Byron Hubert Bounces Back From the Short Stack to Win Event 11

2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Freeze-Out)
Entries: 97
Prize Pool:  $32,495
January 19, 2021

Byron Hubert
Byron Hubert

When the final table began for Event #11 ($400 Omaha 8/Stud 8), Byron Hubert was the short stack with fewer than two big bets, but he survived long enough to make it heads-up against Joseph Grimes, who started the final table with nearly 10 times as many chips as Hubert.

Even when heads-up play began, Grimes had a 1.8-to-1 chip lead, but it wasn’t until Hubert had taken the chip lead that they agreed to chop the remaining prizepool based on an ICM deal.

As chipleader, Hubert was awarded the trophy and the title, along with $7,903.

Byron Hubert
Byron Hubert

Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1ByronHubert$7,903*
2JosephGrimes$7,262*
3BrianGelrod$4,120
4DanielPearlman$2,900
5AndrewEdgington$2,120
6BryceFox$1,610
7NicholasPupillo$1,165
8JoannePedroso$1,165
9ThomasHannon$910
10GeorgesBoyadjian$910
11ThomasMilmore$825
12VincentBasilicata$825
13MarkHurst$780

* Indicates results of a two-way deal.

Event 11: Byron Hubert Wins $7,903 in an ICM Chop with Runner-Up Joseph Grimes

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  50,000/100,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 97

Byron Hubert
Byron Hubert

After about 40 minutes of heads-up play, Byron Hubert and Joseph Grimes agreed to an ICM chop of the remaining prizepool. These were their final chip counts:

Byron Hubert  –  704,000  (7 BB)
Joseph Grimes  –  458,000  (5 BB)

As chipleader, Hubert would be declared the winner and would receive the trophy. Here are the payouts they both agreed to:

1st:  Byron Hubert  –  $7,903 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Joseph Grimes  –  $7,262

Stay tuned for a recap later tonight.

Joseph Grimes
Joseph Grimes

Event 11: Brian Gelrod – 3rd Place ($4,120)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  30,000/60,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  2 of 97

Brian Gelrod
Brian Gelrod

Brian Gelrod got it all in on third street with 5c2c2h against Byron Hubert’s KhKs9s.

The dealer put out the rest of their cards:

Byron Hubert:  Ks9s  Kh4d4h3h  Ad
Brian Gelrod:  5c2c  2hKdQs8d  3s

Neither player made a qualifying low, and Hubert picked up two pair on fifth street, kings and fours, to win the pot and eliminate Gelrod in third place.

Brian Gelrod  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($4,120)

Here are the updated chip counts for the start of heads-up play:

Joseph Grimes  –  745,000  (12 BB)
Byron Hubert  –  417,000  (7 BB)

Event 11: Daniel Pearlman – 4th Place ($2,900)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  30,000/60,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  3 of 97

Daniel Pearlman
Daniel Pearlman

Daniel Pearlman was eliminated during a Stud-8 hand, getting it all in on third street when he turned over 10x10x2x for a pair of tens to the AxQx6x of Joseph Grimes.

But when the boards finished running out, neither player had a qualifying low, and Grimes won the pot with a full house, sixes full of queens, to eliminate Pearlman in fourth place.

Joseph Grimes  –  750,000  (13 BB)
Daniel Pearlman  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($2,900)

With three players left, the average chip stack is about 390,000 (7 Big Bets), and the remaining players are all guaranteed at least $4,120 each.

Event 11: Andy Edgington – 5th Place ($2,120)

$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining:  4 of 97

Andy Edgington
Andy Edgington

Andy Edgington raised under the gun to 50,000, Joseph Grimes called from the hijack, Daniel Pearlman called from the small blind, and Brian Gelrod called from the big blind.

The flop came 5d3h2s, and Pearlman bet 25,000. Gelrod called, and Edgington called all in for 8,000. Grimes folded. Edgington was all in, while Pearlman and Gelrod had an additional side pot worth 34,000 between them.

The turn card was the 7c, Pearlman bet 50,000, Gelrod raised, and Pearlman called all in for 51,000. All three players turned over their cards:

Byron Hubert:  Ad6d4d2h  (wheel)
Brian Gelrod:  AcJh5s2c  (wheel draw)
Andy Edgington:  AhJd10c7h  (drawing dead)

The river card was the 3d, and Hubert scooped the entire pot with his wheel, doubling thru Gelrod and eliminating Edgington in fifth place.

Byron Hubert  –  360,000  (7 BB)
Brian Gelrod  –  180,000  (4 BB)
Andy Edgington  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($2,120)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 290,000 (6 Big Bets), and they are guaranteed at least $2,900 each.