Last In, Last Out: Mica Lamar Max-Late Registers the Ladies Event, Then Goes On To Win Her First Trophy

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 12
$300 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  66
Prize Pool:  $17,160
July 30, 2022

Mica Lamar
Event 12 Champion Mica Lamar

When Mica Lamar showed up to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open on Saturday afternoon, there were two events she wanted to play — the $300 Ladies Event, and the $400 Deep Stack.

Lamar figured she could start with the Ladies Event, and if she didn’t make the final table, she could just slide into the final starting flight of the $400 Deep Stack. She cut it close, arriving just before registration closed for the Ladies Event around 5:15 pm.

“I was the very last person to register for the Ladies Event,” said Lamar. “So I got here just in time. Last in, last out.”

It turns out that Lamar not only made the final table, but she won the Ladies Event in a heads-up deal with runner-up Sahar Khajavi. Lamar won $5,000, plus an entry into the $1,100 Deep Stack that starts Monday, August 8th as part of the Big 4.

“I’ve been coming in second a lot,” said Lamar, “so this first trophy is a pretty good feeling.” This may be Lamar’s first trophy, but she’s no novice, with more than $100,000 in tournament earnings in just the past 16 months.

“It was a great group of ladies today,” said Lamar. “I really enjoyed playing with them. It was a fun table. But ladies are tough. I’d rather play with the guys. With the ladies, you just really don’t know. They’re very unpredictable.”

Lamar finished with some praise for Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

“This place is the best,” said Lamar. “I would even say it beats Vegas. They always get the greatest turnouts here. As you see, they broke another record today. Seminole Hard Rock — they literally rock.”


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1MicaLamar$5,000 *
2SaharKhajavi$4,435 *
3VanessaKade$2,100
4AnaHuete$1,500
5BridgetteAdkins$1,155
6AlejandraReidel$900
7BrittaniNguyen$775
8RitikaGoyal$690
9RinatHaviv$605

* Indicates results of a heads-up deal.

Event 12: Mica Lamar Wins in a Heads-Up Deal with Sahar Khajavi

$300 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 66

Mica Lamar
Event 12 Champion Mica Lamar

As the final two players got closer to even stacks, they agreed to a deal to end the tournament and split the remaining prizepool. These were their official chip counts:

Mica Lamar  –  720,000  (36 bb)
Sahar Khajavi  –  600,000  (30 bb)

As chipleader, Lamar was awarded the title, the trophy, and the $1,100 Big 4 seat into Event #29. These were the payouts they agreed to:

1st:  Mica Lamar  –  $5,000 + $1,100 Big 4 seat + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  Sahar Khajavi  –  $4,435

Congratulations to Mica Lamar! Stay tuned for a recap from this event to be posted later tonight.

Sahar Khajavi
Runner-Up Sahar Khajavi

Event 12: Sahar Khajavi Doubles Thru Mica Lamar

$300 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 66

Sahar Khajavi
Sahar Khajavi

In the first hand of heads-up play, Sahar Khajavi got it all in from the button for 265,000 with 7d7c, and she needed her hand to hold to stay alive against Mica Lamar’s Ac6d.

The board came Jd5s5h2c9s, and the pocket sevens held up for Khajavi to win the pot and double up in chips.

Sahar Khajavi  –  545,000  (36 bb)
Mica Lamar  –  775,000  (52 bb)

1st:  $6,005 + $1,100 Big 4 seat + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  $3,430

Event 12: Vanessa Kade – 3rd Place ($2,100)

$300 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 66

Vanessa Kade
Vanessa Kade

Vanessa Kade moved all in from the button for 55,000, Mica Lamar called from the small blind, and Sahar Khajavi called from the big blind.

Lamar and Khajavi checked all the way down on a board of Jh3s2hQc3h, and then all three players turned over their cards.

Mica Lamar:  6s6h  (pair of sixes)
Sahar Khajavi:  8s2c  (pair of deuces)
Vanessa Kade:  Ac7c  (ace high)

Lamar won the pot with her pocket sixes to eliminate Kade in third place.

Vanessa Kade  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($2,100)

These were the official chip counts for the start of heads-up play:

Mica Lamar  –  1,055,000  (70 bb)
Sahar Khajavi  –  265,000  (18 bb)

And these are the remaining payouts at stake:

1st:  $6,005 + $1,100 Big 4 seat + SHRPO Trophy
2nd:  $3,430

Event 12: Ana Huete – 4th Place ($1,500)

$300 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$10,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 66

Ana Huete
Ana Huete

Ana Huete moved all in from UTG/cutoff for 60,000, and Mica Lamar called from the big blind with Jd9d.

Huete turned over Kd4h, and needed her hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came 8c6d4sJh10h — Huete paired her four on the flop, but Lamar paired her jack on the turn to win the pot and eliminate Huete in fourth place.

Mica Lamar  –  770,000  (51 bb)
Ana Huete  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($1,500)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 440,000 (29 big blinds). The remaining players are guaranteed at least $2,100 each.