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Event 18: Another Big Freeze-Out

$2,200 Eight-Handed No Limit Hold’em (Freeze-Out)
Level 1: 25/50

We are one day removed from kicking off the 2017 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship and there’s a nice warmup today in the ballroom. A lot of tables will be taken up by a few massive mega-satellites but the back tables will hold some of the top players in the game.

The $2,200 buy-in tournament has a $200,000 guaranteed prize pool and only one entry allowed per person. They should use their stack wisely.

Players sit down to 12,000 starting stacks and the tournament will run 30-minute levels throughout. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm with no re-entry option. A dinner break is scheduled at 6:30pm and we’ll see who can progress after that to the title.

Cards go in the air at noon and we’ll be with them the entire way.

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 18 Structure Sheet

Super High Roller: Five Return for the Title

$50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)
Level 15: 5,000/10,000 with a 1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 28

Adrian Mateos leads the Super High Roller

It’s not often that a 28-entry field can create a prize pool over $1.4 million, but the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Super High Roller pulled it off. The tournament drew some of the best players in the game to compete against each other for big money.

Erik Seidel, Jason Mercier, Byron Kaverman, Scott Seiver, Tom Marchese, Steven Chidwick, Dan Colman, and Bryn Kenney were a handful of the players to show up but fall short of the money. Five players were set to get paid and we have five players returning today.

EPT Champion Adrian Mateos leads the way with Dietrich Fast not far behind and not far removed from a $25K High Roller Turbo victory at LAPC. Fast’s fellow German Rainer Kempe won a $25K Aria High Roller earlier this month and returns with the “shortest” stack along with WSOP bracelet winner David Peters. Right in the middle of the pack, we have 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Champion, Jason Koon.

These five players have combined for more than $41.7 million in career earnings along with their bracelets, trophies, and accolades.

With 90-minute levels and deep stacks, this will be a long, tough game for the eventual Super High Roller winner.

Cards go back in the air at noon and we’ll have all the action.

Seat 1: Jason Koon – 640,000 (64 bb)
Seat 2: Rainer Kempe – 354,000 (35 bb)
Seat 3: Dietrich Fast – 984,000 (98 bb)
Seat 4: David Peters – 364,000 (36 bb)
Seat 5: Adrian Mateos – 1,158,000 (116 bb)

1st: $552,160
2nd: $345,100
3rd: $220,864
4th: $151,844
5th: $110,432

Dietrich Fast
Jason Koon
David Peters
Rainer Kempe

Showdown Day 15 Schedule

Main Event Schedule

12PM: Event 15 Day 2 – $50,000 Super High Roller (Re-Entry)

12PM: Event 18 – $2,200 Eight-Handed NLH (Freeze-Out)

  • $200,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 18 Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 76 – $130 WPT Finale Turbo Step Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $1,050 WPT Finale Satellite
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Satellite will be held in The Poker Room
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 76 Structure Sheet

11AM: Event 77 – $390 Showdown Championship Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 25 seats guaranteed into $2M GTD WPT Showdown Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 77 Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 78 – $200 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-20)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $2M GTD WPT Showdown Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 78 Structure Sheet

5PM: Event 79 – $390 Showdown Championship Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 10 seats guaranteed into $2M GTD WPT Showdown Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 79 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 80 – $390 Championship Turbo Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 5 seats guaranteed into $2M GTD WPT Showdown Championship
  • Players begin with 8,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 80 Structure Sheet

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood Property Update

Preparations are underway for the development of an iconic hotel tower and resort:

  • Parking – Poker players are encouraged to park in Winner’s Way Garage to access both the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown tournament space and The Poker Room
  • The Poker Room – Players may access the poker room by entering through the main lobby or via the exterior entrance on the opposite end of Winner’s Way Garage.
  • Inside hotel – Services and amenities inside the hotel will remain open along with regularly scheduled events and entertainment.

For additional construction updates, please visit TheNewHardRock.com

Event 16: In the Money

$1,100 No Limit Hold’em
Level 18: 2,500/5,000 with a 500 ante
Player Remaining: 30 of 260

Aaron Massey

After registration closed on the $1,100 Freeze-Out, they quickly played down to the money bubble and into the money when 33 remained.

Those still around and making some money are Aaron Massey (pictured), Tom Dobrilovic, Darren Rabinowitz, and Martin Carnero along with Seminole Hard Rock Poker team members Darryll Fish and Chance Kornuth.

Jason Taylor/WPT: Poker for Charity

$300 Jason Taylor/WPT Foundation Charity
Level 1: 25/50

Jason Taylor’s Pro Football Hall of Fame helmut

Poker players love to give back to the community and tonight is another chance to do just that. Have a fun time at the tables for a great cause.

Tonight’s tournament teams up the Jason Taylor Foundation with the WPT Foundation to raise money for the Pro Football Hall of Famer’s charity organization. There are a ton of prizes along with the standard money awarded at the end of the tournament plus a very nice silent auction featuring  pro sports, entertainment, and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood packages.

The event held a player’s party starting at 5pm with the cards set to fly at 7pm. The tournament has a $300 buy-in with a portion going to the prize pool and the rest heads towards the Jason Taylor Foundation.

  • Benefits Jason Taylor Foundation and WPT Foundation
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Jason Taylor/WPT Foundation Structure Sheet