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
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:
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 into Miguel’s . 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.
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
$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 17: 3,000/6,000 with a 6,000 ante Players Remaining: 9 of 115
Chad Trentacosta and Adam Adler were eliminated in 13th and 14th places, respectively.
Chad Trentacosta – Eliminated in 13th Place ($2,588) Adam Adler – Eliminated in 14th Place ($2,588)
Kenneth Frey limped under the gun for 5,000, Anthony Zinno moved all in from UTG+1 for 57,000, and Frey tanked for a while before he called with . Zinno turned over , and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.
The board came , and Zinno won the pot with two pair, aces and queens, to double up in chips.
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante Flight B Players Remaining: 42 of 342
There were 342 entries for Day 1B of the $150 No Limit Hold’em event, and after 14 levels, only 42 remained at the end of the day.
Nathan Grow was the massive chipleader with 536,000 (134 big blinds), more than twice as much as anyone else in this flight. Coincidentally, the same situation happened yesterday in Flight A, when Ignas Jasinevicius finished with 449,500 (112 big blinds), more than twice as many chips as anyone in that flight.
The full list of official chip counts and the seat draw for Day 2 will be posted later tonight.
$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 15: 2,000/4,000 with a 4,000 ante Players Remaining: 15 of 115
During hand-for-hand play on the Money Bubble with 16 players remaining, Anthony Zinno raised from the cutoff to 10,000, Tony Utnage moved all in from the small blind for 59,000, and Zinno called with .
Utnage turned over , and he needed to improve to stay alive.
The board came , and the pocket aces held up for Zinno to win the pot and eliminate Utnage on the Money Bubble.
Anthony Zinno – 133,000 (33 bb) Tony Utnage – Eliminated
The remaining 15 players are all guaranteed at least $2,588 each.