Alex Yen wins WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open 2022 for $…

Alex Yen won the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open, pocketing the best ever cash of $975,240 and more than tripling his career earnings in the process.

$3,500 buy-in Main Event drew 1,982 entries at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, $2 million guarantee shattered, eventual prize pool of $6,342,400 with nearly $1 million more.

Plus, a WPT title is one of the most sought-after crowns in poker, with a player’s name engraved on the Mike Sexton Champions Cup alongside legends of the game.

By the time day six arrived the original field had been reduced to just 6 players, like Ali Imsirovic, Chris Moorman, Erik Seidel and Loni Harwood who all made the money but were unable to make it to the final table .

Alex Yen entered the finals holding the chip lead, with just over $200,000 already locked in – half of his previous live tournament life.

The battle for the WPT LHPO crown was over an hour before the first casualty, Algerian Omar Lakhdari losing a run with K♠Q♠ to Daniel Lazrus’ pair of nines.

Fifth place and $272,830 went to Michigan pro Josh Kay, whose healthy single stack took several hits, eventually falling to a double hit from Anton Wigg.

At just four, Maryland’s Nicholas Verderamo had staggered two spots from his smallest stack at the start of the game. When the end came at the hands of Yen’s pocket queens, it meant he had picked up the biggest payday of his career. , $361,130.

The first of the podium spots was decided when Daniel Lazrus put his tournament life on the line with a pair of sixes…

Lazrus: 6♠ 6♣
Yen: K♦ J♠

Flop: J♦ 7♥ 5♣
Round: 5♠
River: 9♣

Lazrus took $482,380 for his excellent run and that left Yen and Wigg head-to-head to decide where the trophy went and the remaining $1.6 million.

Still relatively deep, the head changed hands several times, but finally a huge hand decided things…

Yen: 9♣ 7♣
Wigg: Q♦ Q♣

Flop: 10♦ 8♣ 6♣

The flop had incredibly given Yen the straight, and when Wigg pushed his seemingly safe queens on the turn…

Turn: 6♦

…all was over except Wigg hitting a 4-outer on the river that didn’t appear…

River: 4♦

Final Table Results


Alex Yen



Anton Wigg



Daniel Lazrus



Nicholas Verderamo



Josh Kay



Omar Lakhdari


“I hit the dream flop and won,” Yen explained as he celebrated his WPT win, adding, “It’s absolutely amazing.”

Yen revealed, “I’ve never won a live tournament before. I don’t even think I won online, so it’s a pretty unreal feeling. Asked by reporters about his plans for the biggest salary of his career, $975,240, Yen replied, “I really don’t know yet. Maybe a little real estate, a little investing, and a little fun.