$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship $2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 3: 200/400 with a 400 ante Day 1B Entries: 715
Players keep coming into the Grand Ballroom and we keep putting them in seats. There’s no line, no alternates, and we are seating players as fast as they can get a ticket.
The 1,608 entries so far make this the third biggest WPT field in history and we are aiming for number two on that list. We won’t beat the 2,482 from the 2021 Poker Showdown but 1,795 is in play to beat our 2014 Poker Showdown.
A few more familiar faces joined up including Chance Kornuth, Sheddy Siddiqui, Aaron Massey, and Jessica Cai.
$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship $2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 2: 200/300 with a 300 ante Day 1B Entries: 630
There are a lot of former WPT champs in today’s field but we also have a lot that got very close. Making a WPT final table is an accomplishment in itself and two are sitting next to each other at the front of the room.
Gabe Abusada came one spot short of putting his name on the Championship, finishing second to Brian Altman at the WPT Tampa final table. Ken “Teach” Aldridge is a favorite any time he shows up and he made a big splash by making the 2021 WPT Poker Showdown Championship final table, the biggest field in WPT history.
$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship $2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 2: 200/300 with a 300 ante Day 1B Entries: 594
We weren’t the only place offering up satellites as a chance to play in the WPT LHPO Championship for a fraction of the buy-in. Our friends in the Seminole Tampa Poker Room had a satellite of their own and sent six of their players across the state for a chance at a WPT title.
Four of them are playing today. Former WSOP Ladies Champion Marsha Wolak, all-time Tampa cash leader Karl Manouchakian, Nick Scholz, and Vincenzo Pizzurro are all seated and taking a shot.
$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship $2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 1: 100/200 with a 200 ante Day 1B Entries: 580
Level 1 is coming to an end and we hit another big number. With 580 entries this morning, the total count of 1,473 is good enough to put this field in the top five for all-time WPT fields and there’s a lot of time to challenge the ones above us (they’re all ours anyway).
We found another mother/son set of players in the field. Judith Bielan is sitting at the tough table with Craig Varnell, Eric Afriat, and Ory Hen while her son David Somers sits a table right next door.
$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship $2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 1: 100/200 with a 200 ante Day 1B Entries: 520
Found a fun table at the start of the day, a little mix of cross-country talent and local favorites. Craig Varnell is at one end, coming to South Florida from Colorado looking for his third WPT title.
On the other side, we have Eric Afriat and Ory Hen; Afriat already has his name on the Champions Cup three times and going for four while Hen is a former SHRP Player of the Year and has four Hollywood titles.
$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship $2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 1: 100/200 with a 200 ante Day 1B Entries: 470
Tournament staff put cards in the air for Day 1B of the WPT LHPO Championship with 470 entries at the start. As expected, that instantly put the prize pool over $4,000,000 with more big numbers expected before registration closes at 9:15 pm.
$3,500 WPT LHPO Championship $2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 1: 100/200 with a 200 ante
The first flight of the 2022 WPT LHPO Championship set the table for Day 1B. The 893 entries for Day 1A already set a record for most LHPO Championship entries on the first day and we have our eyes on several milestones with a $3,000,000 prize pool going into play at the start of the day.
Players start with 40,000 deep deep stacks and all levels last 60 minutes on the first two days. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 around 9:15 pm. Day 1B will end after Level 10 when survivors will bag up chips for a Day 2 return tomorrow at noon,
We expect a packed Grand Ballroom today, get down here early and get your seat.
$2,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
Players begin with 40,000 in chips
Day 1 & Day 2 levels will last 60 minutes each
Day 3 Levels will be 60 minutes until 40 players remain, then go to 90 minutes levels
Late registration until start of Level 9 (~9:15pm)
$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $20,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 1: 100/100
Not everyone can play in the LHPO Championship, some might feel more comfortable in the smaller buy-in tournaments and we have something for that gang tonight along with a trophy at the end.
Event 21 is a $150 buy-in Big Stack No Limit Hold’em tournament with a $20,000 guarantee and snappy structure to keep things exciting.
Players start with 15,000 stacks and the first eight levels last 15 minutes. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 9:15 pm and levels increase to 20 minutes until the end.
It will be a fun tournament for our regulars and big money awaiting.
$20,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
Players begin with 15,000 in chips
Levels 1-8 last 15 minutes; Levels 9+ last 20 minutes
Late registration until start of Level 9 (9:15pm)
This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion