Nick Pupillo Wins Event 3 of the 2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Outright for $9,570

2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Entries: 102
Prize Pool:  $34,170
January 15, 2021

2021 LHPO Event 3 Champion Nick Pupillo

Event 3 of the 2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out). A field of 102 players was generated, tying the second-biggest H.O.R.S.E. tournament field in any Seminole Hard Rock Poker major series.

Once the field reached the final table of seven players, a lengthy battle ensued. Nick Pupillo, who was down to less than one big bet with two tables remaining, began the final table sixth in chips. Despite finding himself short-stacked and on the brink of elimination several more times, Pupillo was able to persevere in a poker variant that he is not known for.

With more than $3.3 million in tournament winnings according to the Hendon Mob, almost all of it is in the more popular games of No-Limit Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha. In fact, only about $16,000 of that amount is in mixed games.

“I play mixed games here and there,” said Pupillo afterward. “I bagged in the opening (No-Limit Hold’em) event yesterday and felt like playing this one today. A little change of pace. A lot of swings, but you’re never quite out of it when you’re short in the Limit games.”

Pupillo not only prevailed, but he denied runner-up finisher Yuval Bronshtein’s attempt at winning an SHRP trophy on back-to-back days after Bronshtein won Event 2 last night.

“He’s a great player, but I just like to play and test my skills. I think it’s great experience to play it out. It was more so just the experience of playing heads-up so if I ever get in a bigger spot, I’ll be a little more comfortable and have something to draw on.”

Final Results

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount

Event 3: Yuval Bronshtein – 2nd Place ($6,380)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 40,000/80,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 1 of 102

Yuval Bronshtein – 2nd place

Stud 8

Nick Pupillo: XxXx / 5h
Yuval Bronshtein: XxXx / 7c

Nick Pupillo was the bring-in, Yuval Bronshtein completed to 40,000, Pupillo raised to 80,000, Bronshtein reraised to 120,000, Pupillo reraised to 160,000, Bronshtein reraised to 200,000 and Pupillo called.

Here was how their boards came through sixth street.

Nick Pupillo: XxXx / 5h7s10cKs
Yuval Bronshtein: XxXx / 7cKc3s9h

Bronshthein check-called a bet from Pupillo on fourth street before leading out on fifth street. Pupillo called, took the on-board lead on sixth street and bet. Bronshtein called all in for his remaining 60,000.

Nick Pupillo: KhKd / 5h7s10cKs
Yuval Bronshtein: 5d5s / 7cKc3s9h

The case king on sixth street was exactly what Pupillo was looking for, leaving Bronshtein drawing dead heading to seventh street.

Bronshtein’s bid for trophies on back-to-back days came up just short with a runner-up finish for $6,380.

Event 3: Two Doubles For Nick Pupillo in Stud 8 Changes the Tide

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25: 40,000/80,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 2 of 102

Since making that nine-high straight, things have gone straight downhill for Yuval Bronshtein.

Nick Pupillo doubled up twice in the Stud 8 rotation, making two pair twice that Bronshtein couldn’t overcome either time.

With the chip counts back around even, Pupillo pulled ahead through the next rotation of Hold’em, Omaha 8, Razz and Stud.

Nick Pupillo – 845,000 (11 big bets)
Yuval Bronshtein – 380,000 (5 big bets)

Event 3: Yuval Bronshtein Bounces Back

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 30,000/60,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 2 of 102


Yuval Bronshtein: XxXx / Ks5s9d7c / Xx
Nick Pupillo: XxXx / 3cKc9c8s / Xx

Pupillo was the bring-in, Bronshtein completed and Pupillo called.

Bronshtein check-called bets from Pupillo on fourth and fifth street before Pupillo took the on-board lead on sixth and bet. Bronshtein raised, Pupillo called and then check-called a bet from Bronshtein on seventh street.

Bronshtein tabled 6s8cAd for a nine-high straight, Pupillo mucked and Bronshtein won the pot to regain a solid chip lead.

Yuval Bronshtein – 1,040,000 (17 big bets)
Nick Pupillo – 185,000 (3 big bets)

Event 3: Nick Pupillo on the Rise

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24: 30,000/60,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 2 of 102

Nick Pupillo

Omaha 8

Nick Pupillo raised from the button, Yuval Bronshtein three-bet from the big blind and Pupillo called.

The flop came 10d6s2c and Bronshtein check-called a bet from Pupillo.

The turn was the 9s and Bronshtein check-called another bet from Pupillo.

The river was the 6d and Bronshtein check-called a third bet.

Pupillo tabled 8h7h5c3s for a ten-high straight, Bronshtein mucked and Pupillo collected the pot to just about tie things up.

Nick Pupillo – 600,000 (10 big bets)
Yuval Bronshtein – 625,000 (10 big bets)

Event 3: Kicker Problems for Nick Pupillo

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 2 of 102


Nick Pupillo raised from the button and Yuval Bronshtein called from the big blind.

The flop was 7h3h10d and Bronshtein checked to Pupillo who bet. Bronshtein put in a check-raise and Pupillo called.

Pupillo called bets from Bronshtein on both the Ac turn and 6s river.

Bronshtein showed 10c8d for a pair of tens, Pupillo flashed 10h5c for a pair of tens with an inferior kicker, and Bronshtein collected the bet.

Yuval Bronshtein – 1,025,000 (20.5 big bets)
Nick Pupillo – 200,000 (4 big bets)

Event 3: Nick Pupillo vs. Yuval Bronshtein for the Trophy

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 2 of 102

Nick Pupillo (left) vs. Yuval Bronshtein (right)

Yuval Bronshtein called his shot after winning Event 2 last night, saying he was going to go back-to-back. All that stands in his way now is established poker professional Nick Pupillo, showing he’s more than just a no-limit wizard.

Bronshtein has a slight edge to begin the heads-up match with about 710,000 (14 big bets) to Pupillo’s 515,000 (10 big bets).

Event 3: Ian Feller – 3rd Place ($4,331)

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23: 25,000/50,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 2 of 102

Ian Feller – 3rd Place

Omaha 8

Ian Feller, who at one point four-handed was down to 6,000 and ran it up to about 300,000, raised from the button and Nick Pupillo called from the big blind.

The flop was Jc7h8s and Pupillo checked to Feller who continued with a bet. Pupillo check-raised and Feller called all in for 45,000 with As4s9s9d for nines with a low draw.

Pupillo, however, tabled KdQc10d9c for the nut straight.

Feller four no help from the 8d turn nor the Jh river, ending his run in third place.

Nick Pupillo – 515,000 (10 big bets)
Ian Feller – Eliminated in 3rd Place ($4,331)

Event 3: Nick Pupillo Basically Triples Up

$400 H.O.R.S.E. (Freeze-Out)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20: 12,000/24,000 Limits
Players Remaining: 4 of 102

Nick Pupillo


Lazaro Rodriguez: XxXx / Ax3x6x
Ian Feller: XxXx: Ax10xJxfold
Nick Pupillo: XxXx / 7xJx5x

Lazaro Rodriguez completed on third street, Ian Feller called and Nick Pupillo raised. Rodriguez made it three bets, Feller capped it at four bets and both Pupillo and Rodriguez called.

Rodriguez bet with the on-board lead on fourth street and both opponents called.

Rodriguez bet again on fifth street, Feller folded and Pupillo called all in for 17,000.

Lazaro Rodriguez: 10x4x / Ax3x6x
Nick Pupillo: Ax2x / 7xJx5x

Here were the rest of their runouts:

Lazaro Rodriguez: 10x4x / Ax3x6x8x / Jx
Nick Pupillo: Ax2x / 7xJx5xKx / 6x

Pupillo made a seven-six on seventh street to nearly triple up. Not long after, Pupillo eliminated Rodriguez during Stud.

Nick Pupillo – 380,000 (16 big bets)
Lazaro Rodriguez – Eliminated in 5th Place ($2,228)

Recent Eliminations
6th: John Simcox – $1,694
7th: Bryce Fox – $1,225