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Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood announces LHPO winner

25 January 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) -- Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, concluded its 2018 Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) late Wednesday evening. This year's LHPO marked the first time pairing of WPTDeepStacks and WPT brands in the same series, and the $3,500 WPT Championship boasted a final prize pool of more than $2.9 million, easily exceeding the $2 million guarantee.

Besting 911 entries in the Championship, Darryll Fish (31) of Cape Coral, Florida, took home the top prize of $511,604 plus a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, valued at $15,000.

"I don't play for the title, but it doesn't mean I don't want one and it doesn't mean I don't appreciate it," said Fish. "It's been a lot of years playing the WPT so it feels really good."

A frequent player at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Wednesday's win marked Fish's third top-three finish and fourth cash in the property's last five poker majors. He previously finished runner-up in the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship for $453,185; 33rd in the World Series of Poker Circuit Main Event for $6,034; third in last November's Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open Championship for $168,920; and, of course, first in yesterday's LHPO Championship for $511,604. In all, he's earned $1,139,743 in Seminole Hard Rock championships dating back to April of 2017.

"[Seminole Hard Rock] feels like home," said Fish. "Every poker player has their home casino and the one they feel most comfortable playing in. . . I've played poker here since I was 18 years old. For it to happen here, more than anywhere, is extra special for sure."

Championship Final Table Results:
1st: Darryll Fish (Cape Coral, Florida) $511,604, plus seat into WPT Tournament of Champions
2nd: Aleksandr Shevelev (Russia) $331,116
3rd: Andy Frankenberger (New York, New York) $244,342
4th: Ness Reilly (Boston, Massaschusetts) $182,249
5th: Brett Bader (Boca Raton, Florida) $137,440
6th: Alan Krockey (Chicago, Illinois) $104,784

The 24-tournament LHPO kicked off on Thursday, 11 January with the $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Series Opener. The event drew 1,366 entries, highlighting a final prize pool of more than $1.3 million.

Other signature event winners include:
  • Scott Baumstein (New York, New York), winning the $1,100 WPTDeepStacks Series Opener for $220,238 + $3,000 WPTDeepStacks Championship Package.
  • Stefan Schillhabel (Brighton, Germany), winning the $50,000 Super High Roller NLH for $493,000.
  • Justin Bonomo (Yorktown, Virginia), winning the $25,500 High Roller NLH for $556,873.
  • Benjamin Tollerene (Mansfield, Texas), winning the $5,000 NLH for $163,944.
Poker action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown on 5-18 April 2018, headlined by a WPTDeepStacks prelim and a series-ending WPT Championship with a $3 million guarantee.

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

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