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Seminole Hard Rock announces winner of 2020 Lucky Hearts Poker Open

23 January 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) -- 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.

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