Calderaro Wins WPT Lucky Hearts, Shorr Finishes Runner-Up

James Calderaro
James Calderaro

Yesterday saw a long-time poker pro finally break through and win his first major poker title at WPT Lucky Hearts in Florida but it wasn’t Shannon Shorr.

Instead Floridian James Calderaro, who’s been posting live tournament results since 2006, defeated Shorr heads-up to claim his first WPT title and $270,000 in cash.

Calderaro finished third in the 2010 WSOP $10k PLO and runner-up in WPT Jacksonville but somehow a major victory had eluded him until last night.

On the flipside Shannon Shorr, one of the top nine players of the decade according to the GPI, will have to wait another day to finally snag a major title. Shorr has won over $5.4 million in live poker but is still lacking a WPT, WSOP or EPT win.

Shorr picked up $170,000 for coming in second place.

Keven "Stammdogg" Stammen Finishes Third

Meanwhile the other established pro Keven “Stammdogg” Stammen finished third for $122,197. The WSOP bracelet winner is still seeking his first WPT title.

Dimas Martinez Jr., Tim Kegel and Evan Dollinger rounded out the 4th, 5th and 6th spots respectively.

Calderaro outlasted a field of 415 entries to win WPT Lucky Hearts. In the final hand he rivered a flush with 9 8 against Shorr’s A J to secure the title.

Here’s a look at the complete final-table payouts for the event:

  • 1st: James Calderaro - $271,103
  • 2nd: Shannon Shorr - $190,039
  • 3rd: Keven Stammen - $122,197
  • 4th: Dimas Martinez, Jr. - $90,366
  • 5th: Tim Kegel - $67,842
  • 6th: Evan Dollinger - $54,355
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