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