Event 24: Joseph Cheong Wins the $570 No Limit Hold’em Title ($23,568)

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 24
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 182
Prize Pool:  $91,000
January 22, 2019

Joseph Cheong - Event 24 Champion
Joseph Cheong – Event 24 Champion

Joseph Cheong defeated Rafael Bababekov in a heads-up battle to win the $570 No Limit Hold’em event, earning $23,568.

There were 182 entries in this one-day event, which played out on the final day of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

This victory puts Cheong over the $13 million mark in career live tournament earnings, and he moves up to 43rd on poker’s all-time money list. This is the second trophy that Cheong has earned here at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, with his previous victory coming at last year’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown when he won $29,503 in $1,100 No Limit Hold’em.

Final Results:

1st:  Joseph Cheong  –  $23,568 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  Rafael Bababekov  –  $15,811
3rd:  Elias Nassif  –  $9,328
4th:  Steven Pollack  –  $5,674
5th:  Luis Mantilla  –  $4,382
6th:  Mark Wiser  –  $3,631
7th:  Gautam Lillaney  –  $3,094
8th:  Paul Freedman  –  $2,721
9th:  Walter Buss  –  $2,358
10th:  Ruth Ruffman  –  $2,002
11th:  Mathieu Selides  –  $2,002
12th:  Jose Parra  –  $2,002
13th:  Mehdi Belhassan  –  $1,684
14th:  Benjamin Wallace  –  $1,684
15th:  Nick Yunis  –  $1,684
16th:  Robert Flacco  –  $1,411
17th:  Scott Zakheim  –  $1,411
18th:  Brian Hastings  –  $1,411
19th:  Matthew Rizai  –  $1,138
20th:  Carlo Rodriguez  –  $1,138
21st:  Adrian Troya Santos  –  $1,138
22nd:  Thomas Gari  –  $864
23rd:  Jonathan Ounjian  –  $864

Event 24: Rafael Bababekov Leads the Final Table

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 19: 5,000/10,000 with a 10,000 ante
Players Remaining: 10 of 182

Final Table - Event 24
Final Table – Event 24

The final 10 players combine to a final table, and Rafael Bababekov has the lead with 576,000 (58 big blinds).

Here are their updated chip counts and seating positions, followed by the remaining prizepool:

Seat 1.  Steve Pollack  –  240,000  (24 bb)
Seat 2.  Elias Nassif  –  415,000  (42 bb)
Seat 3.  Mark Wiser  –  275,000  (28 bb)
Seat 4.  Joseph Cheong  –  401,000  (40 bb)
Seat 5.  Paul Freedman  –  185,000  (19 bb)
Seat 6.  Walter Buss  –  132,000  (13 bb)
Seat 7.  Rafael Bababekov  –  576,000  (58 bb)
Seat 8.  Gautmam Lillaney  –  173,000  (17 bb)
Seat 9.  Ruth Ruffman  –  187,000  (19 bb)
Seat 10.  Luis Mantilla  –  216,000  (22 bb)

1st:  $23,568 + LHPO Trophy
2nd:  $15,811
3rd:  $9,328
4th:  $5,674
5th:  $4,382
6th:  $3,631
7th:  $3,094
8th:  $2,721
9th:  $2,358
10th:  $2,002

Event 24: Prize Pool and Payouts with $23,568

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 1,000 ante
Players Remaining: 72 of 182

The clock ticked to Level 9 and registration is closed in Event 24 of the Lucky Hearts Poker Open, a $570 buy-in No Limit Hold’em tournament. The event drew 182 entries handily besting the $75,000 guarantee before the prize pool settled in at $91,000. A payday is reserved for only the top 22 finishers and a min-cash awards $864. Payouts escalate from there and top out in the form of a $23,568 top prize. In addition, the winner earns the property’s coveted guitar pick trophy.

Full information and payouts:

2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 24
$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 182
Prize Pool:  $91,000
January 22, 2019

1st – $23,568 + LHPO Trophy
2nd – $15,811
3rd – $9,328
4th – $5,674
5th – $4,382
6th – $3,631
7th – $3,094
8th – $2,721
9th – $2,358
10th-12th – $2,002
13th-15th – $1,684
16th-18th – $1,411
19th-21st – $1,138
22nd – $864

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

Event 24: Last NLH Trophy

$570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$75,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1: 100/100

We’ve reached the last day of the 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open and the last two tournaments run today. It starts off with a final No Limit Hold’em one-day event at noon with Event 24.

It is a $570 buy-in tournament with a $75,000 guaranteed prize. Players sit down to 15,000 starting stacks and all levels last 30 minutes. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm with unlimited re-entries.

The tournament will play out later tonight as we close out the series.

  • $75,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 24 Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 13 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

12PM: $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Main Event

12PM: Event 24 – $570 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $75,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 24 Structure Sheet

2PM: Event 23 Day 2 – $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

5PM: Event 25 – $1,100 Big Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 40-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 25 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 20 Day 2 – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 69 – $200 Event 24 Turbo Satellite (1-in-5)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into LHPO Event 24
  • 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 69 Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 70 – $200 Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 15,000 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 70 Structure Sheet

Event 24: Matthew Wantman Defeats Tough Field in $2,650 PLO, Wins $70,009

2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event #24
$2,650 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)

Entries: 91
Prize Pool: $220,675
August 13-14, 2018

Matthew Wantman emerged victorious Tuesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood winning Event 24 of the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, a $2,650 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha tournament. Wantman beat up a tough final table and earned $70,009 in addition to a Seminole Hard Rock Trophy.

Event 24 drew 91 total entries generating a prize pool in excess of $220,000. The top 12 were paid and notables Jeff Madsen, Matt Stout, Phil Hui and Ben Yu were among those to finish in the money.

Full results:

1st: Matthew Wantman –  $70,009 + Trophy
2nd: Rajesh Vohra – $41,928
3rd: Charles Kapetanakos – $26,481
4th: Greg Levine – $17,102
5th: Iman Dan – $13,241
6th: Alexander Condon – $10,482
7th: Ben Yu – $8,827
8th: Phil Hui – $7,724
9th: Matt Stout – $7,002
10th: David Eller – $6,400
11th: Bruce Rogoff – $5,958
12th: Jeff Madsen – $5,521

Event 24: Tough PLO Field Back for Final Day

$2,650 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 13: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 10 of 91

From 91 starting, just 10 remain in the $2,650 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open trophy event. Here’s how it stacks up:

Seat 1: Matt Wantman – 205,000
Seat 2: Iman Dan – 177,000
Seat 3: Phil Hui – 108,000
Seat 4: Greg Levine – 188,000
Seat 5: Charles Kapetanakos – 353,000
Seat 6: Matt Stout – 238,000
Seat 7: Raj Vohra – 141,000
Seat 8: Ben Yu – 178,000
Seat 9: David Eller – 47,000
Seat 10: Alex Condon – 190,000

1st: $70,009 + Trophy
2nd: $41,928
3rd: $26,481
4th: $17,102
5th: $13,241
6th: $10,482
7th: $8,827
8th: $7,724
9th: $7,002
10th: $6,400

11th: Bruce Rogoff – $5,958
12th: Jeff Madsen – $5,821

We will provide the final results and winner report after the event concludes.

SHRPO Day 13 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Event 25 – $10,000 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $500,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 11
  • Single ante will be paid from the big blind for the entire table
  • Tournament will be held in Salon East (outside Event Center)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 25 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 26 – $300 Deep Stack Turbo NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $25,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 15
  • Tournament will be held in Salon East (outside Event Center)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 26 Structure Sheet

1PM: Final Table – $5,250 SHRPO Championship

1PM: Final Table – $2,650 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em (Single Re-Entry)

1PM: Final Table – $25,500 Big 4 High Roller (Re-Entry)

1PM: Final Table – $1,100 Big 4 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

3PM: Event 24 Day 2 – $2,650 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)

5PM: Event 23 Day 2 – $150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

10AM: Event 68 – $1,030 Event 25 Super Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $10,000/$500,000 GTD Event 25
  • 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 67 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 69 – $1,030 Event 25 Super Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into $10,000/$500,000 GTD Event 25
  • 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 69 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 24: Charles Kapetanakos Leads PLO Final Table Going to Day 2

$2,650 Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 13: 3,000/6,000
Players Remaining: 10 of 91

While the Big 4 tournaments were playing down to a final table, we had another great group of players in the $2,650 Pot Limit Omaha game. They made it down to the final table before the ten remaining players bagged up their chips at 3am and will return on Tuesday at 3pm to play down to a winner.

Charles Kapetanakos leads a star-studded final table that also includes Matt Stout, Phil Hui, Matt Wantman, Ben Yu, Alex Condon, Raj Vohra, Greg Levine, Iman Dan, and David Eller.

There’s $70,000 waiting up top for one of these players on Tuesday afternoon.

Seat 1: Matt Wantman – 205,000
Seat 2: Iman Dan – 177,000
Seat 3: Phil Hui – 108,000
Seat 4: Greg Levine – 188,000
Seat 5: Charles Kapetanakos – 353,000
Seat 6: Matt Stout – 238,000
Seat 7: Raj Vohra – 141,000
Seat 8: Ben Yu – 178,000
Seat 9: David Eller – 47,000
Seat 10: Alex Condon – 190,000

Remaining payouts:

1st: $70,009 + Trophy
2nd: $41,928
3rd: $26,481
4th: $17,102
5th: $13,241
6th: $10,482
7th: $8,827
8th: $7,724
9th: $7,002
10th: $6,400