$25,500 High Roller No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
End of Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 29 of 116
Today was the start of another of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown’s flagship events, the $25,500 High Roller. By the time registration closed just before midnight, 116 entries had been tallied, making this the largest $25k tournament in Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood’s history.
Fifteen levels were played, and Jonathan Little ended the day with the biggest stack, bagging up 750,000 chips. The 40-minute structure created volatility in the stacks of many, but Little enjoyed a fairly steady climb to the top of the overnight leaderboard, a run which included a midday knockout of George Dolofan.
Dolofan re-entered after that exit, and he managed to survive the day with the shortest stack of 92,000 chips. He wasn’t the only one to re-enter, though, not by any means.
Erik Seidel tried three times without getting much going, but the fourth time was the charm for the Hall of Famer. Seidel went on a late-day rush, finishing in second place with 657,000 chips. He was pushing chips around right until the finish line, highlighted by a big confrontation with Olivier Busquet during the last level of the night.
Jake Schinder (651,000), SHRP Team member Loni Harwood (639,000), and high-rolling regular Bryn Kenney (619,000) round out the overnight top five.
Rainer Kempe and Dietrich Fast chopped the $50,000 Super High Roller, and both of them also advanced to Day 2 in this $25,500 regular-old High Roller. Kempe ended inside the top 10 with 582,000 chips, while Fast took two shots in this event and bagged up 262,000 on his second bullet.
Blinds will be 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante when play resumes, putting the average stack around 33 big blinds. Only the final 16 players will earn shares of the $2.9 million prizepool, so bursting the bubble will be the day’s first order of business.
Day 2 begins at 12 p.m. and is scheduled to continue until a winner is determined. That’s the plan, but it may be a tall task; levels will increase to 90 minutes apiece once the final table is set.