2017 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
$360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)
Total Entries: 244
Prize Pool: $73,200
January 16, 2017
Hollywood, Fla. (January 16, 2017) – Event 3 of the 2017 Lucky Hearts Poker Open, a $360 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry), drew 244 entries and generated a prize pool of $73,200. After nearly 12 hours of play, including nearly 90 minutes at the unofficial final table of 10 players, a deal was reached between those remaining 10 players. The chip leader at the time was Luis Pauyac, giving him the official victory.
Originally from Lima, Peru, Pauyac currently resides in Athena, GA. The 24-year-old is attempting to get into graduate school for Physics, and in the meantime is a waiter back near home in Georgia. He doesn’t play poker too often, but relishes the chance to do so when he can.
“I started playing poker back in college, just small buy-ins with friends. Then after I transferred schools, I didn’t play for about two years. I went to a casino one night, played poker for the first time in a while and won, so I decided to get back into it. Eventually, though, I kept losing and wondered why, since I thought I was pretty good,” explained Pauyac. “So I started reading and really decided to study the game.”
This was Pauyac’s first time playing at the Seminole Hard Rock, and it was the allure of the series that convinced him to come.
“I’m always looking for special series and events to play if I get the chance, and I had heard good things about the Seminole Hard Rock. I only play when I save up enough money from my job, and I came down here to play only two tournaments. Yesterday I lost, today I won, and I’m going back home tomorrow. So it was a good decision.”
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