Stephen Thomas Wins Event 33 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Six-Way Deal

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 33
$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  384
Prize Pool:  $90,240
Bounty Prize Pool:  $38,400
January 22, 2023

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 33 Champion Stephen Thomas

Event 33 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $400 Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). A field of 384 entries generated a prize pool of $90,240, nearly doubling the guarantee. In addition, $38,400 was set aside for bounties.

A deal took place between the final six players, and Stephen Thomas  was the chip leader at the time, making him the official winner for $12,382.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1StephenThomas$12,382*
2HankSitton$10,873*
3JonathanDobson$9,333*
4PaulKoster$7,326*
5NoahRosen$6,534*
6BryanSchultz$6,062*
7BenoitCoulombe$3,000
8MahirOzer$2,425
9DavidChilds$1,880
10ShalomElharrar$1,880
11IraReichstein$1,575
12SatishSurapaneni$1,575
13RobertGoldberg$1,330
14JudithBielan$1,330
15TonyFitzpatrick$1,330
16CoreyHochman$1,090
17ClaudelJoseph$1,090
18GregAbes$1,090
19GustavoPerla$910
20JonDupee$910
21MichaelScoma$910
22BrandonNoe$755
23MasoudSanaie$755
24RicardoVelasco$755
25YonatanDegafie$650
26JamesScott$650
27DavidRivera$650
28BarryAbes$570
29CamillePontillo$570
30FrederickAttias$570
31ThomasGari$570
32JohnYanni$570
33ShadMorris$570
34BradleyRogoff$570
35MarcoRodriguez$570
36EphraimUzan$570
37GaryLieberman$505
38LorenAzimov$505
39TaylorHart$505
40FaridDridi$505
41$505
42GregoryWilson$505
43JeremyDrobushevich$505
44TylerMcKinney$505
45MichaelDecesare$505
46RyanEstrada$505
47GideonKornbluth Seinfeld$505
48SolangeLucas$505

*denotes heads-up deal

Event 33: Prize Pool and Payouts with $18,035 to Bounty Champ

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 33
$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  384
Prize Pool:  $90,240
Bounty Prize Pool:  $38,400
January 22, 2023

Registration closed for the $400 Black Chip Bounty NLH tournament with 384 entries crushing the $50,000 guarantee. They created a regular prize pool worth $90,240 with another $38,400 in the bounty prize pool.

The last 48 players will make the money with a min-cash worth $505 and the Event 33 winner will earn $18,035 plus the LHPO trophy.

1st: $18,035 + LHPO trophy
2nd: $12,400
3rd: $8,455
4th: $5,575
5th: $4,390
6th: $3,655
7th: $3,000
8th: $2,425
9th-10th: $1,880
11th-12th: $1,575
13th-15th: $1,330
16th-18th: $1,090
19th-21st: $910
22nd-24th: $755
25th-27th: $650
28th-36th: $570
37th-48th: $505

Event 33: Guarantee Way Outta Here

$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 6:  300/500 with a 500 ante
Entries:  313

Eric Piderit

The Black Chip Bounty tournament returned from their break at the same time as the Championship and it already blasted its $50,000 guarantee. The 313 entries so far have more than doubled the prize pool and there’s plenty of time to build it up.

Some familiar faces in action include Eric Piderit, Kevin Blewitt, Willie Wiggins, Solange Lucas, Marsha Wolak, John Yanni, Thomas Gari, Judy Bielan, Richard Leger, and Scott Zakheim.

Kevin Blewitt Willie Wiggins

Event 33: Sunday Bounty Part 1

$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$50,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/100

There are only a few days remaining for the series and time is running out if you want one of those pretty red guitar pick LHPO trophies. We have four new tournaments running today starting with Event 33 at noon, a $400 buy-in Deep Stack Black Chip Bounty NLH tournament with a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool.

Players start with 20,000 out front and all levels last 30 minutes. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30 pm and players may re-enter as often as needed during that time. They have a 45-minute dinner break at 6:30 pm and return to play down to our Event 33 champ.

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • 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 33 Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 11 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

12PM: Day 2 – $3,500 LHPO Championship

12PM: Event 33 – $400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $50,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • 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 33 Structure Sheet

4PM: Event 34 Day 1 – $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-12 last 30 minutes; Levels 13+ last 40 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (9:00pm)
  • Day 1 will end after Level 15
  • Event 34 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 35 Day 1 – $1,100 Mixed PLO (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (9:30pm)
  • Day 1 will end after Level 16
  • Event 35 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 36 Flight A – $400 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Day 1 levels last 30 minutes; Day 2 levels last 40 minutes
  • Levels 27+ last 60 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (10:30pm)
  • Day 1 will end when field reaches 12.5%
  • Event 36 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

12PM: $200 Event 34 Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two seats guaranteed into $100K GTD Purple Chip Bounty
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (2:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

9PM: $550 Big Stack Survivor NLH

  • Every 1-in-10 will win $5,000 in cash
  • Players begin with 15,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-8 last 15 minutes; Levels 9+ last 20 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (5:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Schedule

Please note: We recommend parking in either Winner’s Way or Seminole Way garage for the most convenient access to the Grand Ballroom

Eric Afriat Wins the $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty for His Second Seminole Hard Rock Trophy

2022 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 33
$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  182
Prize Pool:  $182,000
Bounty Prize Pool:  $91,000
November 27-28, 2022

Event 33 Champion Eric Afriat
Event 33 Champion Eric Afriat

Event 33 was a two-day $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em event, and it attracted a field of 182 entries. The total prizepool was worth $273,000 ($182,000 in payouts plus another $91,000 in bounties), easily surpassing the $100,000 guarantee.

Eric Afriat defeated Soheb Porbandarwala heads-up with ace-king winning a race against pocket jacks to win both of their $500 bounties, along with the title, the trophy, and the top prize of $46,515.

It’s the second Seminole Hard Rock trophy for Afriat, who also won the televised 2014 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, earning $1,081,184. This victory here today gives Afriat a total of more than $4.5 million in career tournament earnings worldwide.


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1EricAfriat$46,515
2SohebPorbandarwala$31,000
3JoshCranfill$18,655
4AdamAdler$11,350
5BrianHastings$8,765
6JohnGorsuch$7,260
7AntonioSerrao$6,190
8JaymeBrashears$5,445
9AlexFoxen$4,715
10MaksimLebedev$4,715
11JoelGossett$4,005
12GaryGelman$4,005
13RobertoBendeck$3,365
14OrlandoMaldonado Jr.$3,365
15GeorgeWon$3,365
16DavidVacanti$2,820
17StanleyLee$2,820
18FrankLagodich$2,820
19IanMarderness$2,275
20MannyTarich$2,275
21HaimToorgeman$2,275
22TobyJoyce$2,000
23TaoCao$2,000

Event 33: Eric Afriat ($46,515) Defeats Soheb Porbandarwala ($31,000)

$1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 182

Eric Afriat
Event 33 Champion Eric Afriat

In the final hand, Soheb Porbandarwala got it all in with JxJx, and needed it to hold to stay alive against Eric Afriat’s AhKd.

The board came Qd9c3hAcAs, and Afriat won the pot — and the title and the trophy — with trip aces.

Here are the final table payouts:

1st:  Eric Afriat  –  $46,515 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  Soheb Porbandarwala  –  $31,000
3rd:  Josh Cranfill  –  $18,655
4th:  Adam Adler  –  $11,350
5th:  Brian Hastings  –  $8,765
6th:  John Gorsuch  –  $7,260
7th:  Antonio Serrano  –  $6,190
8th:  Jayme Brashears  –  $5,445
9th:  Alex Foxen  –  $4,715

Soheb Porbandarwala
Runner-Up Soheb Porbandarwala