The final starting day of Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open” Event 10 is underway. Three flights are in the books of this $350 buy-in $250,000 Guarantee tournament and 595 entrants have already put their money in the pool. Of those starting 595, an even 100 players have survived with chips to make it into Day 2 on Sunday.
Marvin Young built an impressive 488,000 chip stack late in Day 1A and continues to lead with the end of Day 1B (Russell Dohan) and 1C (Ralph Campbell) leaders not far behind.
Today provides the final two opportunities to get a piece of the big money. Day 1D is now running with late registration through Level 4 plus players can re-enter if they are eliminated during that time. Day 1E will kickoff this evening at 7pm and should draw a nice crowd on a Saturday evening to juice up the action.
We will be here all day bringing live coverage along the way during the final two flight.
Day 1B of Event 10 crawled to a close with a slowdown in eliminations and an impressive 44 players will return to play Day 2, joining the 26 who survived Day 1A. There was a shocking lack of drama from start to finish with the exception of a few big hands. Russell Dohan finished the day with the chiplead, bagging up 322,300 for the day and closely followed by Nigel Murray with 240,000.
Official chips counts will be posted once the official numbers are released.
Play has slowed down compared to other Day 1 flights and 54 players still remain with one more 30-minute level left in the day. The current chipleader looks to be Nigel Murray who is sitting at an interesting table which includes former Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open” final table members Leon “Benny” Benmargui and Derrick Simon. Murray sits on almost 250,000 if he can hold on to them.
Players are on their final break of the day but not before Juliet Yarina lost a big pot against the 7-seat at her table. It was heads-up to the flop and the 7-seat was all-in and almost out the door.
He turn over top pair but with only a 17% chance to win the hand when he saw Yarina’s for top two. He was stuck looking for a Queen or running straight cards which started with the turn followed by the river. It was a big double up leaving Yarina with ~75,000.
Pocket Queens are a virtual coin flip against Big Slick but those odds are skewed more towards the Ladies when up against Big Slick times two. That happened at Table 37 in a +100,000 pot and the math didn’t matter.
The 2-seat and 3-seat were all-in preflop with and up against and even with the reduced outs, they both hit the flop. The turn just about locked up the hand and the river chopped up the Queens.
The field lost one entire table over the last level with 90 remaining and three more levels for the day.
Down to 11 tables in the field and #100 went out in a blaze of glory. The 7-seat on Table 32 has a smile on his face as he fired bets on all streets and the 1-seat came along the entire way. He was showing now feat of the Ace-high flop or the board have three hearts by the river.
He put in his last 11,000 chips and the 1-seat finally took his time to make a decision. After a good 5-minute tank, he said “I think you’re full of (redacted).” The 1-seat rolled over which turned out to be a hero call. The 7-seat tried to muck his hand but they have rules here about all-in players showing their cards. The dealer turned over the almighty Hammer and he was playing the board to get us to 99.
Two faces in room since the move upstairs are Juliet Yarina and Leon “Benny” Benmargui, among the recently departed was Zach Kessler who joined his father Jeff on the rail.
That's all I have for today.. the chicken fingers did absolutely NOTHING for my game. Still allergic to my own chip stack. #250k@SHRPOLIVE
The final table has been broken downstairs putting the entire tournament in the upstairs area. That leaves 117 players remaining in the field but one of them left in a huff.
The 4-seat at Table 35 had a mini-breakdown after flopped a wheel with on a flop. He was in the process of cracking and the Aces kindly asked the dealer to pair the board. Nothing on the turn but the river did the job leaving the 4-seat in a bit of a tizzy. Sometimes Aces get cracked and sometimes they come back.
Timing is everything and Steve Greenberg found the perfect time to pick up Aces. He found not one, but two people with hands worth big preflop action. The 3-seat and 4-seat came along for the ride with and against Greenberg’s .
He had a little sweat as the 4-seat flopped a gutshot Broadway draw and added the nutflush draw on the turn. Greenburg dodged all those out thanks to the river to move over 70,000.
There are 135 players remain in the field with just two tables in play downstairs as they move into Level 8 and are halfway through the day.
Players continued a regular parade to the rail even after registration closed. There were 20 tables in action after the break and the field is already down to 150 after six hours of play. Our friend getting blinded out at Table 41 is gone but the seat may have a hex on it.
The seat was filled twice by players who lasted only a few hands, the first when was cracked by and the second ran an ill-timed bluff against top set. A third player began playing from that seat but not before a stern warning from the rest of the table.
Jeff Kessler put all his chips at risk with against but survived with a lucky chopped pot while a player at Table 37 tried a similar trick but was mashed by a four-flush.