Week 1: Eric Rivkin Claims Escalator Series Title and $33,970

2016 $1,000,000 Escalator Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, Fla.
$150 No Limit Hold’em ($100,000 Guaranteed)
Entries: 1,250
Prize Pool: $150,000
February 3-6, 2016

Eric Rivkin, Escalator Series Event #1 Winner
Eric Rivkin, Escalator Series Event #1 Winner

Hollywood, Fla. (February 7, 2016) — The first of four $1,000,000 Escalator Series events concluded at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino early Sunday morning. Claiming the title in the $150 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed event was professional poker player Eric Rivkin. In addition to the Escalator Series trophy, Rivkin pocketed $33,970, a $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown seat and a $250 seat in next week’s Escalator tournament following a heads-up chop.

The opening weekend event drew a field of 1,250 entries besting the guarantee handily before topping the prize pool out at $150,000. With nine starting flights, Rivkin was among 129 players to survive an opening day of play and punch his ticket to Day 2. Only the top 72 spots paid and play narrowed to that point following about four levels of play in the restart. Joining Rivkin in the money were notables such as start-of-day chip leader Brian Nerney (5th), reigning SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen (13th) and Ido Ashkenzi (15th).

The Escalator Series runs throughout February and features three additional tournaments — a $250 buy-in, $200,000 guaranteed, a $350 buy-in, $300,000 guaranteed and a $560 buy-in, $400,000 guaranteed. The sum of the guarantees equals $1,000,000.

Here’s a breakdown of the tournaments:

The victory in the Week 1 event marked Rivkin’s fifth career tournament victory and moved him to over $440,000 in earnings. He resides in East Hampton, N.Y.

Week 1 final table results:

1st: Eric Rivkin – $33,970
2nd: Reynel Hernandez – $25,390
3rd: Luis Sandoval – $14,410
4th: Claudio Kalili – $9,760
5th: Brian Nerney – $6,890
6th: Mohan Navani – $5,410
7th: Edmund Farhat – $4,230
8th: Elliott Zaydman – $3,200
9th: Maria Garrido – $2,315

Payouts include $250 Escalator Series Week 2 seat

Full Results

Week 1: Eric Rivkin Wins Escalator Series Opener

$1M Escalator Series: $150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed
Level 30: 15,000/50,000/100,000
Players: 1/1,250

The first of four Escalator Series events concluded with a heads-up deal at the stroke of midnight here at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. The $150 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed tournament drew a field of 1,250 entries smashing the targeted prize pool before topping out at $150,000.

Following four days of tournament action, Eric Rivkin from East Hampton, NY pocketed the top prize along with a $3,500 seat in the SHRP Showdown Championship and an Escalator Series trophy.

More on the victory will be posted in the morning. In the meantime, here’s a look at the final table results:

1st: Eric Rivkin – $33,970 + $3,500 SHRP Showdown and Escalator Series trophy
2nd: Reynel Hernandez – $25,390 + $3,500 SHRP Showdown seat
3rd: Luis Sandoval – $14,410
4th: Claudio Kalili – $9,760
5th: Brian Nerney – $6,890
6th: Mohan Navani – $5,410
7th: Edmund Farhat – $4,230
8th: Elliott Zaydman – $3,200
9th: Maria Garrido – $2,315

The Escalator Series continues throughout the month of February with three more events:

More on the tournaments is available by clicking the “Download Tournament Schedule (PDF)” link.

Thanks for playing and we hope to see you again starting February 10!

Week 1: Unofficial Final Table Chip Counts

$1M Escalator Series: $150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed
Level 27: 5,000/25,000/50,000
Players: 10/1,250

The 129-player restart in the Escalator Series opening event is down to 10 players and combined to the unofficial final table.

Seating assignments and chip counts:

Seat 1: Elliott Zaydman – 1.05M
Seat 2: Claudio Kalili – 2.485M
Seat 3: Mohan Navani –  940,000
Seat 4: Brian Nerney – 1.03M
Seat 5: Bryan Hooker – 285,000
Seat 6: Reynel Hernandez – 430,000
Seat 7: Edward Farhat – 1.115M
Seat 8: Luis Miranda –  1.86M
Seat 9: Eric Rivkin – 2.05M
Seat 10: Maria Garrido – 1.3M

Remaining payouts:

1st – $37,505 + $3,500 Showdown seat and Escalator Series trophy
2nd – $21,855 + $3,500 Showdown Seat
3rd – $14,410
4th – $9,760
5th – $6,890
6th – $5,410
7th – $4,230
8th – $3,200
9th – $2,315
10th – $1,725

Final 10 players have also secured a seat to next week’s Escalator Event #2, $250 Buy-in/$200K guarantee!

We will update you again when the tournament concludes.

Week 1: Ryan Welsh’s Aces Burst the Bubble

$1M Escalator Series: $150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed
Level 18: 3,000/6,000/1,000 Ante
Players: 72/1,250

Ryan Welsh (Bonita Springs, Fla.)
Ryan Welsh (Bonita Springs, Fla.)

It took just over three hours of play to reach the money bubble and only two hands to burst it. With 73 players left and on the second round of hand-for-hand, Ryan Welsh picked up two black aces — asac — and had his opponent’s ksts at risk. The board was qs9d2s leaving the unknown player with flush and straight draws.

Ryan Welsh Bursts the Bubble

The turn fell the 2d and the river the ah. Welsh improved to aces-full while his opponent was left second best. The hand sent the remaining 72 players into the money.

Prize Pool

We will provide another update when play narrows to the 10-handed final table.

Escalator Series Runs Through February

The four Escalator Series tournament trophies.
The four Escalator Series tournament trophies.

The Escalator Series is a series of four events offering increasing guarantees totaling $1,000,000. The Week 1 opener, underway now, boasted a $150 buy in and a $100,000 guarantee. Week 2, 3 and 4, meanwhile, sport $250, $250 and $560 buy-ins with $200,000, $300,000 and a $400,000 guarantees respectively.

Here’s how the remaining events break down:

More on the tournaments is available by clicking the “Download Tournament Schedule (PDF)” link.

Week 1: Day 2 Underway with 129 Remaining, 72 Spots Pay

$1M Escalator Series: $150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed
Day 2 Blinds: 1,500/3,000/500 Ante
Players: 129/1,250

The 1,250-entry starting field in the Escalator Series opening event is down to 129 and on to Day 2. It’s just past 2 p.m. and cards are in the air with only the top 72 players scoring a payday. A min-cash earns $428 while the tournament’s champion pockets $37,505 along with a $3,500 SHRP Showdown seat and a $250 seat into next week’s Escalator.

Day 2 Chip Counts | Day 2 Table Draws | Prize Pool

Chip leader Brian Nerney (Arlington, Tex.)
Chip leader Brian Nerney (Arlington, Tex.)

Out in front of the pack is Brian Nerney. Nerney bagged an impressive stack of 348,000 chips and he’s all by himself above the 300,000 mark. Beginning the day second is Ira Schwartz with 257,000 while Gregory Marcus, Eric Rivkin and Pedro Palacio round out the top five. Reigning SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen begins the day eighth with 209,000.

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Reigning SHRP Player of the Year Ory Hen (Cooper City, Fla.)

Top 10 chip counts:

1. Brian Nerney – 348,000
2. Ira Schwartz – 257,000
3. Gregory Marcus – 252,000
4. Eric Rivkin – 250,500
5. Pedro Palacio – 248,500
6. Eric Pettitt – 219,500
7. Christopher Stevens – 214,500
8. Ory Hen – 209,000
9. Colby Covington – 207,500
10. Troy Walser – 196,500

We will provide another update when the field reaches the money.

Good luck, Day 2 players!

Week 1: Day 2 Chip Counts

$1M Escalator Series: $150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed
Day 2 Blinds: 1,500/3,000/500 Ante
Players: 129/1,250
Prize Pool

Flight A: 98 entries, 11 advanced
Flight B: 98 entries, 6 advanced
Flight C: 95 entries, 9 advanced
Flight D: 86 entries, 8 advanced

Flight E: 93 entries, 9 advanced
Flight F:  125 entries, 15 advanced
Flight G: 157 entries, 16 advanced
Flight H: 209 entries, 19 advanced
Flight I: 289 entries, 37 advanced

Total: 1,250 entries, 129 advanced

RankFirst NameLast NameChipsTableSeat
1BRIANNERNEY348,000413
2IRASCHWARTZ257,000292
3GREGORYMARCUS252,00014
4ERICRIVKIN250,500361
5PEDROPALACIO248,500364
6ERICPETTITT219,500316
7CHRISTOPHERSTEVENS214,500303
8ORYHEN209,000401
9COLBYCOVINGTON207,500301
10TROYWALSER196,500379
11EMERSONWARD195,50013
12CARLOSCRUZ190,000349
13MICHAELNEWMAN180,500374
14MICHAELMARINO177,000294
15ALBERTESKENAZI170,500405
16PERRYSHIAO168,000309
17DUSTINMARSHALL158,000384
18SERBANTOMUTA155,500391
19JUANCARDONA GARCIA152,50022
20CHARLEMAGNEBENJAMIN150,000343
21MARIAGARRIDO150,000416
22SEBASTIANSANCHEZ149,000385
23JOSUEGARCIA148,500353
24CHARBELEL BEYROUTI143,500419
25JONATHANSALL141,000408
26YVESFEQUIERE140,500331
27VITOPOLERA140,000406
28KEVINBETHEL139,000312
29WILLIAMBEASLEY134,000311
30EDUARDORONCONI131,000418
31COURTNEYROWE129,000402
32LUISMIRANDA SANDOVAL125,500318
33CODYPERRAULT124,500302
34DEBRAPOPE122,500386
35RICHARDMEYER122,500334
36EDMUNDFARHAT120,50019
37JOHNMAGNETTA120,000322
38BRIANAPPELL114,500372
39EDWARDSIEGEL113,000407
40FRANCISCOREGALADO112,500376
41LAWRENCEPADEN SR111,500328
42ADAMSAVAGE111,500352
43DAVIDREEDER110,000338
44JUANRODRIGUEZ109,500399
45RAYMONDGARCIA109,000377
46WILLIAMHAWORTH109,00025
47ROBERTWILLIAMS108,500357
48GREGORIOCORREA107,500327
49MICHAELLARKIN106,500396
50PAULSMERDON105,500415
51JOSHUAWASSERMAN104,500314
52JAMEELHARRIS102,000411
53REYNELHERNANDEZ102,00028
54STEVENFRANKEL100,500412
55JORGEGOMEZ99,500356
56LUISGUARDA98,50015
57CLAUDIOPIEDRABUENA98,50027
58MOHANNAVANI97,00016
59TAMASPANYI89,500381
60MANUELSOLTERO LUNA85,000339
61ELLIOTTZAYDMAN85,000323
62JOSEPHWISE84,500392
63MOHAMMEDHOSSAIN84,000344
64PETERCHIN83,500295
65PAULCHANG82,500341
66VASILIILESHCHENKO81,000394
67ANDREASMICHELMANN79,00029
68MARCELDESCHAMPS78,000306
69RICHARDGRESS77,500378
70GASTONMICULITZKI77,000346
71ASHLEYCAUSEY77,000298
72YITZHAKQUINN76,000371
73STEVENCOSTA75,000297
74CHARLESFLEURY75,000296
75OLIVERSILVER73,500395
76MALCOLMBEERS73,30012
77ROBERTNIELSEN72,500404
78CODYFERGUSON72,500335
79STEVENCARDARELLI71,500305
80HOMEROMOLINA70,100354
81OSVALDORAMOS68,000317
82GILBERTWHORRIE68,000307
83SCOTTZAKHEIM67,500375
84DAMIENSIMON67,000355
85CARLOSTORRES VAZQUEZ67,000308
86JOSEFMONTENEGRO64,50023
87JUANMUBARAK PERALTA64,000326
88SETHGILSON63,500414
89BRANDONNAVARRETE62,500393
90IDOASHKENAZI62,000365
91ARIELROSELLO QUINTANA61,500373
92RichardWhitebrook61,000347
93JOHNPOLK58,500313
94JAMESSULLIVAN58,500388
95PETERBRONSTEIN57,500329
96RANDYBURSTEIN57,000321
97ANDREWPHILLIPS56,500397
98JUANDIAZ55,000417
99JAIMEWIEGREFE54,500403
100SHAWNSTROKE53,000387
101DAVIDLICHT52,000382
102JULIANGARCIA52,000332
103CLAUDIOKALILI51,500319
104RONALDKATZ51,000325
105MARCOSGARCIA49,500368
106STEVENLAKE46,500315
107RYANWELSH45,000383
108ANDREYKOLCHKOV42,500409
109GARYBLAIS42,000304
110CESARFUENTES40,50024
111GABRIELSACK39,000337
112JOHNBANU36,500291
113DANIELSAFFER36,50021
114RAFAELRAMOS34,500345
115ANTHONYBARBERA34,000366
116ADAMAVCHEN34,00026
117ARTURORAMIERZ33,500367
118STEVENMORENO32,000336
119ERICREESE32,00018
120JAMESSMITH III29,500359
121BARRYNEER27,500348
122SEAN CHRISTIANMENDEZ MUNDUATE26,500351
123BRYANHOOKER26,000362
124DOUGLASMAZZOLA24,000299
125DENNISARNOLD22,000293
126ANTONIOCAMPBELL20,50017
127DENNISPARRILLO JR20,00011
128KEVINLEO15,000389
129ALANDOBROW8,000363

 

Week 1: Day 2 Table Draws

$1M Escalator Series: $150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed
Day 2 Blinds: 1,500/3,000/500 Ante
Players: 129/1,250
Prize Pool

Flight A: 98 entries, 11 advanced
Flight B: 98 entries, 6 advanced
Flight C: 95 entries, 9 advanced
Flight D: 86 entries, 8 advanced

Flight E: 93 entries, 9 advanced
Flight F:  125 entries, 15 advanced
Flight G: 157 entries, 16 advanced
Flight H: 209 entries, 19 advanced
Flight I: 289 entries, 37 advanced

Total: 1,250 entries, 129 advanced

First NameLast NameChipsTableSeat
DENNISPARRILLO JR20,00011
MALCOLMBEERS73,30012
EMERSONWARD195,50013
GREGORYMARCUS252,00014
LUISGUARDA98,50015
MOHANNAVANI97,00016
ANTONIOCAMPBELL20,50017
ERICREESE32,00018
EDMUNDFARHAT120,50019
DANIELSAFFER36,50021
JUANCARDONA GARCIA152,50022
JOSEFMONTENEGRO64,50023
CESARFUENTES40,50024
WILLIAMHAWORTH109,00025
ADAMAVCHEN34,00026
CLAUDIOPIEDRABUENA98,50027
REYNELHERNANDEZ102,00028
ANDREASMICHELMANN79,00029
JOHNBANU36,500291
IRASCHWARTZ257,000292
DENNISARNOLD22,000293
MICHAELMARINO177,000294
PETERCHIN83,500295
CHARLESFLEURY75,000296
STEVENCOSTA75,000297
ASHLEYCAUSEY77,000298
DOUGLASMAZZOLA24,000299
COLBYCOVINGTON207,500301
CODYPERRAULT124,500302
CHRISTOPHERSTEVENS214,500303
GARYBLAIS42,000304
STEVENCARDARELLI71,500305
MARCELDESCHAMPS78,000306
GILBERTWHORRIE68,000307
CARLOSTORRES VAZQUEZ67,000308
PERRYSHIAO168,000309
WILLIAMBEASLEY134,000311
KEVINBETHEL139,000312
JOHNPOLK58,500313
JOSHUAWASSERMAN104,500314
STEVENLAKE46,500315
ERICPETTITT219,500316
OSVALDORAMOS68,000317
LUISMIRANDA SANDOVAL125,500318
CLAUDIOKALILI51,500319
RANDYBURSTEIN57,000321
JOHNMAGNETTA120,000322
ELLIOTTZAYDMAN85,000323
RONALDKATZ51,000325
JUANMUBARAK PERALTA64,000326
GREGORIOCORREA107,500327
LAWRENCEPADEN SR111,500328
PETERBRONSTEIN57,500329
YVESFEQUIERE140,500331
JULIANGARCIA52,000332
RICHARDMEYER122,500334
CODYFERGUSON72,500335
STEVENMORENO32,000336
GABRIELSACK39,000337
DAVIDREEDER110,000338
MANUELSOLTERO LUNA85,000339
PAULCHANG82,500341
CHARLEMAGNEBENJAMIN150,000343
MOHAMMEDHOSSAIN84,000344
RAFAELRAMOS34,500345
GASTONMICULITZKI77,000346
RichardWhitebrook61,000347
BARRYNEER27,500348
CARLOSCRUZ190,000349
SEAN CHRISTIANMENDEZ MUNDUATE26,500351
ADAMSAVAGE111,500352
JOSUEGARCIA148,500353
HOMEROMOLINA70,100354
DAMIENSIMON67,000355
JORGEGOMEZ99,500356
ROBERTWILLIAMS108,500357
JAMESSMITH III29,500359
ERICRIVKIN250,500361
BRYANHOOKER26,000362
ALANDOBROW8,000363
PEDROPALACIO248,500364
IDOASHKENAZI62,000365
ANTHONYBARBERA34,000366
ARTURORAMIERZ33,500367
MARCOSGARCIA49,500368
YITZHAKQUINN76,000371
BRIANAPPELL114,500372
ARIELROSELLO QUINTANA61,500373
MICHAELNEWMAN180,500374
SCOTTZAKHEIM67,500375
FRANCISCOREGALADO112,500376
RAYMONDGARCIA109,000377
RICHARDGRESS77,500378
TROYWALSER196,500379
TAMASPANYI89,500381
DAVIDLICHT52,000382
RYANWELSH45,000383
DUSTINMARSHALL158,000384
SEBASTIANSANCHEZ149,000385
DEBRAPOPE122,500386
SHAWNSTROKE53,000387
JAMESSULLIVAN58,500388
KEVINLEO15,000389
SERBANTOMUTA155,500391
JOSEPHWISE84,500392
BRANDONNAVARRETE62,500393
VASILIILESHCHENKO81,000394
OLIVERSILVER73,500395
MICHAELLARKIN106,500396
ANDREWPHILLIPS56,500397
JUANRODRIGUEZ109,500399
ORYHEN209,000401
COURTNEYROWE129,000402
JAIMEWIEGREFE54,500403
ROBERTNIELSEN72,500404
ALBERTESKENAZI170,500405
VITOPOLERA140,000406
EDWARDSIEGEL113,000407
JONATHANSALL141,000408
ANDREYKOLCHKOV42,500409
JAMEELHARRIS102,000411
STEVENFRANKEL100,500412
BRIANNERNEY348,000413
SETHGILSON63,500414
PAULSMERDON105,500415
MARIAGARRIDO150,000416
JUANDIAZ55,000417
EDUARDORONCONI131,000418
CHARBELEL BEYROUTI143,500419

Saturday’s Escalator Series Schedule

$150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed

Escalator Series

After back-to-back-to-back days of three flights running almost simultaneously, just one event is set to occupy Saturday’s schedule. That, of course, is Day 2 of the $150 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Escalator Series opener.

  • 2PM: $150 Buy-In/$100,000 Guaranteed Escalator – Day 2

Complete start-of-day chip counts for the restart will be posted as soon as they’re made available. In the meantime, full prize pool information and more on how the tournament got to this point is available in the posts below.

See you for the restart!

Week 1: That’s a Wrap on Friday

$150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed

Friday’s play has concluded and we’re off until action resumes tomorrow at 2 p.m. with Day 2 of the Escalator Series opener.

Saturday’s schedule:

  • 2PM: $150 Buy-In/$100,000 Guaranteed Escalator – Day 2

Combined Day 2 chip counts will be posted at 9 a.m. Saturday. In the meantime, the complete schedule, structure sheets and more information on upcoming Escalator events is available under the “Download Tournament Schedule (PDF)” tab on the right.

Goodnight and see you in the morning!

Walser leads Flight I; 37 more advance to Day 2

$150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed

Flight I of the Escalator Series opener has come to an end with 37 players. Action began this evening at 7 p.m. and witnessed the largest field of the event, 289 entries. Our total amount of players coming back to Day 2 will be 129 players.

Troy Walser found himself as the flight’s chip leader, bagging 196,500 for Day 2. Brian Nerney though still leads the pack going into Day 2 as he bagged 348,000 bagged in Flight G . Complete Day 2 chip counts and draws will be posted first thing in the morning around 9 a.m.

Tomorrow’s Day 2 will once again pay the top 72 spots and see first place take home over $40,000 in cash and prizes!!!

Week 1: Escalator Series Prize Pool

$150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed

2016 $1M Escalator Series
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
Hollywood, FL
Week 1

$150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed
Entries: 1,250   Prize Pool: $150,000   February 3-6, 2016

The opening event of the 2016 Escalator Series drew 1,250 entries!!! The $100,000 guarantee was bested to the tune of a $150,000 prize pool. The top 72 players finish in the money earning at least $428. Payouts escalate from there before topping out in the form of a $37,255 first prize place cash prize. The top 2 finishers will receive a $3,500 WPT Showdown Championship Event seat with a $2M guaranteed prize pool on April 15! The top 10 finishers will also win a $250 seat to next week’s Event #2. See full chart below:

Event #1 Payouts

PlacePrize AmountAdded Seat
1st $ 37,505* (+) $3,500 WPT Showdown Seat
2nd $ 21,855* (+) $3,500 WPT Showdown Seat
3rd $ 14,410*
4th $ 9,760*
5th $ 6,890*
6th $ 5,410*
7th $ 4,230*
8th $ 3,200*
9th $ 2,315*
10th $ 1,725*
11th - 12th $1,475
13th - 15th $1,180
16th - 18th $1,003
19th -27th$870
28th - 36th$738
37th - 45th$620
46th - 54th$546
55th - 63rd$487
64th - 72nd$428
*Denotes Prize Amount including Escalator Event #2 Seat ($250 Value)

Marcus leads Flight H: Play Concludes with 19 Remaining

$150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed

Flight H of the Escalator Series opener has come to an end with 19 players. Action began this afternoon at 3 p.m. with 209 entries enduring almost eight hours of play. Our current total of players coming back to Day 2 now sits at 93.

Gregory Marcus found himself as the flight’s chip leader, bagging 252,000 for Day 2. Brian Nerney still leads the way as he bagged 348,000 in Flight G. Day 2 chip counts will be posted first thing in the morning around 9 a.m.

Flight I and Prize pool information will be posted shortly!

Week 1, Flight G: Play Concludes with 16 Remaining

$150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed

Flight G of the Escalator Series opener has come to an end with 16 players. Action began this morning at 11 a.m. with 157 entries enduring almost eight hours of play. Our current total of players coming back to Day 2 now sits at 74.

Brian Nerney is our new chip leader as he bagged an impressive 348,000 over-taking  Ira Schwartz’s Flight B count. Day 2 chip counts will be posted first thing in the morning around 9 a.m.

For those of you still looking to get in on the action, there is only 1 flight left tonight that just got underway at 7 p.m!

Week 1, Flight I: Final Flight Begins

$150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed

The last of the starting flights in the $150 buy-in Escalator Series has begun. The guarantee is already a thing of the past and any entries in tonight’s flight simply grow the prize pool further above and beyond its six-figure guarantee.

Here’s how Flight I will play out:

7PM: $150 Buy-In/$100,000 Guaranteed Escalator – Flight I

  • 10,000-chip starting stacks and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 11:30 p.m.)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 2:45 a.m.) or at Tournament Director’s discretion
  • Structure sheet

Complete prize pool information will be posted later tonight after registration closes.

Good luck and thank you for playing!

Week 1, Flight G: Registration Closes with 157 Entries

$150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed

Registration is closed in Flight G and the final attendance figure is confirmed to be 157. That brings the seven-flight total to 752 — just 82 short of besting the $100,000 guarantee. That feat is all but guaranteed to be accomplished in Flight H (which is underway now) and we’ll provide another update at that juncture.

In the meantime, here’s a look at how each flight has broken down to this point:

 FlightEntriesAdvancedCounts
Flight A – Completed9811 —
Flight B – Completed986 —
Flight C – Completed959Through C
Flight D – Completed868 —
Flight E – Completed939 —
Flight F – Completed12515Through F
Flight G – Underway 157 TBD —
Flight H – Late reg until 7:30 p.m.TBDTBD —
Flight I – Tonight, 7 p.m.TBDTBD TBD
Running Totals 75258

Another Flight G post will be provided shortly after play concludes.

Week 1, Flight H: Action Underway

$150 Buy-In, $100,000 Guaranteed

The flights just keep on coming here in the $150 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Escalator Series opener. Today’s 3 p.m. start day — Flight H — is underway. It matches the schedule of play of its predecessors and is all but assured to surge the combined field up over 834 entries and officially best the $100,000 guarantee. If that’s the case, tonight’s Flight I will simply be icing on the prize pool cake.

Here’s how the Flight H action will play out:

3PM: $150 Buy-In/$100,000 Guaranteed Escalator – Flight H

  • 10,000-chip starting stacks and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 7:30 p.m.)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 10:45 p.m.) or at Tournament Director’s discretion
  • Structure sheet

We’ll provide a final attendance figure after registration closes.

Week 1, Flight G: Shuffle Up and Deal

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Escalator Series

It’s 11 a.m. and action continues in the four-week Escalator Series at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood. Cards are in the air for the seventh of nine starting flights (Flight G) in the opening event, a $150 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed no-limit hold’em tournament. With late registration available until 3:30 p.m. in this flight, and the 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. flights still to come, the field stands at 595 entries with 58 having punched their ticket to Day 2.

Chip counts through Flight F

Here’s a closer look at the schedule of play for today’s Flight G:

11AM: $150 Buy-In/$100,000 Guaranteed Escalator – Flight G

  • 10,000-chip starting stacks and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30 p.m.)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 6:45 p.m.) or at Tournament Director’s discretion
  • Structure sheet

We will touch base with you again when registration closes and the field is finalized.

Week 1: Chips Counts through Flight F

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Flight A: 98 entries, 11 advanced
Flight B: 98 entries, 6 advanced
Flight C: 95 entries, 9 advanced
Flight D: 86 entries, 8 advanced

Flight E: 93 entries, 9 advanced
Flight F:  125 entries, 15 advanced

Running Total: 595 entries, 58 advanced

RankFirst NameLast NameHometownStateChips
1IRASCHWARTZWESTONFL257,000
2PEDROPALACIODELRAY BEACHFL248,500
3CHRISTOPHERSTEVENSPORT CHARLOTTEFL214,500
4ORYHENCOOPER CITYFL209,000
5COLBYCOVINGTONJUNCTION CITYOR207,500
6CARLOSCRUZMIAMIFL190,000
7MICHAELNEWMANNANUETNY180,500
8MICHAELMARINOSTATEN ISLANDNY177,000
9PERRYSHIAOPEMBROKE PINESFL168,000
10DUSTINMARSHALLHOPEWELL JCTNY158,000
11SERBANTOMUTAMIAMI BEACHFL155,500
12SEBASTIANSANCHEZMIAMIFL149,000
13CHARBELEL BEYROUTIDAVIEFL143,500
14JONATHANSALLMIAMI BEACHFL141,000
15KEVINBETHELNassau139,000
16WILLIAMBEASLEYDAVIEFL134,000
17EDUARDORONCONISAO PAULO131,000
18COURTNEYROWEWEST PALM BEACHFL129,000
19LUISMIRANDA SANDOVALHOMESTEADFL125,500
20CODYPERRAULTBOCA RATONFL124,500
21BRIANAPPELLMIRAMARFL114,500
22FRANCISCOREGALADOMIAMIFL112,500
23LAWRENCEPADEN SRCHESTER SPRGSPA111,500
24DAVIDREEDERBONITA SPRINGSFL110,000
25JUANRODRIGUEZBOCA RATONFL109,500
26ROBERTWILLIAMSMIAMI GARDENSFL108,500
27GREGORIOCORREAPEMBROKE PINESFL107,500
28JAMEELHARRISSOUTH HOLLANDIL102,000
29STEVENFRANKELHOLLYWOODFL100,500
30JORGEGOMEZMIAMIFL99,500
31TAMASPANYIFORT LAUDERDALEFL89,500
32MANUELSOLTERO LUNAMIAMIFL85,000
33JOSEPHWISENEW PORT RICHEYFL84,500
34VASILIILESHCHENKOKRASNODAR81,000
35GASTONMICULITZKIAVENTURAFL77,000
36HOMEROMOLINAHOLLYWOODFL70,100
37SCOTTZAKHEIMDAVIEFL67,500
38DAMIENSIMONHIALEAHFL67,000
39BRANDONNAVARRETEMIAMI SPRINGSFL62,500
40IDOASHKENAZINEW YORKNY62,000
41ARIELROSELLO QUINTANAHIALEAHFL61,500
42RICHARDWHITEBROOKMIAMI BEACHFL61,000
43PETERBRONSTEINMIAMIFL57,500
44RANDYBURSTEINAVENTURAFL57,000
45JUANDIAZMIAMIFL55,000
46JAIMEWIEGREFECOCONUT GROVEFL54,500
47DAVIDLICHTLAUDERDALE BY THE SEAFL52,000
48CLAUDIOKALILIWESTONFL51,500
49RYANWELSHBONITA SPRINGSFL45,000
50GABRIELSACKFT LAUDERDALEFL39,000
51JOHNBANUDAVIEFL36,500
52RAFAELRAMOSCAPE CORALFL34,500
53ANTHONYBARBERAMIAMIFL34,000
54ARTURORAMIERZPLANTATIONFL33,500
55STEVENMORENOMIAMIFL32,000
56BARRYNEERPEMBROKE PINESFL27,500
57DENNISARNOLDDEERFIELD BCHFL22,000
58ALANDOBROWMELVILLENY8,000

Friday’s Escalator Series Schedule

Escalator Series

It’s Friday morning and the weekend is officially upon us in South Florida. The final three flights in the Escalator Series Week 1 opener kick off today at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. They’ll round out the start days and complete the field before tomorrow’s Day 2 at 2 p.m.

Here’s a complete look at Friday’s schedule:

11AM: $150 Buy-In/$100,000 Guaranteed Escalator – Flight G

  • 10,000-chip starting stacks and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 3:30 p.m.)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 6:45 p.m.) or at Tournament Director’s discretion
  • Structure sheet

3PM: $150 Buy-In/$100,000 Guaranteed Escalator – Flight H

  • 10,000-chip starting stacks and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 7:30 p.m.)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 10:45 p.m.) or at Tournament Director’s discretion
  • Structure sheet

7PM: $150 Buy-In/$100,000 Guaranteed Escalator – Flight I

  • 10,000-chip starting stacks and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/unlimited re-entry available until the start of Level 9 (about 11:30 p.m.)
  • Play concludes following Level 14 (about 2:45 a.m.) or at Tournament Director’s discretion
  • Structure sheet

Chip counts through Flight F will be posted around 9 a.m. In the meantime, more on the other flights is available in the posts below.

Good luck, players!

Week 1, Flight DEF: Goodnight

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Thursday’s Flight D, E and F came and went and the Escalator Series is off for a brief recess. Action resumes Friday morning at 11 a.m. with Flight G of the $150 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed opener.

Here’s a closer look at Friday’s schedule:

  • 11AM: $150 Buy-In/$100,000 Guaranteed Escalator – Flight G
  • 3PM: $150 Buy-In/$100,000 Guaranteed Escalator – Flight H
  • 7PM: $150 Buy-In/$100,000 Guaranteed Escalator – Flight I

Combined chip counts through the completion of Thursday’s Flight F will be posted at 9 a.m. Friday. In the meantime, the complete series schedule and structure sheets are available under the “Event Schedule & Results” tab on the right.

Goodnight and see you in the morning!

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