2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
$400 Seniors 50+ NLH (Re-Entry)
Prize Pool: $52,700
January 13, 2020
Phil Rigby has a couple of big SHRPO final tables on his resume, finishing ninth in a Big 4 event in 2017, and fourth in another Big 4 event last year. But Monday he finally won his first Seminole Hard Rock trophy, outlasting a field of 155 to win the Seniors event.
“I’ve been close a few times,” said Rigby. “It’s been overdue.”
Three-handed play lasted a very long time, and there was talk of a deal at one point, but Rigby shut it down because he wasn’t the chipleader, and wouldn’t get the win — and the trophy.
“The trophy was more important for me in a tournament like this,” said Rigby. “It’s not huge, life-changing money, so I wanted the chance to win the trophy.”
Three-handed play continued for a surprisingly long time, and the final three players eventually agreed to a deal. Since Rigby had the chip lead this time, he was declared the winner, receiving both the title and the trophy.
And not just any trophy — a Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood trophy.
“I love this place. They do a great job.” said Rigby. “I live in Belize predominantly, but I come here for every series. Everything they’ve put on has been great over the years, and it just gets better and better and better.”
1st: Phil Rigby – $10,689* + LHPO Trophy
2nd: Bruce Gans – $9,453*
3rd: Yvonne McQuillan – $8,627*
4th: Greg Spinder – $3,294
5th: Harvey Bruce Freedman – $2,543
6th: Jill Pike – $2,108
7th: Richard Whitebrook – $1,831
8th: David Albertson – $1,644
9th: Greg Rosen – $1,417
* Indicates a three-way deal.