Michael McKuin Wins Event 14 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Outright for $11,175

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 14
$400 Black Chip Bounty PLO (Re-Entry)
Entries:  206
Prize Pool:  $48,410
Bounty Prize Pool:  $20,600
January 16, 2023

Event 14 of the 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open was the $400 Black Chip Bounty Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry). A field of 206 entries generated a prize pool of $48,410, with an additional $20,600 set aside for bounties.

Taking it down was Michael McKuin, winning outright for $11,175.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1MichaelMcKuin$11,175
2RafaelRodriguez Arango$7,830
3JoseObadia Chocron$4,960
4JacobEzell$3,325
5DavidChilds$2,330
6EricPolirer$1,930
7BrianMcKain$1,650
8CharlesGudaitis$1,420
9LeifForce$1,230
10MichaelSuggs$1,230
11BrianAdams$1,055
12MaximinoRamirez Lopez$1,055
13CharlesHonkonen$885
14YevgeniyKluyenko$885
15DanielKusnerak$885
16MarkWahba$730
17EliasNassif$730
18ReedOrem$730
19OleksiiKoiev$600
20AyedShweihat$600
21WallyMaddah$600
22EricZheng$515
23BeyominRichmond$515
24NicoleJammal$515
25ChristianRoberts$515
26AmberSturms$515

Event 14: Prize Pool and Payouts; $11,175 to the Winner

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 14
$400 Black Chip Bounty PLO (Re-Entry)
Entries:  206
Prize Pool:  $48,410
Bounty Prize Pool:  $20,600
January 16, 2023

Event 14 of the 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open was the $400 Black Chip Bounty PLO (Re-Entry). A field of 206 entries produced a prize pool of $48,410, with an additional $20,600 set aside for bounties. The final 26 players will cash, earning at least $515.

Up top for the winner is $11,175.

1st:  $11,175 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $7,830
3rd:  $4,960
4th:  $3,325
5th:  $2,330
6th:  $1,930
7th:  $1,650
8th:  $1,420
9th-10th:  $1,230
11th-12th:  $1,055
13th-15th:  $885
16th-18th:  $730
19th-21st:  $600
22nd-26th:  $515

Event 14: Bounty PLO

$400 Black Chip Bounty PLO (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1:  100/100 with a 100 ante

The second of two Omaha tournaments on the schedule today gets underway at 4 pm. Event 14 is a $400 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament with $100 bounties on every player and plenty of action.

They start with 20,000 deep stacks and all levels last 30 minutes. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Levle 9 at 8:30 pm. They will play down toward the final table and eventual Event 14 champion later this evening.

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (8:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 14 Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 5 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 12 Day 1A – $200 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 7 (2:30pm)
  • Day 1 will end when field reaches 10%
  • Event 12 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 13 – $600 Big O (Re-Entry)

  • 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 13 Structure Sheet

1PM: Event 10 Day 2 – $600 Mixed PLO (Re-Entry)

2PM: Event 9 Day 2 – $1,100 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

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

3PM: Event 12 Day 1B – $200 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 7 (6:30pm)
  • Day 1 will end when field reaches 10%
  • Event 12 Structure Sheet

4PM: Event 14 – $400 Black Chip Bounty PLO (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (8:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 14 Structure Sheet

7PM: Event 12 Day 1C – $200 Big Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 7 (10:30pm)
  • Day 1 will end when field reaches 10%
  • Event 12 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 15 – $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (10:15pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 15 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

12PM: $250 Multi-Event Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

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

5PM: $250 Event 19 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two seats guaranteed into $2,200/$200K GTD LHPO Event 19
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (7:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

7PM: $400 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two seats guaranteed into $3,500 LHPO Championship
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (9:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Schedule
 

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John Holley Goes Back-to-Back, Winning His 5th Trophy on Monday and His 6th Trophy on Tuesday

2022 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 14
$600 Deep Stack Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  405
Prize Pool:  $210,600
November 20-22, 2022

John Holley
John Holley

Winning tournaments on back-to-back days is a rare feat, and on Tuesday night, John Holley accomplished it for the second time in his career.

On Sunday, Holley played the first flight of Event #14 ($600 Deep Stack Pot-Limit Omaha) and bagged up 74 big blinds worth of chips as he advanced to Day 2, which would be on Tuesday.

On Monday, he played Event #16 ($400 Omaha 8/Stud 8), which was a one-day event. Holley won that event outright to earn his fifth trophy here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. (As a bonus, it was his daughter’s 17th birthday.)

On Tuesday, it was back to Event #14 for Holley as he sat down on Day 2 with 51 other players to play to a winner. Ten hours later, Holley had the chip lead when the final four players agreed to a deal, giving Holley another title, another trophy, and $30,191.

“It feels fantastic,” said Holley after his victory.

Holley also won trophies on back-to-back days back in August of 2013 at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. He has won six titles here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood over the course of his career.

When he was younger, Holley used to be a competitive fisherman, and he probably has more fishing trophies than poker trophies.

“I always knew from a young age that fishing was my God-given talent,” said Holley. “Everywhere I’d go where there’s a fish, I could catch it. But fishing is hard on your body, especially tournament fishing. It got so hard to do as I got older, so I started to play poker. I still get to compete, and it’s easier on your body. Poker keeps my mind sharp.”

And Holley’s favorite place to play is right here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

“They have every buy-in from $150 to $50,000, and they have satellites if you can’t afford it,” said Holley. “This is the best place to play tournaments in the whole country.”


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1JohnHolley$30,191*
2AlexanderHoff$29,678*
3EricKolodny$24,413*
4JoelHarwood$20,608*
5PaoLee$9,975
6IliasLiapis$8,300
7AlexanderStewart$6,950
8TomGuedj$5,625
9NeilZonenashvili$4,310
10JorgeBriones$4,310
11Reynaldo TosadoSoto$3,635
12RuslanLukash$3,635
13DanielWirgau$3,025
14MosheGutnick$3,025
15KahlilFrancis$3,025
16ShaneRaikes$2,485
17MehmetCetinkaya$2,485
18GabrielRamos$2,485
19JonathanZarin$2,065
20StevenHaynes$2,065
21KennethPo$2,065
22ColbyCovington$1,750
23RobertSells$1,750
24AlfredGjekaj$1,750
25SimonLefebvre$1,445
26WilliamBeasley$1,445
27JackMusheyev$1,445
28CalebPiderit$1,180
29MarcKing$1,180
30NaftaliRosenberg$1,180
31AnthonyAskey$1,180
32LongNguyen$1,180
33SamDorenstein$1,180
34Jorge ManzurDuarte$1,180
35PavelKrapivin$1,180
36CesarFuentes$1,180
37TimothyRepp$1,055
38LeifForce$1,055
39MattBretzfield$1,055
40OleksandrTrokhymenko$1,055
41Saber SalumPenayo$1,055
42AlanKatsnelson$1,055
43ManhNguyen$1,055
44YahirCardona$1,055
45CharlieCoultas$1,055
46AlanWentz$935
47Lee VaughnWilliams$935
48BenjaminNirgir$935
49NickYunis$935
50BijayRai$935
51KaiHicks$935
52AlexanderZiskin$935

* Indicates a four-way deal.

Event 14: John Holley Wins in a Four-Way Deal; Second Trophy in Two Days for Holley

$600 Deep Stack Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 405

John Holley
John Holley

When the final four players returned from break, they agreed to a deal to split up the remaining prizepool.

These were the official chip counts at the time of the deal:

1.  John Holley  –  2,870,000  (96 bb)
2.  Alexander Hoff  –  2,720,000  (91 bb)
3.  Eric Kolodny  –  1,545,000  (52 bb)
4.  Joel Harwood  –  965,000  (32 bb)

And these are the adjusted payouts they agreed to:

1st:  John Holley  –  $30,191 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  Alexander Hoff  –  $29,678
3rd:  Eric Kolodny  –  $24,413
4th:  Joel Harwood  –  $20,608

As chipleader, John Holley was declared the champion, receiving the title, the trophy, and the most money. Holley won his fifth Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood trophy last night, so this one makes it his sixth.

Congratulations to John Holley!

Stay tuned for a recap, which will be posted later tonight.

Event 14: John Holley Leads the Final Four Players at the Break

$600 Deep Stack Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 24:  15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 405

John Holley
John Holley

Level 23 came to an end, and the players took a 15-minute break. When they return, Level 24 will begin with increased blinds of 15,000-30,000 with a 30,000 ante.

Here are the official chip counts from the break.

Seat 1.  Alexander Hoff  –  2,720,000  (91 bb)
Seat 2.  John Holley  –  2,870,000  (96 bb)
Seat 3.  Joel Harwood  –  965,000  (32 bb)
Seat 4.  Eric Kolodny  –  1,545,000  (52 bb)

And here are the final table payouts:

1st:  $42,425 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  $30,100
3rd:  $19,400
4th:  $12,965

5th:  Pao Lee  –  $9,975
6th:  Ilias Liapis  –  $8,300
7th:  Alexander Stewart  –  $6,950
8th:  Tom Guedj  –  $5,625
9th:  Neil Zonenashvili  –  $4,310

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is around 2,025,000 (68 big blinds).

Event 14: Pao Lee – 5th Place ($9,975)

$600 Deep Stack Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 405

Pao Lee
Pao Lee

Alexander Hoff raised to 60,000 from the cutoff, Pao Lee called on the button, John Holley called from the small blind, and Joel Harwood called in the big blind.

The flop was AhKh7h, Holley bet 225,000, Harwood folded, Hoff folded, and Lee raised all in for 315,000.

Lee, however, exposed his hand and showed Jc8h7d7c for a set of sevens.

“Well, I was bluffing,” said Holley. “Need runner-runner or a queen.”

Holley called with AsQhQd8s for queens and backdoor outs.

The turn was the Qc, giving Holley a set of queens to take the lead.

The river was the 3s, no help to Lee, ending his tournament in fifth place.

John Holley  –  3,000,000  (120 bb)
Pao Lee  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($9,975)

Event 14: Pao Lee Doubles Thru Alexander Hoff

$600 Deep Stack Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 405

Pao Lee
Pao Lee

John Holley raised under the gun to 50,000, Alexander Hoff called from the small blind, and Pao Lee called from the big blind.

The flop came AsAhKc, and it checked to Holley, who bet 50,000. Hoff folded, and Pao thought for a bit before he folded, leaving himself with just 150,000. Holley took the pot.

John Holley  –  2,700,000  (108 bb)
Pao Lee  –  150,000  (6 bb)

The next hand, Joel Harwood limped under the gun for 25,000, and Alexander Hoff raised from the button to 80,000. Pao Lee moved all in from the small blind for 150,000, Harwood folded, and Hoff called.

Alexander Hoff:  AdQh8h8d
Pao Lee:  AcAh10h9s

The board came Kd4c2sJdJh, and the pocket aces held up for Lee to win the pot and double up in chips.

“You’re not supposed to wake up with aces there,” said Eric Kolodny. Lee simply smiled as he stacked the pot.

Pao Lee  –  375,000  (15 bb)
Alexander Hoff  –  2,750,000  (110 bb)

With five players remaining, the average chip stack is around 1,620,000 (65 big blinds). The next player to be eliminated will earn $9,975.

Event 14: Ilias Liapis – 6th Place ($8,300); Alexander Stewart – 7th Place ($6,950)

$600 Deep Stack Pot-Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
$200,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  5 of 405

Ilias Lapis
Ilias Liapis

Ilias Liapis raised to 75,000 from the hijack, Alexander Stewart called from the button, Alexander Hoff three-bet the pot to 350,000 from the small blind, Liapis called, and Stewart called all in for 130,000.

The flop was 8s3d2c, Hoff potted for 905,000, Liapis raised all in for about 1,000,000, and Hoff called.

Liapis:  7d6h5d4c  (wrap)
Stewart:  AhKsKcJc  (pair of kings)
Hoff:  AsAcJd9d  (pair of aces)

The Qh turn and 9h river completed the board, keeping Hoff’s aces out front to score the double elimination.

Alexander Hoff  –  2,900,000  (116 bb)
Ilias Liapis  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($8,300)
Alexander Stewart  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($6,950)

Alexander Stewart
Alexander Stewart