Darryll Fish Wins WPT Lucky Hearts Title for $511k

Darryll Fish Wins WPT Lucky Hearts Title for $511kDarryll Fish has just won the $3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship, after besting a field of 911 players over five days on his way to capturing the title, and a first place prize of $511,604. After taking down the biggest score of his professional career, the pro with $3,734,351 in earnings commented:
“It’s a relief. Like I said, I don’t play for titles but it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate it. I’ve spent a lot of years playing WPTs, so it feels really good. I’m going to feel good for the next couple of mornings.”
The WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship was held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, and featured a $2,915,200 prize pool. Amongst the pros cashing in at one of the tournament’s 114 money places was Loni Harwood in 73rd ($7,338), Mohsin Charania in 52nd ($10,006), Bryan Piccioli in 43rd ($11,369), Matas Cimbolas in 36th ($13,109), and Rainer Kempe in 14th ($31,989).
After Ness Reilly (K-K) eliminated Alan Krockey (A-Q) from the final table in 6th, Aleksandr Shevelev (A-K) subsequently took care of Brett Bader (Q-Q) in 5th, while Darryll Fish (A-10) did likewise to Ness Reilly (J-J) in 4th.
Next, Andy Frankenberger exited after losing holding pocket sevens to Fish’s A-J, although the 3rd place finish netted him an impressive $244,342, representing his fourth biggest score to date behind his 2010 victory at the $5,000 Legends of Poker event for $750,000, and his two WSOP bracelet wins which earned him $599,153 and $445,899 in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Shemelev entered heads-up play holding a 132bb to 95bb lead over Fish, and 122 hands would ensue before Shemelev shoved preflop with A-10, prompting a call from Fish holding K-J. The dealer then laid out a Q-9-8-K-10 board to bring the tournament to a conclusion, with Shevelev earning $331,116 for his runner-up finish, and Darryll Fish picking up a career first WPT title.
Commenting upon his experience at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, and his close friendship with its Tournament Director Tony Burns, Fish stated:
“I’ve played poker here since I was 18 years old.. Tony Burns is a longtime friend of mine. We went to dealer school together. We used to work together. For him to get the job here and for me to end up winning a tournament here, it feels like everything came full circle. To be supported in this place feels great. For it to happen here more than anywhere is extra special.”
Final Table Results:
1: Darryll Fish $511,604
2: Aleksandr Shevelev $331,116
3: Andy Frankenberger $244,342
4: Ness Reilly $182,249
5: Brett Bader $137,440
6: Alan Krockey $104,784

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