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