Event 11: Chris Tham Wins After Four-Way Deal

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$570 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Entries: 153
Prize Pool: $76,500
January 16, 2018

                                                                                Chris Tham

Event 11 of the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $570 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out) tournament. A total of 153 players came to play and created a prize pool of $76,500, with the top 20 places being paid. A deal was agreed upon by the final four players and 26-year-old Chris Tham was the chip leader, making him the official winner.

Hailing from San Francisco, California, Tham is a software engineer that dabbles in poker quite a bit as well. He is primarily a cash-game player, but has also enjoyed recent tournament success. In November, Tham placed third in a WSOP circuit event for $112,503 and has been on the tournament trail since.

Tham commanded a hefty stack for a large portion of the day, and he entered the final table as chip leader with nearly 100 big blinds.

“I ran absurdly well,” said Tham about his victory. “I got like 16 or 17 knockouts today. It’s like I had almost nothing to do with this.”

Luck will always be a factor in poker tournaments, but Tham’s big results of late are proving he has the skill needed for long-term success.

Final Results
1st: Chris Tham – $15,311*+ trophy
2nd: David Moreno – $12,870*
3rd: Wenhao Ying – $9,331*
4th: Brian O’Keefe – $9,027*
5th: Roberto Berrocal – $3,691
6th: Lawrence Whyte – $3,060
7th: Dean Rutledge – $2,658
8th: Wataru Nippa – $2,387
9th: James Salmon – $2,056
10th: Charles Gomez – $1,798
11th: Alberto Fonseca Pinilla  $1,798
12th: Peter Vitantonio – $1,798
13th: Ory Hen – $1,549
14th: Kenneth Slater – $1,549
15th: Jacobo Milhem Mugrabi – $1,549
16th: Toby Boas – $1,308
17th: Ryan Galpern – $1,308
18th: Stephan Mehl – $1,308
19th: Scott Efron – $1,071
20th: Jonah Miller – $1,071

Event 11: We Have a Deal!

$570 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
$50,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 153

                                                                      Chris Tham – 1st Place                 

The remaining four players agreed to a deal. Here were their chip counts at the time, followed by their subsequent payouts.

Chris Tham – 849,000 (85 bb)
David Moreno – 523,000 (52 bb)
Wenhao Ying – 241,000 (24 bb)
Brian O’Keefe – 223,000 (22 bb)

As chip leader, Chris Tham is officially the winner of Event 11 of the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

Chris Tham – $15,311
David Moreno – $12,870
Wenhao Ying – $9,331
Brian O’Keefe – $9,027

A tournament recap will be posted later tonight.

                                                                   David Moreno – 2nd Place
                                                             Wenhao Ying – 3rd Place
                                                                           Brian O’Keefe – 4th Place

Event 11: Roberto Berrocal – 5th Place ($3,691)

$570 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
$50,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 153

                                                        Robert Berrocal – 5th Place

Roberto Berrocal raised to 21,000 from the cutoff, and Chris Tham called from the small blind.

The flop came down 9d8h5h,and Tham check-called 26,000 from Berrocal.

The turn was the Jh, Tham checked, Berrocal shoved for about 100,000, and Tham called with Ah2h for the nut flush. Berrocal was drawing dead with Jd10d, rendering the 4h river moot.

Berrocal finished in fifth place for $3,691.

Chris Tham – 900,000 (113 bb)
Roberto Berrocal – Eliminated

Event 11: Lawrence Whyte – 6th Place ($3,060)

$570 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
$50,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 153

Lawrence Whyte – 6th Place

Lawrence Whyte raised from the hijack, David Moreno reraised all in with a covering stack from the big blind, and Whyte called all in for about for 140,000.

Whyte: 8h8d
Moreno: 10h10c

The board ran out QdQh3sQcJd, no help to Whyte, ending his tournament in sixth place.

David Moreno – 450,000 (56 bb)
Lawrence Whyte – Eliminated

Event 11: Dean Rutledge – 7th Place ($2,658)

$570 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
$50,000 Guarantee | Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 153

                                                               Dean Rutledge – 7th Place

Brian O’Keefe raised to 20,000 from the hijack, Dean Rutledge reraised all in from the big blind for about 83,000, and O’Keefe called.

O’Keefe: 9h9s
Rutledge: KsJd

The board came down 7c7s6dQdAh, no help to Rutledge, ending his tournament in seventh place for $2,658.

Brian O’Keefe – 255,000 (32 bb)
Dean Rutledge – Eliminated