Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Announces Winner of WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship
Player Brian Altman of Longmeadow, MA Wins $723,008
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (February 12, 2015) – Brian Altman of Longmeadow, Mass. walked away with $723,008 after winning first place in the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open $3 Million Guaranteed Championship held February 5 – February 11, 2015. Runner up Mark Dube of Newbuyport, Mass. walked away with $434,462.
The showcase event ran February 5 – February 11 featuring 30,000 in tournament chips and three flights that drew 1,027 entries, generating a $3,286,400 prize pool – surpassing the $3 million guarantee. Players were able to play either starting flight or both if they were eliminated on Day 1A. Re-entry was allowed until the start of level seven.
The winning battle took 55 hands to settle, when Altman’s flopped flush topped Dube’s set of Aces. When commenting about the play, Altman said, “It’s certainly nice and pretty amazing that things materialized the way they did, and a nice bonus to get away from the winter snow up north.” He continues, “This is my first time here and was very impressed with the venue, the staff, the dealers, and the beautiful casino.”
Altman and Dube had 23 million of the 30 million chips in play to start the last day and Jon Graham, Sanjay Gehi, and Greg Rosen were quickly eliminated. Kelly Minkin was the last woman standing in the tournament, but the Arizona-based attorney had to settle for a 3rd place finish. Her knockout set up a huge heads-up battle between the players who dominated the previous two days of action. There were 260 big blinds between them when they started with Dube holding a slight lead.
Luck was on the side of South Florida’s Greg Rosen when he arrived at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino to purchase a $100 ticket for a championship satellite hosted onsite that resulted in him making it to the final table, where he walked away the fourth place winner.
Final table results:
1st: Brian Altman (Longmeadow, Mass.) – $723,008
2nd: Mark Dube (Newbuyport, Mass.) – $434,462
3rd: Kelly Minkin (Phoenix, Ariz.) – $262,912
4th: Greg Rosen (Coral Springs, Fla.) – $220,189
5th: Sanjay Gehi (Atlanta, Ga.) – $180,752
6th: Jon Graham (Longwood, Fla.) – $146,245
Some of Seminole Hard Rock Poker’s regular grinders who also played in the championship include Ory Hen, Robert Campbell, Scott Efron, Nigel Murray, Adam Rouse, and reigning Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year Angel Vu.
The 21-day series brought high stakes poker action and player competition that raised the ante. From Monday, February 2 to Tuesday, February 3, the $570 buy-in, Eight Handed No Limit Hold’em $50,000 Guarantee single re-entry drew 142 entries for a total prize pool of $71,000. The event concluded with first place winner Giovanni Rodriguez from Miami, Fla. taking home $17,749. When asked about what he likes about playing at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Rodriguez said, “Good structure, good games, good opponents and good atmosphere. I like playing the big tournaments and Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood has what I am looking for.”
The $2,200 Six-Max No Limit Hold’em No Re-Entry $200,000 Guaranteed event running Tuesday, February 3 and Wednesday, February 4 had one of the most loaded fields imagined and featured a final table of who’s who in poker. After drawing a total of 94 entries, the six left to vie for top title included Matt Stout, Jason Mercier, Darryll Fish, Shannon Shorr, Stephen Pinta and Cliff Goldkind. One of the most recognizable and popular players in poker, Stout walked away with the first place prize of $53,920, with Jason Mercier of Hollywood, Fla. as runner up.
WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open final table broadcast information will be released at a later date. For a recap of the series, or to follow upcoming series, visit www.SHRPO.com; Follow us on Twitter at @SHRPO, Hashtag #SHRPO.
About Seminole Hard Rock Poker
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Flordia invites you to play, stay, dine, and shop at South Florida’s premier destination for fun and entertainment, Where Rock Royalty Lives. 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.