2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$570 Six-Max NLH (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $169,000
January 15, 2019
David Prociak outlasted a field of 338 entries and a roller-coaster of a final table to win the $570 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em event, earning $33,035 for the title.
Prociak entered this tournament with about $970K in career live tournament earnings, and by winning this event, he officially crossed the $1 million mark.
When the final seven players advanced to the final table, Prociak had the big stack (83 big blinds), but it wasn’t an easy path to the winner’s circle.
There were a couple of bustouts early, and then the final four players battled for nearly two hours, with all four players contending for the chip lead and the short stack at some point.
“I would lose some hands, but I’d always claw back and just accumulate slowly, which was kind of the theme for me at this table,” said Prociak. “Just accumulating chips.”
The final table ended around 3:30 am, and when asked to name a key hand, a very tired Prociak said, “I just remember getting it all in with ace-four vs. ace-queen after an ace-deuce-deuce flop, and we chopped it somehow.” It was a deuce on the river that saved Prociak in that hand, giving both players identical full houses to chop the pot.
After Brian Hastings was eliminated in third place, Saber Hamrouni held a roughly 3-to-2 chip lead over Prociak. But it didn’t take long for Prociak to reverse the chip counts by doubling up within the first 10 minutes of heads-up play. The final hand came a short while later, with Prociak’s holding up against Hamrouni’s to end the tournament.
When Prociak was told that this victory gave him more than a million dollars in career live tournament earnings, he said, “Wow, that’s great! that was definitely a goal.”
Final Table Results:
1st: David Prociak – $33,035 + LHPO trophy
2nd: Saber Hamrouni – $22,865
3rd: Brian Hastings – $16,085
4th: Barry Weprin – $11,510
5th: Raffaello Locatelli – $8,380
6th: Uri Kadosh – $6,210
7th: Richard Leger – $4,685