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Darryll Fish won $511,604 at a tournament run by his old dealer school buddy.
Darryll Fish is the winner of the first World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship. A regular on the WPT circuit, Fish, came along for the first time the WPT combined a championship with the LHPO and collected the first place prize of $511,604.
Fish’s win will be remembered in Seminole Hard Rock history for the epic heads-up battled that ensued between Fish and runner-up Aleksandr Shevelev. The day started with Shevelev first in chips, followed by Ness Reilly (who finished fourth). Shevelev held his tall stack through the six-handed final table until his battle against Fish.
Shevelev had 15.8 million chips, and Fish had 11.4 million at the two opponents entered heads up. He held the lead until hand #111 of the event when Fish claimed a pot containing nearly 8.5 million chips.
Nearly 100 hands later and three hours later, the tournament came to an end. Their back-and-forth exchange stretched on for a grueling four hours before Fish finally played the winning hand. Shevelev won $331,116 in his second-place finish.
After his win Fish revealed that he went to dealer school with the tournament director at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino Hollywood, Tony Burns. Fish said the two were longtime friends and winning under Burns’ watch felt “extra special.”
After last night’s win, Fish boasts lifetime poker earnings over $3.7 million. The event became the most lucrative of Fish’s 10-year poker career, which includes more than 100 WPT events.