LateshiaMullings24,500
239LandonTice24,000
240JamesBelich19,500
241KennethSmith13,000

Michael Kudrav Wins Event 21 of the 2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open In Five-Handed Deal

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 21
$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  244
Prize Pool:  $29,280
January 21, 2022

2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 21 Champion Michael Kudrav

Event 21 of the 2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $150 Big Stack No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). A field of 244 players produced a prize pool of $29,280, easily surpassing the guarantee.

A deal was reached among the final five players, and as the chip leader it was Michael Kudrav who was the official winner.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1MichaelKudrav$4,534*
2ShawnWilson$3,621*
3JimmyMaheux$3,392*
4ElishaGreenwood$2,960*
5SandySanchez$2,863*
6RonaldHiggins$1,165
7TamaraGoldshteyn$1,000
8RichardTorres$850
9JosephGallinaro$700
10JonathanMarcu$700
11ZoltanCzinkota$575
12RitaTruoiloa$575
13StevenBennett$495
14AaronWatson$495
15EricRetchey$495
16EmilianoGuido$415
17ButchieMitchell$415
18AndrewNissen$415
19LeudyMatos Azaharez$340
20RyanReeder$340
21JacqueDoucette$340
22JacksonNichols$290
23StevenCurtis Frederick$290
24CarlosGabino$290
25GerhardusVan Niekerk$255
26RobertoAngel$255
27DonaldMaloney$255
28JoshArce$240
29MichaelJohnson$240
30JohnRothe$240
31FernandoBoneta$240

*denotes five-way deal

Event 21: Final Table Lineup

$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$20,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  9 of 244

2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 21 Final Table

Seat 1:  Tamara Goldshteyn  –  820,000  (55 bb)
Seat 2:  Jimmy Maheux  –  625,000  (42 bb)
Seat 3:  Ronald Higgins  –  290,000  (19 bb)
Seat 4:  Richie Torres  –  150,000  (10 bb)
Seat 5:  Eli Green  –  495,000  (33 bb)
Seat 6:  Michael Kudrav  –  660,000  (44 bb)
Seat 7:  Shawn Wilson  –  205,000  (14 bb)
Seat 8:  Joe Gallinaro  –  175,000  (12 bb)
Seat 9:  Sandy Sanchez  –  155,000  (10 bb)

1st:  $6,735 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $4,395
3rd:  $3,005
4th:  $1,825
5th:  $1,410
6th:  $1,165
7th:  $1,000
8th:  $850
9th:  $700

 

Jesse Lonis Leads After Day 1A of the $3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 11:  1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante
Players Remaining:  241 of 893

Jesse Lonis
Jesse Lonis

Day 1A of the $3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship drew 893 entries, surpassing the $2 million guarantee before the second break of the day.  There were 241 players who survived, securing seats for Day 2 on Sunday at Noon.

Jesse Lonis is the Day 1A chip leader, bagging a stack of 685,500.

Here is an unofficial top five of the leaderboard:

1.  Jesse Lonis  –  685,500 (274 bb)
2.  Dan Stavila  –  487,500  (195 bb)
3.  Josh Kay  –  454,000  (182 bb)
4.  Patrick White  –  445,500  (178 bb)
5.  Bin Weng  –  417,000  (167 bb)

Full chip counts from Day 1A will be posted later tonight.

Championship Day 1A: Jake Daniels Doubles Thru Patrick White

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 10:  1,000/2,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining:  260 of 893

Jake Daniels Doubles Thru Patrick White
Jake Daniels Doubles Thru Patrick White

In one of the final hands of the night, Jake Daniels got it all in from the button for 85,500 with Qh9c, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the AcJc of Patrick White in the small blind.

The board came Qc7h6c10s3s, and Daniels paired his queen on the flop to win the pot and double up in chips.

Jake Daniels  –  175,000  (88 bb)
Patrick White  –  445,000  (223 bb)

With about 260 players remaining from an unofficial Day 1A field of 893, the average chip stack is about 137,000 (69 big blinds). The total prizepool is already worth more than $2.85 million (smashing the $2 million guarantee), plus whatever tomorrow’s field brings on Day 1B.

Action is scheduled to continue tonight until the end of this level, around 11:15 pm.

Championship Day 1A: Brett Sterns Triples Up

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 10:  1,000/2,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining:  270 of 893

A player raised from the cutoff to 4,000, the player on the button moved all in for 47,500, the player in the small blind called all in for 33,500, and Brett Sterns says something like “What the hell,” and calls all in from the big blind for 32,500. The cutoff folds.

These were their cards in descending order of chip counts:

Button:  Kc2c
Small Blind:  AcJc
Brett Sterns:  Qh7s

The board came 9h9s2s8d7h, and Sterns paired his seven on the river to win the main pot and triple up in chips.

Brett Sterns  –  103,500  (52 bb)

With about 270 players remaining from an unofficial Day 1A field of 893, the average chip stack is about 132,000 (66 big blinds). The total prizepool is already worth more than $2.85 million (smashing the $2 million guarantee), plus whatever tomorrow’s field brings on Day 1B.

Action is scheduled to continue tonight until the end of this level, around 11:15 pm.