Zachary Mullennix Defeats a Tough Final Table to Win Event #16

2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 16
$1,100 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  219
Prize Pool:  $212,430
January 15, 2020

Event 16 Champion Zachary Mullennix
Event 16 Champion Zachary Mullennix

“I had fun and made some money.”

That’s how Zachary Mullennix summarized his day after he defeated a very tough final table to win $48,640 in the $1,100 Eight-Handed No-Limit Hold’em event.

“Honestly, I think I just held in every key spot, and I won a couple of flips,” said Mullennix, downplaying his own skill. “The hand against Ryan [Olisar] was huge, the kings versus the ace-nine. That was a huge hold. I just ran really good on the final table, and I got all the chips.”

Mullennix’s victory is even more impressive when you consider his competition.

“It was a tough final table,” said Mullennix. “We had five guys sitting in a row who all had huge Hendon Mobs, and I came in pretty short. So yeah, it was awesome.”

Those five players sitting in a row (with their career earnings according to HendonMob.com) were Aaron Massey ($4.1 million), Javier Zarco ($2.5 million), Marvin Rettenmaier ($7.3 million), Ryan Olisar ($1.7 million), and Brian Altman ($3.7 million).

As for Mullennix, this victory — the biggest cash of his career — puts him over $400K in career earnings. Mullennix does have two WSOP Circuit rings on his resume, which he won at Coconut Creek last year, but this is his first trophy from Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.

“I’ve played all over the country, and I think this is one of the best venues in the country,” said Mullennix. “I play mostly in the $400 to $2,000 range, and for small-to-mid-stakes tournaments, this casino is way up there for me.”


Final Table Results:

1st:  Zachary Mullennix  –  $48,640
2nd:  Aidan Hynes  –  $32,425
3rd:  Brian Altman  –  $23,740
4th:  Manuel Amaro Alvarez  –  $17,615
5th:  Javier Zarco  –  $13,245
6th:  Ryan Olisar  –  $10,100
7th:  Jorge Cuesta  –  $7,805
8th:  Marvin Rettenmaier  –  $6,120
9th:  Aaron Massey  –  $4,865

Event 16: Zachary Mullennix Wins ($48,640); Aidan Hynes Finishes as Runner-Up ($32,425)

$1,100 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 219

Zachary Mullennix
Zachary Mullennix

After nearly 10 minutes of heads-up play, and shortly after the blinds increased to 25,000-50,000 with a 50,000 ante, Aidan Hynes got it all in preflop for about 850,000 with Qh9s.

Zachary Mullennix turned over AdAc, and Hynes was in a deep hole.

The board came Kc7s7d4h3s, and the pocket aces held up for Mullennix to win the pot — and the trophy — with two pair, aces and sevens.

Stay tuned for a recap of this event to be posted later tonight.

1st:  Zachary Mullennix  –  $48,640
2nd:  Aidan Hynes  –  $32,425
3rd:  Brian Altman  –  $23,740
4th:  Manuel Amaro Alvarez  –  $17,615
5th:  Javier Zarco  –  $13,245
6th:  Ryan Olisar  –  $10,100
7th:  Jorge Cuesta  –  $7,805
8th:  Marvin Rettenmaier  –  $6,120
9th:  Aaron Massey  –  $4,865

Aidan Hynes
Aidan Hynes

Event 16: Brian Altman – 3rd Place ($23,740)

$1,100 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 219

Brian Altman
Brian Altman

Brian Altman moved all in from the button for 710,000, and chipleader Zachary Mullennix thought for a bit before he moved all in over the top from the small blind with 9s9h.

Altman turned over Ac5h, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Ah9d4h10hQs, and Mullennix flopped a set of nines to win the pot and eliminate Altman in third place.

Brian Altman  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($23,740)

And these were the chip counts at the start of heads-up play, followed by the remaining prizepool:

Zachary Mullennix  –  3,565,000  (89 bb)
Aidan Hynes  –  815,000  (20 bb)

1st:  $48,640
2nd:  $32,425

Event 16: Zachary Mullennix Check-Three-Bet-Shoves a Family Pot

$1,100 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 219

Zachary Mullennix
Zachary Mullennix

After a flop of 7d5s4d, Brian Altman moved all in from the big blind for 425,000, and Zachary Mullennix called from the button with Ks7c for a pair of sevens.

Altman turned over 7s2s for a pair of sevens with a lower kicker, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The turn card was the Ah, and the river card was — the 2c.

Altman spiked a deuce on the river to win the pot with two pair and double up in chips.

Brian Altman  –  1,070,000  (27 bb)
Zachary Mullennix  –  2,480,000  (62 bb)

About 10 minutes later, after a flop of Js5s3c, Brian Altman checked the small blind, Zachary Mullennix checked the big blind, and Aidan Hynes bet 55,000 from the button.

Altman check-raised to 160,000, and then Mullennix check-three-bet-all-in, easily covering both players. Hynes and Altman both folded, and Mullennix took the pot.

Seat 1.  Zachary Mullennix  –  2,750,000  (69 bb)
Seat 2.  Aidan Hynes  –  795,000  (20 bb)
Seat 3.  Brian Altman  –  830,000  (21 bb)

With three players remaining, the average stack is about 1,460,000 (37 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $23,740.

Event 16: Manuel Amaro – 4th Place ($17,615)

$1,100 Eight-Handed NLH (Single Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | StructurePayouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 219

Manuel Amaro
Manuel Amaro

Manuel Amaro moved all in from the small blind for 415,000, and Zachary Mullennix called from the big blind with Kd4s.

Amaro turned over 10c5c, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came 7s3h2dAc7h, and Mullennix won the pot with his king to eliminate Amaro in fourth place.

Amaro took a few photos and shaked all their hands, and the other players sincerely congratulated him and said it was a lot of fun playing with him.

Zachary Mullennix  –  2,950,000  (74 bb)
Manuel Amaro  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($17,615)

With three players remaining, the average stack is about 1,460,000 (37 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $23,740.