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Brian Altman Wins 2015 World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Main Event

26-Year-Old Poker Pro Tops 1,027-Entry Field To Win $723,008


A total of 1,027 entries were made in the 2015 World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open $3,500 buy-in $3 million guaranteed no-limit hold’em main event. This impressive turnout to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood saw the total prize pool eclipse the guarantee, paying out $3,286,400 to the top 100 finishers in the end.

The largest payout of all was awarded to the last player standing, 26-year-old poker professional Brian Altman. For the win he earned the $723,008 first-place prize, his first WPT title and 1,440 Card Player Player of the Year points. As a result he has moved into ninth place in the overall POY race.

Coming into the final day the Longmeadow, MA resident was second in chips behind eventual runner up Mark Dube. The two had pulled away from the other four to return for the event’s final day, combining to hold 72% of the chips in play between them.

With the elimination of Kelly Minkin in third place Dube entered the final heads-up showdown with a 4-to-3 chip lead over Altman. The two battled for 61 hands, and by the time the last hand arose Altman had pulled out to a 2-to-1 lead.

With blinds at 200,000 – 400,000 with an ante of 50,000 Dube raised to 900,000 from the button. Altman made the call and the flop brought the ASpade Suit5Spade Suit3Spade Suit. Altman checked and Dube bet 1.1 million. Altman then raised to 2.6 million. After nearly a minute of thought Dube moved all in for 9.6 million.

Altman instantly made the call and revealed the KSpade Suit8Spade Suit for the flopped nut flush. Dube had a big hand himself with the AHeart SuitADiamond Suit for top set, but would need the board to pair to stay alive in the tournament. The turn brought the 4Club Suit and the river the 8Heart Suit to secure the pot and the title for Altman. Dube was to the rail in second place, earning $434,462 and 1,200 POY points for his deep run.

Here is a look at the payouts and POY points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Brian Altman $723,008 1440
2 Mark Dube $434,462 1200
3 Kelly Minkin $262,912 960
4 Greg Rosen $220,189 720
5 Sanjay Gehi $180,752 600
6 Jon Graham $146,245 480
7 Dean Baranowski $116,667 360
8 Nathan Tuthill $88,733 240
9 Walter Fisher $60,798 120