Adam Walter Goes Back-to-Back to Win the First Two Trophies of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$360 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Entries:  59
Prize Pool:  $17,700
January 11, 2019

TD Tony Burns and Event 3 Winner Adam Walter
TD Tony Burns and Event 3 Winner Adam Walter

Two days ago, Adam Walter had never won a poker tournament, and he had never been to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. He is a cash game player, and says his main game is Omaha 8 or Better. “I don’t play a lot of tournaments.”

Well, he may want to start playing more tournaments, because Walter just won back-to-back events on the first two days of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open, winning Event 2 ($360 Limit Omaha 8) last night, and adding a second trophy this evening by winning Event 3 ($360 H.O.R.S.E.).

The $13,698 that Walter has won over the past two days is more than quintuple his career tournament earnings before this ($2,675).

Walter was reluctant to praise himself too much after this victory, saying, “I’m a pretty good limit player, and I’ve just been lucky and getting good cards.”

Walter was second in chips when the final table began with nine players, but it didn’t take him long to take the lead, as he scored the first three knockouts, and six of the final eight eliminations on his path to victory.

When he flew down to South Florida from Ohio on Wednesday (to avoid the 20-degree weather), he planned to play poker for three days, but his plans for Saturday changed when he heard from an old friend in the area. “I’m going to meet up with my college roommate who I hadn’t seen in 25 years.”

While Walter is passing up a shot at winning his third straight tournament in order to catch up with an old friend, you can expect to see him at future tournaments here at the Seminole Hard Rock. “I’ll definitely come back, because it’s so close,” Walter said, referring to the relatively quick non-stop flight from Cincinnati. “The tournaments were well run, and everyone has been really friendly.”

The final eight players finished in the money, and here are the results:

1st:  Adam Walter  –  $5,790 + LHPO trophy
2nd:  Adam Zeltser  –  $3,860
3rd:  Phil Hui  –  $2,570
4th:  Dale Phillips  –  $1,785
5th:  Cory Zeidman  –  $1,295
6th:  James Gunter  –  $980
7th:  Michael Barry  –  $775
8th:  Michael Dreese  –  $645

Event 3: Adam Walter Wins Two in a Row! ($5,790); Adam Zeltser Finishes 2nd ($3,860)

$360 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 12,000/24,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 1 of 59

Adam Walter
Event 3 Champion Adam Walter also won Event 2 last night.

Adam Walter:  XxXx  4c4d
Adam Zeltser:  XxXx  7c5h

During the Stud round, Adam Walter was dealt a pair of fours on fourth street, against Adam Zeltser’s seven-five. With a pair showing, Walter was able to double the bet to 24,000 (and he did), and Zeltser called.

There was about 70K in the pot as the dealer gave them their fifth cards.

Adam Walter:  XxXx  4c4d3c
Adam Zeltser:  XxXx  7c5h8d

On fifth street, Walter again bet 24,000, and Zeltser called.

Adam Walter:  XxXx  4c4d3c10c
Adam Zeltser:  XxXx  7c5h8d2c

On sixth street, Walter picked up a third club to go with his pair, and Zeltser’s board wasn’t looking great, and he was getting dangerously low on chips. Walter checked, and Zeltser checked behind.

Adam Walter:  XxXx  4c4d3c10c  Xx
Adam Zeltser:  XxXx  7c5h8d2c  Xx

On seventh street, Walter bet 24,000, and Zeltser called. Walter turned over his hand to show that he rivered a seven-high straight:

Adam Walter:  6h5s  4c4d3c10c  7d

Zeltser mucked, leaving himself just 42,000 in chips.

Adam Walter  –  666,000  (28 BB)
Adam Zeltser  –  42,000  (2 BB)

The next hand (still Stud), Zeltser got it all in on third street, and these were their hands:

Adam Walter:  Ac8c  Jc[xxx][xxx][xxx]  Xx
Adam Zeltser:  Ah10s  10h[xxx][xxx][xxx]  Xx

Zeltser had split tens to Walter’s three clubs, and Zeltser needed to win this hand to stay alive. The dealer gave them the rest of their cards:

Adam Walter:  Ac8c  JcKh6c7c  Xx
Adam Zeltser:  Ah10s  10h2d3c3h  Xx

On sixth street, Walter made his club flush, and Zeltser hit a second pair to stay alive with outs to a full house.

Adam Walter:  Ac8c  JcKh6c7c  Ad
Adam Zeltser:  Ah10s  10h2d3c3h  2c

Unfortunately for Zeltser, seventh street gave him a worthless third pair (deuces), and Walter won the pot — and his second Lucky Hearts Poker Open trophy in two days — with an ace-high club flush.

Adam Zeltser
Runner-Up Adam Zeltser

1st:  Adam Walter  –  $5,790 + LHPO trophy
2nd:  Adam Zeltser  –  $3,860
3rd:  Phil Hui  –  $2,570
4th:  Dale Phillips  –  $1,785
5th:  Cory Zeidman  –  $1,295
6th:  James Gunter  –  $980
7th:  Michael Barry  –  $775
8th:  Michael Dreese  –  $645

Event 3: Phil Hui – 3rd Place ($1,785)

$360 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18: 8,000/16,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 2 of 59

Phil Hui
Phil Hui

During the Hold’em round, Phil Hui and chipleader Adam Walter saw a flop of 5d4d2d. Hui bet 8,000, and Walter called.

The turn card was the 6c, Phil bet 16,000, leaving himself just 2,000 behind. Walter thought he was all in and said “Call,” rather than putting him all in.

Hui moved all in dark for his final 2,000, and Walter called in the dark.

The river card was the Qs, and Walter turned over Qh6d for a rivered two pair, queens and sixes. (Walter had flopped a gutshot straight-flush draw.)

Hui showed JdJc, but it wasn’t enough, and he was eliminated in third place.

Phil Hui  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($2,570)

And these were the approximate chip counts before heads-up play:

Adam Walter  –  460,000  (29 BB)
Adam Zeltser  –  240,000  (15 BB)

Event 3: Dale Phillips – 4th Place ($1,785)

$360 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 6,000/12,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 3 of 59

Dale Phillips
Dale Phillips

During the Stud Hi-Lo round, there were three players still in the hand on fourth street:

Adam Walter:  XxXx  6dQc
Adam Zeltser:  XxXx  3sKh
Dale Phillips:  XxXx  7dKd

Dale Phillips was all in for 15,000 on fourth street, up against Adam Zeltser and chipleader Adam Walter. Any further betting would create a side pot between Zeltser and Walter.

Adam Walter:  XxXx  6dQc4c
Adam Zeltser:  XxXx  3sKh4h
Dale Phillips:  XxXx  7dKd10h

On fifth street, Phillips had the visible lead with K-10 high, but since he was all in, the action was on Zeltser with his K-4 high. Zeltser checked, Walter bet 12,000, and Zeltser called, creating a side pot.

Adam Walter:  XxXx  6dQc4cJc
Adam Zeltser:  XxXx  3sKh4hKc
Dale Phillips:  XxXx  7dKd10h2d

Zeltser improved to a pair of kings on sixth street, while Walter picked up a third club and Phillips picked up a third diamond. Zeltser bet 12,000, and Walter folded. Zeltser took the side pot worth 24K.

The dealer dealt seventh street to Zeltser and Phillips, and they turned over their hands:

Adam Zeltser:  5d3h  3sKh4hKc  7s
Dale Phillips:  Ah6c  7dKd10h2d  6s

Neither player made a qualifying low, and Phillips rivered a pair of sixes. But it was much too little, much too late, and Zeltser won the pot with two pair, kings and threes, to eliminate Phillips in fourth place.

Adam Zeltser  –  275,000  (23 BB)
Dale Phillips  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($1,785)

Event 3: Cory Zeidman – 5th Place ($1,295)

$360 H.O.R.S.E. (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 17: 6,000/12,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 4 of 59

Cory Zeidman
Cory Zeidman

During the Razz round, Adam Walter bet his hand on sixth street, and Cory Zeidman thought for a few moments before calling all in.

These were their hands on sixth street:

Adam Walter:  Ax6x  3x4x9x8x  (8-6 low)
Cory Zeidman:  7x4x  2x6x2x10x  (10-7 low)

Zeidman needed to catch an ace, a three, or a five — without Walter improving — to stay alive.

Adam Walter:  Ax6x  3x4x9x8x  Kx
Cory Zeidman:  7x4x  2x6x2x10x  9x

The nine for Zeidman on the river improved his hand slightly to a 9-7 low, but it wasn’t enough. Walter won the pot with his 8-6 low to eliminate Zeidman in fifth place.

Adam Walter  –  360,000  (30 BB)
Cory Zeidman  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($1,295)

Adam Walter, who won Event 2 last night, has now eliminated four of the five players who have busted since the final table began.