Event 1 Flight C: Minkin and Muchnick Get in the Game

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2: 100/100 with a 100 ante
Flight C Entries: 142 (Total: 797)

Kelly Minkin

Flight C got a little tougher with the recent introduction of Kelly Minkin and Cindy Muchnick into the field. Minkin announced herself with a laugh and a snarl from tablemate Michael Newman. Muchnick is relaxed and taking chips.

Minkin deals more with tournament while Muchnick gets the reaction when she walks up to a cash table on the other side of the house.

Minkin has nearly $1.3 million in career earnings with her biggest cash coming here in 2015 when she finished third at the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship final table. She followed that up with her second biggest in the WSOP Main Event that summer when she was the “last woman standing” in 29th place.

For anyone looking to join these two talented players at the top of their games, we have a LearnWPT Ladies Poker Brunch tomorrow morning for those looking to improve their game. It is geared towards beginners and WPT Commentator Tony Dunst will be the instructor. The brunch is $50 and open to the first 50 who sign up plus WPT will raffle off five seats into the Ladies Event which starts at 3pm.

Cindy Muchnick

2019 LHPO in Review

The 2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open ran January 10-22 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In that time, 25 new poker champions were crowned including local standout Michael Newman in the $360 buy-in, $500,000 guaranteed Ultimate Re-Entry opener.

TD Tony Burns and Event 1 Champion Michael Newman
TD Tony Burns and Event 1 Champion Michael Newman

Joining Newman as an LHPO headliner was Jason Young. Young won the series’ $1,000,000 guaranteed, live-streamed WPTDeepStacks Main Event good for a first prize worth $263,205.

Here’s a look at each of the series champions:

That’s it for the Lucky Hearts Poker Open. Thank you to everyone who played! Next up at the Seminole Hard Rock is the Poker Showdown April 4-16. Full details on that series are available HERE.

Event 25: Matty Bretzfield Wins the $1,100 Pot Limit Omaha Title ($15,323)

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 25
$1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha 
Entries:  84
Prize Pool:  $81,480
January 22, 2019

Matty Bretzfield - Event 25 Champion
Matty Bretzfield – Event 25 Champion

“I was long overdue for a trophy at the Hard Rock.”

After a couple of deep runs in previous tournaments here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, Matty Bretzfield overcame a field of 84 entries to win the final event of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open — $1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha.

From the Money Bubble to the end of the tournament, Bretzfield held the chip lead most of the way. The final five players agreed to a deal to split the remaining prizepool, and as chipleader, Bretzfield won the title, the trophy, and $15,323.

“It’s 4 am, that’s why I wanted to chop so bad — I’m really tired. But it feels really good, and I’m really happy. I chopped with good people.”

It was a long night for the players at the final table, as it took nearly three hours to drop from 12 players to eight.

Bretzfield has a few victories under his belt, but he really wanted a trophy from Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, especially after finishing 10th in last August’s SHRPO Championship (earning a career-best $62,415), and 11th yesterday in Event #21, $2,500 No Limit Hold’em.

“The trophy means a lot to me. It’s a sense of accomplishment. My mom just moved down here about two months ago, and she’s never seen me win a trophy. She’s just seen the ones I already have. So now I get to go home and bring it to her, and that means a lot to me.”

This is Bretzfield’s first trophy from the Seminole Hard Rock, but he doesn’t plan on it being his last.

“I just started tournament poker seriously back in August. Now I’m on the circuit grinding and it feels great. Living my dream, living in paradise.”

Final Results:

1st:  Matthew Bretzfield  –  $15,323 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Sam Sweilem  –  $14,804
3rd:  Tom Guedj  –  $12,495
4th:  Robert Banks  –  $10,891
5th:  Joseph Rahman  –  $10,307
6th:  Joseph Irgon  –  $4,074
7th:  Mario Cohen  –  $3,381
8th:  Zachary Milchman  –  $2,852
9th:  Farid Dhanani  –  $2,628
10th:  Eitan Elbaz-Dahan  –  $2,444
11th:  Mathyeu Provost  –  $2,281

Event 25: Matty Bretzfield Wins in a Five-Way Chop ($15,323)

$1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 6,000/12,000
Players Remaining: 5 of 84

Matt Bretzfield
Matt Bretzfield

When Level 15 came to an end, the final five players agreed to a deal to split up the remaining prizepool. These were the official chip counts:

1.  Matty Bretzfield  –  367,000  (31 bb)
2.  Sam Snead  –  339,000  (28 bb)
3.  Tom Guedj  –  232,000  (19 bb)
4.  Timothy Banks  –  171,000  (14 bb)
5.  Joseph Rahman  –  151,000  (13 bb)

And these were the payouts agreed to:

1st:  Matty Bretzfield  –  $15,323
2nd:  Sam Snead  –  $14,804
3rd:  Tom Guedj  –  $12,495
4th:  Timothy Banks  –  $10,891
5th:  Joseph Rahman  –  $10,307

Stay tuned for a recap from this event, which will be posted later tonight.

Event 25: Joseph Irgon – 6th Place ($4,074)

$1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 15: 5,000/10,000
Players Remaining: 5 of 84

Joseph Irgon
Joseph Irgon

Sam Snead raised under the gun to 10,000, Joseph Irgon moved all in from the hijack for 22,000, Matt Bretzfield called from the big blind, and Snead also called.

Bretzfield and Snead checked all the way down on a board of QcJc6d7h4c, and all three players turned over their cards.

Matt Bretzfield:  Jh7s5h2s  (two pair, jacks and sevens)
Sam Snead:  KsQs9d9c  (pair of queens)
Joseph Irgon:  AcKd9s9h  (pair of nines)

Bretzfield won the pot with his two pair to eliminate Irgon in sixth place.

Matt Bretzfield  –  468,000  (47 bb)
Joseph Irgon  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($4,074)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is about 252,000 (25 big blinds).