Seniors: Ira Schwartz Wins Seniors Event Following Five-Way Chop

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 162
Prize Pool: $41,310
January 12, 2018

2018 LHPO Seniors Event champion Ira Schwartz

The WPTDeepStacks event drew a huge field in the ballroom but that didn’t stop our older players from piling into the meeting room to create a great field of their own. The Seniors Event drew 162 entries and produced a tough final table that saw SHRP regular Ira Schwartz walk away with the trophy.

Those 162 entries more than doubled the turnout in this event during last year’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open. They combined to create a prize pool over $40,000 with 21 players taking home some cash when they were through.

The stacks were deep and they had plenty of time to make their moves. The knockouts were slow in coming until they reached the money bubble after the dinner break. Then it only took one round of hand-for-hand action to burst the bubble and begin the process of paying out the prize pool.

Once they reached the final table ten, tournament staff moved them into the ballroom to play it out.

That table included players with several major SHRP series titles including Haim Toorgeman, Tim Kegel, and 2015 SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen. John Gordon owns a WSOP Circuit ring and Brad “The Kid” Bargman was happy to be the youngest at the final table at the sprite age of 50 years old.

They were also a group of friends that enjoyed their time playing against each other and the final table had a nice rail cheering them along.

Carlos Cuevas began the final table with the shortest stack and he was unable to run up his five big blinds to exit in tenth place. Kegel followed in ninth place followed by Oscar Trestini in eighth. Fariborz Zojaji and John Gordon gave it a good fight but they hit the payout desk to leave only five left for the title.

Schwartz began the final table with the chip lead and was still out front when the five remaining players decided to chop up the remaining prize pool. Schwartz took the title and trophy as the chip leader and they all had a good laugh when the tournament was complete.

“I’m glad they decided to chop,” Schwartz laughed. “I’m so tired that I think I started seeing double at the end.”

Tournament Director Tony Burns came over to congratulate our Seniors Event champ and noted the Schwartz is one of the nicest players we see on a regular basis.

Congrats to Ira and good luck during the rest of the series.

Seniors Event results:

1st: Ira Schwartz – $6,624 + Trophy*
2nd: Brad Bargman – $6,570*
3rd: Sandy Tabin – $5,625*
4th: Ory Hen – $5,255*
5th: Haim Toorgeman – $2,910*
6th: John Gordon – $1,650
7th: Fariborz Zojaji – $1,429
8th: Oscar Trestini – $1,260
9th: Tim Kegel – $1,098
10th: Carlos Cuevas – $950
11th: Harry Eisenberg – $950
12th: Larry Paden – $950
13th: Sherriee Williams – $806
14th: Dean Rutledge – $806
15th: Robert Holcepl – $806
16th: Ronald Magers – $669
17th: Stephen Leahy – $669
18th: Juri Zaprudnov – $669
19th: Arlene Vazquez – $538
20th: Dennis Koltun – $538
21st: Gary Blais – $538
* – denotes a five-way deal

Seniors: Final Table Set

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 18: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante | Payouts
Players Remaining: 10 of 162

The huge Seniors field took its time but they finally made it down to a final table. The ten remaining players moved across the hall from the meeting room and are set to play down to the Seniors event champ.

The final table is packed with a lot of talent including regular Haim Toorgeman, Oscar Trestini, Ira Schwartz, Tim Kegel, and 2015 SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen.

Seat 1: Sandy Tabin – 79,500 (16 bb)
Seat 2: Haim Toorgeman – 87,000 (17 bb)
Seat 3: Ory Hen – 203,000 (41 bb)
Seat 4: Carlos Cuevas – 25,000 (5 bb)
Seat 5: Fariborz Zojaji – 240,000 (48 bb)
Seat 6: Oscar Trestini – 123,500 (25 bb)
Seat 7: Jon Gordon – 245,000 (49 bb)
Seat 8: Ira Schwartz – 275,000 (55 bb)
Seat 9: Tim Kegel – 115,000 (23 bb)
Seat 10: Bradley “The Kid” Bargman – 207,500 (42 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $10,981 + Trophy
2nd: $7,194
3rd: $4,238
4th: $2,580
5th: $1,991
6th: $1,650
7th: $1,429
8th: $1,260
9th: $1,098
10th: $950

Seniors: Prize Pool Released for Huge Field

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 9: 400/800 with a 100 ante | Structure
Players Remaining: 52 of 162

Ory Hen, former SHRP Player of the Year, plays in the Seniors Event

Registration has closed on the Seniors event and the $300 buy-in tournament created a huge field. The tournament drew 162 entries, a huge boost from last year’s participation, and they pushed the prize pool up to $41,310.

The last 21 players will take home some of that money with a min-cash earning $538 and the Seniors Event champion banking $10,981 along with the LHPO trophy.

2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 162
Prize Pool: $41,310
January 12, 2018

1st: $10,981 + Trophy
2nd: $7,194
3rd: $4,238
4th: $2,580
5th: $1,991
6th: $1,650
7th: $1,429
8th: $1,260
9th: $1,098
10th – 12th: $950
13th – 15th: $806
16th – 18th: $669
19th – 21st: $538

Seniors: Huge Year-Over-Year Increase Across the Hall

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 7: 200/40 with a 50 ante | Structure
Entries: 150

Across the hall in the meeting rooms is the $300 buy-in Seniors Event. Last year’s tournament drew a solid field of 76 entries and this year’s event has already blown that figure out of the water. With just over 20 minutes left in Level 7, the clock shows 150 players in the 50+ game and it’s all but doubled last year’s figure.

Registration and re-entry are available until about 3:30pm and the count should only tick up between now and then. Full prize pool information and payout details will be posted when they’re finalized.

Seniors: Checking Birthdays

$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1: 25/50

The second day of the 2018 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open will award the second trophy of the series later today. Some players will be concentrating on the WPTDeepStacks event in the ballroom but some of the elder generation will be battling it out in the Seniors event across the hallway.

The LHPO Seniors event has a $300 buy-in and is only open to those who are 50 years or older. They will be checking IDs at the registration desk for those trying to increase their age to play, so don’t get frisky.

Entrants will begin with 10,000 stacks and play 30-minute levels during the tournament. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 3:30 pm and there will be a dinner break following Level 12 at 5:30 pm.

When all is done, we will crown our second LHPO champion of the series and a very happy senior.

  • 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 3 Structure Sheet

Much of our live reporting efforts will be concentrated on Flight B of the WPTDeepStacks. As far as the Seniors, we’ll provide updates when registration closes, when the 10-handed final table is reached and post the final results and a winner photo after the event concludes.

LHPO Day 2 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

11AM: Day 1B – $1,100 WPTDeepStacks NLH (Single Re-Entry)

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 25,000 in chips and 40-minute levels
  • Late registration available until start of Level 10
  • Single re-entry allowed per flight
  • Day 1 will end after Level 15 or Tournament Director discretion
  • WPTDeepStacks Structure Sheet

11AM: Event 3 – $300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (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 3 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 34 – $140 Turbo Satellite to WPTDeepStacks Event (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into the $1,000,000 GTD WPTDeepStacks
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Satellite will be held in the Poker Room
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 34 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 35 – $140 Mega Satellite to WPTDeepStacks Event (1-in-10)

  • 5 seats guaranteed into the $1,000,000 GTD WPTDeepStacks
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 35 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 36 – $140 Turbo Satellite to WPTDeepStacks Event (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into the $1,000,000 GTD WPTDeepStacks
  • Players begin with 8,000 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 36 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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Paul Freedman Wins Event 3 Outright for $7,405 and a 2018 WPT Lucky Hearts Championship Seat

2017 Fun in the Sun Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
Event 3
$350 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em
Entries: 131
Prize Pool: $26,200
Bounty Prize Pool: $13,100
December 28, 2017

Event 3 Champion Paul Freedman

The 2017 Fun in the Sun Poker Open continued on Thursday with Event 3, a $350 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em tournament. A field of 131 entries generated a total prize pool of $39,300, easily surpassing the $25,000 guarantee. Of that prize pool, $13,100 was set aside for bounties. When it was all said and done, Paul Freedman emerged victorious for $7,405 and a $3,500 seat to the WPT Championship Event at the 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open.

Residing in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, this marks the 62-year-old Freedman’s first career cash at the Seminole Hard Rock. Primarily playing in the northeast, Freedman has amassed more than $175,000 in career tournament earnings.

RankFirst NameLast NamePayout
1PaulFreedman$7,405
2AllanBieler$4,683
3CraigWitz$2,777
4BobNorris$1,703
5JuanDiaz$1,297
6GregRosen$1,100
7EricSiegel$956
8LesterTrimino$838
9AnthonyBalgobin$740
10KyleCarino$655
11JamieSequeira$655
12SteveOlivier$655
13JoshuaMilrad$576
14PaulaAlibrandi$576
15JackShea$576
16MichaelKrumenacker$504
17MarcSacheli$504

Event 3: Paul Freedman Wins the $350 Black Chip Bounty ($7,405); Allan Bieler Eliminated in 2nd Place ($4,683)

$350 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em
Structure | Payouts
Prize Pool: $26,200
Bounty Prize Pool: $13,100
Level 22: 8,000/16,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 1/131

Paul Freedman raised to 33,000 from the button, Allan Bieler reraised all in for about 535,000 from the big blind, and Freedman called.

Freedman: 9c9h
Bieler: 4d4h

The board came down Kd8d5c2c8h, no help to Bieler, ending his tournament with a runner-up showing for $4,683. Paul Freedman wins Event 3 for $7,405.

A recap of the tournament will be posted later tonight.

Event 3: Craig Witz – 3rd Place ($2,777)

$350 Black Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em
Structure | Payouts
Prize Pool: $26,200
Bounty Prize Pool: $13,100
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 2/131

Craig Witz raised all in from the small blind for about 200,000, and Allan Bieler called from the big blind with AcJs, leading Witz’s Ad2s.

The board rolled out Ks8d3c6c5h, no help to Witz, ending his tournament in third place.