There always seem to be some big poker tournaments taking place every year, but 2024 has gotten off to a really big start. Massive tournaments have been taking place throughout the country, including the 2024 Lucky Hearts Poker Open.
This was a $3,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’Em event, and it was one that had nearly 1,200 entries in the field. Competitors showed up at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, and it was a man from Florida that came away with the top prize.
Raminder Singh came away with the grand prize win of $486,353, and the Delray Beach resident has been racking up the wins throughout his career. Singh is an amateur poker player that works as a businessman, but he has been able to cash in with this hobby.
There have been nearly 100 career wins for Singh over the past decade, but he has started winning even bigger events. With over $2.8 million in earnings from playing poker, it’s safe to say that Singh is not going to be sneaking up on anyone.
A Long Battle
After the win, Singh stated that he doesn’t usually get involved with tournaments that take place during the week, but this was an opportunity that he couldn’t pass up. The 2024 Lucky Hearts Poker Open started January 19th and lasted all the way into the early morning of January 23rd.
This casino is one of the most popular venues in the state of Florida, and this event had no issues attracting players. The initial guaranteed prize pool was set at $2 million, but was nearly doubled due to the number of people that signed up.
All of the players that finished in the top 148 received some prize money, and the top seven players brought home at least $100,000. Taking home the big cash prize was a huge win for Singh, but he also brought home 1,440 Card Player of the Year award points with that win.
The standings have been updated on Global Poker, and Singh is currently sitting in second place in points to begin the year. Singh will likely have to enter into more weekday tournaments to stay near the top, or he can just continue to win his events.
When the field got down to just 16 players remaining, Justin Datloff had the chips lead, and Singh was sitting in third place. Andrew Moreno, 2021 Wynn Millions champion, was in the mix in the final 16, but ultimately failed to get to the final table.
Datloff might have had the chips lead once the field got down to 16, but he ended up in fourth place. There were some questionable calls along the way, and other players seemed to catch more luck.
Singh was facing off against Dan Martin and Jesse Lonis in three-headed action, and there was some great competition that took place. Ultimately, Singh was able to use his skills to put both players away to walk away with the win.