Andrew Lichtenberger, fondly called "LuckyChewy" beat 38 entrants in the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and won $638,223. The poker series is ongoing in Florida. The $50,000 buy-in no-limit hold 'em high roller was the most recent largest event in the series.
The event attracted 39 entries who created a $1.9 million prize pool. Lichtenberger emerged victorious after two days of high-stakes tournament action. Also, he won the title.
Lichtenberger Journey to Success
Lichtenberger is a 34-year-old poker professional who won a World Series of Poker bracelet in the past. He got in heads-up action with Alex Foxen and won his 14th title in his live poker tournament career and the first in 2022. The player currently has over $13.1 million in total earnings.
The poker pro informed the SHR Poker Blog after its staff asked him about the heads-up battle that he won each all in. But Lichtenberger lost most of the big pots they played that weren't all in.
Most of the pots went to the river or the turn, and Lichtenberger had a bottom of range. This was strange, but he still won the crucial pots.
Lichtenberger also got many ranking points. They included 408 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) points that helped him move into position 110 in this year's POY race that Global Poker finances. Yet, it was his first major title to win in 2022.
The player has advanced to three final tables so far this year. He also amassed 383 PokerGO Tour points that helped him rise to the 21st place on the leaderboard.
Action at the $50,000 High Roller Final Table
There were six finalists at the final table. Brock Wilson got eliminated last outside the prize money after his pocket kings lost to Lichtenberger's A-J.
Steven Veneziano won $113,490 after finishing sixth. Andjelko Andrejevic's pocket sevens beat his A-Q in a preflop race. Jason Mercier is a five-time bracelet champion and got his first cash prize in late 2019 after he finished fifth in the event. He received $141,865, and his career total earnings increased to over $19.7 million.
Mercier's run ended after Foxen made a call while holding A-K, and he used K-J suited to shove. The former led with a pair of jacks on the flop before Foxen reduced the field and took down the pot after rivering a flush.
Andrejevic went all in while his pair of kings faced Kirk Steele's nut flush draw and pair of aces. The river didn't help him, and he exited the event in fourth place. He won $198,610 and has almost $4.5 million in lifetime poker cashes.
Steele was the next player to leave the table despite scoring a knockout. He used pocket eight to shove from a small blind, and Lichtenberger used an A-9 suited to call in the big blind. The latter then flopped an ace and improved to the river's nut flush.
Steele left the tournament in third place and won $83,725. It was the biggest live tournament score in his professional poker career. This helped Lichtenberger have an almost 3:1 chip lead when he got into a heads-up battle against Foxen, which lasted for a few hours.
The two players held healthy leads at different moments during the clash. But Lichtenberger pulled ahead when the final hand was raised. Foxen held JHeart SuitJClub Suit, had 975,000 chips when there was a 75,000 big blind ante and 50,000-75,000 blinds.
Lichtenberger went all out with 7Club Suit6Heart Suit from the big blind when Foxen used a big pocket pair to call. The former secured the title and pot after making a running straight when the board came down QSpade Suit10Diamond Suit5Spade Suit4Spade Suit3Club Suit.
Foxen won $515,587 for being the runners-up, and it was his 11th time to reach a final table this year. He has over $1.6 million in POY earnings and is sixth in the overall POY standings.