$600 Deep Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry Per Flight) $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 12: 1,000/2,000 with a 2,000 ante Flight E Players Remaining: 160 of 555
Flight E players are heading on their next break with 20 tables still in action. With 160 players remaining, they still have some work to move on to Day 2 with 70 players making the money and move to Sunday.
$400 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha (Single Re-Entry) Structure Level 7: 300/500 Entries: 198
While most of the action is centered on the large area of the Seminole Ballroom playing out Flight E of Event 1, the Pot Limit Omaha game is making a splash of its own. They have 198 entries in the game so far, good enough for the second biggest PLO field in our history, and they have an hour to build it higher.
Familiar faces in the crowd including popular poker vlogger (and very talented player) Jeff Gross and Tampa visitor Alex Ivan taking his first LHPO shot.
$600 Deep Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry Per Flight) $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 1,000 ante Flight E Entries: 555
The second break came to an end and registration closed for re-entries in Flight E. The final tally was a nicely symmetrical 555 entries to put the combined total up to 2,461 with one more flight to go at 6 pm.
With that session already capped at 400 players, the prize pool for Event 1 topped $1,500,000 plus whatever re-entries come into play.
$600 Deep Stack NLH (Single Re-Entry Per Flight) $300,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 8: 400/800 with a 800 ante Flight E Entries: 542
After a busy day at the registration desk, tournament staff announced that all available spots in Flight F at 6 pm are now locked up after hitting the 400 max player cap. That means no other new players will be able to enter but those with seats will still have their single re-entry option available to them until 10:30 pm.
That also means the Event 1 prize pool will top $1.5 million with less than a dozen re-entries this evening.
A huge thanks for the fantastic turnout to start the Lucky Hearts Poker Open.
Thank you to everyone coming out for the Lucky Hearts Poker Open. We appreciate you spending your time with us. Your entire tournament room and casino team are working to provide a safe and fun environment.
“Seminole Gaming is committed to the health and safety of its guests and team members, and we are upgrading our comprehensive “Safe + Sound” program to further limit the threat from COVID-19,” said Jim Allen, Seminole Gaming CEO and Chairman of Hard Rock International. “We are making sure our resorts and casinos are safe and sound so our guests and team members have peace of mind when they return.”
Seminole Gaming also announced the immediate closure of PLA, an interactive golf and games restaurant tenant, for failure to adhere to “Safe + Sound” program guidelines. PLA is a tenant in the retail area of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.
In addition to the program enhancement, Seminole Gaming is expanding the COVID enforcement teams at its casinos and will outfit them in distinctive uniforms to create greater guest awareness of this important issue. Guests will be informed of the program upgrade and required to adhere to it, or they will be asked to leave the property.
Safe and Sound Program guidelines include:
Temperature checks for all guests and team members prior to entry. Any guest or team member with a temperature above CDC guidelines of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit will not be allowed entry. A requirement that all guests wear masks or cloth face coverings that meet CDC guidelines, without exception. Masks will be provided to guests as needed.
Alternating slot machines will be turned off to help ensure social distancing on the casino floor.
New Plexiglas barriers will divide players at table games and customer service areas.
Signs will be posted throughout the casino complex to encourage social distancing and help ensure adherence to Safe and Sound Program guidelines.
Team members will be part of a new “Safe and Sound Clean Team” to focus on cleaning and disinfecting surfaces throughout the casino complex, with special emphasis on high-touch surfaces and common areas.
Hand-sanitizing stations will be available on the casino floor, at the entrances and throughout the casino complex.
An overall 50 percent reduction in guest capacity throughout the casino complex.