Brian Altman of Boston Wins Main Event for $482,636
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. concluded its 2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) Wednesday. Besting 843 entries in the WPT NLH Championship, Brian Altman, of Boston, Mass. made history by winning his second career WPT LHPO title for $482,636 plus a $15,000 entry into the season-ending Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions.
“This is incredibly special. It’s amazing to be the first person to win the same WPT event twice, and kind of cement myself in history with this event,” Altman said. “Obviously it’s fantastic to get big wins, and when playing these events, I’m happy to put myself in a position to go deep, be chip leader and make final tables.”
The $3,500 finale boasted a final prize pool of nearly $2.7 million, easily exceeding the $2 million guarantee. The last 106 spots and the field made the money late on Day 2.
Championship Final Table Results:
1st: Brian Altman (Boston, Mass.) $482,636 + $15,000 entry into the season-ending Baccarat Crystal WPT Tournament of Champions
2nd: John Dollinger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) $313,494
3rd: Chanracy Khun (Canada) $231,372
4th: Nadezhda Magnus (Chicago, Ill.) $172,602
5th: Nadeem Hirani (Waynesboro, Ga.) $130,162
6th: Peter Walsworth (Lakewood Ranch, Fla.) $99,238
The 29-tournament LHPO kicked off on Thursday, Jan. 9 with the $1,100 WPTDeepStacks opener. With 1,404 entries, the event more than doubled the $500,000 guarantee, creating a total prize pool of more than $1.3 million. Florida resident William Muniz won the opener turning his $1,100 entry into $225,717.
Other signature event winners include:
- Yordan Petrov (Bulgaria), winning the $2,200 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) for $82,265
- Jonathan Jaffee (Plantation, Fla.), winning the $25,500 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) for $X
- Jonathan Bussieres (Canada), winning the $5,000 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) for $100,760
Poker action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown April 16 – May 5, 2020, kicked off by a $500,000 guaranteed opening event and headlined by a series-ending championship boasting a $3 million guarantee.
Future tournament information and poker hotel rates are available at SHRPO.com.
About Seminole Hard Rock Poker
Seminole Hard Rock Poker encompasses four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guarantee championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to the SHRPO, Seminole Hard Rock Poker series’ includes the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRPO umbrella with tournament news, live updates and championship live streaming. Visit www.SHRPO.com. Join the conversation at #SHRPO, and tag us @SHRPO.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion on Oct. 24, 2019. New offerings include 638 upscale guestrooms in the first-ever Guitar Hotel, 168 luxury guestrooms and unique swim-up suites in the adjacent Oasis Tower at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, and 465 newly redesigned guestrooms in Hard Rock Hotel for a combined room count of 1,271 throughout the resort. Additional amenities include the lush, “Bora Bora” style lagoon with private cabanas and butler service; a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding; 19 dining outlets and 20 bars and lounges; an expansive gaming floor with 3,100 slots, 195 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space including a 38,000 square-foot, carpeted exhibition hall; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. The new Hard Rock Live entertainment venue with a 7,000-person capacity, showcases A-list entertainers, comedy acts, Broadway performances, sporting events and live broadcast productions. The integrated resort is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood SeminoleReservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441), and is 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.