$570 Pot Limit Omaha 8 (Re-Entry) Structure | Payouts Level 11: 800/1,600 Players Remaining: 10 of 40
After just under six hours of play, the 40-entry field in today’s $570 Pot Limit Omaha 8 Re-Entry tournament is down to 10 and at the unofficial final table. Sean Remz has a stranglehold on the action with a stack of 200,000 chips. The next closest holdings belong to Shawn Nguyen with 130,000. From there there’s a spattering of sub-75,000 stacks.
Here’s a look at the lineup:
Seat 1: Shawn Nguyen – 130,000 Seat 2: Zack Milchman – 30,200 Seat 3: Matt Bianchi – 38,800 Seat 4: Claudangelo Beaudouin – 19,600 Seat 5: Sean Legendre – 50,400 Seat 6: Michael Patrick Lee – 15,000 Seat 7: George Linkenback – 13,000 Seat 8: Daniel Vitiello – 18,800 Seat 9: Sean Remz – 200,000 Seat 10: Carey Pickus – 75,000
A payday is reserved for only the top five finishers and they’ll be awarded as follows:
The Seminole Hard Tampa Poker Classic begins February 20th at our sister property and runs through March 6th. This first-time series gets started with a $200,000 guaranteed multi-flight event and continues into the first week with a $100,000 guaranteed prelim.
Action climaxes February 28th with the first of three starting flights in the $300,000 guaranteed, $1,650 buy-in Main Event. The two past Tampa events at this pricepoint drew 671 entries generating a prize in excess of $1,000,000 and 609 entries generating a prize pool in excess of $900,000.
The series is kicked off by a $300,000 guaranteed opener and headlined by the $1M guaranteed Main Event. Additionally, two players from the festival will earn free entry in the season-ending Global Casino Championship.
$570 Six-Max NLH (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 8: 400/800 with a 800 ante Entries: 326
Level 8 is here and it marks the final level of open registration and re-entry. The prize pool doesn’t need the extra time as it’s already up over $160,000. The clock currently shows 326 entries and that number will tick up a touch over the next 35 or so minutes before registration closes.
It is just before the noon hour in the Hard Rock Event Center and poker tournament action is just moments away from kickoff. Getting Tuesday’s play started is a $570 buy-in six-max re-entry tournament. Players in this event will be jockeying for a prize pool worth a guaranteed $100,000 and they’ll take their seats to 15,000 chips. This is a one-day event structured with 30-minute levels throughout and it’s expected to conclude some time after midnight.
Here are the details:
12PM: Event 9 – $570 Six-Max NLH (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
Players begin with 15,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
This new event is running alongside Day 3 of the big Ultimate Re-Entry tournament and much of our live reporting efforts will be concentrated there. However with only 11 players remaining in the Ultimate Re-Entry, we’ll pick up the mid and late stages of the $570 following it all the way down to a champion.
2019 Lucky Hearts Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida Event 1 Ultimate Re-Entry $360 No Limit Hold’em $500,000 Guaranteed Entries: 4,508 Total Prize Pool: $1,352,400 Multi-Stack Payouts: 71 @ $2,500 = $177,500 Day 2 Prize Pool: $1,174,900 January 10-14, 2019
The Ultimate Re-Entry event drew 4,508 entries over eight starting flights to create a prize pool worth $1,352,400. Of that money, $177,500 was awarded for 71 multi-stack payouts with $1,174,900 going into the Day 2 prize pool.
All 374 returning players are in the money and guaranteed at least $700. The final nine players will lock up at least a five-digit cash with the Ultimate Re-Entry champ walking away with more than $250,000.
The Seminole Hard Rock and PokerStars teamed up to award five South Florida poker players a $30,000 Platinum Pass and send them to the Bahamas to compete in this week’s $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship (PSPC). The passes were distributed during a summer freeroll, the August Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, November’s Moneymaker Tour event and Feeding South Florida Charity event as well as during the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open. In all, it was $150,000 in added value to the South Florida poker community. They were won by:
The PSPC began Sunday with a strong field of 1,039 entries. The total prize pool surpassed $26,000,000 with a first prize worth more than $5,000,000 and it was Esteban Garcia that shone brightest of the five Seminole Hard Rock Platinum Pass winners.
Esteban won his pass after finishing runner-up to Chris Moneymaker in the $300 Feeding South Florida Charity event. Moneymaker was ineligible to win the pass, so it was presented to Esteban. Esteban went on to parlay that package into a 146th-place finish and a $35,000 score.
Of the other pass winners, Carlo was eliminated late on Day 1 while Vasile, Andre and Jorge were all eliminated on Day 2.
We caught up with Esteban for an interview following his cash on Day 3:
Seminole Staff: Let’s go back to November and the Feeding South Florida Charity Event. Talk to us about playing heads-up against Chris Moneymaker and the moment you won the Platinum Pass.
Esteban: The truth is, I went to the Seminole Hard Rock not knowing what I was going to play. It was a regular day for me. I got out of work, I was thinking, “I’m just going to go play.” When I got there, it was a charity event, $300 … I didn’t really know the first place prize, but once we got to about 15 players, [Tournament][Director][Tony][Burns] was talking about the [Platinum][Pass] and I was like, “Hmm. Sounds good.” There were no high hopes or anything. Once we got to about five players I was like, “Ok. We have a chance at this.”
Heads-up with Moneymaker wasn’t a big deal, because once it was down to just him and I, I didn’t really care about making that extra $1,000. I was so happy to be able to get this [Platinum][Pass] package. I put it in on the next hand and he just happened to have a better hand. I was just like, “Wow. This is crazy. I never thought I would play in a $25,000 buy-in.” I would never spend that money out of my pocket to do that. That was really, really good. I woke [my][wife] up when I got home — “You won’t believe this! We’re going to the Bahamas! We have a ticket. We have everything paid for.” She was like, “Whatever.” The next day in sunk in a little bit more. It was good.
SS: Talk about the last two months leading up to this and your time working with PokerStars to get to the Bahamas.
E: They communicated so well. They reached out to me multiple times to see if I needed anything. Garry [Gates] was incredible and PokerStars was unbelievable. They have an A+ thing going on. Everything they do is first class.
SS: Talk about your experience in the Bahamas and playing the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship.
E: We love everything about the accommodations. The game; I’m not going to say I was intimidated, but I didn’t feel like I could play with these [$25,000][buy-in][players] at first. Once I won a couple hands I felt a lot better. I studied a lot of the stuff they were doing and tried to make adjustments. The game here and the [small][buy-ins] back home are totally different. This was great. It was a great experience for me. I think I’ll be able to play the higher buy-in tournaments a lot better now that I was able to experience this. It’s a big learning experience. I feel proud to have made the money and advanced and make it to where a lot of these [$25,000][buy-in][players] didn’t make it.
SS: 10 years from now what do you think you’ll remember most about the last three days in the Bahamas?
E: I came here with $1,000 and I’m going home with $36,000. I’ll remember that! For sure. I spent some time with the wife. She kind of played solo tourist a little bit, but at the same time, we needed this. It was good. The first couple of days I left the tournament floor with a headache — sitting down for eight hours concentrating. I was a little worn out. [Me][and][my][wife] have been going around eating. Tomorrow, since we have the day off, we’re probably going to go downtown and spend some time there all day. Go to the beach. Spend the extra day one-on-one. She had a job to do every day. She was figuring out where we were going to have breakfast the next day and where we were going to have dinner. She had to go scout. That was her job during the day while I was playing. That was a good thing.
SS: Talk about what you normally play at the Seminole Hard Rock and what you thinking playing your normal daily tournaments might be like now that you have $25,000 buy-in experience.
E: I’m not going back to those little tournaments! I’m just kidding. I usually go play Mondays and Tuesdays which is low buy-in tournament — $150. The style is so different. I feel like this high buy-in play is a low risk game. It’s just different. At the small buy-ins, there’s a lot of all-ins all the time. I think I just became so much better just because of these last three days. I’m still going to play my games and I’m going to try a lot more to try to get those satellites for the bigger buy-ins. I feel confident that I can compete in those tournaments a lot more now that I did this.
SS: Talk to us about your life away from the felt and what you do for a living.
E: I work for Florida Power & Light Company. My title is Line Specialist. I work on the power lines — high voltage — making sure that your switch can be turned on and the power is on. Maintenance and construction, that’s basically my job. During storms, restoration, making sure we get everything back on. I’ve been doing it for 22 years now.
SS: So poker is just Monday and Tuesday or do you get to play more than that?
E: Usually Monday and Tuesday are my main days. Saturday I stay home. Monday and Tuesday you will definitely find me at the Seminole Hard Rock. Any other day it has to be a good buy-in and I have to have the time off.
SS: You’re a working man and you just won $35,000 off a free entry you earned at the Seminole Hard Rock. Talk about what that means.
E: It’s beautiful, man. Shoot! We have some plans for this year. We have some traveling we’re planning to do. One of our kids is in Japan, he’s in the military. We’ll pay for the next couple of trips. We’re empty-nesters.
SS: What are your plans for the Lucky Hearts Poker Open this week?
E: I don’t know yet. I will figure it out when I get back, but I will definitely play some.
SS: Anything else you would like to add?
E: I just want to say thanks to the Seminole Hard Rock and PokerStars. The truth is, they made it happen. They did a great, great job. I’m looking forward to the next Platinum Pass and where it’s going to be because I’m going to be chasing that Pass again!
Thank you to everyone who played our Platinum Pass events and huge congratulations to all five of the pass winners! It was a pleasure following along with your play and having you represent the Seminole Hard Rock in the PokerStars Players No Limit Hold’em Championship.