Ilyas Muradi Wins the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship!

2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
$3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,573
Prize Pool:  $5,033,600
January 22-26, 2021

Ilyas Muradi
Ilyas Muradi

The return of a big, live poker series to South Florida was headlined by the 2021 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship. The $3,500 buy-in tournament attracted players from around the country and Ilyas Muradi walked away with the win for $620,000, which includes a seat into the 2021 WPT Baccarat Crystal Tournament of Champions.

“It’s amazing. It’s really amazing. I feel like a million bucks,” said an emotional Muradi after the win. “Anybody’s dream can come true. You just have to work hard and put in the effort. If you want something, you have to go get it. It’s not something you can just get by thinking about it. If you want something, you gotta go get it, and that’s what I did.”

The Championship featured a $1,000,000 guarantee and the incredible turnout of 1,573 entries pushed the prize pool up to $5,033,600. The turnout surpassed all expectations as we brought back live tournament poker in a safe and sound environment.

There were two starting flights with 576 players advancing to Day 2 and only 69 survived for Day 3. That was moving day with players building stacks or getting paid.

SHRP favorite Francis Margaglione stayed in the middle of the pack until late into the evening. His patience paid off and he returned for the final table on Day 4 with the chip lead.

Margaglione was trying to go wire-to-wire while holding the chip lead while Jesse Lonis, Philip Shing, and WPT Champions Club member Andy Hwang crashed out. The four remaining players went on dinner break and that’s where Margaglione’s run began to fail. He sent a double up to Robel Andemichael, lost a huge pot to Ronnie Bardah, and fell in fourth place. The final three players then worked out a deal, leaving $25,000 and the $15,000 entry into the WPT Baccarat Crystal Tournament of Champions left to play for.

Ronnie Bardah ultimately fell in third place. He eventually found himself as the short stack, three-betting all in for 13 big blinds with ace-deuce suited — and he ran into Andemichael’s ace-nine. There was a deuce on the flop to give Bardah hope for a comeback, but a nine on the river sealed his fate, and Bardah was eliminated in third place.

The ensuing heads-up match between Muradi and Andemichael went back and forth for more than two hours, but in the end it was Muradi’s pocket fours that held up against Andemichael’s ace-six.

“I actually came here for small events because my bankroll wasn’t enough to play events like this,” admitted Muradi. “But I got the opportunity because I missed my flight and I came back and played a satellite, and won a seat. In the field were a lot of amazing players. A lot of people that have played most of their lives. I don’t have as much experience as them, but now I’m the winner. This is amazing. This is…oh my God, it makes me about to cry. I still cannot believe I’m sitting here with these trophies.”


Final table results:

1st:  Ilyas Muradi  –  $620,000* (includes a $15,000 entry to the 2021 WPT Baccarat Crystal TOC)
2nd:  Robel Andemichael  –  $545,000*
3rd:  Ronnie Bardah  –  $566,135*
4th: Francis Margaglione – $293,510
5th: Jesse Lonis – $223,895
6th: Philip Shing – $168,990
7th: Andy Hwang – $115,630

*Denotes Three-Way Deal

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1IlyasMuradi$620,000*
2RobelAndemichael$545,000*
3RonnieBardah$566,135*
4FrancisMargaglione$293,510
5JesseLonis$223,895
6PhilipShing$168,990
7AndyHwang$115,630
8AlbertBarney Jr$115,630
9CarlosDorca$79,455
10DarrenElias$79,455
11EstherTaylor$63,030
12RichardPyne$63,030
13JamesAnderson$50,510
14MattBond$50,510
15ManuelLabandeira$40,895
16PaulBalzano$40,895
17ScottStewart$33,455
18SeanShah$33,455
19JonathanLagace Bastien$33,455
20CarloRodriguez$33,455
21JorgeGomez$27,660
22JustinLiberto$27,660
23AliAhmad$27,660
24ScottBaumstein$27,660
25AaronMermelstein$23,110
26BrendanMurphy$23,110
27JermaineGerlin$23,110
28EvanTeitelbaum$23,110
29DavidMontoya Mancera$23,110
30PabloValdivieso$23,110
31IvanZufic$23,110
32ThomasRasberry$23,110
33RicardoEyzaguirre$19,515
34RyanHiller Jr$19,515
35AdamTravis$19,515
36VuongDo$19,515
37YordanPetrov$19,515
38JoelGola$19,515
39RodneyTurvin$19,515
40MikeBeasley$19,515
41DavidEldridge$16,660
42AndrewMunier$16,660
43RonnieAbro$16,660
44HarveyVandeven$16,660
45JasonMin$16,660
46AriShin$16,660
47JohnGraham$16,660
48BrianBarros Vasquez$16,660
49GaryHerstein$14,380
50NickYunis$14,380
51DavidDatashvili$14,380
52DavidPapais$14,380
53WalterChambers$14,380
54DustinSchoonover$14,380
55EricVanauken$14,380
56KennethNeri Jr$14,380
57JohnBarr$12,550
58GaryGelman$12,550
59NathanielBandy$12,550
60TonySinishtaj$12,550
61RossSantos$12,550
62PhilipePizzari Pinto$12,550
63HaimGabay$12,550
64JoshuaBeckley$12,550
65SatoshiTanaka$11,075
66TuanPhan$11,075
67MitchellGarshofsky$11,075
68HenryFischer$11,075
69MichaelBeattie$11,075
70VladimirDobrovolskii$11,075
71RobertTaylor III$11,075
72MosheShabat$11,075
73BryceMcVay$9,885
74JerryHumphrey$9,885
75JustinLigeri$9,885
76ScottEpstein$9,885
77AlexKeating$9,885
78StevenWilkie$9,885
79JosephHebert$9,885
80RicardoTavares$9,885
81TonTri$8,920
82RyanRemington$8,920
83AsafBen Shushan$8,920
84AnthonyIbrahim$8,920
85DanielaRodriguez$8,920
86RichardGayler$8,920
87HarrisonDobin$8,920
88LeeMarkholt$8,920
89EliotHudon$8,230
90JerryWong$8,230
91JustinSaliba$8,230
92LawrenceEngerman$8,230
93JohnnieMoreno$8,230
94IgnacioMoron$8,230
95AlbertoRodriguez$8,230
96CharlemagneBenjamin$8,230
97VikramdipSingh$7,880
98FaresSantana$7,880
99AntoSlisko$7,880
100ArtPeacock$7,880
101SamiShurbaji$7,880
102MichaelKilker$7,880
103WillFailla$7,880
104JamesCollopy$7,880
105JorgeConfesor$7,530
106RafaelMarcondes Dos Reis$7,530
107MichaelStashin$7,530
108EdgarVaras$7,530
109MichaelMelone$7,530
110RichardRogers$7,530
111GaryDatro$7,530
112IanO'Hara$7,530
113DavidLee$7,275
114PatrickChan$7,275
115RyanJones$7,275
116HaimOr Krief$7,275
117RonnieTate$7,275
118Jorge ManuelDe Oliveira Lopez$7,275
119DarinUtley$7,275
120AlexRocha$7,275
121JasonPrest$7,025
122SergioGiha$7,025
123ThomasPaul$7,025
124AaronMcEvoy$7,025
125AthanasiosPolychronopoulos$7,025
126JeffreyTomlinson$7,025
127RonaldJackson$7,025
128RobertKessler$7,025
129AnesKovacevic$6,825
130MatthewStuff$6,825
131JoshuaPalmer$6,825
132FemiFashakin$6,825
133NoahBronstein$6,825
134AdamHendrix$6,825
135UkeDauti$6,825
136RafaelRodriguez$6,825
137RichardFlach III$6,625
138JoeMcKeehen$6,625
139AdamFraley$6,625
140VasuAmarapu$6,625
141MichaelRossitto$6,625
142RichardBai$6,625
143BrandonMisfud$6,625
144CharlesDavis$6,625
145DeanBaranowski$6,475
146NicholasGetzen$6,475
147RogenChhabra$6,475
148AlexRibiero$6,475
149NarimaanAhmadi$6,475
150IdoAshkenazi$6,475
151JaredHemingway$6,475
152RyanLuker$6,475
153MaxwellWorth$6,380
154JosephReddick$6,380
155AndrewBlake$6,380
156KarlManouchakian$6,380
157GintautasPutinas$6,380
158DennisRodriguez$6,380
159OleksandrVikhtiuk$6,380
160KristopherRundquist$6,380
161MichaelPerrone$6,300
162KennethBegnoche$6,300
163ShankarPillai$6,300
164JaimeSalcedo$6,300
165YuliaLisichkina$6,300
166MichaelMiller$6,300
167KevinEyster$6,300
168FredyMoreno$6,300
169MatthewZarcadoolas$6,225
170AntonBojaj$6,225
171AndrewBarfield$6,225
172MikeSowers$6,225
173ThangNguyen$6,225
174VlastimilPustina$6,225
175ShanePierce$6,225
176LuisTorres$6,225
177JohnDolan$6,150
178GeorgeJames$6,150
179DiegoMiyashiron Uechi$6,150
180WillieLawrence$6,150
181RichardAlsup$6,150
182ChristopherDoan$6,150
183AndyLi$6,150
184NadeemHirani$6,150
185EricSiegel$6,150
186NoahShefrin$6,150
187StevenSanzone$6,150
188SamTaylor$6,150
189SamPanzica$6,150
190KennethChristopher$6,150
191BenjaminMiner$6,150
192VladimirAlexandrov$6,150
193FabianFoster$6,150
194MichalWetcher$6,150
195BudGibson$6,150
196RileyFuller$6,150
197Lynn SeanPatrick$6,150

*Denotes Three-Way Deal

Championship: Ilyas Muradi Wins! ($620,000); Robel Andemichael Finishes as Runner-Up ($545,000)

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 38:  600,000/1,200,000 with a 1,200,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 1,573

Ilyas Muradi
Ilyas Muradi

Robel Andemichael moved all in button for 14,300,000, and Ilyas Muradi called from the big blind with 4h4d.

Andemichael turned over Ad6d, and needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 10c9c8s3cQs — Andemichael flopped a gutshot straight draw, but improved no further. Muradi won the pot — and the WPT title — with his pocket fours.

Ilyas Muradi wins the 2021 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, earning $620,000, which includes his $15,000 seat into the WPT Baccarat Crystal Tournament of Champions. Robel Andemichael finishes as the runner-up, earning $545,000.

Congratulations to Ilyas Muradi!

Robel Andemichael vs Ilyas Muradi
Robel Andemichael (left) vs. Ilyas Muradi

1st:  Ilyas Muradi  –  $620,000* (includes a $15,000 entry to the 2021 WPT Baccarat Crystal TOC)
2nd:  Robel Andemichael  –  $545,000*
3rd:  Ronnie Bardah  –  $566,135*
4th:  Francis Margaglion  –  $293,510
5th:  Jesse Lonis  –  $223,895
6th:  Philip Shing  –  $168,990
7th:  Andy Hwang  –  $115,630

*Denotes Three-Way Deal

Championship: Ilyas Muradi Shoves the River

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 38:  500,000/1,000,000 with a 1,000,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 1,573

Ilyas Muradi
Ilyas Muradi

Robel Andemichael raised from the button to 2,000,000, and Ilyas Muradi called from the big blind.

The flop came Ac8h4d, Muradi checked, Andemichael bet 2,300,000, and Muradi called.

The turn card was the Jc, Muradi checked, Andemichael bet 3,000,000, and Muradi called.

The river card was the 6d, and Muradi moved all in. Andemichael folded, and Muradi took the pot.

Ilyas Muradi  –  39,200,000  (39 bb)
Robel Andemichael  –  22,100,000  (22 bb)

Championship: Robel Andemichael Wins a Pot With King High

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 38:  500,000/1,000,000 with a 1,000,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 1,573

Robel Andemichael
Robel Andemichael

Ilyas Muradi raised from the button to 2,500,000, and Robel Andemichael called from the big blind.

The flop came Ac5h5d, Andemichael checked, Muradi bet 1,500,000, and Andemichael called.

The turn card was the 8c, and both players checked.

The river card was the 10s, and they checked again. Andemichael turned over Kh7d, and Muradi mucked. Andemichael won the pot with king high.

Robel Andemichael  –  28,200,000  (28 bb)
Ilyas Muradi  –  33,100,000  (33 bb)

Championship: Robel Andemichael Wins One With Pocket Nines

$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 38:  400,000/800,000 with a 800,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 1,573

Robel Andemichael
Robel Andemichael

Robel Andemichael raised from the button to 1,800,000, and Ilyas Muradi called from the big blind.

Both players checked to the turn on a board of Qc5c4c10d, Muradi bet 800,000, and Andemichael called.

The river card was the 6d, and both players checked. Muradi showed Kd7d for king high, and Andemichael turned over 9d9c to win the pot.

Robel Andemichael  –  24,300,000  (30 bb)
Ilyas Muradi  –  37,000,000  (46 bb)