Going Out on a High Note: Zack Milchman Wins His Second Seminole Hard Rock Trophy, Then Retires From Full-Time Poker

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 12
$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Entries:  53
Prize Pool:  $18,020
January 14, 2020

Event 12 Champion Zack Milchman
Event 12 Champion Zack Milchman

After winning Event #12 ($400 Omaha 8/Stud 8) in a heads-up deal, Zack Milchman plans to step away from playing poker full time.

“I’m announcing my retirement from poker,” said Milchman after his victory. “I’m going to do some other things in life. Poker’s nice, and it’s given me the freedom to spend time with my family. But I want a change of scenery.”

Milchman has earned more than half a million dollars from live poker tournaments, including 29 cashes and two trophies here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. He also has 11 WSOP cashes and two WSOP final tables on his resume, both in Omaha hi/lo.

“I definitely prefer Omaha,” said Milchman, “but I also like stud hi/lo. I like split-pot games.”

While Milchman is stepping down from being a full-time professional poker player, he isn’t leaving the game behind completely.

“I’ll still play a couple tournaments every series,” said Milchman, “but full-time, I’m done.”

Congratulations to Zack Milchman for tonight’s victory, and best wishes for whatever he pursues next.


Final Results:

1st:  Zack Milchman  –  $5,103* + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Ricardo Quintero  –  $5,102*
3rd:  Dallas Bare  –  $2,720
4th:  David Shmuel  –  $1,890
5th:  Harry Eisenberg  –  $1,365
6th:  Ken Aldridge  –  $1,030
7th:  Bryce Fox  –  $810

* Indicates a heads-up chop.

Event 12: Zack Milchman Wins in a Heads-Up Chop with Ricardo Quintero

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  1 of 53

Zack Milchman
Event 12 Champion Zack Milchman

After the elimination of Dallas Bare in third place, Zack Milchman and Ricardo Quintero played for a while heads-up before agreeing to chop the remaining prizepool evenly.

These were their official chip counts:

Zack Milchman  –  353,000
Ricardo Quintero  –  283,000

As chipleader, Milchman received the trophy and the title. Stay tuned for a recap from this event to be posted later tonight, and here are the adjusted payouts to reflect the deal:

1st:  Zack Milchman  –  $5,103* + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Ricardo Quintero  –  $5,102*
3rd:  Dallas Bare  –  $2,720
4th:  David Shmuel  –  $1,890
5th:  Harry Eisenberg  –  $1,365
6th:  Ken Aldridge  –  $1,030
7th:  Bryce Fox  –  $810

Ricardo Quintera
Ricardo Quintera

* Indicates a heads-up chop.

Event 12: Dallas Bare – 3rd Place ($2,720)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 53

Dallas Bare
Dallas Bare

During a round of Stud 8, Dallas Bare got it all in on third street for 28,000 with AhQcJs against Ricardo Quintero’s Jc9s9d. Here’s how their hands ended up:

Ricardo Quintero:  (9s9d)  Jc7sKdKc  (4h)
Dallas Bare:  (AhQc)  Js10d8hQh  (7c)

Neither player made a low, and Bare’s pair of queens were no good against Quintero’s two pair, kings and nines. Quintero won the pot to eliminate Bare in third place.

Dallas Bare  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($2,720)

These were the approximate chip counts at the start of heads-up play:

Ricardo Quintero  –  400,000  (20 bb)
Zack Milchman  –  235,000  (12 bb)

Event 12: David Shmuel – 4th Place ($1,890)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 19:  10,000/20,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  3 of 53

David Shmuel
David Shmuel

During a round of Omaha 8, David Shmuel got it all in preflop against all three of the other players with no side pot.

Everyone checked all the way down on a board of Ad7s6h4c6c, and all four players showed their cards:

Ricardo Quintero:  AcQd8s2h  (aces up, A-2 low)
Zack Milchman:  AhQcJc2d  (aces up, A-2 low)
Dallas Bare:  10s10c6d4s  (full house)
David Shmuel:  As9d7h5h  (aces up, A-5 low)

Bare won the high side with his full house, sixes full of fours, while Quintero and Milchman split the low with their ace-deuce lows. Shmuel was eliminated in fourth place.

David Shmuel  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($1,890)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 212,000 (11 Big Bets), and the next player to bust will earn $2,720.

Event 12: Harry Eisenberg – 5th Place ($1,365)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18:  8,000/16,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  4 of 53

Harry Eisenberg
Harry Eisenberg

During a round of Stud 8, Harry Eisenberg got it all in with rolled-up tens against Ricardo Quintero, and here is how their hands ended up:

Ricardo Quintero:  (7s4c)  3s6d5sJd  (6h)
Harry Eisenberg:  (10d10c)  10s9s5hKh  (Ac)

Quintero hit a seven-high straight on fifth street to scoop the entire pot, eliminating Eisenberg in fifth place.

Ricardo Quintero  –  350,000  (22 bb)
Harry Eisenberg  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($1,365)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 159,000 (10 Big Bets), and the next player to bust will earn $1,890.