January 25, 2023

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Announces Winners of the 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open

2023 LHPO Champion Marius Gierse
2023 LHPO Champion Marius Gierse


Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood concluded its 2023 Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) on Tuesday, Jan. 24. This was the biggest LHPO series in history with 16,320 total entries and total prize pools reaching nearly $15 million. In the headliner event, Marius Gierse of Germany bested 1,692 entries to take home $605,000, following a four-way chop.

“I really don’t enjoy live poker as much, mostly because people are too serious and take a lot of time,” Gierse said. “But that isn’t the case here at all. People play super fast, and people are talking, and not taking themselves too seriously. It’s super nice. So I’m very, very happy to play here and I will for sure come back.”
I’m pretty blessed,” said Gierse, “and I’m lucky to win the Lucky Hearts Poker Open.”
The $3,500 LHPO finale boasted a final prize pool of more than $5.4 million, easily exceeding the $2 million guarantee. The last 212 spots were paid $5,915 for a min-cash.
Championship Final Table Results:
1st: Marius Gierse (Germany) $605,000*
2nd: Brian Scott (Midway City, Calif.) $555,078*
3rd: Jacob Powers (Brigham City, Utah) $500,000*
4th: Peter Mugar (Boston, Mass.) $498,177*
5th: Martin Carnero (Peru) $238,635
6th: Taylor Wilson (Wheeling, W VA) $181,950
*indicates a four-way deal 
The 43-event LHPO kicked off on Thursday, Jan. 12 with the $600 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (NLH) opener. With 4,535 entries, the event more than doubled the $1 million guaranteed, creating a total prize pool of more than $2.3 million. Scott Woodring (Sabastian, Fla.) won the opener earning $190,939 after the final seven players agreed to a deal to end the tournament and split the remaining prize pool.
Other signature event winners include: 
  • Aram Oganyan (Hollywood, Calif.) winning the $25,500 High Roller NLH (Re-Entry) for $480,175
  • Aaron Flores (Chicago, Ill.) winning the $2,200 Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry) for $97,935
  • Benjamin Juhasz (Budapest, Hungary) winning the $5,000 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Re-Entry) for $64,125
  • Brock Wilson (Ardsley, NY) winning the $5,000 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) for $129,530
Poker Action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood with Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown April 13, 2023 – May 2, 2023, headlined by the $400 Deep Stack series opener with a $500,000 guarantee and the $3,500 WPT Poker Showdown Championship boasting a $3 million guarantee.
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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, the 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 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-integrated resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. The renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion in 2019, highlighting the debut of the world’s first and only Guitar Hotel. Between three hotel towers, the resort boasts 1,271 luxury guestrooms. Amenities include a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; an 18-acre recreational water experience; private “Bora Bora” style cabanas; more than 20 food and beverage outlets; an expansive gaming floor with more than 2,700 slots, more than 200 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. Hard Rock Live, ranked No. 5 worldwide in 2022 gross revenue for both Pollstar Magazine and Billboard in its respective categories, highlights A-list entertainers and performers, sporting events and live broadcast productions in an intimate 7,000-person capacity setting. Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441). For more information, visit us online at, 1 (800) 937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.