Seniors: Ira Schwartz Wins Seniors Event Following Five-Way Chop

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 162
Prize Pool: $41,310
January 12, 2018

2018 LHPO Seniors Event champion Ira Schwartz

The WPTDeepStacks event drew a huge field in the ballroom but that didn’t stop our older players from piling into the meeting room to create a great field of their own. The Seniors Event drew 162 entries and produced a tough final table that saw SHRP regular Ira Schwartz walk away with the trophy.

Those 162 entries more than doubled the turnout in this event during last year’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open. They combined to create a prize pool over $40,000 with 21 players taking home some cash when they were through.

The stacks were deep and they had plenty of time to make their moves. The knockouts were slow in coming until they reached the money bubble after the dinner break. Then it only took one round of hand-for-hand action to burst the bubble and begin the process of paying out the prize pool.

Once they reached the final table ten, tournament staff moved them into the ballroom to play it out.

That table included players with several major SHRP series titles including Haim Toorgeman, Tim Kegel, and 2015 SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen. John Gordon owns a WSOP Circuit ring and Brad “The Kid” Bargman was happy to be the youngest at the final table at the sprite age of 50 years old.

They were also a group of friends that enjoyed their time playing against each other and the final table had a nice rail cheering them along.

Carlos Cuevas began the final table with the shortest stack and he was unable to run up his five big blinds to exit in tenth place. Kegel followed in ninth place followed by Oscar Trestini in eighth. Fariborz Zojaji and John Gordon gave it a good fight but they hit the payout desk to leave only five left for the title.

Schwartz began the final table with the chip lead and was still out front when the five remaining players decided to chop up the remaining prize pool. Schwartz took the title and trophy as the chip leader and they all had a good laugh when the tournament was complete.

“I’m glad they decided to chop,” Schwartz laughed. “I’m so tired that I think I started seeing double at the end.”

Tournament Director Tony Burns came over to congratulate our Seniors Event champ and noted the Schwartz is one of the nicest players we see on a regular basis.

Congrats to Ira and good luck during the rest of the series.

Seniors Event results:

1st: Ira Schwartz – $6,624 + Trophy*
2nd: Brad Bargman – $6,570*
3rd: Sandy Tabin – $5,625*
4th: Ory Hen – $5,255*
5th: Haim Toorgeman – $2,910*
6th: John Gordon – $1,650
7th: Fariborz Zojaji – $1,429
8th: Oscar Trestini – $1,260
9th: Tim Kegel – $1,098
10th: Carlos Cuevas – $950
11th: Harry Eisenberg – $950
12th: Larry Paden – $950
13th: Sherriee Williams – $806
14th: Dean Rutledge – $806
15th: Robert Holcepl – $806
16th: Ronald Magers – $669
17th: Stephen Leahy – $669
18th: Juri Zaprudnov – $669
19th: Arlene Vazquez – $538
20th: Dennis Koltun – $538
21st: Gary Blais – $538
* – denotes a five-way deal

Seniors: Final Table Set

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante | Payouts
Players Remaining: 10 of 162

The huge Seniors field took its time but they finally made it down to a final table. The ten remaining players moved across the hall from the meeting room and are set to play down to the Seniors event champ.

The final table is packed with a lot of talent including regular Haim Toorgeman, Oscar Trestini, Ira Schwartz, Tim Kegel, and 2015 SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen.

Seat 1: Sandy Tabin – 79,500 (16 bb)
Seat 2: Haim Toorgeman – 87,000 (17 bb)
Seat 3: Ory Hen – 203,000 (41 bb)
Seat 4: Carlos Cuevas – 25,000 (5 bb)
Seat 5: Fariborz Zojaji – 240,000 (48 bb)
Seat 6: Oscar Trestini – 123,500 (25 bb)
Seat 7: Jon Gordon – 245,000 (49 bb)
Seat 8: Ira Schwartz – 275,000 (55 bb)
Seat 9: Tim Kegel – 115,000 (23 bb)
Seat 10: Bradley “The Kid” Bargman – 207,500 (42 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $10,981 + Trophy
2nd: $7,194
3rd: $4,238
4th: $2,580
5th: $1,991
6th: $1,650
7th: $1,429
8th: $1,260
9th: $1,098
10th: $950

Seniors: Prize Pool Released for Huge Field

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 9: 400/800 with a 100 ante | Structure
Players Remaining: 52 of 162

Ory Hen, former SHRP Player of the Year, plays in the Seniors Event

Registration has closed on the Seniors event and the $300 buy-in tournament created a huge field. The tournament drew 162 entries, a huge boost from last year’s participation, and they pushed the prize pool up to $41,310.

The last 21 players will take home some of that money with a min-cash earning $538 and the Seniors Event champion banking $10,981 along with the LHPO trophy.

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 162
Prize Pool: $41,310
January 12, 2018

1st: $10,981 + Trophy
2nd: $7,194
3rd: $4,238
4th: $2,580
5th: $1,991
6th: $1,650
7th: $1,429
8th: $1,260
9th: $1,098
10th – 12th: $950
13th – 15th: $806
16th – 18th: $669
19th – 21st: $538

Seniors: Huge Year-Over-Year Increase Across the Hall

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 7: 200/40 with a 50 ante | Structure
Entries: 150

Across the hall in the meeting rooms is the $300 buy-in Seniors Event. Last year’s tournament drew a solid field of 76 entries and this year’s event has already blown that figure out of the water. With just over 20 minutes left in Level 7, the clock shows 150 players in the 50+ game and it’s all but doubled last year’s figure.

Registration and re-entry are available until about 3:30pm and the count should only tick up between now and then. Full prize pool information and payout details will be posted when they’re finalized.

Seniors: Checking Birthdays

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1: 25/50

The second day of the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open will award the second trophy of the series later today. Some players will be concentrating on the WPTDeepStacks event in the ballroom but some of the elder generation will be battling it out in the Seniors event across the hallway.

The LHPO Seniors event has a $300 buy-in and is only open to those who are 50 years or older. They will be checking IDs at the registration desk for those trying to increase their age to play, so don’t get frisky.

Entrants will begin with 10,000 stacks and play 30-minute levels during the tournament. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 3:30 pm and there will be a dinner break following Level 12 at 5:30 pm.

When all is done, we will crown our second LHPO champion of the series and a very happy senior.

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 3 Structure Sheet

Much of our live reporting efforts will be concentrated on Flight B of the WPTDeepStacks. As far as the Seniors, we’ll provide updates when registration closes, when the 10-handed final table is reached and post the final results and a winner photo after the event concludes.