Main Event Day 1 Recap

$1,500 + $150 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Poker Open” Main Event

At the conclusion of registration for Event 1, we had a total of 482 entrants creating a prize pool that smashed the $500,000 Guarantee at $723,000. First place will get not one, but two trophies, to go with their $145,321 prize money. We had 117 players make it through to Day 2. Those hopefuls will return at 1 p.m. and fight it out to make it down to 54 players, which is when they will make the money. The chip leader is Serge Coles with 249.5K and local regular Nigel Murray is right behind him with 249K. Closing out the top three is hot as fire Cong Pham with 240.8K. Darryl Fish also makes an entrance in the top 10… in 7th place with 188.6K. The full top ten is as follows:


PlaceNameChip Count
1Serge Coles249,500
2Nigel Murray249,000
3Long Pham240,800
4John Pizano238,200
5Kevin Froemmiar233,300
6Mark Gaudino193,300
7Darryll Fish188,600
8Luke Graham167,400
9Shea Smith159,500
10Marcus Harris144,300

There are numerous notable players still in contention including Chino Rheem, Michael Mizrachi, Matthew Waxman, and Tony Cousineau. Here are some of the notables and their stacks heading into Day 2:

Abbey Daniels 119,500
Steve Karp 103,400
David Diaz 89,200
Matthew Waxman 81,400
Chino Rheem 79,100
Micheal Mizrachi 71,700
Tony Cousineau 47,200
Stuart Paterson 20,600

And we have some players that have been grinding the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open” going for a huge score. In addition to Murray, there are players like Don Todd who is 2nd currently in the Leaderboard Promotion and others like Allan Bieler and Elliott Zaydman who could move to the top with a win.

It’s going to be an exciting day 2 and we’ll be here to cover all the action.

WPT Regional Trophy
WPT Regional Trophy