Gilles Dalco Wins Event 6 of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open in Heads-Up Deal

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 6
$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Entries:  183
Prize Pool:  $43,005
Bounty Prize Pool:  $18,300
January 13, 2023

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Event 6 Champion Gilles Dalco

Event 6 of the 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $400 Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). A field of 183 entries generated a prize pool of $43,005, with an additional $18,300 set aside for bounties.

A heads-up deal was reached at the final table, and as the chip leader it was Gilles Dalco who was the official Event 6 champion for $9,170.

For Dalco, this marked his third cash of the Lucky Hearts series already. Yesterday, he finished 12th in Event 2 (H.O.R.S.E.) for $970, then hopped into the Event 4 Turbo event immediately after, and took 4th place there for $1,270.

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1GillesDalco$9,170*
2AdamPritchett$8,270*
3MichaelMcCray$4,400
4DanielQuesada$2,680
5SoukhaKachittavong$2,070
6MichaelSanta-Cruz$1,715
7PhilippeGoureau$1,460
8JoseSade$1,285
9JasonPardy$1,115
10WalterBravo$1,115
11KennethZeldis$950
12StuartRubin$950
13MichaelMcBurney$800
14DanielWilliams$800
15EthanBennett$800
16NoahPiderit$725
17TinaTellone$725
18RubenTorres$725
19LuniquePetiote$650
20CarlosBermudez$650
21AndreDuek Roberto$650
22DeweyWright$650
23AndrewBrannon$650

*denotes heads-up deal

Event 6: We Have a Deal!

$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 183

Before heads-up play began, Gilles Dalco and Adam Pritchett agreed to look at the numbers and eventually reached a deal.

Here were the chip counts at the time:

Gilles Dalco  –  2,080,000  (42 bb)
Adam Pritchett  –  1,590,000  (32 bb)

Here were the resulting payouts:

Gilles Dalco  –  $9,170
Adam Pritchett  –  $8,270

As the chip leader, Gilles Dalco was the official winner of Event 6 for $9,170.

A recap of Event 6 will be posted later in the morning.

Event 6: Michael McCray – 3rd Place ($4,400)

$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 183

Following a flop of Jh5h5d, Michael McCray was all in from the big blind for about 270,000 with Jd2c for jacks and fives against Adam Pritchett on the button with 5s3s for trip fives.

The 6d turn and 9h river completed the board, no help to McCray, ending his tournament in third place.

Adam Pritchett  –  1,600,000  (32 bb)
Michael McCray –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($4,400)

With two players remaining, the average chip stack is around 1,835,000 (37 bb), and they are both guaranteed at least $7,085 each.

Event 6: Daniel Quesada – 4th Place ($2,680)

$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 26:  25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 183

Daniel Quesada was all in for about 280,000 from the button against Gilles Dalco in the cutoff.

Quesada:  8c8s
Dalco:  Ad5s

The board ran out Qd10d6dQc7d, giving Dalco an ace-high flush to eliminate Quesada in fourth place.

Gilles Dalco  –  840,000  (17 bb)
Daniel Quesada  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  $2,680)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is around 1,225,000 (25 bb), and they are all guaranteed at least $4,400 each.

Event 6: Soukha Kachittavong – 5th Place ($2,070); Michael Santa-Cruz – 6th Place ($1,715)

$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 25:  20,000/40,000 with a 40,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 183

Michael Santa-Cruz raised all in for about 200,000 from the cutoff, Soukha Kachittavong reraised all in from the button for about 650,000, and Adam Pritchett called in the big blind with a covering stack.

Santa-Cruz:  Ad9d
Kachittavong:  Ac9s
Prtichett:  KhKd

The board ran out 8s5d4s10s9c, safe for Pritchett to score the double elimination.

Adam Pritchett  –  2,030,000  (51 bb)
Soukha Kachittavong  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($2,070)
Michael Santa-Cruz  –  Eliminated in 6th Place  ($1,715)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is around 915,000 (23 bb), and they are all guaranteed at least $2,680 each.

Event 6: Final Six Players

$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure | Payouts
Level 23:  15,000/25,000 with a 25,000 ante
Players Remaining:  6 of 183

Seat 1:  Michael Santa-Cruz  –  285,000  (11 bb)
Seat 2:  Soukha Kachittavong  –  890,000  (36 bb)
Seat 3:  Michael McCray  –  300,000  (12 bb)
Seat 4:  Adam Pritchett  –  1,080,000  (43 bb)
Seat 5:  Gilles Dalco  –  405,000  (16 bb)
Seat 6:  Daniel Quesada  –  710,000  (28 bb)

1st:  $10,355 + LHPO trophy
2nd:  $7,085
3rd:  $4,400
4th:  $2,680
5th:  $2,070
6th:  $1,715

In-The-Money Finishers
7th:  Philippe Goureau  –  $1,460
8th:  Jose Sade  –  $1,285

9th:  Jason Pardy  –  $1,115
10th:  Walter Bravo  –  $1,115

11th:  Kenneth Zeldis  –  $950
12th:  Stuart Rubin  –  $950

13th:  Michael McBurney  –  $800

14th:  Daniel Williams  –  $800
15th:  Ethan Bennett  –  $800

16th:  Noah Piderit  –  $725
17th:  Tina Tellone  –  $725
18th:  Ruben Torres  –  $725

19th:  Lunique Petiote  –  $650
20th:  Carlos Bermudez  –  $650
21st:  Andre Duek Roberto  –  $650
22nd:  Dewey Wright  –  $650
23rd:  Andrew Brannon  –  $650

Event 6: Prize Pool and Payouts; $10,355 to the Winner

2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 6
$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Entries:  183
Prize Pool:  $43,005
Bounty Prize Pool:  $18,300
January 13, 2023

Event 6 of the 2023 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a $400 Black Chip Bounty No-Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry). A field of 183 entries created a prize pool of $43,005, with an additional $18,300 set aside for bounties. The final 23 players will cash, earning at least $650.

Up top for the winner is $10,355.

1st:  $10,355 + LHPO trophy
2nd:  $7,085
3rd:  $4,400
4th:  $2,680
5th:  $2,070
6th:  $1,715
7th:  $1,460
8th:  $1,285
9th-10th:  $1,115
11th-12th:  $950
13th-15th:  $800
16th-18th:  $725
19th-23rd:  $650

Event 6: Bounty Time

$400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)
Structure
Level 1:  100/100

We are putting a little crinkle in the games this afternoon with a $400 Black Chip Bounty tournament at 2 pm in the Grand Ballroom. There is a $100 cash bounty on every player in the tournament so players can start making some money early in the day.

Players start with 20,000 deep stacks and all levels last 30 minutes from start to finish. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 6:30 pm.

They battle into the evening and not stop until someone is posing for a picture with the LHPO trophy.

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (6:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 6 Structure Sheet

LHPO Day 2 Schedule

Primary Event Schedule

10AM: Event 1 Day 1C – $600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Day 1 levels last 30 minutes; Day 2 levels last 40 minutes
  • Levels 24+ last 60 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (2:30pm)
  • Day 1 will end when field reaches 12.5%
  • Event 1 Structure Sheet

11AM: Event 5 – $400 Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (3:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 5 Structure Sheet

2PM: Event 6 – $400 Black Chip Bounty NLH (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Levels last 30 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (6:30pm)
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 6 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 1 Day 1D – $600 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry)

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Day 1 levels last 30 minutes; Day 2 levels last 40 minutes
  • Levels 24+ last 60 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (10:30pm)
  • Day 1 will end when field reaches 12.5%
  • Event 1 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

1PM: $150 Multi-Event Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two $1,250 packages guaranteed; includes seat in any $600 and $400 event plus $250 in cash
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (3:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

3PM: $550 Survivor NLH (Re-Entry)

  • 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

8PM: $150 Multi-Event Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • Two $1,250 packages guaranteed; includes seat in any $600 and $400 event plus $250 in cash
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips
  • Levels last 15 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (10:15pm)
  • Structure Sheet

2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Schedule

Robert Lupo Finds Redemption By Winning His First Seminole Hard Rock Trophy in Five-Card PLO

2022 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 6
$1,100 Five-Card Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry)
Entries:  102
Prize Pool:  $98,940
November 17-18, 2022

Robert Lupo
Event 6 Champion Robert Lupo

Back in August, during the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown, Robert Lupo was at the final table of the $2,700 No-Limit Hold’em when the final four players agreed to a deal. Lupo was a close second in chips, so while his $146,039 prize in that event was only $5K less than winner Josh Adcock, Lupo missed out on the trophy.

“I’ve been upset about that,” said Lupo, “because I had chopped when [Adcock] had a slight chip lead, so he got the trophy. That’s why I wanted this trophy so much.”

At Friday’s final table in $1,100 Five-Card Pot-Limit Omaha, Lupo wasn’t interested in any deals unless he was chipleader and ended up as the victor with the trophy. His stubbornness paid off, and Lupo won the title, the trophy, and $24,148 in a heads-up deal with runner-up Charles Rosenblatt.

“This was my first event of the series,” said Lupo. “It’s a great way to start out, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.”

This was a five-card Omaha event, and while Lupo usually plays PLO, he’s only played the five-card variation a little bit online. But he might have developed a taste for it after this event.

“I’m not going to lie, five-card was pretty fun,” said Lupo. “I’m definitely going to try this again.”

This was a two-day event, and the field of 102 players made it down to the final eight on Day 1 before stopping for the night, and Lupo started Day 2 with 108 big blinds for the chip lead.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Lupo. “There were some good players, but it was a friendly atmosphere, and everyone was cool.”

When asked about Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, Lupo said, “I just love this place. The schedules are always really good, and it’s really well-run here. The people are really nice, and it’s the greatest casino I’ve seen.”

Lupo ended his post-game interview with a shoutout to the online poker training site Solve For Why, and founder Matt Berkey in particular.

“They’ve really helped me out a lot with my game,” said Lupo. And now he has the trophy to prove it.


Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount
1RobertLupo$24,148*
2CharlesRosenblatt$24,147*
3HaTran$11,375
4SeyedHosseini$7,520
5LeifForce$5,785
6AaronKupin$4,625
7ZyadQasem$3,925
8SteveYagudaev$3,425
9KevinMacdonald$3,020
10KhaledAl-Khatib$3,020
11QuinnBruno$2,720
12YuvalBronshtein$2,720
13ChristopherKostoulas$2,500

* Indicates a heads-up deal.