Escalator Event 1: Chip Counts Through Flight B

Escalator V Event 1
$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Return to Level 16: 3,000/5,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 17 of 278

Flight A:  116 Entries; 7 Advanced
Flight B:  162 Entries; 10 Advanced
Flight C:  Thursday at 10am
Flight D:  Thursday at 6pm
Flight E:  Friday at 10am
Flight F:  Saturday at 10am
Day 2:  Sunday at noon

RankFirst NameLast NameCitySTChip Count
1DonFlynnPompano BeachFL 598,000
2GeorohNetanelofBrooklynNY 293,000
3ManuelJoMiamiFL 227,000
4AlexWhiteBoca RatonFL 196,000
5JamesTomblinWilton ManorsFL 166,000
6RichardLardnerMassapequaNY 133,000
7SeanKerseyPembroke PinesFL 102,000
8GiliPrizamentBiscayne ParkFL 81,000
9BrandonRodriguezHollywoodFL 77,000
10AlexanderObedFort LauderdaleFL 72,000
11DavidYerushalmiBal HarbourFL 366,000
12ScottLivingstonStuartFL 293,000
13RafaelLimaDavieFL 227,000
14JamesQuilesBoca RatonFL 173,000
15BrianBarisTamaracFL 131,000
16JeffKesslerPlantationFL 122,000
17MurrayGreeneHollywoodFL 81,000

Escalator Schedule | Week 1

Week 1 | $150 Buy-In, $50,000 Guaranteed

Wednesday at 10AM: Flight A – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips
  • All levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration/e-entry available until the start of Level 4
  • Day 1 will end at 6% of the field in the money
  • Structure Sheet

Wednesday at 6PM: Flight B – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips
  • All levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration/e-entry available until the start of Level 4
  • Day 1 will end at 6% of the field in the money
  • Structure Sheet

Thursday at 10AM: Flight C – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips
  • All levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration/e-entry available until the start of Level 4
  • Day 1 will end at 6% of the field in the money
  • Structure Sheet

Thursday at 6PM: Flight D – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips
  • All levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration/e-entry available until the start of Level 4
  • Day 1 will end at 6% of the field in the money
  • Structure Sheet

Friday at 10AM: Flight E – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips
  • All levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration/e-entry available until the start of Level 4
  • Day 1 will end at 6% of the field in the money
  • Structure Sheet

Saturday at 10AM: Flight A – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips
  • All levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration/e-entry available until the start of Level 4
  • Day 1 will end at 6% of the field in the money
  • Structure Sheet

Event 1: Fernando Rodriguez Wins Opening LHPO Trophy

2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 1
$600 Deep Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry Per Flight)
$300,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 3,004
Prize Pool:  $1,577,100
January 14-17, 2021

Fernando Rodriguez, Event 1 champion

The much-anticipated return of a big poker series to South Florida began on January 14 and the opening tournament of the 2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was everything we hoped it would be. Event 1 drew more than 3,000 entries and Tampa regular Fernando Rodriguez outlasted them all to book a $205,000 win.

Players were eager to come out and play live poker in a safe and sound environment. The $600 buy-in Deep Stack tournament had six starting flights that combined to put 3,004 entries in the field. The $300,000 guarantee was bested before Flight B even started and they pushed the prize pool up to $1,577,100 by the time registration closed Saturday evening.

Rodriguez came into Day 2 with the third biggest stack among the 375 returners and only had a few problems along the way.

“I lost a couple bad hands but I got moved to a new table.” Rodriguez said of his run. “They didn’t know me and I didn’t tilt or make bad plays. It was good from then.”

Rodriguez had a clear lead at the end of Day 2 when nine players advanced to a bonus day of poker. He was joined by fellow Tampa Poker regular Peter Walsworth and Fabian Foster with the biggest stacks and all three would be there at the end.

Walsworth was in control to start the final table and quickly amassed a huge stack. But those chips did not last after a series of tough hands while Scott Blackman built a stack and Jason Johnson stayed alive with a handful of nice doubles.

Rodriguez regained the lead in a big way when he sent both Walsworth and Johnson out within a few minutes. Those two hands left only three players in the tournament and Rodriguez holding the lion’s share of the chips. They worked out a deal to divide up the remaining prize pool with Foster earning $143,355 for third place, Blackman $200,000 for second, and Rodriguez took home $205,000 along with the LHPO trophy.

“It feels really great,” Rodriguez said. “I said I’d be back here and here I am.”

This is the first Hollywood win for Rodriguez and the biggest score of his career. He is a familiar face in our sister room in Tampa and his previous best cash was a fourth-place finish in the 2020 Tampa Winter Poker Open Main Event in December.

“I’m going to play everything,” Rodriguez laughed when asked about his plans for the series. “I want to play everything I can.”

Final table results:

1st: Fernando Rodriguez – $205,000 + LHPO Trophy *
2nd: Scott Blackman – $200,000 *
3rd: Fabian Foster – $143,366 *
4th: Jason Johnson – $86,047
5th: Peter Walsworth – $63,762
6th: Jesse Lott – $46,877
7th: Brandon Navarrete – $34,557

Event 1: We Have a Deal!

$600 Deep Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry Per Flight)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 36: 250,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante

Fabian Foster (left), Fernando Rodriguez (enter), and Scott Blackman (right)

The three remaining players were sent on a break and they never played another hand. They looked at numbers and came up with a deal to divide up the remaining prize pool.

Fernando Rodiguez held more than half of the chips in play to take home $205,000 while second-place Scott Blackman earned $200,000 followed by Fabian Foster’s $143,366.

Fernando Rodriguez – 32,500,000
Scott Blackman – 19,750,000
Fabian Foster – 7,750,000

1st: Fernando Rodriguez – $205,000
2nd: Scott Blackman – $200,000
3rd: Fabian Foster – $143,366

Event 1: Jason Johnson – 4th Place ($86,047)

$600 Deep Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry Per Flight)
$300,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 35: 200,000/400,000 with a 400,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 3,004

Jason Johnson

Fernando Rodriguez raised from the button, Jason Johnson moved all in from the big blind for about 9.2 million, and Rodriguez called with Qd10d.

Johnson turned over JhJd, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came Qh9d2sAc8c, and Rodriguez paired his queen on the flop to win the pot and eliminate Johnson in fourth place.

Fernando Rodriguez  –  31,700,000  (79 bb)
Jason Johnson  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($86,047)