Hyndi Khomutetsky Survives a Long Heads-Up Battle to Win the Eight-Handed PLO Trophy

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 10
$360 Eight-Handed Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries:  103
Prize Pool:  $30,900
January 16, 2019

Hyndi Khomutetsky
Hyndi Khomutetsky

Hyndi Khomutetsky of Orlando, Florida, outlasted a field of 103 entries and an extended heads-up battle against runner-up Jordan Dhanani to win the $360 Eight-Handed Pot Limit Omaha, earning $8,655 for the title.

Khomutetsky began the final table with the chip lead, and she scored the first elimination at the final table to increase her stack to the point that she had twice as many chips as anyone else.

But just as it looked like Khomutetsky was going to run away with it, she was part of a huge three-way pot where Dhanani tripled up with a flopped set of sevens, and that put the two players nearly even in chips.

Khomutetsky rebuilt her lead as more players busted, and when heads-up play began, she had more than a 2-to-1 lead against Dhanani.

The heads-up battle lasted about 90 minutes, with Khomutetsky holding a commanding lead most of the time. Dhanani nearly tied it up at one point when he doubled up with a higher two pair, but Khomutetsky quickly rebuilt a lead.

In the final hand, they got it all in after a flop of Qd9s3c, and Dhanani’s pair of queens couldn’t catch up to Khomutetsky’s two pair, queens and nines.

Khomutetsky praised Dhanani after her victory. “I’ve played with him before, so I know he’s a really good player. Anything could have happened heads up.”

This is the second final table of the series for Khomutetsky, who finished sixth in Event 2 ($360 Omaha 8 or Better). In addition to the money and the title, Khomutetsky was pleased to win for another reason. “The trophy means a lot. I have one trophy at home that’s just been collecting dust for three years, and it needs a complement.”


Final Results:

1st:  Hyndi Khomutetsky  –  $8,655 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Jordan Dhanani  –  $5,770
3rd:  Eitan Elbaz-Dahan  –  $3,915
4th:  Aaron Klausman  –  $2,755
5th:  Joe Mobley  –  $2,015
6th:  Bob Kristich  –  $1,530
7th:  David Pain  –  $1,215
8th:  Joseph Villatico  –  $1,000
9th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $865
10th:  Matthew Silva  –  $865
11th:  Samuel Doss  –  $785
12th:  Johnny Johansen  –  $785
13th:  Michael Dreese  –  $745

Event 10: Hyndi Khomutetsky Wins! ($8,655); Jordan Dhanani Finishes 2nd ($5,770)

$360 Eight-Handed Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000
Players Remaining: 1 of 103

Hyndi Khomutetsky
Hyndi Khomutetsky

Hyndi Khomutetsky raised to 45,000, and Jordan Dhanani called.

The flop came Qd9s3c, Dhanani checked, Khomutetsky bet 80,000, and Dhanani pot-raised to 330,000. Khomutetsky moved all in, and Dhanani called all in for 351,000.

Hyndi Khomutetsky:  AsQc9c6h  (two pair, queens and nines)
Jordan Dhanani:  Qs7s2s2d  (pair of queens)

The turn card was the 3h, the river card was the 10d, and Hyndi Khomutetsky won the pot — and the Lucky Hearts Poker Open trophy — with two pair, queens and nines.

Stay tuned for a final table recap, to be posted later tonight.

1st:  Hyndi Khomutetsky  –  $8,655 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Jordan Dhanani  –  $5,770
3rd:  Eitan Elbaz-Dahan  –  $3,915
4th:  Aaron Klausman  –  $2,755
5th:  Joe Mobley  –  $2,015
6th:  Bob Kristich  –  $1,530
7th:  David Pain  –  $1,215
8th:  Joseph Villatico  –  $1,000
9th:  Gabriel Ramos  –  $865
10th:  Matthew Silva  –  $865
11th:  Samuel Doss  –  $785
12th:  Johnny Johansen  –  $785
13th:  Michael Dreese  –  $745

Event 10: Jordan Dhanani Doubles to Tie It Up, but Hyndi Khomutetsky Retakes the Lead

$360 Eight-Handed Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 10,000/20,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 103

It’s been a long heads-up battle, and it looks like it could go a while longer.

Jordan Dhanani limped for 16,000, and Hyndi Khomutetsky checked her option in the big blind.

The flop came Kd7h4s, Khomutetsky checked, Dhanani bet 18,000, and Khomutetsky called.

The turn card was the 10h, Khomutetsky checked, Dhanani pot-bet 68,000, and Khomutetsky called.

The river card was the 7d, and Khomutetsky pot-bet 204,000. Dhanani tanked for a while, saying, “That’s such a horrible card for me. Did you catch a two-outer?”

Eventually, Dhanani called, and they turned over their cards:

Hyndi Khomutetsky:  AhQs10s2h  (two pair, tens and sevens)
Jordan Dhanani:  Ks10d6c3s  (two pair, kings and tens)

Dhanani won the pot with his higher two pair to double thru Khomutetsky and effectively tie it up.

Jordan Dhanani  –  612,000  (38 bb)
Hyndi Khomutetsky  –  624,000  (39 bb)

About 15 minutes later, level 21 came to an end, and they took a break. In that time, Khomutetsky had rebuilt some of her chip lead with the blinds increasing to 10,000-20,000:

Hyndi Khomutetsky  –  765,000  (38 bb)
Jordan Dhanani  –  471,000  (24 bb)

Event 10: Eitan Elbaz-Dahan – 3rd Place ($3,915)

$360 Eight-Handed Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 2 of 103

Eitan Elbaz-Dahan
Eitan Elbaz-Dahan

Eitan Elbaz-Dahan was all in from the button for about 165,000 against Hyndi Khomutetsky, and they turned over their cards:

Hyndi Khomutetsky:  AsAdQd4d
Eitan Elbaz-Dahan:  AcJc10d6c

The board came Kd8h2s3d6h, and the pocket aces held up for Khomutetsky to win the pot and eliminate Elbaz-Dahan in third place.

Eitan Elbaz-Dahan  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($3,915)

Approximate chip counts before heads-up play begins:

Hyndi Khomutetsky  –  875,000  (88 bb)
Jordan Dhanani  –  375,000  (38 bb)

Reminder: In heads-up play, the button has the small blind and acts first before the flop.

Event 10: Aaron Klausman – 4th Place ($2,755)

$360 Eight-Handed Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 3 of 103

Aaron Klausman
Aaron Klausman

Eitan Elbaz-Dahan limped under the gun for 10,000, Jordan Dhanani completed the small blind, and Aaron Klausman checked his option in the big blind.

The flop came 9h7s6h, and Dhanani bet 10,000. Klausman moved all in for 16,000, and Elbaz-Dahan thought for a while before he called. Dhanani quickly called the additional 6K.

The turn card was the Ks, and Dhanani pot-bet about 80,000. Elbaz-Dahan quickly folded, and Klausman and Dhanani turned over their cards.

Jordan Dhanani:  AcQc10c8s  (ten-high straight)
Aaron Klausman:  Qd9s8c5h  (nine-high straight)

Klausman needed a ten on the river to stay alive with a chop, but the river card was the As. Dhanani won the pot with his higher straight to eliminate Klausman in fourth place.

Jordan Dhanani  –  372,000  (37 bb)
Aaron Klausman  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($2,755)