Event 1: Big Restart

$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts
Level 15: 1,500/3,000/500 ante
Players Remaining: 609 of 3,173

After six big flights over three starting days, Event 1 of the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is joining everyone together at once. Those who completed 14 levels in their opening flight will return this afternoon to begin the process of shrinking the field closer to our first big champion.

The tournament drew a huge crowd of 3,173 entries to cruise past the $1,000,000 Guarantee as well as the count for this event last August. They combined to put more than $1.5 million up for grabs and the winner is set to earn more than $272,000 for their $570 buy-in. Of those starting entrants, 609 players remain but only 300 of them will take home some money.

Paul Kelly leads the way with 442,500 at the start of Day 2 as the only player over 400,000. He’s followed by James Smart and Prashray Rai, each finished their opening flight with 353,000.

Players will be divided between the ballroom, meeting room, and poker room at the beginning of the day but the tournament will quickly play down until everyone is in one place. They’ll make their way down near the money bubble after the first break and we should see a lot of action.

Blind levels switch to 40 minutes each and will stay that way until ten players remain. The final table will play 60-minute levels until switching back to 30 minutes during heads-up play.

Players are making their way to their seats, unbagging their chips, and they will be back underway at the top of the hour.

Day 2 Counts | Day 2 Seats | Payouts

Top ten returning stacks:

  1. Paul Kelly – 442,500 (148 bb)
  2. James Smart – 353,000 (118 bb)
  3. Prashray Rai – 353,000 (118 bb)
  4. Fernando Halac – 348,000 (116 bb)
  5. Jon Borenstein – 338,000 (113 bb)
  6. Rodney Banks – 338,000 (113 bb)
  7. Gediminas Kiuberis – 328,500 (110 bb)
  8. Sheldon Gross – 326,000 (109 bb)
  9. Bruce Jorgensen – 303,000 (101 bb)
  10. Otto Palacios – 299,500 (100 bb)