Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Regular Hany Ayoub Wins the Seniors Event

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 6
$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Entries:  113
Prize Pool:  $33,900
January 13, 2019

Seniors Event Winner Hany Ayoub and TD Tony Burns
Seniors Event Winner Hany Ayoub and TD Tony Burns

The final table of the Seniors Event saw some ups and downs early, but the second half belonged entirely to Hany Ayoub, who seemingly coasted to victory.

Yet when asked to name a key hand from his final table, Ayoub’s first thought went to a hand he misplayed and lost.

“I made a big mistake when we were down to 10 people. I went all in with pocket deuces, and it was a big mistake. I was down to 20,000, but I came back.”

Ayoub had moved all in with 2s2d after a flop of Ad7h3d, but Scott Robbins called with AcKs. Ayoub’s hand never caught up, and Ayoub was knocked down to just five big blinds. But, like he said, he came back.

When asked to describe his comeback, Ayoub said, “I was getting a lot of good hands. Just lucky.”

Ayoub was born in Egypt, but at 66 years of age, he has spent his entire adult life living in Miami. And he spends much of his time playing tournaments here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, with 11 cashes here in 2018, and 19 over the past two years. In that time, he only has one cash at a different casino, and that one came at Seminole Hard Rock Tampa, a sister property.

Why does Ayoub love playing at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood? One of the big reasons is Tournament Director Tony Burns. “Since Tony has been here, it’s been really good.”

Final results:

1st:  Hany Ayoub  –  $10,000 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Roy “Nick” Potts  –  $6,187
3rd:  John Bonar  –  $3,695
4th:  Paul Freedman  –  $2,373
5th:  James Kirvin  –  $1,797
6th:  Steve Ekin  –  $1,492
7th:  Eric LaNeve  –  $1,288
8th:  Scott Robbins  –  $1,136
9th:  Nir Peleg  –  $1,000
10th:  Roland Feichtner  –  $881
11th:  Vincent Spadavecchia  –  $881
12th:  David Guiffreda  –  $881
13th:  Patricia Conrad  –  $763
14th:  Stephen Roselius  –  $763
15th:  Jean-Luc Docquier  –  $763

Seniors Event: Hany Ayoub Wins! ($10,000); Roy Potts Finishes 2nd ($6,187)

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1 of 113

Hany Ayoub
Hany Ayoub

After a flop of 10c9d7c, Roy “Nick” Potts was all in for about 290,000 with 3d3c, but he needed to improve to stay alive against the 8s7h (pair of sevens, open-ended straight draw) of Hany Ayoub on the button.

The turn card was the 2c, the river card was the 5h, and Ayoub won the pot — and the Lucky Hearts Poker Open Seniors Event — with his pair of sevens.

Hany Ayoub Defeated Roy Potts
Hany Ayoub (left) Defeated Roy Potts

1st:  Hany Ayoub  –  $10,000 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Roy “Nick” Potts  –  $6,187
3rd:  John Bonar  –  $3,695
4th:  Paul Freedman  –  $2,373
5th:  James Kirvin  –  $1,797
6th:  Steve Ekin  –  $1,492
7th:  Eric LaNeve  –  $1,288
8th:  Scott Robbins  –  $1,136
9th:  Nir Peleg  –  $1,000
10th:  Roland Feichtner  –  $881
11th:  Vincent Spadavecchia  –  $881
12th:  David Guiffreda  –  $881
13th:  Patricia Conrad  –  $763
14th:  Stephen Roselius  –  $763
15th:  Jean-Luc Docquier  –  $763

Roy Potts
Roy Potts

Seniors Event: John Bonar – 3rd Place ($3,695)

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 113

John Bonar
John Bonar

John Bonar was all in from the big blind for about 230,000 with 8h8d, and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the Ac9d of Hany Ayoub on the button.

The board came 9s6h4s2cQd, and Ayoub paired his nine on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Bonar in third place.

John Bonar  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($3,695)

These were the approximate chip counts before heads-up play:

Hany Ayoub  –  1,050,000  (88 bb)
Roy “Nick” Potts  –  300,000  (25 bb)

Seniors Event: Paul Freedman – 4th Place ($2,373)

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 113

Paul Freedman
Paul Freedman

After a flop of 7d4c3c, Paul Freedman was all in with 10c9c for a club flush draw, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the Ac9d (ace high) of Hany Ayoub.

The turn card was the 2h, the river card was the 9h, and Ayoub won the pot with a pair of nines and an ace kicker to eliminate Freedman in fourth place.

Hany Ayoub  –  830,000  (83 bb)
Paul Freedman  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($2,373)

Seniors Event: James Kirvin – 5th Place ($1,797)

$360 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 113

James Kirvin
James Kirvin

James Kirvin was all in under the gun for 84,000 with Jc2h, and he needed to improve to stay alive against the AhKh of Paul Freedman in the small blind.

The board came 7h7s6sQsAc, and Freedman won the pot with two pair, aces and sevens, to eliminate Kirvin in fifth place.

Paul Freedman  –  320,000  (32 bb)
James Kirvin  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($1,797)