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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

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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!

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)

Week 1, Flight I: Final Flight Begins

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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

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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

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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.