Winner of 2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Announced

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Jan/23/2019

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. concluded its 2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) Tuesday evening.


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Besting 1,634 entries in the WPTDeepStacks™ Main Event, Jason Young, 37, of Delray Beach, Fla. took home the top prize of $260,205 plus a $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship Package. The $1,100 finale boasted a final prize pool of more than $1.5 million, easily exceeding the $1 million guarantee.

“It’s been a long journey to get back here,” said Young. “There’s been a lot of stuff that’s gone on in my life over the last five to six years, and I didn’t think I’d ever be back in a position like this.”

Young has career earnings exceeding $1 million, the majority of which came via his four tournament wins. In addition to Tuesday’s WPTDeepStacks LHPO Main Event win, Young’s poker resume is highlighted by a World Series of Poker gold bracelet victory in Las Vegas in 2008. That event was a $1,500 buy-in shootout and earned Young $335,565.

“This was fun. It was like a picnic,” said Young of his play Tuesday. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been in a spot like this, and I wasn’t going to get rattled by anything – not today.”                                                 

Championship Final Table Results:

1st: Jason Young (Delray Beach, Fla.) $260,205 + $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship Package

2nd: Leif Force (Tallahassee, Fla.) $183,540

3rd: Paul James Hizer (London) $119,820

4th: Kevin Chan (Coconut Creek, Fla.) $89,000

5th: David Inselberg (Boca Raton, Fla.) $66,760

6th: Pedro Aldave (Argentina) $53,785

7th: Quinn Bruno (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) $43,930

8th: Eddy Sabat (Lancaster, Calif.) $34,125

9th: Stephen Ibrahim (Fort Myers, Fla.) $26,025

The 25-tournament LHPO kicked off on Thursday, Jan. 10 with the $360 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em. With 4,508 entries, the event more than doubled the $500,000 guarantee, creating a total prize pool of more than $1.3 million. Michael Newman of Nanuet, N.Y. won the opener turning his $360 entry into $181,025.

Other signature event winners include:

  • Ramon Miguel (Spain), winning the $2,500 No Limit Hold’em for $91,562
  • Brad Coultas (Florida), winning the $1,650 Purple Chip Bounty No Limit Hold’em for $33,922

Poker action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown April 4 – April 16, 2019, kicked off by a $1 million guaranteed opening event and headlined by a series-ending championship boasting a $3 million guarantee. Tournament promotions include the property’s signature “Win a Seat” program where participants can visit SHRPO.com to enter for a chance at a $3,500 entry into the championship.

Future tournament information and poker hotel rates are available at SHRPO.com.

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