Ryan Depaulo Wins Event 12, With a First Prize Nearly as Large as the Guarantee

2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 12
$600 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  434
Prize Pool:  $227,850
January 19, 2021

Ryan Depaulo
Ryan Depaulo

Event #12 of the 2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $600 Six-Max No-Limit Hold’em event, and the field of 434 entries more than quadrupled the guaranteed prizepool of $50,000.

Ryan Depaulo won the event outright (without the benefit of a deal) to claim the trophy, the title, and the first prize of $41,485. You might notice that Depaulo’s first prize was nearly as large as the guarantee on the entire prizepool.


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1RyanDepaulo$41,485
2DanielSwartz$29,105
3ArthurDemmerley$20,690
4ChristopherHewitt$14,935
5AlanWentz$10,950
6HiroakiHarada$8,150
7MichaelEsquivel$6,170
8KennyNguyen$6,170
9MichaelPerrone$4,745
10MichaelFoley$4,745
11$3,710
12RichardScola$3,710
13AaronThivyanathan$2,950
14JoshuaRivera$2,950
15EdwardMroczkowski$2,385
16AaronBaltzell$2,385
17MichaelBernstein$1,965
18JuanRodriguez$1,965
19AlbertoSabogali$1,645
20MarcusGurley$1,645
21GabrielBoria$1,645
22FrederickHoban$1,645
23RichardDavis$1,645
24RicardoEyzaguirre$1,645
25BrandonMiller$1,405
26ZhiWu$1,405
27BrettMcCormick$1,405
28JavierSarache$1,405
29SohebPorbandarwala$1,405
30JoshuaAdkins$1,405
31RyuanSlowik$1,220
32JustinHarvell$1,220
33HaileKuo$1,220
34TrungVan$1,220
35SeanMiller, Jr.$1,220
36SeanThomson$1,220
37MichaelEsposito$1,080
38JosephMcKeehen$1,080
39TheodorosStamelatos$1,080
40ReynelHernandez$1,080
41Josias CardosoDos Santos$1,080
42StephenProulx$1,080
43MichaelBrendan$975
44MyungShin$975
45EdgarVaras$975
46IlyasMuradi$975
47AnthonyAskey$975
48RobertAbner$975
49SpencerAlexander$895
50MaxwellWorth$895
51PhilipRigby$895
52FredericoDabus$895
53ThanhlongNguyen$895
54JasonYoung$895
55PerryShiao$840
56HamidIzadi$840
57TuanPham$840
58StephenCleghorn$840
59MichaelStashin$840
60TszShing$840
61DavidBerman$805
62JonahMiller$805
63KevinBuldo$805
64AndrewBrinkley$805
65DanielQuesada$805
66ChristopherNomikos$805
67RyanLuker$785
68CharlesOdenz$785
69RichardCollier$785
70JasonBlodgett$785
71JenniferBorsini$785
72ChristopherBlik$785
73$785
Ryan Depaulo
Ryan Depaulo

Event 12: Final Table Begins with Alan Wentz as Chipleader

$600 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  7 of 434

Event 12 Final Table
Event 12 – Final Table

When the field for the six-max reached the final seven players, there was a random redraw for seats at the final table. Here’s the lineup, along with their chip counts:

Seat 1.  Chris Hewitt  –  795,000  (32 bb)
Seat 2.  Michael Esquivel  –  760,000  (30 bb)
Seat 3.  Ryan Depaulo  –  580,000  (23 bb)
Seat 4.  Alan Wentz  –  1,605,000  (64 bb)
Seat 5.  H. Harada  –  550,000  (22 bb)
Seat 6.  D.J. Swartz  –  650,000  (26 bb)
Seat 7.  Art Demmerley  –  1,575,000  (63 bb)

And here are the final table payouts they’re playing for:

1st:  $41,485 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $29,105
3rd:  $20,690
4th:  $14,935
5th:  $10,950
6th:  $8,150
7th:  $6,170

Event 12: Three Straight All-In Situations to Break Table 23

$600 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 13: 1,500/2,500 with a 2,500 ante
Players Remaining:  59 of 434

Jason Young
Jason Young won the 2019 WPTDeepStacks Lucky Hearts Poker Open, outlasting a field of 1,634 to earn $263,205.

The player on the button moved all in, and Jason Young called all in from the small blind for 21,500 with QsQc. The button turned over 9s8s, and Young needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The flop came Qd9h8c, though the queen was the last card revealed, giving Young a brief moment where he thought he had been outflopped. Instead, he was in a dominant position with a set of queens against a lower two pair.

The turn card was the Qh, the river card was the 5s, and Young won the pot with quad queens to double up in chips.

Jason Young  –  48,000  (19 bb)

Aaron Thivyanathan
Aaron Thivyanathan

The next hand, the player in the big blind got it all in with KhKc against the 9s9h of Aaron Thivyanathan in the small blind.

The board came 10h7c2dQd9d, and Thivyanathan spiked a nine on the river to win the pot with a set of nines, eliminating his opponent.

The next hand, before Thivyanathan could finish stacking his chips, the player who doubled up Jason Young two hands earlier got it all in from the hijack with Kh10h. But he was dominated and facing elimination against Thivyanathan’s KsKd on the button.

The board came AhQd3c6h6c — the short-stacked player flopped a gutshot straight draw, but improved no further. Thivyanathan won the pot with his pocket kings to eliminate yet another player.

Aaron Thivyanathan  –  297,000  (119 bb)

With only three players left on the table, they paused to wait for new players, but instead it was their turn in the breaking order, and these players departed for their new seats elsewhere in the tournament field.

With 59 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 110,000 (55 big blinds). The field is in the money, with the remaining players guaranteed at least $840 each.

Event 12: Javier Sarache Knocks Out the Bubble to Get Everyone Into the Money

$600 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 12: 1,000/2,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining:  73 of 434

Javier Sarache
Javier Sarache

In the second hand of hand-for-hand play on the Money Bubble, two players got it all in after a flop of 8d3d2h.

The player in the big blind was all in for 20,000 with 10s10h, and he was covered by Javier Sarache on the button with QhJd. The short stack was ahead and poised to double up.

But the turn card was the 4c, and the river card was the Qd — Sarache rivered a higher pair to win the pot, eliminate his opponent, and burst the Money Bubble.

Javier Sarache  –  145,000  (73 bb)

With 73 players left, the average chip stack is about 89,000 (45 big blinds).

Event 12: Prize Pool and Payouts with $41,485 to the Six-Max Champ

$600 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 12: 1,000/2,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 84 of 434

The numbers were released and the $600 Six-Max NLH tournament officially drew 434 entries to push the $50,000 guaranteed prize pool up to $227,850. The biggest Six-Max field in our history will pay out the last 73 positions with $785 for a min-cash and $41,485 to the next LHPO champion.

2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 12
$600 Six-Max NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 434
Prize Pool:  $227,850
January 19, 2021

1st: $41,485 + LHPO Trophy
2nd: $29,105
3rd: $20,690
4th: $14,935
5th: $10,950
6th: $8,150
7th-8th: $6,170
9th-10th: $4,745
11th-12th: $3,710
13th-14th: $2,950
15th-16th: $2,385
17th-18th: $1,965
19th-24th: $1,645
25th-30th: $1,405
31st-36th: $1,220
37th-42nd: $1,080
43rd-48th: $975
49th-54th: $895
55th-60th: $840
61st-66th: $805
67th-73rd: $785