Altman Tops Dube for WPT Lucky Hearts Title; Minkin Third

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Brian Altman (Photo: WPT)

With 72% of the chips in play coming into the final table Brian Altman and Mark Dube seemed destined for a heads-up battle to the finish at the WPT Lucky Hearts Open.

That's exactly what happened.

Altman defeated Dube heads-up over two hours last night to claim the Lucky Hearts crown and $723,008, his biggest career score.

A former PokerStars leaderboard winner from Massachusetts, Altman easily surpassed his previous best live score of $74,418 at the Borgata last year.

Dube, also a poker pro from Massachussetts, claimed $434,462.

Minkin Out Third; No Female Open-Field Winner Yet

The secondary story at the final table after the dominating chip stacks of Altman and Dube was the presence of Kelly Minkin.

An attorney from Wisconsin and a former Arizona State Poker Championship runner-up, Minkin was looking to become the first female open-field winner in the history of the WPT.

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Kelly Minkin (Photo: WPT)

Starting the day third in chips but well back of the leaders, Minkin managed to hold on for third overall but couldn't climb any higher.

Getting her last 1.8m in good with 99 to Altman's 44, the board ran out with a straight for Altman to end her chances.

Minkin earned $262,912 for third, also a career best. The official final six and payouts:


  • 1. Brian Altman $723,008
  • 2. Mark Dube $434,462
  • 3. Kelly Minkin $262,912
  • 4. Greg Rosen $220,189
  • 5. Sanjay Gehi $180,752
  • 6. Jon Graham $146,245

For a full recap of the action, check the WPT Live Updates.

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