Championship: 1st Place – Calderero ($271,103)

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Blinds 75k/150k/25k ante

James Calderaro (Venice)  $271,103
James Calderaro (Venice)

After cracking Aces and then giving Shannon Shorr new life with a double-up, James Calderaro finally gets his title.

Calderaro: 9d8d
Shorr: AdJh

Flop:5c5s3d (Shorr leads with Ace high)

Turn: Kd (Calderaro adds flush draw)

River: 6d

The diamond on the river gives Calderaro the winning flush and his first WPT title.

“I feel incredible,” says Cadlderaro with his girlfriend Lily Kiletto and the rest of his rail by his side, “it feels awesome.

“I thought I might be jinxed with second place, so getting over the hump is incredible.”

Kiletto who finished 19th in this event and took second in last year’s Lucky Hearts Poker Open when it was at Hard Rock Hollywood before moving here to Coconut Creek.

Calderaro is a 48-year old investor originally from New York who previously finished second in a 2012 WPT event in Jacksonville. The win takes Calderaro’s career earnings to $1.8 million