Matt Vinke Dominates the Competition, Wins $360 Black Chip Bounty in Four-Way Deal

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, FL 
Event 13
$360 No-Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty 
Entries: 214
Prize Pool: $42,800
April 15, 2018

Matt Vinke wins $360 no-limit hold’em black chip bounty

“Make sure you guys tip the dealer, especially you,” said an onlooker at the end of the $360 no-limit hold’em black chip bounty event, pointing towards Matt Vinke. “You got hit pretty good with the deck.”

Vinke seemingly ran away with the title in a four-way chop, taking nearly first place money in the process. He earned $9,500 for besting a field of 214 entries, giving the Miami resident his career-best score.

“I had two-thirds of the chips,” said Vinke about his stack at the time of the chop. “I had to convince them to make the deal. I took about $900 off the top and then they chopped up the rest of it.”

Dongjun Ji came into the final table as the chip leader with Vinke trailing him in second. Everything fell Vinke’s way, however, picking up multiple bounties and accumulating chips at a rapid pace en route to his first career live tournament win.

“I came into the final table in second place and just tried to grind it out,” said Vinke. “You know, I folded a couple of hands where I needed to, got lucky a couple times, won some races and won it all.”

Vinke lives and works in Miami as a transportation planner. Originally from Charlotte, NC, the 31-year-old doesn’t have a ton of time to play poker with a full-time job, but tries to get up to the Seminole Hard Rock and play a tournament when he can.

Eventually, he hopes to escape the grind of a normal job, but he needs to continue grinding out consistent results before he takes a plunge from the office chair to the felt.

“I want to play some smaller tournaments and see if I can keep making some big returns, like today,” said the die-hard Panthers fan. “But for the time being, I’m taking it slow.”

With the bounty format, Vinke picked up an extra $100 for every player he knocked out, allowing him to take home more than the $9,500.

With 214 entries, the top 27 players cashed and here are the results:

1st: Matt Vinke – $9,500*
2nd: Joshua Daff – $5,057*
3rd: Dongjun Ji – $5,057*
4th: Jeffrey Goodman – $5,057*
5th: Craig Witz – $2,061
6th: Michael Lin – $1,708
7th: Amelio Amato – $1,455
8th: Matthew Paul – $1,245
9th: Jack Battaglia – $1,040
10th: David Larson – $899
11th: Eric Ward – $899
12th: Patrick Chi – $899
13th: Dimitry Agrachov – $770
14th: Alan Percal – $770
15th: Alexander Carfagno – $770
16th: Marc Sacheli – $642
17th: Brandon Schwartz – $642
18th: Edgar Varas – $642
19th: Jerry Humphrey – $514
20th: Andre Rakusa – $514
21st: Timothy Cavallin – $514
22nd: Mario James – $396
23rd: Eduardo Christ – $396
24th: Jose Fong – $396
25th: Tom Nguyen – $319
26th: Daamarie Badermuse – $319
27th: Todd Gallaher – $319

*Adjusted payouts as part of a four-way chop

Event 13: Dongjun Ji Leads Final 10 Players

$360 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Structure
Level 20: 5,000/10,000 with a 100 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 214

Event 13 Final Table

The $360  Big Stack Black Chip Bounty reached the final 10 players and they have redrawn for seats at the unofficial final table.

With one more elimination, the final nine players will be credited with making the official final table. They are all guaranteed a cash of at least $899, but they are all within reach of the $10,398 first place money.

Here is a look at the chip counts and seat draw for the final 10 players:

Seat 1: Matthew Paul – 302,000
Seat 2: Dongjun Ji – 676,000
Seat 3: Jeff Goodman – 135,000
Seat 4: Michael Lin – 345,000
Seat 5: Josh Daff – 391,000
Seat 6: Craig White – 405,000
Seat 7: Matt Vinke – 507,000
Seat 8: Jack Battaglia – 138,000
Seat 9: David Larson – 67,000
Seat 10: Amelio Amato – 260,000

Event 13: Bounty Prize Pool Final with $10K to the Champ

$360 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 10: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Players Remaining: 81 of 214

Registration is closed in Event 13, this morning’s $360 buy-in Big Stack Black Chip Bounty Re-Entry. The tournament drew 214 entries generating a prize pool of $42,800. In addition, another $21,400 was ponied toward the bounties accumulating a total kiddie of $64,200. The top 27 players finish in the money with a min-cash worth $319. Payouts escalate from there and top out in the form of a $10,398 first prize. In addition, any player fortunate enough to score a bustout will pocket a $100 payout.

Here are the details:

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 13

$360 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty (Re-Entry)
Entries: 214
Prize Pool: $42,800
Bounty Prize Pool: $21,400
Total Prize Pool: $64,200
April 15, 2018

1st – $10,398 + Trophy
2nd – $7,217
3rd – $4,387
4th – $2,669
5th – $2,061
6th – $1,708
7th – $1,455
8th – $1,245
9th – $1,040
10th-12th – $899
13th-15th – $770
16th-18th – $642
19th-21st – $514
22nd-24th – $396
25th-27th – $319

The $360 buy-in Deep Stack Black Chip Bounty field is down to nine players remaining.

We will provide another update on this event when it reaches the 10-handed final table.

Event 13: Sunday Bounties

$360 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$30,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1: 25/50

Not everyone can bag in the Championship and we have a few new tournaments with various buy-ins for those who want some Sunday action.

The first one is Event 13 kicking off at 11am. The $360 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty has a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool, $100 player bounties, and a one-day structure that will award a Showdown trophy later this evening.

Each entrant will sit down to a 15,000 starting stack and play 30-minute levels all day long. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 3:30pm. There is a 40-minute dinner break scheduled at 5:30pm and they will play it out from that point forward.

Cards go in the air in the Event Center at 11am and we’ll hit the highlights along the way.

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 3 Structure Sheet

Showdown Day 11 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 13 – $360 Big Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 3 Structure Sheet

12PM: Day 2 – $3,500 WPT Showdown Championship

2PM: Day 1 – $25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 100,000 in chips and 40-minute levels
  • Final table levels will last 60 minutes; heads-up last 30 minutes
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 10
  • Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
  • High Roller Structure Sheet

5PM: Day 1 – $2,200 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 40-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • Day 1 will end after Level 12 or Tournament Director discretion
  • Event 15 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

10AM: Event 64 – $2,625 Super Turbo into High Roller

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $1,000,000 GTD High Roller
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 10-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 64 Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 65 – $150 “Big O” 5-Card PLO/8 (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 65 Structure Sheet

7PM: Event 66 – $550 Satellite into Event 16 (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $5,000/$250K GTD Event 16
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 66 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 67 – $130 Turbo Survivor (Re-Entry)

  • 1-in-10 player will earn $1,000 in cash
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 67 Structure Sheet

10:30PM: Event 68 – $525 Super Turbo into Event 16

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $5,000/$250K GTD Event 16
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 10-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 68 Structure Sheet

Players are encouraged to park in Seminole Way Garage for easy, covered access to the tournament area and poker room
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Event 13: Ari Engel Wins After Heads-Up Deal

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 13
$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Entries: 232
Prize Pool: $225,040
January 17, 2018

                                                                                   Ari Engel

Event 13 of the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was an $1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) tournament. A total of 232 entries generated a prize pool of $225,040, more than doubling the $100,000 guarantee. The final table produced several of poker’s best, and in the end it was down to Loni Harwood and Ari Engel. The two accomplished professionals agreed to a deal and as chip leader, Engel was officially declared the winner.

“Chopping with Loni, who’s a friend, is really cool,” Engel said afterward. “We’ve been playing for so long together, so it’s always fun to both do really well.”

Engel is no stranger to winning poker tournaments. In fact, this marks his 24th official live tournament win according to Hendon Mob, and his second at the Seminole Hard Rock.

He scored the elimination on the money bubble to propel the remaining 29 players into the money, won a crucial hand with pocket aces to seize a hefty chip lead, and began the final table on top of the chip counts.

“I came into the final table with a huge chip lead, and usually, I mess those up. So it’s cool not to mess it up this time.”

Still, It was a tumultuous final table for Engel, one that saw him go from chip leader to the short stack with five players remaining. However, he battled back to retake the chip lead, thanks to a dramatic hand in which the odds of winning outright were less than 6%.

“I can’t believe I beat ace-king with ace-king, and also earlier in the tournament king-jack against king-jack. Earlier this week I also won with ace-king against ace-king suited, so that’s three times this week against the same hand that I won.”

For Engel, the victory pushes him above the $5.3 million mark in career live poker tournament winnings.

“I don’t even know what’s happening, I’m just running amazing. It’s ridiculous.”

Results 
1st: Ari Engel – $45,688*
2nd: Loni Harwood – $44,582*
3rd: John Richards – $23,067
4th: Haim Toorgeman – $14,031
5th: Michael Pearson – $10,836
6th: Kelly Minkin – $8,979
7th: Paul Balzano – $7,651
8th: Maria Ho – $6,526
9th: Jeremy Ausmus – $5,304
10th: David Finkelstein – $4,631
11th: Ira Schwartz – $4,631
12th: Scott Efron -$4,631
13th: Stephen Song – $3,972
14th: Jake Bazeley – $3,972
15th: Eduardo Christ – $3,972
16th: Tajesh Patel – $3,313
17th: Philipp Kampf – $3,313
18th: Vladislav Varlashin – $3,313
19th: Jeffrey Soffer – $2,653
20th: Arunas Sapitavicius – $2,653
21st: Dylan Linde – $2,653
22nd: Darren Rabinowitz – $2,082
23rd: Ryan McKnight – $2,082
24th: Roland Israelashvili – $2,082
25th: Kenneth Slater – $1,771
26th: Aaron Massey – $1,771
27th: Almedin Imsirovic – $1,771
28th: Shea Smith – $1,555
29th: Bienvenido Santiago – $1,555

*denotes heads-up deal

Event 13: We Have a Deal!

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure Payouts
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 232

              Loni Harwood (left), Ari Engel (middle), and GOAT railbird Darren Rabinowitz (right)

Ari Engel and Loni Harwood agreed to an ICM deal before heads-up play began.

Here were the chip counts:

Ari Engel – 1,490,000 (50 bb)
Loni Harwood – 1,295,000 (43 bb)

As chip leader, Engel is officially the winner of Event 13 of the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

Here were their payouts:

Ari Engel – $45,688
Loni Harwood – $44,582

A recap of the tournament will be posted later tonight.

Event 13: John Richards – 3rd Place ($23,067)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure Payouts
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2 of 232

                                                                           John Richards – 3rd Place

John Richards raised to 65,000 from the button, Loni Harwood reraised all in from the small blind for about 650,000, Ari Engel folded his big blind, and Richards tanked for a bit before he called all in for roughly 600,000.

Richards: As8c
Harwood: QsJh

The board came down 8s6c4d5hJs, giving Harwood a pair of jacks on the river to eliminate Richards in third place for $23,067.

Loni Harwood – 1,295,000 (43 bb)
John Richards – Eliminated

Event 13: Haim Toorgeman – 4th Place ($14,031); Ari Engel Retakes the Chip Lead In Dramatic Fashion

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure Payouts
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 3 of 232

Haim Toorgeman – 4th Place

Haim Toorgeman raised all in from the button for 350,000, Loni Harwood reraised all in with a chip-leading stack from the small blind, and Ari Engel called all in from the big blind for 580,000.

Toorgeman: 8s8d
Harwood: AhKh
Engel: AdKd

The flop came KcJd7d, pairing both Harwood and Engel to give them the lead with a pair of kings. Engel, though, picked up a flush draw.

Toorgeman was well behind now with his eights, but the turn was the 8h to vault him back ahead with a set.

However, the 9d river completed the board to give Engel an ace-high flush to eliminate Toorgeman and double through Harwood.

Toorgeman finished in fourth place for $14,031.

Ari Engel – 1,530,000 (51 bb)
Loni Harwood – 750,000 (25 bb)
Haim Toorgeman – Eliminated

Event 13: Michael Pearson – 5th Place ($10,836)

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure Payouts
Level 26: 15,000/30,000 with a 5,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 232

                                                Michael Pearson – 5th Place

John Richards raised to 60,000 from the cutoff, Michael Pearson called all in for 30,000 from the button, Loni Harwood reraised all in with a chip leading stack from the big blind, and Richards folded.

Pearson: Ad8d
Harwood: 4h4d

The board came down JdJh9c2s10s, no help to Pearson, ending his tournament in fifth place for $10,836.

Loni Harwood – 1,300,000 (43 bb)
Michael Pearson – Eliminated