Event 25: Jordan Dhanani – 9th Place ($2,628)

$1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 14: 4,000/8,000
Players Remaining: 8 of 84

Sam Snead limped under the gun for 8,000, Jordan Dhanani called from middle position, and Tom Guedj raised from the cutoff for 22,000. Snead called, and Dhanani moved all in for 24,000. Guedj and Snead both called.

Snead and Guedj both checked all the way down on a board of Qh10s2sQs7s, and all three players turned over their cards:

Tom Guedj:  KhKc3c2h  (two pair, kings and queens)
Sam Snead:  9s8c6h4h  (nine high)
Jordan Dhanani:  AcJs9c6c  (ace high)

Guedj won the pot with his pocket kings to eliminate Dhanani in ninth place.

Tom Guedj  –  350,000  (44 bb)
Jordan Dhanani  –  Eliminated in 9th Place  ($2,628)

Event 24: Joseph Cheong Wins the $570 No Limit Hold’em Title ($23,568)

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 24
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 182
Prize Pool:  $91,000
January 22, 2019

Joseph Cheong - Event 24 Champion
Joseph Cheong – Event 24 Champion

Joseph Cheong defeated Rafael Bababekov in a heads-up battle to win the $570 No Limit Hold’em event, earning $23,568.

There were 182 entries in this one-day event, which played out on the final day of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

This victory puts Cheong over the $13 million mark in career live tournament earnings, and he moves up to 43rd on poker’s all-time money list. This is the second trophy that Cheong has earned here at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, with his previous victory coming at last year’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown when he won $29,503 in $1,100 No Limit Hold’em.

Final Results:

1st:  Joseph Cheong  –  $23,568 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Rafael Bababekov  –  $15,811
3rd:  Elias Nassif  –  $9,328
4th:  Steven Pollack  –  $5,674
5th:  Luis Mantilla  –  $4,382
6th:  Mark Wiser  –  $3,631
7th:  Gautam Lillaney  –  $3,094
8th:  Paul Freedman  –  $2,721
9th:  Walter Buss  –  $2,358
10th:  Ruth Ruffman  –  $2,002
11th:  Mathieu Selides  –  $2,002
12th:  Jose Parra  –  $2,002
13th:  Mehdi Belhassan  –  $1,684
14th:  Benjamin Wallace  –  $1,684
15th:  Nick Yunis  –  $1,684
16th:  Robert Flacco  –  $1,411
17th:  Scott Zakheim  –  $1,411
18th:  Brian Hastings  –  $1,411
19th:  Matthew Rizai  –  $1,138
20th:  Carlo Rodriguez  –  $1,138
21st:  Adrian Troya Santos  –  $1,138
22nd:  Thomas Gari  –  $864
23rd:  Jonathan Ounjian  –  $864

Event 25: Eitan Elbaz-Dahan – 10th Place ($2,444)

$1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 13: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 9 of 84

Eitan Elbaz-Dahan
Eitan Elbaz-Dahan

Eitan Elbaz-Dahan got it all in preflop for about 45,000 against Tom Guedj.

Tom Guedj:  KsKcJd9s
Eitan Elbaz-Dahan:  8h7h6h4d

The board came AdKh10d5h10c, and Guedj won the pot with a full house, kings full of tens, to eliminate Elbaz-Dahan in 10th place.

Tom Guedj  –  300,000  (50 bb)
Eitan Elbaz-Dahan  –  Eliminated in 10th Place  ($2,444)

With nine players remaining, the average chip stack is about 140,000 (23 big blinds).

Event 25: Long Money Bubble Finally Burst; Final Table Set

$1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 12: 2,500/5,000
Players Remaining: 10 of 84

After about 50 minutes of hand-for-hand play on the Money Bubble, one of the short stacks moved all in for 55,000, and Tom Guedj quickly called.

Short-Stacked Player:  AcQc9d8d
Tom Guedj:  AhAd5h5d

The board came Qs10d4c7d3c — the short-stacked player flopped a gutshot straight draw, and turned an open-ended straight, but he had to avoid diamonds. The river card was a blank, and the pocket aces held up for Guedj to win the pot and eliminate his opponent in 12th place to burst the Money Bubble.

A few minutes later, Mathyeu Provost was eliminated in 11th place, and the final 10 players combined to the final table.

Mathyeu Provost  –  Eliminated in 11th Place  ($2,444)

Final Table - Event 25
Final Table – Event 25

These are the updated chip counts at the start of the final table:

Seat 1.  Zack Milchman  –  72,000  (14 bb)
Seat 2.  Jordan Dhanani  –  34,500  (7 bb)
Seat 3.  Timothy Banks  –  98,500  (20 bb)
Seat 4.  Joseph Irgon  –  107,500  (22 bb)
Seat 5.  Tom Guedj  –  281,500  (56 bb)
Seat 6.  Eitan Elbaz-Dahan  –  49,000  (10 bb)
Seat 7.  Mario Cohen  –  92,000  (18 bb)
Seat 8.  Joseph Rahman  –  98,500  (20 bb)
Seat 9.  Matt Bretzfield  –  281,000  (56 bb)
Seat 10.  Sam Snead  –  185,000  (37 bb)

Event 20: Nathan Grow Wins the $150 No Limit Hold’em Title ($15,006)

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 20
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  507
Prize Pool:  $60,840
January 20-22, 2019

Nathan Grow - Event 20 Champion
Nathan Grow – Event 20 Champion

When the final three players in the $150 No Limit Hold’em event agreed to chop the remaining prizepool on Tuesday night, it was Nathan Grow who had the lead with more than 72% of all the chips in play to win the title, the trophy, and $15,006.

Two days ago, Grow was chipleader in the Main Event from late on Day 1 to the Money Bubble. But then things turned south for Grow, and he wound up busting in 126th place for a disappointing $2,420.

Yesterday, Grow was the Day 1 chipleader once again, but he wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. Grow took several self-imposed breaks during play so he could leave the tournament area and regain his focus.

“I’ve got ADHD, and whenever I get restless I start wanting to play a million hands, so I just have to walk away so I don’t spew off.”

The strategy paid off for Grow in overcoming this field of 507 entries, as he held onto the chip lead for almost all of Day 2 before claiming the victory with an overwhelming chip lead three-handed.

The only bump in the road for Grow came at the final three tables.

“I lost about half of my stack to [runner-up][James][Scott], but then I got it back, and from there just steamrolled through. I just ran good, bluffed at the right times, and sucked out when I needed to.”

Before last week, Grow had only a single live tournament cash on his resume, a seventh-place finish back in 2011 that was worth $1,510. Today he won nearly 10x as much, and with his dominant performance today, it likely won’t be Grow’s last trophy.

Final Table Results:

1st:  Nathan Grow  –  $15,006 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  James Scott  –  $10,090
3rd:  Rebecca Dellagloria  –  $7,458
4th:  Jose Nigaglioni  –  $4,411
5th:  Homero Molina  –  $3,255
6th:  Ignas Jasinevicius  –  $2,586
7th:  Paul Smerdon  –  $1,977
8th:  Marcelo Bellizzi  –  $1,430
9th:  Roman Fomin  –  $1,034
10th:  Paul Prager  –  $791

Event 20: Nathan Grow Wins in a Three-Way Chop ($15,006); James Scott 2nd ($10,090); Rebecca Dellagloria 3rd ($7,458)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 507

Nathan Grow
Event 20 Champion Nathan Grow

After the elimination of Jose Nigaglioni in fourth place, the final three players agree to a deal to split up the remaining prizepool. These were the official chip counts, followed by the payouts they agreed to:

1.  Nathan Grow  –  5,535,000  (92 bb)
2.  James Scott  –  1,560,000  (26 bb)
3.  Rebecca Dellagloria  –  505,000  (8 bb)

1st:  Nathan Grow  –  $15,006
2nd:  James Scott  –  $10,090
3rd:  Rebecca Dellagloria  –  $7,458

As the chipleader, Grow was declared the winner and received the title, the trophy, and the framed winner’s photo from Image Masters.

James Scott
Second-Place Finisher James Scott

These were the final table results:

1st:  Nathan Grow  –  $15,006
2nd:  James Scott  –  $10,090
3rd:  Rebecca Dellagloria  –  $7,458
4th:  Jose Nigaglioni  –  $4,411
5th:  Homero Molina  –  $3,255
6th:  Ignas Jasinevicius  –  $2,586
7th:  Paul Smerdon  –  $1,977
8th:  Marcelo Bellizzi  –  $1,430
9th:  Roman Fomin  –  $1,034
10th:  Paul Prager  –  $791

Stay tuned for a recap of this event, to be posted later tonight.

Rebecca Dellagloria
Third-Place Finisher Rebecca Dellagloria

Event 20: Jose Nigaglioni – 4th Place ($4,411)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 507

Jose Nigaglioni
Jose Nigaglioni

Jose Nigaglioni was all in from the cutoff for 300,000 with Ad10s, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the JsJd of James Scott in the small blind.

The board came Jc4c2s3h8d — Scott flopped a set of jacks, Nigaglioni turned a gutshot straight draw, and the river card was a blank. Scott won the pot with his set of jacks to eliminate Nigaglioni in fourth place.

Jose Nigaglioni  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($4,411)

And here are the official chip counts for the final three players:

Seat 1.  Nathan Grow  –  5,535,000  (92 bb)
Seat 2.  James Scott  –  1,560,000  (26 bb)
Seat 3.  Rebecca Dellagloria  –  505,000  (8 bb)

Event 20: Homero Molina – 5th Place ($3,255)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 27: 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 507

Homero Molina
Homero Molina

Nathan Grow raised under the gun to 150,000, Homero Molina moved all in from the small blind for 290,000, and Grow called with 6h5d.

Molina turned over Ah7d, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Ad6c2s3h5h — Molina flopped a higher pair to take the lead, but Grow rivered two pair to win the pot. Molina was eliminated in fifth place.

Nathan Grow  –  5,000,000  (83 bb)
Homero Molina  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($3,255)

Event 20: Ignas Jasinevicius – 6th Place ($2,586)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 507

Ignas Jasinevicius
Ignas Jasinevicius

Jose Nigaglioni moved all in under the gun for 365,000, Ignas Jasinevicius called from the cutoff, and Homero Molina tanked for a while before folding 9s9c face up in the big blind.

Nigaglioni turned over Kd7d, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the AhJc of Jasinevicius.

The board came Qh8s5cQdKh, and Nigaglioni paired his king on the river to win the pot and double up in chips.

Jose Nigaglioni  –  875,000  (18 bb)
Ignas Jasinevicius  –  925,000  (19 bb)

A few minutes later, Nathan Grow raised from the button to 100,000, Jasinevicius moved all in from the small blind for about 800,000, and Grow snap-called with AhAc.

Jasinevicius turned over KhQs, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 8s8c3c7h5h, and the pocket aces held up for Grow to win the pot and eliminate Jasinevicius in sixth place.

Ignas Jasinevicius  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($2,586)

And here are the approximate chip counts for the final five players:

Seat 1.  Nathan Grow  –  4,400,000  (88 bb)
Seat 2.  James Scott  –  900,000  (18 bb)
Seat 3.  Rebecca Dellagloria  –  700,000  (14 bb)
Seat 4.  Homero Molina  –  475,000  (10 bb)
Seat 5.  Jose Nigaglioni  –  700,000  (14 bb)