Matthew Kaplan Wins Event 11 of the 2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open for His Second SHRP Trophy

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$400 Black Chip Bounty PLO (Single Re-Entry)
Entries:  231
Prize Pool:  $54,285
Bounty Prize Pool:  $23,100
January 17, 2022

2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 11 Champion Matthew Kaplan

Event 11 of the 2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $400 Black Chip Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha (Single Re-Entry). The tournament attracted 231 entries, generating a prize pool of $54,285 with another $23,100 set aside for bounties.

Emerging victorious was Matthew Kaplan, winning outright for $12,475. This marked Kaplan’s second SHRP major series trophy, having previously won a $360 PLO Hi/Lo event at the 2018 Showdown series for $8,416.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1MatthewKaplan$12,475
2SaberSalum$8,385
3JohnBinns$5,565
4BenMatthews$3,385
5TrentonBaker$2,615
6GabeRamos$2,180
7DawnWilensky$1,875
8JeffKenny$1,575
9MarkAmaral$1,280
10JeffreyElliott$1,280
11AaronDurrani$1,120
12ZacharyHench$1,120
13JohnColucci$960
14RafaelLima$960
15WalidMaddah$960
16JamesOliver$800
17SamuelIlan Charnis$800
18ThayerRasmussen$800
19GerardoFlores$675
20ManishChaddha$675
21JulioGutierrez$675
22AyedShweihat$550
23JuanRodriguez$550
24SeanDunleavy$550
25JohnOde$495
26SeanKersey$495
27SebastienSoares$495
28AdrianMiller$495
29RyanLeto$248
30RonnieAbro$247

Event 11: Final Table Lineup

$400 Black Chip Bounty Pot Limit Omaha (Single Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 18:  5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining:  9 of 231

Seat 1:  Mark Amaral  –  330,000  (33 bb)
Seat 2:  Matt Kaplan  –  565,000  (57 bb)
Seat 3:  John Binns  –  1,070,000  (107 bb)
Seat 4:  Saber Salum  –  500,000  (50 bb)
Seat 5:  Ben Matthews  –  215,000  (22 bb)
Seat 6:  Trenton Baker  –  270,000  (27 bb)
Seat 7:  Dawn Wilensky  –  140,000  (14 bb)
Seat 8:  Gabe Ramos  –  205,000  (21 bb)
Seat 9:  Jeff Kenny  –  170,000  (17 bb)

1st:  $12,475 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $8,385
3rd:  $5,565
4th:  $3,385
5th:  $2,615
6th:  $2,180
7th:  $1,875
8th:  $1,575
9th:  $1,280

Event 11: Prize Pool and Payouts; $12,475 to the Winner

2022 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$400 Black Chip Bounty PLO (Single Re-Entry)
Entries:  231
Prize Pool:  $54,285
Bounty Prize Pool:  $23,100
January 17, 2022

Event 11 of the 2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open, the $400 Black Chip Bounty PLO (Single Re-Entry), drew 231 entires and created a prize pool of $54,285. The final 29 players will make the money, with a min-cash of $495, while $12,475 is set aside for the winner.

1st:  $12,475 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $8,385
3rd:  $5,565
4th:  $3,385
5th:  $2,615
6th:  $2,180
7th:  $1,875
8th:  $1,575
9th-10th:  $1,280
11th-12th:  $1,120
13th-15th:  $960
16th-18th:  $800
19th-21st:  $675
22nd-24th:  $550
25th-29th:  $495

Event 11: Bounty PLO

$400 Black Chip Bounty Pot Limit Omaha (Single Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1:  100/100 with a 100 ante

More Omaha on the slate today and we’re switching things up at 3 pm. The new trend in Pot Limit Omaha is the introduction of the big blind ante format and Event 11 will utilize it today. In addition to that change, we are also running $100 bounties on every player to keep things interesting.

Players start with 15,000 chips and all levels last 30 minutes. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Leve 9 at 7:30 pm.

It will be a fun tournament and we expect a lot of our Omaha experts in the field.

  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (7:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 11 Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 5 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 9 – $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (3:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 9 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 10 – $600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (4:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 10 Structure Sheet

2PM: Event 7 Day 2 – $1,100 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

3PM: Event 1 Day 3 – $600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

3PM: Event 11 – $400 Black Chip Bounty Pot Limit Omaha (Single Re-Entry)

  • Note: Tournament will play with big blind antes
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (7:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 11 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 12 – $150 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-8 last 15 minutes; Levels 9+ last 20 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (8:15pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 12 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

10AM: $150 Multi-Event Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two $1,250 packages guaranteed; includes seat in any $600 LHPO event and seat in any $400 LHPO event plus $250 in cash
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (12:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

2PM: $250 Multi-Event Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • One $2,100 package guaranteed; includes seat in any $1,100 LHPO event and seat in any $600 LHPO event plus $400 in cash
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (4:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

5PM: $400 Championship Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two seats guaranteed into $2,000,000 GTD LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 8 (9:00pm)
  • Structure Sheet

8PM: $400 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two seats guaranteed into $2,000,000 GTD LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (10:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

2022 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Schedule

Long Nguyen Wins His Second Trophy of 2021 in Six-Max PLO

2021 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 11
$400 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries:  144
Prize Pool:  $48,240
November 22, 2021

Long Nguyen
Long Nguyen

On Monday night, Long Nguyen outlasted a field of 144 entries to win $12,040 and his second Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood trophy in four months. (Nguyen won a Pot Limit Omaha Hi/Lo event back in July during SHRPO.)

“It feels really good,” said Nguyen.

“I came in as the shortest stack,” said Nguyen about the final table. “I folded for a while, and then I just ran good at the end, honestly. About four handed I started catching cards, and it worked out for me.”

“Kevin [Ruscitti] and Matt [Bretzfield] were my only two worries,” said Nguyen. “If I could fade them, I thought I was going to win.”

As it turned out, Bretzfield and Ruscitti were the final two hurdles Nguyen needed to cross, with Bretzfield busting third and Ruscitti finishing as the runner-up.

Nguyen is a regular here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood for the big tournament series, so what keeps him coming back?

“The staff is great,” said Nguyen. “They run a good tournament, with big fields.”


Final Results:

PlaceNameWinnings
1stLong Nguyen$12,040
2ndKevin Ruscitti$8,010
3rdMatty Bretzfield$4,945
4thJason Campbell$3,005
5thJon Dupee$2,325
6thNikolay Grigorov$1,925
7thJoel Reiss$1,530
8thEric Piderit$1,530
9thNathan Willis$1,225
10thDavid Vance$1,225
11thTom Guedj$1,055
12thFrank Gentile$1,055
13thKevin Garosshen$890
14thAftab Shakoor$890
15thMichael Newman$890
16thMatthew Wolfson$740
17thBenjamin Stewart$740
18thChristopher Licht$740
19thSung Kim$610
20thShane Raikes$610
21stDerrick Contreras$610
22ndMilton Miranda Jr.$550
23rdBrandon Duvdivani$550
24thJulio Fernandez$550

Event 11: Long Nguyen Wins ($12,040); Kevin Ruscitti Finishes as Runner-Up ($8,010)

$400 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  20,000/40,000
Players Remaining:  1 of 144

Long Nguyen
Event 11 Champion Long Nguyen

Heads-up play lasted about half an hour before they saw a flop of 10s7h6s.

Kevin Ruscitti bet 150,000, Long Nguyen pot-raised to 570,000, and Ruscitti tanked for a long time before he called.

The turn card was the Jh, Ruscitti checked, Nguyen moved all in, and Ruscitti called.

Long Nguyen:  AsQc9d8d  (jack-high straight)
Kevin Ruscitti:  Qs10h10d9c  (set of tens, gutshot straight draw)

The river card was the 3s, and Nguyen won the pot — and his second Seminole Hard Rock trophy — with a jack-high straight.

Congratulations to Long Nguyen!

1st:  Long Nguyen  –  $12,040
2nd:  Kevin Ruscitti  –  $8,010
3rd:  Matty Bretzfield  –  $4,945
4th:  Jason Campbell  –  $3,005
5th:  Jon Dupee  –  $2,325
6th:  Nikolay Grigorov  –  $1,925
7th:  Joel Reiss  –  $1,530

Kevin Ruscitti
Runner-Up Kevin Ruscitti

Event 11: Matty Bretzfield – 3rd Place ($4,945)

$400 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/30,000
Players Remaining:  2 of 144

Matty Bretzfield
Matty Bretzfield

Matty Bretzfield has been chipleader for most of the final table, but things took a bad turn for him once it got down to three players.

Kevin Ruscitti doubled thru him about 15 minutes into three-handed play, which put a big dent in Bretzfield’s stack.

A few minutes later, Bretzfield lost another pot when Ruscitti made a jack-high flush against Bretzfield’s set.

Kevin Ruscitti  –  1,190,000  (48 bb)
Matty Bretzfield  –  680,000  (27 bb)

About 12 minutes later, after a flop of Qs8c3c, Bretzfield got it all in form the big blind for 260,000 against Long Nguyen in the small blind.

Long Nguyen:  8h7c5c3d  (two pair, seven-high flush draw)
Matty Bretzfield:  Jc9s2h2c  (pair of deuces, jack-high flush draw, gutshot straight draw)

The turn card was the 9c, the river card was the 10d, and Bretzfield turned a jack-high club flush to win the pot and double up in chips.

Matty Bretzfield  –  600,000  (24 bb)
Long Nguyen  –  1,100,000  (44 bb)

The next hand, as the blinds increased to 15,000-30,000, Bretzfield got it all in preflop from the small blind for about 600,000 against Nguyen.

Long Nguyen:  AsAc6c2s
Matty Bretzfield:  KcJs7s2c

The board came Jd2d2hKdAh — Bretzfield flopped a full house, deuces full of jacks, but Nguyen spiked an ace on the river to win the pot with a higher full house, aces full of deuces, eliminating Bretzfield in third place.

Matty Bretzfield  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($4,945)

Here are the approximate chip counts for the start of heads-up play, followed by the remaining payouts:

Long Nguyen  –  1,700,000  (57 bb)
Kevin Ruscitti  –  1,200,000  (40 bb)

1st:  $12,040
2nd:  $8,010

Event 11: Jason Campbell – 4th Place ($3,005)

$400 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  15,000/25,000
Players Remaining:  3 of 144

Jason Campbell
Jason Campbell

The players returned from break to begin Level 21, with increased blinds of 10,000-20,000. These were the official chip counts from the break:

Seat 1.  Long Nguyen  –  355,000  (18 bb)
Seat 2.  Jason Campbell  –  340,000  (17 bb)
Seat 3.  Matty Bretzfield  –  1,235,000  (62 bb)
Seat 4.  Kevin Ruscitti  –  955,000  (48 bb)

Level 21 passed by without much incident, and Level 22 began with increased blinds of 15,000-25,000.

A few minutes later, Matty Bretzfield raised from UTG/cutoff to 65,000, Jason Campbell tanked for a while in the big blind before moving all in for 145,000, and Bretzfield called.

Matty Bretzfield:  As10h4c2d
Jason Campbell:  Kh10s7c3c

The board came 10c10d5dJs6s — both players flopped trip tens, but Bretzfield won the pot with his ace kicker to eliminate Campbell in fourth place.

Matty Bretzfield  –  1,450,000  (58 bb)
Jason Campbell  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($3,005)

With three players remaining from a field of 144, the average chip stack is about 960,000 (38 big blinds). The remaining players are all guaranteed at least $4,945 each.

Event 11: Jon Dupee – 5th Place ($2,325)

$400 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  8,000/16,000
Players Remaining:  4 of 144

Jon Dupee
Jon Dupee

Jon Dupee moved all in from the button for 55,000, Matty Bretzfield called from the small blind, and Kevin Ruscitti pot-raised from the big blind. Bretzfield quickly folded.

Kevin Ruscitti:  AdAs8s5s
Jon Dupee:  Qh9s9h8h

The board came Qd10h4hKd4d — Dupee paired his queen on the flop and picked up a heart flush draw and a gutshot straight draw, but he missed all of his outs. Ruscitti won the pot with two pair, aces and fours, to eliminate Dupee in fifth place.

Kevin Ruscitti  –  955,000  (60 bb)
Jon Dupee  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($2,325)

With four players remaining from a field of 144, the average chip stack is about 720,000 (45 big blinds). The remaining players are all guaranteed at least $3,005 each.