Championship Day 1: Joseph Couden Leads Final 303

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship (Freeze-Out)
Level 10: 800/1,600/200 Ante

Joseph Couden
Chipleader Joseph Couden

We have confirmed that there were 303 players from the field of 907 who made it thru Day 1. A thorough scan of the field shows the chipleader is Joseph Couden with 302,000.

Here’s an unofficial leaderboard as we wait for the official chip counts. Day 2 will begin in Level 11, with blinds at 1,000-2,000 and a 300 ante.

1.  Joseph Couden  –  302,000  (151 bb)
2.  Ryan Rivers  –  262,700  (131 bb)
3.  Jose Gonzalez  –  259,000  (130 bb)

Notable big stacks include Ari Engel (221,000) and Marvin Rettenmaier (203,200).

Ryan Rivers
Ryan Rivers
Jose Gonzalez
Jose Gonzalez


With 303 players remaining, the average chip stack is just under 90,000 (45 big blinds).

The final 150 players (about half the remaining field) will finish in the money, guaranteed at least $7,500. Everyone at the nine-handed final table will receive at least $75,000, and first prize is an even $1 million. The full list of payouts can be found by clicking here.

Day 2 begins tomorrow (Sunday) at 12:00 noon. Stay tuned for the official chip counts, which will be posted once they are released by the casino.