2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $33,900
January 13, 2019
The final table of the Seniors Event saw some ups and downs early, but the second half belonged entirely to Hany Ayoub, who seemingly coasted to victory.
Yet when asked to name a key hand from his final table, Ayoub’s first thought went to a hand he misplayed and lost.
“I made a big mistake when we were down to 10 people. I went all in with pocket deuces, and it was a big mistake. I was down to 20,000, but I came back.”
Ayoub had moved all in with [2s][2d] after a flop of [Ad][7h][3d], but Scott Robbins called with [Ac][Ks]. Ayoub’s hand never caught up, and Ayoub was knocked down to just five big blinds. But, like he said, he came back.
When asked to describe his comeback, Ayoub said, “I was getting a lot of good hands. Just lucky.”
Ayoub was born in Egypt, but at 66 years of age, he has spent his entire adult life living in Miami. And he spends much of his time playing tournaments here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, with 11 cashes here in 2018, and 19 over the past two years. In that time, he only has one cash at a different casino, and that one came at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, a sister property.
Why does Ayoub love playing at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood? One of the big reasons is Tournament Director Tony Burns. “Since Tony has been here, it’s been really good.”
1st: Hany Ayoub – $10,000 + LHPO Trophy
2nd: Roy “Nick” Potts – $6,187
3rd: John Bonar – $3,695
4th: Paul Freedman – $2,373
5th: James Kirvin – $1,797
6th: Steve Ekin – $1,492
7th: Eric LaNeve – $1,288
8th: Scott Robbins – $1,136
9th: Nir Peleg – $1,000
10th: Roland Feichtner – $881
11th: Vincent Spadavecchia – $881
12th: David Guiffreda – $881
13th: Patricia Conrad – $763
14th: Stephen Roselius – $763
15th: Jean-Luc Docquier – $763