Event 23: Brandon Eisen Doubles Up; Corey Burbick Doubles Up

$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: 8 of 115

Brandon Eisen
Brandon Eisen

Romain Follet raised from the button to 16,000, Brandon Eisen moved all in from the small blind for 83,000, and Follet called with KsJd.

Eisen turned over Ah8d, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Ac9s2d6h9d, and Eisen won the pot with two pair, aces and nines, to double up in chips.

Brandon Eisen  –  178,000  (30 bb)
Romain Follet  –  144,000  (24 bb)

Corey Burbick
Corey Burbick

A short while later, with the final board showing As9c5hKh4h and about 47,000 already in the pot, Manny Tarich checked from the hijack, and Corey Burbick moved all in from the button for 32,000.

Tarich asked for a count before he called with 10c4c for a pair of fours, but Burbick turned over KsJh to win the pot with a pair of kings and double up in chips.

Corey Burbick  –  111,000  (19 bb)
Manny Tarich  –  512,000  (85 bb)

Event 23: Nick Yunis – 9th Place ($3,393)

$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: 8 of 115

Nick Yunis
Nick Yunis

With the board showing 7h4c3s6d on the turn and about 200K already in the pot, Philip Wojtuniecki moved all in under the gun for about 290,000, covering Nick Yunis, who was UTG+1 with about 100K in his stack.

Yunis tanked for a long time before he eventually called with AhKh for ace high. But Wojtuniecki turned over Ad4d for a pair of fours. Yunis would need a king on the river to stay alive.

The river card paired the board with the 6c, and Wojtuniecki won the pot with two pair, sixes and fours, to eliminate Yunis in ninth place.

Philip Wojtuniecki  –  590,000  (98 bb)
Nick Yunis  –  Eliminated in 9th Place  ($3,393)

This was the second top-10 finish of the day for Yunis, who was finished 10th in the Main Event this afternoon to earn $19,380.

The final eight players have an average chip stack around 288,000 (48 big blinds).

Event 23: Manny Tarich Leads the Final Table

$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

Final Table - Event 23
Final Table – Event 23

With two players eliminated almost simultaneously, the final nine players combine to the final table. Here are their updated chip counts:

Seat 1.  Brandon Eisen  –  95,000  (16 bb)
Seat 2.  Philip Wojtuniecki  –  404,000  (67 bb)
Seat 3.  Nick Yunis  –  212,000  (35 bb)
Seat 4.  Jaime Wiegrefe  –  224,000  (37 bb)
Seat 5.  Manny Tarich  –  620,000  (103 bb)
Seat 6.  Brad Coultas  –  248,000  (41 bb)
Seat 7.  Corey Burbick  –  60,000  (10 bb)
Seat 8.  Jeff Hakim  –  190,000  (32 bb)
Seat 9.  Romain Follet  –  230,000  (38 bb)

And here are the payouts they’re playing for:

1st:  $33,922 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $20,988
3rd:  $12,535
4th:  $8,050
5th:  $6,095
6th:  $5,060
7th:  $4,370
8th:  $3,853
9th:  $3,393

They will continue playing until the end of this level, and then stop for the night.

Event 21: Ramon Miguel Wins Outright

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

Ramon Miguel

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:

Seat 1: Yossi Galimidi – 240,000
Seat 2: Ory Hen – 97,000
Seat 3: Huicun Qiao – 236,000
Seat 4: Denis Cyr – 187,000
Seat 5: Steve Karp – 225,000
Seat 6: Aaron Massey – 164,000
Seat 7: Ramon Miguel – 570,000
Seat 8:Brad Albrinck – 452,000
Seat 9: Paul Domb – 480,000
Seat 10: Jessica Dawley – 177,000

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 kdqd into Miguel’s ackh. 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.

Final Results:

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

Event 23: Five Eliminations Leading Up to the Final Table

$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 KsQd. Zinno turned over AsQc, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came 10h4s4cAhQs, and Zinno won the pot with two pair, aces and queens, to double up in chips.

Anthony Zinno  –  127,000  (25 bb)
Kenneth Frey  –  75,000  (15 bb)

A short while later, Frey was all in from the cutoff for 62,000 with Ad9h, but he was dominated by the Ac10d of Jaime Wiegrefe in the small blind.

The board came KcJsJd6sQd, and Wiegrefe won the pot with a rivered ace-high straight to eliminate Frey in 12th place.

Jaime Wiegrefe  –  245,000  (49 bb)
Kenneth Frey  –  Eliminated in 12th Place  ($2,990)

A short while later, after the blinds increased to 3,000-6,000 with a 6,000 ante, Anthony Zinno was eliminated in 11th place.

Anthony Zinno  –  Eliminated in 11th Place  ($2,990)

When Zinno was eliminated, there was already a hand in progress at the other table between Nick Yunis and Danny Monosson.

Monosson was all in for 98K with QsQc, and he was a favorite to double up against the 8h8d of Yunis, who barely had him covered with 101K.

But the board came 8s4h2s6c8c, and Yunis flopped a set of eights and rivered quads to win the pot and eliminate Monosson in 10th place.

Nick Yunis  –  212,000  (35 bb)
Danny Monosson  –  Eliminated in 10th Place  ($2,990)

Event 20 Flight B: Nathan Grow Leads 42 Survivors

$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

Nathan Grow
Chipleader Nathan Grow

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.

Event 23: Jaime Wiegrefe Triples Up; Brandon Eisen Makes a Bit; Anthony Zinno Drops to 6 Big Blinds

$1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 16: 3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 14 of 115

Shortly after the Money Bubble burst, Tony Ruberto was knocked out in 15th place.

Tony Ruberto  –  Eliminated in 15th Place  ($2,588)

There was a three-way preflop all-in situation at Table 15, with Anthony Zinno in the cutoff with 90K, Jaime Wiegrefe on the button with 46K, and Brandon Eisen in the big blind with 105K.

These were their cards in descending order of chip counts:

Anthony Zinno:  AcKd
Brandon Eisen:  10d10c
Jaime Weigrefe:  AdJc

The board came 10h8d7cKsQh — Eisen flopped a set of tens, but Weigrefe caught a runner-runner ace-high straight to win the main pot and triple up to 146K.

Eisen won a smaller side pot against Zinno to finish the hand with 118K, a gain of 13K for him in the hand.

Jaime Weigrefe  –  146,000  (29 bb)
Brandon Eisen  –  118,000  (24 bb)
Anthony Zinno  –  31,000  (6 bb)

With 14 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 165,000 (33 big blinds).

Event 23: Tony Utnage Eliminated on the Money Bubble by Anthony Zinno

$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

Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno

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 AdAc.

Utnage turned over QhQd, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 5s4s2c2sKs, 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.

Event 21: Ramon Miguel Defeats Yossi Galimidi Heads Up

$2,500 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1  of 144

Ramon Miguel
Ramon Miguel

Ramon Miguel shoved and Yossi Galimidi called all in for around 1,000,000.

Miguel turned up ackh and was in great shape against Galimidi’s kdqd.

The board came kcjh8h10h3c and Miguel’s ace kicker held to eliminate Galimidi and take the Event 21 trophy.

Ramon Miguel – Event 21 Champion ($91,562)
Yossi Galimidi – Eliminated in 2nd Place ($57,658)

Yossi Galimidi

Event 23: Chip Counts on the Money Bubble

$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: 16 of 115

The field in the Purple Chip Bounty event is on the Money Bubble, and they just returned from break to continue playing hand-for-hand. The final 15 players are guaranteed at least $2,588 each.

Here are the official chip counts from the break:

TABLE 15
Seat 1.  Anthony Zinno  –  56,000  (14 bb)
Seat 2.  
Seat 3.  Jaime Wiegrefe  –  69,000  (17 bb)
Seat 4.  Tony Utnage  –  67,000  (17 bb)
Seat 5.  Jeff Hakim  –  83,000  (21 bb)
Seat 6.  Brandon Eisen  –  127,000  (32 bb)
Seat 7.  Adam Adler  –  84,000  (21 bb)
Seat 8.  Brad Coultas  –  114,000  (29 bb)
Seat 9.  Kenneth Frey  –  157,000  (39 bb)

TABLE 22
Seat 1.  Romain Follet  –  109,000  (27 bb)
Seat 2.  Danny Monosson  –  84,000  (21 bb)
Seat 3.  
Seat 4.  Tony Ruberto  –  103,000  (26 bb)
Seat 5.  Manny Tarich  –  187,000  (47 bb)
Seat 6.  Nick Yunis  –  235,000  (59 bb)
Seat 7.  Corey Burbick  –  112,000  (28 bb)
Seat 8.  Chad Trentacosta  –  172,000  (43 bb)
Seat 9.  Philip Wojtuniecki  –  549,000  (137 bb)

With 16 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 144,000 (36 big blinds).