2014 Lucky Hearts Poker Open

Championship Recap & Results

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Two players looking for their first major title went toe-to-toe for the Lucky Hearts Championship and WPT title, and after more than 100 heads up hands, James Calderaro (Venice) defeated Shannon Shorr (Birmingham, AL).

The tournament ended on three straight all-ins and began when Calderaro cracked pocket Aces with top two pairs the left Shorr with four big blinds.

“It feels awesome,” said Calderaro who had been a runner-up twice, including at a WPT final table. “I thought I might be jinxed with second place, so getting over the hump is incredible.”

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Lucky Hearts Poker Open Leaderboard – Final Results

(Final)

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SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOLLYWOOD TOURNAMENT LEADERBOARD
(Final Results):

NAMEPOINTS
JERMAINE PHANG193.910
JONATHAN OUNJIAN175.611
STEVEN BENNETT138.286
PAUL BERENSON136.453
DANIEL GENACHTE121.605
KOREEN FORD120.500
WILLIE WIGGINS111.643
THOMAS JUNKINS101.741
KEVIN SMITH97.231
MICHAEL LAROCCA95.548
WILLY JEAN BAPTISTE91.578
ROSS WILLNER91.575
ERIC EWING89.940
JONATHAN ROSA89.678
RICARDO BOCCHINI89.040
ROBERT MILLER84.453
PAUL PRAGER83.718
MICHAEL ATTONITO83.604
TAMARA GOLDSHTEYN78.324
BARRY CHAZEN77.633
MATTHEW ELSBY74.415
MICHAEL SKLAR74.213
DEBRA NESER73.833
EDUARDO LEZICA71.774
ARLENE VAZQUEZ71.774
Leonid GOLDSHTEYN71.202
MIGUEL McKENZIE68.250
DAVID PRICE52.250
MARIO JAMES49.613
PASQUALE CAIAZZA49.610
ROY COHEN49.610
LUIS PANTOJA49.610
KRISHNA COLLINS48.045
STEVEN MILLER45.768
YUE WANG43.926
PAUL MABEL42.793
PHILIP PAUL42.790
FRANK LERCZAK42.433
JULIE MCGRATH41.933
JEROME NELOMS39.051
PERRY SHIAO38.243
SALVATORE SOLLECITO31.927
ELLIOTT ZAYDMAN31.468
NICHOLAS VISCONTI31.349
GUILLERMO HAMILTON25.488
kENNETH BERMAN24.808
MICHAEL MARKS24.808
ONEIL MC CALLA24.808
MING SHEN24.808
PAUL STEINER24.808
ROBERT TRANSUE24.808
Eugene Black24.805
IRAJ FARIAB24.805
JUNE KELLEY24.805
MICHAEL MERISIER24.805
ROBERT MIDGETTE24.805
LEONARD ST-GERMAIN24.805
Carl VIDAL24.805
Gregory Wilson Jr24.805
JOHN SAINT LOUIS23.568
MIGUEL MARTINEZ19.524
DANIEL PEARLMAN19.524
EVAN SNOW19.524
DOLPHY GARRICKS19.121
LAWRENCE GRADUS19.121
MICHAEL MC ALLISTER19.121
DANIEL TURCOTTE19.121
CLAUDY ROSIER18.366
MICHELLE ERB18.252
ROBERT KESSLER17.985
RICHARD KESSLER17.907
BIENVENIDO SANTIAGO17.628
MARK BRANNICK16.748
AGOP DOUREDJIAN BAGDASARIAN15.675
NICHOLAS FIORE13.841
LUKE ROSENBERG12.682
Noris Barcimanto12.403
PAULIUS BIKUS12.403
ANTONIO CAMPBELL12.403
STEVEN CARDARELLI12.403
JASON CASTEN12.403
Neil Crilly12.403
JAMES DELEO12.403
ELON DIAMOND12.403
THOMAS DOHERTY III12.403
CHRISTOPHER DRAWS12.403
RICHARD GANESH12.403
JOHN-THOMAS GIARRUSSO12.403
DANIEL GONZALO12.403
LUIS GUARDA12.403
RICHARD KELLEHER12.403
MARK KOTTLER12.403
W L12.403
THOMAS MILLWARD12.403
CLAUDE NGANGA12.403
MARCIN PLEWINSKI12.403
ROBERT POGGIO JR12.403
LARRY RICHIE12.403
RICHARD RUIZ12.403
PETER UDOVIK12.403
JOHN VASSER12.403
JORGE CHAVEZ12.301
ALLEN GREEN11.926
FRANCIS ADAMS11.546
DAVID PARKER11.546
JULIAN ALVARADO7.122
PERRY HUCKABY7.122
TODD KASTEN7.122
STEVEN RUTCOFSKY7.122
WILLIAM SWICICKI7.122
DANNY BLACKBURN6.719
ARTURO CARRASCO6.719
MONTY DWECK6.719
LORI PORGES6.719
STEVE RAEMAN6.719
HELENE ROSENBERG6.719
ROSALYN SHEINIS DWECK6.719
ALAN SLAKMAN6.719
JUDITH GREEN5.963
SANDRA MEYER5.963
RONALD SALZMAN5.963
ROBERT ZUCKERMAN5.963
IVAN FEIT5.583
HARRY CHAIMOWIZ5.565
ARNOLD COHEN5.565
Hubert GANTER5.225
CHARLY JOHNSON5.225

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)
$271,103

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

Championship: 2nd Place – Shorr ($190,039)

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Blinds 75k/150k/25k ante

Shannon Shorr (Birmingham, AL)
$190,039

 

After seeing his Aces cracked and surviving one double-up, Shannon Shorr’s doesn’t get a second straight double-up.

Shorr is all in with AdJh against the 9d8d of James Calderaro.

The board runs out5c5s3dKd6d and Calderaro wins the tournament with a flush.

“I’m disappointed, obviously,” says Shorr, who takes home $190,039 as runner-up. “I still don’t have a major title. That’s what it’s about for me, more than the money.”

Shannon Shorr has 7 career titles, but no WPT or WSOP wins. The 28-year old increases his career earnings to more than $5.5 million.

This was the Shorr’s third WPT final table.

Running Updates: Calderero Cracks Aces

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Blinds 60k/120k/20k ante

There are lots of fireworks on the last two hands of the level.

James Calderaro and Shannon Shorr see a flop of 10s7s4h.

Shorr bets 475k, Calderaro raises to 1.4 million, Shorr moves all in and Calderaro snap calls.

Calderaro 10c7c (two pairs)
Shorr: AdAs (over pair)

There’s no help on the turn, 3d or river, 5c and in a close count Calderero doubles 5.6 million and has a commanding lead.

After being left with 535k (4 bb), the two are all in again on the next hand with Shorr at risk.

Shorr: Ad2h
Calderaro: Ac6h

Flop: Jd5h3h (Shorr, gutshot straight draw)

Turn: Qh (Shorr, three outs)

River: 4d

The non-heart 4 gives Shorr a straight and a double-up to just over 1 million to stay alive.

The players are on a 10 minute break.

Chip Counts

James Calderaro 11.4 million (76 bb)
Shannon Shorr 1.1 million (7 bb)

Final Table Results

Place-Name-Amount

1st $271,103
2nd $190,039
3rd Keven Stammen (Coldwater, OH) $122,197
4th Dimas Martinez (Queens, NY) $90,366
5th Tim Kegel (Hollywood) $67,842
6th Evan Dollinger (Sunrise) $54,355
7th Justin Zaki (Tierra Verde) $45,318
8th Mukul Pahuja (Coconut Creek) $36,147
9th Doug Hartwick (Willowdale, ON) $27,110
10th Corrie Wunstel (Baton Rouge, LA) $19,827

Championship: Nearing 100 Heads Up Hands

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Blinds 60k/120k/20k ante

And Play Continues
And Play Continues

 

At the completion of the last level, James Calderero and Shannon Shorr have played 90 hands heads up.

Blinds are moving up quickly as levels are 30 minutes long.

Chip Counts

James Calderaro (Venice) 7.8 million (65 bb)
Shannon Shorr (Birmingham, AL) 4.7 million (39 bb)

Remaining Prize Pool

1st $271,103
2nd $190,039

Championship: Calderero Flips Script

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Blinds 40k/80k/10k ante

Marissa & Deanna
Marissa & Deanna

Players are back from break after grabbing some beverages from Marissa & Deanna.

During the last level, James Calderero  won a lot of pots and has flipped the chip counts into his favor and now has a 2-1 chip lead.

Chip Counts

James Calderero 8.4 million
Shannon Shorr 4 million

Championship: 3rd Place – Stammen

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Blinds 25k/50k/5k ante

Keven Stammen (Coldwater, OH) $122,197
Keven Stammen (Coldwater, OH)
$122,197

Keven Stammen 4-bets all in for 1.3 million (26 bb) and James Calderaro calls.

Stammen:AdKd
Calderero: Ac9s

Flop: Qd2h2s (Stammen still leads]

Turn: 3s (no change)

River: 9d

The audience lets out a groan as Calderero pairs his 9 for the winner and the knockout.

Stammen finishes in third place for $122,197.

Calderero has 5.5 million and is heads up with Shannon Shorr for the title.

“I have to be happy with it,” says Stammen who takes his career earnings to $2 million, “I just wish I could’ve gotten heads up with Shannon my buddy.”

Stammen says he and Shorr have been poker friends since both coming on the scene together seven years ago when both started playing at age 21.

“Top five,” says Stammen on where this ranks in his poker career. “It’s my fifth highest cash, that’s all I go by.”

Stammen is 28-years old and a former masonry worker.

“I was short a lot,” he says, “to ladder up to third, I have to be happy with that.”


Heads Up Chip Counts

Shannon Shorr 7 million (140 bb)
James Calderaro 5.5 million (110 bb)

Stammen & Calderero
Stammen’s Elimination
Against Calderero

Championship: 4th Place – Dimas ($90,366)

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Dimas Martinez (Atlanta, GA)  $90,366
Dimas Martinez (Atlanta, GA)
$90,366

Dimas Martinez is all in for 1.6 million and James Calderaro gets the exact count before making the call.

Martinez: AdKc
Calderaro: TdTs

“I hate to do it to you, but Ace in the window,” urges Martinez.

Flop: Qh5c4c (Calderaro still leads)

Turn: 9c

“Here it comes,” says Martinez, who adds a flush draw to his two over cards.

River: Qd

A blank on the river gives Calderaro the winner with two pairs, Tens and Queens. He’s now virtually even with Shannon Shorr for the chip lead.

Martinez, the most entertaining person at the final table, finishes in fourth place for $90,366.

“I feel good,” says Martin, “it’s the best I’ve ever cashed.”

Martinez calls himself a “Georgia boy,” but is originally from Queens, New York.

“I loved it,” he says about his time at Coconut Creek, “It was up and down, I felt like I was at Coney Island.”

Martinez is 40 years old and the owner of Spanish Mafia Records saying, “I try and bring all kinds of people together no matter where they’re from.”

Martinez had his sister Shareese Freeman on the rail, along with his best friend Donnell Dais. “We’ll be back,” says Dais, who has his eye on the next Hard Rock series at Hollywood beginning March 27th.

“I would have liked to put my name on the title,”  says Dimas, “But God is good, it’s not my time.”

Final Three Chip Counts

Shannon Shorr 5.38 million
James Calderaro 5.34 million
Keven Stammen 1.7 million

Dias (left) on the Rail  Along with Lily Kiletto (right) who is supporting James Calderero
Dias (left) on the Rail Along with Lily Kiletto (right)
who is supporting James Calderero

 

Championship: 5th Place – Kegel ($67,842)

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Blinds 15k/30k/5k ante

Tim Kegel (Hollywood) $67,842
Tim Kegel (Hollywood)
$67,842

Tim Kegel moves all in for 400k and Shannon Shorr calls.

Kegel: AcKc
Shorr: 2h2s

Flop: KhJh8d (Kegel leads, pair of Kings)

Turn: 9h (Shorr adds flush draw)

River: 7h

Shorr hits his flush on the river and is now the chip leader with 4.3 million.

Kegel is out in 5th place for $67,842.

“It’s way up there,” says Kegel who earns his largest career recorded live cash.

“This tournament is a lot of fun. Dimas and I have been at the same table for the last few days. All the they guys have been great,” he says.

This is Kegel’s third cash of the series here at Coconut Creek after finishing 7th in the Seniors (Event 9) and in Event 1 ($560) pushing is combined series earnings to $70,000.

“Not bad, says Kegel, “I just wish I could’ve played a little longer.”

Kegel is 53-years-old and worsk in the horse racing industry.

Championship: Blinds Up & Chip Counts

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Blinds 15k/30k/5k ante
5 players remaining, 2.5 million avg (83 bb)

WPT Trophy
WPT Champions Cup

The 1k chips have been removed from play and blinds are up. Levels for the final table are 60 minutes each.

The Champions Cup is on display. Who will be the next WPT & Lucky Hearts Champion?

Chip Counts

Dimas Martinez 4.3 million
Shannon Shorr 3.4 million
James Calderaro 2.5 million
Tim Kegel 1.2 million
Keven Stammen 1 million

Championship: 6th Place – Dollinger ($54,355)

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Evan Dollinger (Sunrise) $54,355
Evan Dollinger (Sunrise)
$54,355

Short stack Evan Dollinger is all in for 600k and is up against chip leader Dimas Martinez.

Martinez: 7h7s
Dollinger: TcTh

Flop: Js7d5s (Martinez set)

Turn: Qh (Dollinger, two outs)

River: 4s

Martinez wins the hand with a set of 7s to extend his chip lead to 4.3 million.

“I feel fine,” says Dollinger who finishes in 6th place for $54,355. “I had a couple of suck outs along the way to stay alive.”

His wife Rebecca is quick to point out that Dollinger was down to 18k (4 bb) on Day 2, but rallied for his third highest career cash.

“Probably going to get him to take a few days off,” says Rebecca as today is the couple’s second wedding anniversary. “A stay-cation at home.”

“It’s going to be a good anniversary,” smiles Dollinger, who is a full time professional player. Dollinger plays in a lot of cash games, along with tournaments here at Coconut Creek and at Hard Rock Hollywood.

Dollinger, who is 28-years-old, now has more than $300,000 in career tournament earnings.

Rebecca & Evan
Rebecca & Evan

Championship: Ready to Go

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Blinds 12k/24k/4k
6 players remaining, 2.1 mill avg (88 bb)

Lucky Hearts Final Table & Royal Flush Girls
Lucky Hearts Final Table & Royal Flush Girls

The final six players have finished their photo-op and ready to see who will be the next WPT and Lucky Hearts Champion.

Cards are in the air at the Coconut Creek Pavilion.

 

Championship: Final Six Set, Play Resumes 1 pm Tues

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship

Blinds 12k/24k/4k
6 players remaining, 2.1 mill avg (88 bb)

Remaining Players

Dimas Martinez 3.588 million
Shannon Shorr 3.478 million
James Calderaro 2.649 million
Tim Kegel 1.271 million
Keven Stammen 826k
Evan Dollinger 684k

Prize Pool

Place-Name-Payotut

1st $271,103
2nd $190,039
3rd $122,197
4th $90,366
5th $67,842
6th $54,355
7th Justin Zaki (Tierra Verde) $45,318
8th Mukul Pahuja (Coconut Creek) $36,147
9th Doug Hartwick (Willowdale, ON) $27,110
10th Corrie Wunstel (Baton Rouge, LA) $19,827
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