Event 15: Omar Recuero Earns H.O.R.S.E. Title After Three-Way Chop

2017 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Event 15
$300 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Total Entries: 58
Prize Pool: $14,790
January 25, 2017

Omar Recuero

Hollywood, Fla. (January 25, 2017) – Event 15 of the 2017 Lucky Hearts Poker Open, a $300 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry), drew 58 entries and generated a prize pool of $14,790. After about eight-and-a-half hours, a three-handed even chop was agreed upon by the final three players. Omar Recuero was chip leader at the time, earning him the official victory.

Originally from New York, Recuero has lived in South Florida for 10 years. He plays cash games for the most part, but loves to play mixed game tournaments at the Seminole Hard Rock.

“I decided to play this today because this is the only time I get to play H.O.R.S.E.,” said Recuero after the deal was made. “I used to play online, but after Black Friday I stopped. So whenever there is a chance to play, I’ll usually do it if I can. I really like playing H.O.R.S.E. because I know how to play all the games. I learned them before no limit hold’em cash games got super popular, so I like getting the chance to do this.”

When play became three-handed, the remaining players quickly agreed to a deal. Recuero had the lead on both of his opponents, but saw reasons to get a deal done.

“Even though I had the chip lead, I felt like this was going to last another two hours or so. Getting the trophy was definitely part of it, and I figured we’ve all worked hard to get to this point. So I felt like why not.”

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Money

*denotes three-handed chop

Event 15: We Have a Deal!

$300 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 6,000/12,000 Limits
Prize Pool: $14,790
Players Remaining: 3/58
Average Stack: 193,000 (16 BB)

The final three players agreed to an even chop of the remaining payouts. Here were the chip counts at the time, and the subsequent payouts.

1. Omar Recuero (pictured above) – 244,000 (20 BB) – $3,303

2. Sandy Sanchez (pictured above) – 174,000 (14 BB) – $3,303

3. David Shmuel (pictured above) – 162,000 (13 BB) – $3,303

Omar Recuero gets the official victory as the chip leader. A recap of the event will be published later tonight.

Event 15: Ronald “Wink” Winkelvoss – 4th Place ($1,479)

$300 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 6,000/12,000 Limits
Prize Pool: $14,790
Players Remaining: 3/58
Average Stack: 193,000 (16 BB)

Ronald “Wink” Winkelvoss


Omar Recuero: [X][X]/4s8s6c9s/[X]
Ronald “Wink” Winkelvoss: [X][X]/7d5d8hKd/[X]

All in on seventh street, Omar Recuero tabled KsQs9h for a king-high flush. Ronald “Wink” Winkelvoss showed 7s4c3c for a defeated pair of sevens ending his tournament in fourth place.

Omar Recuero – 240,000 (20 BB)
Ronald “Wink” Winkelvoss – Eliminated in 4th Place ($1,479)

Event 15: Tom Gity – 5th Place ($1,183)

$300 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 6,000/12,000 Limits
Prize Pool: $14,790
Players Remaining: 4/58
Average Stack: 145,000 (122 BB)

Tom Gitty


Tom Gity was all in on fifth street with AcQc/Ah2d10h, leading Sandy Sanchez’s As8d/8c10c4d.

Sanchez caught the 8s on sixth street to make trip eights and Gity was unable to recover, busting in fifth place.

Sandy Sanchez – 150,000 (12 bb)
Tom Gity – Eliminated in 5th Place ($1,183)

Event 15: Ben Yogel – 6th Place ($887)

$300 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 17: 6,000/12,000 Limits
Prize Pool: $14,790
Players Remaining: 5/58
Average Stack: 116,000 (9 BB)


Ben Yogel (pictured) got his short stack into the middle against chip leader David Shmuel. Yogel was only able to to make a pair of fives, falling to Shmuel’s pair of eights to bust in sixth place.

David Shmuel – 160,000 (13 BB)
Ben Yogel – Eliminated in 6th Place ($887)

Event 15: Aaron Hemphill – 7th Place ($740)

$300 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 16: 5,000/10,000 Limits
Prize Pool: $14,790
Players Remaining: 6/58

Aaron Hemphill


Aaron Hemphill was all in on sixth street with Kh3h/KdQd6sJd for a pair of kings, trailing Sandy Sanchez’s 7dJh/JsQc9s9h for jacks and nines.

Sanchez improved further to a full house with a 9c on seventh street, rendering Hemphill’s Ac on seventh street moot.

Sandy Sanchez – 108,000 (10 BB)
Aaron Hemphill – Eliminated in 7th Place ($740)

Event 15: Bill “Bumpereno” Munley Bubbles in 9th Place

$300 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 4,000/8,000 Limits
Prize Pool: $14,790
Players Remaining: 8/58


Ben Yogel: [X][X]/2xAx
Aaron Hemphill: [X][X]/6x6x
Bill Munley: [X][X]/6xJx
David Shmuel: [X][X]/6x5x

Ben Yogel completes with a 2x showing, Aaron Hemphill calls, Bill Munley calls all in for his remaining 2,500, and David Shmuel calls.

On fourth street, Yogel and Hemphill checked to Shumuel who bet, forcing folds from Yogel and Hemphill.

Bill Munley: Ax7x/6xJx
David Shmuel: 2x3x/6x5x

Munley was behind, and found little help from his Qx9x10x runout, giving him a 10-9-7-6-A.

Shmuel’s runout was Jx10x3x, giving him a slightly better 10 with a 10x6x5x3x2x to win the pot and eliminate Munley on the money bubble.

David Shmuel – 140,000 (17 bb)

1st: $4,584
2nd: $3,254
3rd: $2,071
4th: $1,479
5th: $1,183
6th: $887
7th: $740
8th: $592

Event 15: David Prociak Chipping Up

$300 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Level 10: 1,200/2,400 Limits
Prize Pool: $14,790
Players Remaining: 25/58
Average Stack: 23,200 (9 bb)


The player under gun raised, Ben Matthews called from the cutoff, and David Prociak called from the small blind.

The flop fell Jc10c6d and Prociak checked to the preflop raiser who continued. Matthews and Prociak both called.

The turn was the Ac and Prociak checked to the UTG player who bet again. Matthews folded and Prociak called.

The river was the 5h and both players checked.

Prociak tabled QdJs for a pair of jacks, his opponent flashed the Qc and mucked, and Prociak collected the pot.

David Prociak – 33,000 (13 BB)