Event 21: Ramon Miguel Wins Outright

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 21
$2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed

Entries:  144
Prize Pool:  $327,600
January 20-21, 2019

Ramon Miguel

Aften over ten hours of play Event 21 $2,500 No Limit Hold’em has reached a winner. Ramon Miguel from Spain cruised his way through the final table defeating Yossi Galimidi heads up for the trophy. Event 21 boasted a field of 144 entries easily surpassing the $300,000 guaranteed prize pool.

The twenty six year old has been playing poker recreationally for five years and turned professional two years ago. “It feels very good, this is my first first place finish”

Miguel had great things to say about the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino “My girlfriend lives down here so I play at this casino a lot. The tournaments are always very good value, big fields, I like it a lot.” “The property is great and this poker room is incredible”

Day 2 started with twenty-three players returning and Denis Cyr led the pack. Ralph Massey was eliminated on the very first hand of the day when his ace five couldn’t catch up against Cyr’s pocket sevens. Shortly after was Ted Mcnamara at the hands up the eventual champion Ramon Miguel.

Carlos Rodriguez Rojas was the bubble boy when his pocket jacks got cracked by Ramon Miguel’s flopped straight. The remaining eighteen players were all guaranteed a payday of at least $5,979.

Brian Hastings was the first player to finish in the money when he was eliminated by Steve Karp. Next to go was former SHRPO Champion Victor Figueroa in seventeenth place. Florida poker pro Toby Boas became the sixteenth place finisher when he lost a coin flip to runner up Yossi Galimidi.

Action slowed down considerably until Matt Bretzfield busted in eleventh place to create the talented final table. Here’s how they stacked up:

Seat 1: Yossi Galimidi – 240,000
Seat 2: Ory Hen – 97,000
Seat 3: Huicun Qiao – 236,000
Seat 4: Denis Cyr – 187,000
Seat 5: Steve Karp – 225,000
Seat 6: Aaron Massey – 164,000
Seat 7: Ramon Miguel – 570,000
Seat 8:Brad Albrinck – 452,000
Seat 9: Paul Domb – 480,000
Seat 10: Jessica Dawley – 177,000

Ramon Miguel  said “The day went smooth sailing, it started very well and ended very well”. He scored most of the knockouts at the final table including Jessica Dawley in tenth, Steve Karp in seventh, Huicun Qiao in sixth, and Aaron Massey in fifth.

It was four in a row when the hand that was the most pivotal to Miguel happened. “The turning point was when I had kings versus queens and I flopped quads against his full house” to eliminate Ory Hen in fourth place and take a massive lead three handed.

After a few double ups Miguel got the best of Paul Domb when he made kings full of aces over Dombs trip aces to eliminate him in third place.

“Heads up was alright, he played well but I had a lot of chips and thats a big advantage” After about forty minutes of heads up play Galimidi ran his kdqd into Miguel’s ackh. The ace high held and Miguel won his first ever tournament. Miguel took home $91,562, the LHPO trophy as well as his framed winners photo courtesy of Image Masters.

Final Results:

1st:  Ramon Miguel  –  $91,562 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Yossi Galimidi  –  $57,658
3rd:  Paul Domb  –  $34,234
4th:  Ory Hen  –  $20,639
5th:  Aaron Massey  –  $16,052
6th:  Huicun Qiao  –  $13,432
7th:  Steve Karp  –  $11,630
8th:  Bradford Albrinck  –  $10,336
9th:  Denis Cyr  –  $9,156
10th:  Jessica Dawley  –  $8,026
11th:  Matthew Bretzfield  –  $8,026
12th:  Tzai Phua  –  $8,026
13th:  Michael Stashin  –  $6,962
14th:  Jose Parra  –  $6,962
15th:  Toby Boas  –  $6,962
16th:  Ronit Chamani  –  $5,979
17th:  Victor Figueroa  –  $5,979
18th:  Brian Hastings  –  $5,979

Event 21: Ramon Miguel Defeats Yossi Galimidi Heads Up

$2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1  of 144

Ramon Miguel
Ramon Miguel

Ramon Miguel shoved and Yossi Galimidi called all in for around 1,000,000.

Miguel turned up ackh and was in great shape against Galimidi’s kdqd.

The board came kcjh8h10h3c and Miguel’s ace kicker held to eliminate Galimidi and take the Event 21 trophy.

Ramon Miguel – Event 21 Champion ($91,562)
Yossi Galimidi – Eliminated in 2nd Place ($57,658)

Yossi Galimidi

Event 21: Yossi Galimidi Doubles Through Ramon Miguel

$2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2  of 144

Ramon Miguel shoved and Yossi Galimidi called all in for 500,000. Galimidi was out in front with his 7c7s versus Miguel’s ah5s.

The board ran out qs9s2s10sjh and Galimidi ended up with a flush to avoid elimination.

Yossi Galimidi – 1,000,000 (50 bb)
Ramon Miguel – 1,880,000 (94 bb)

Event 21: Paul Domb – 3rd Place ($34,234)

$2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2  of 144

Paul Domb
Paul Domb

Paul Domb was all in with kc10s and needed to get lucky against Ramon Miguel’s ad5h.

The flop came ahkdkh and Domb took the lead with trip kings. It was short lived however as the ac spiked the turn. The river 4d made it official.

Ramon Miguel – 2,400,000 (120 bb)
Paul Domb – Eliminated in 3rd place ($34,234)

Event 21: Paul Domb Doubles through Ramon Miguel

$2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 144

Paul Domb
Paul Domb

In a battle of the blinds Ramon Miguel shoved and Paul Domb called all in for 280,000. Miguel tabled ad10d and appeared to be in good shape against Domb’s qhjc.

The board ran out jh6d]4s5s3s and Domb flopped a jack to stay alive.

Paul Domb – 560,000 (28 bb)
Ramon Miguel – 2,000,000 (100 bb)

Event 21: Ramon Miguel is Unstoppable

$2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 144

Ory Hen

Right after eliminating Aaron Massey in fifth place chip leader Ramon Miguel three-bet to 100,000 over Ory Hen’s open.

Hen shoved for around 500,000 and Miguel snap called with kdks. Hen tabled qhqc and needed to get lucky.

The flop came with the qs in the window followed by khkc giving Miguel quads to eliminate another opponent.

Ramon Miguel – 2,300,000 (144 bb)
Ory Hen – Eliminated in 4th Place ($20,639)
Aaron Massey – Eliminated in 5th Place ($16,052)

Event 21: Huicun Qiao – 5th Place ($16,052)

$2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 144

Huicun Qiao
Huicun Qiao

Ramon Miguel opened to 35,000 and Huicun Qiao raised to 100,000 from the big blind. Miguel called.

The flop came ad9c6s and Qiao shoved for 382,000. Miguel went into the tank and said “I’m pretty sure I got you”. Qiao told him “If you have me then call”

Miguel thought a little while longer then put in the calling chips with asqh. It was the right decision as Qiao tabled asqh.

The board ran out 4d, 9h and Qiao was the fifth place finisher.

Ramon Miguel – 1,520,000 (95 bb)
Huicun Qiao – Eliminated in 5th Place ($16,052)

Event 21: Steve Karp – 7th Place ($11,630)

$2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 144

Steve Karp
Steve Karp

Ramon Miguel opened from early position and Steve Karp shoved for around 270,000 from the blinds. Karp needed to get lucky as he tabled ahqh against Miguel’s adks.

The flop came kdqc8c and both players flopped a pair. The turn brought the jd and the river was the 7h, a brick for Karp as he was eliminated in seventh place.

With that pot Ramon Miguel crosses the one million threshold and takes the chip lead.

Ramon Miguel – 1,040,000 (87 bb)
Steve Karp – Eliminated in 7th Place ($11,630)

Event 21: Ory Hen versus Steve Karp

$2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 144

Ory Hen opened to 27,000 from the button and Steve Karp defended his big blind.

Both players checked the as10c5h flop, as well as the 10s turn and qs river.

Hen tabled the winning ac2c and Karp mucked.

Ory Hen – 520,000 (43 bb)
Steve Karp – 250,000 (21 bb)