Entertainment & Nightlife
January 23, 2019

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Announces Winner of 2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open

South Florida’s Jason Young Wins

WPTDeepStacks™ Main Event for $263,205

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

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.  It isa world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination that features a AAA Four Diamond-rated luxury hotel; expansive gaming offerings including first-in-class slots, high-stakes table games and South Florida’s premier poker room; spa and fitness center; award-winning dining and nightlife; and the popular Hard Rock Event Center which hosts A-list entertainers, comedy and sporting events. A $1.5 billion expansion slated to open in fall 2019 will bring 638 luxury guestrooms to a first-ever, iconic, guitar-shaped hotel and 168 upscale guest accommodations in an adjacent hotel tower overlooking a lush, “Bora Bora” style, private cabana environment; a 41,000 square-foot Rock Spa®; a 13.5 acre recreational water-focused experience for sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding; 30 distinctive  restaurants, bars and lounges; an expanded gaming floor featuring 3,000 slots, 193 table games and a 46-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and 21,000 square feet of new retail space.  The highly anticipated 6,500 seat Hard Rock Live theater-styleconcert venue will feature headline performances and live broadcast capabilities.  The resort is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood SeminoleReservation along State Road 7, (U.S. Highway 441). The resort 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.