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)