Event 14: Zachary Donovan Wins Outright

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 14
$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 167
Prize Pool: $334,000
January 18, 2018

                                                                                         Zachary Donovan

Event 14 of the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) tournament. A total of 167  entries generated a prize pool of $334,000, easily surpassing the $200,000 guarantee. Predictably, the final table produced a talented bunch, including Event 13 champion Ari Engel, who finished in ninth place. Outlasting the field for the outright victory was Zachary Donovan.

After making a deep run in the WPT DeepStacks event a few days ago where he finished in 16th place, Donovan has followed that up with an impressive win leading into the heart of the Lucky Hearts schedule.

“Yeah, it’s been a good series for me. It’s good momentum going into the Main Event. I like playing here, and it’s been working out nicely.”

Donovan began the final table third in chips and within two levels had taken the chip lead without any all-in confrontations. The first elimination he scored wasn’t until three players remained when he knocked out Faraz Jaka.

With the two of them holding just about 80% of the chips in play between them, they found themselves in a classic race as Donovan held ace-king against Jaka’s queens. An ace found the flop, and Donovan found himself with a nearly a 4:1 chip lead entering heads-up play. About 10 minutes later, Donovan sealed the deal.

Despite the win and boost to his bankroll, Donovan doesn’t plan on doing things differently for the Main Event.

“It won’t change my approach, but maybe now I’ll late register.”

1st: Zachary Donovan – $88,780 + trophy
2nd: Jordan Joeckel – $58,166
3rd: Faraz Jaka – $34,268
4th: Spencer Champlin – $20,858
5th: Ramon Miquel – $16,099
6th: Jeff Gross – $13,343
7th: Ben Yu – $11,556
8th: Chris Orme – $10,187
9th: Ari Engel – $8,878
10th: Alan Saltzman – $7,682
11th: Darren Rabinowitz – $7,682
12th: Adrian Mateos – $7,682
13th: Neil Patel – $6,513
14th: Bruce Kramer – $6,513
15th: Jeremy Ausmus – $6,513
16th: Olivier Busquet – $5,411
17th: Alberto Rodriguez – $5,411
18th: Stephen Song – $5,411
19th: Ryan McKnight – $4,349
20th: Dylan Linde – $4,349
21st: Ricky Guan – $4,349

Event 14: Zachary Donovan Wins! ($88,780); Jordan Joeckel Eliminated in 2nd Place ($58,166)

$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 167

                                                               Zachary Donovan – 1st Place

Zachary Donovan raised all in with a covering stack from the button, and Jordan Joeckel called all in for 277,000 from the big blind.

Donovan: Kc4c
Joeckel: AdJh

The board came down 9h4h3d5dQs, giving Donovan a pair of fours to eliminate Joeckel in second place for $58,166.

Zachary Donovan wins Event 14 of the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open outright for $88,780.

A recap of the tournament will be published later tonight.

                                          Jordan Joeckel – 2nd Place

Event 14: Faraz Jaka – 3rd Place ($34,268)

$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 167

                                    Faraz Jaka – 3rd Place

Zachary Donovan limped from the small blind, Faraz Jaka raised to 70,000 from the big blind, Donovan limp-reraised to 250,000, Jaka reraised all in for roughly 700,000, and Donovan called.

Donovan: AcKh
Jaka: QdQc

The board came AsJs8s5c3s, giving Donovan a pair of aces to eliminate Jaka in third place for $34,268.

Faraz Jaka – Eliminated

Event 14: Spencer Champlin – 4th Place ($20,858)

$2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure Payouts
Level 24: 10,000/20,000 with a 3,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 167

Spencer Champlin – 4th Place

Spencer Champlin raised all in for 32,000 from the cutoff, Faraz Jaka reraised to 52,000 from the button, and Zachary Donovan called from the big blind.

Donovan and Jaka checked to the river of a 6d5h2s6c5d board where Jaka isolated the pot and showed AdAc.

Champlin couldn’t beat it with 9d2d and was eliminated in fouth place for $20,858.

Faraz Jaka – 720,000 (36 bb)
Spencer Champlin – Eliminated