$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 9: 400/800 with a 100 Ante Flight A Players Remaining: 198 of 359
Players are back in their seats with less the 200 remaining and registration closed for the first flight. The opener attracted 359 entries for a great jump on hitting the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool later this weekend.
They will continue to play for six more levels, with a break in between, before bagging up for Day 2 on Sunday.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 8: 300/600 with a 75 Ante Flight A Entries: 350
Flight A players are taking their second break of the day which means registration will soon close on the opening session of the $1 Million GTD tournament when they return.
We’ve seen some top players hop in the game late to push the entry number higher including Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Mukul Pahuja, 2015 WPT World Champion Asher Conniff, and 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Event 1 winner Dan Suied.
Registration will close at 3:30pm and we’ll see how high they can push the opening numbers.
$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 6: 200/400 with a 50 Ante Entries: 152
The Seniors Event is rolling right along in the back of the room and crossed over 150 entries after the first break. That leaves them only a handful away from topping the entry count last year and putting up some nice money later this evening.
Along the way, we heard a commotion coming from one of the Seniors Event tables with regular Jeff Kessler jumping out of his seat. He wasn’t involved in the hand (pictured above) but we found three flopped sets with bottom set hitting the one-outer for quads on the river.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 7: 250/500 with a 75 Ante Flight A Entries: 325
Flight A easily topped 300 entries this afternoon with 45 minutes left to get in the game. One of the late entrants is David Bradshaw who recently set himself a new goal.
A few days ago, Bradshaw wrote on social media:
“Goal for the next few months!! Player of the year!! #goalset”
He was referencing the fact that he currently sits in second place in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year race after he won the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa Winter Poker Open Championship. Bradshaw trails only Nathan Papp who holds the top spot thanks to a 1st and 2nd place finish in Seminole Immokalee Poker majors.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 6: 200/400 with a 75 Ante Flight A Entries: 299
We’re seeing more and more tough players make their way to South Florida as the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown moves towards the bigger events on the schedule.
Alex Foxen is back with us in the ballroom and he has some nice results here in the last year. He made the semi-finals in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Heads Up event this summer after earning the biggest score of his career for a tenth place result in the 2016 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship last April. Foxen also owns a WSOP Circuit ring and several deep WSOP runs.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 4: 100/200 with a 25 Ante Flight A Entries: 217
Four levels are in the books and Flight A players are taking off on their first break of the day. They’ll return to play four more levels, one more break, and the registration will close down for this session.
But have no fear if you miss out this afternoon, the $1,000,000 Guarantee tournament has another flights set to go this evening at 6pm.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 3: 75/150 with a 25 Ante Flight A Entries: 177
Flight A continues its path towards 200 entries and higher, a steady stream of players making their way to the feeder table to get their seat.
Julian Gallo has a little recent success in these big field tournament. He battled his way with a below-average stack for much of Event 1 but worked his was down to the last three tables to finish 24th out of 3,107.
$300 Seniors 50+ No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 1: 25/50
Yesterday we had the Ladies Event and today we roll out the Seniors 50+ tournament for another fun afternoon of poker. It drew a nice group of 161 entries last year and we don’t see any reason why it won’t do as well today.
The Seniors will begin with 10,000 starting stacks and the tournament will run 30-minute levels from start to finish. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 4:30pm with a dinner break built in at 6:30pm. They’ll return after dinner to play down to our next Seniors Event champion.
Cards fly at noon and we’ll keep an eye on them throughout the day.
Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 2: 50/100 Flight A Entries: 145
The morning hour is almost complete and we expect to see more players get in the game when the time no longer has “AM” after the number. The entry count is closing on 150 and it will continue to climb as we head deeper into the afternoon
Jon Borenstein is back with us after taking the weekend off. He’s a South Florida transplant with some big results in our games. Three of Borenstein’s biggest scores came with a third place finish in the last year’s big Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown opening tournament, seventh place in the inaugural Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Big 4 $2,650 Freeze-Out, and a deep run last year during the $10,000 WPT Finale.
Borenstein’s best cash came in the second biggest tournament ever played. He made the final table and walked away eighth out of 21,613 players in the WSOP Colossus event last summer.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 1: 25/50 Flight A Entries: 110
Flight A kicked off right on time and the field quickly hit 100 entries before too long. The first flight of the big tournament is usually a good indicator of future success and we are right on pace for another huge prize pool.
Aaron Massey is making his first appearance in the ballroom this series and down to business early. The last time we saw the 2014 Heartland Poker Tour Player of the Year, he was busy finishing in ninth place during the WPTDeepStacks Seminole Lucky Hearts Poker Open Main Event in January.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 1: 25/50
Things get a little more serious starting today, the first day of the first event with a seven-digit prize pool. There will be some big money handed out this weekend but the hard work starts this morning/afternoon/evening in the ballroom.
Event 9 has a $570 buy-in with a cool $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool and six chances to put together a bag for Day 2 on Sunday. The first of six starting flights starts today at 11am with the second running at 6pm.
Each entrant will start with a 20,000 deep stack and play 30-minute throughout Day 1. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 at 3:30pm and players can re-enter as many times as needed while registration is open. Play is scheduled to wrap up for the day after Level 14 and those with chips will put them in a bag for the Sunday restart.
Players are beginning to take their seats and we will be underway at exactly 11am.
$1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion
2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, FL $300 Ladies No Limit Hold’em Entries: 38 Prizepool: $9,690 March 22, 2017
Robyn Marshman won the $300 Ladies No Limit Hold’em in the early hours of Thursday morning. She bested a field of 38 entries to win $3,972, but she feels like she had a little help from above.
During a recent tournament cash, Marshman found out that one of her good friends had passed away. She donated all of the funds she earned in the cash to pay for her fallen friend’s funeral. Since then, Marshman has noticed some oddities that makes her think he might be helping out with some run good from the afterlife.
“There’s some crazy stuff,” said Marshman. “His favorite number was 13 and except for the final table, every seat I’ve had in this whole series has either been one or three. When I was moved here, it was the first time I was in a different sea. I don’t know what that means. I guess he fell asleep on me. I don’t know.”
After adding a win to her tournament resume, Marshman dedicated the victory to him.
“I’m still like with him right now,” said Marshman. “This is for him. I feel like he is with me right now.”
Even though she didn’t get seat one or three for the final table, Marshman used a little bit of luck to overcome a serious chip deficit at the final table. She came into the final table as the short stack and was able to survive long enough to get into the top five spots and make the money.
Even once in the money she was still short and was all in for six big blinds four-handed. She doubled through Jacquelyn Scott with ace-six against king-queen and just continued to amass chips until she had all of them in play.
“It’s amazing,” said Marshman of her win. I was really short. I had like five big blinds and then the next thing I know, I kept knocking out people and built this big stack. We just had like an hour-long heads-up match. It was really tough.”
Marshman defeated Esther Foley heads-up. Over the hour long heads-up match, the chips swung a couple different ways over several small pots without showdown. Foley eventually flopped top pair against Marshman’s bottom set and that was all she wrote.
“I was very patient and took my time and just played the table as well as my cards,” said Marshman. “I got the cards at the right moment.”
Along with the prize money, Marshman took home her first Hard Rock trophy and gets a seat into a freeroll with a $10,000 WPT Finale seat and $3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown seat at stake for the top two spots.
“I’m so excited about that,” said Marshman about her chances at satelliting into a big buy-in WPT event. “And I got a trophy. Yay.”
Marshman plays more than just ladies events and this won’t be the last time she’s spotted in the Hard Rock tournament area. She’s already got a cash under her belt in the first event of the series and plans on playing the $570 no limit hold’em this weekend.
When asked if she plays a lot of poker, her answer was pretty simple.
“Maybe I do,” said Marshman. “Actually, Yes. Yes, I do.”
1st: Robyn Marshman – $3,972 2nd: Esther Foley – $2,423 3rd: Jacquelyn Scott – $1,454 4th: Ayca Frakbas – $1,066 5th: Lisa Levy – $775
$300 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 16: 4,000/8,000 with a 1,000 ante Players Remaining: 1 of 38
On a flop of , Esther Foley got all in for about 150,000 on the button against Robyn Marshman in the big blind. Marshman showed and had Foley’s drawing to runners.
The was no sweat with the turn card and the river. Marshman won the pot with bottom set and Foley hit the rail in second place. Marshman won the freeroll seat, the trophy and $3,972, while Foley earned $2,423 for her runner-up finish.
2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Fla. Event 7 $360 No Limit Hold’em Six-Max Entries: 152 Prizepool: $45,600 March 22, 2017
Almedin Imsirovic has been traveling a lot lately. He’s been traveling all over playing live tournaments and was torn between heading across the Pacific to play in Macau or head east to South Florida.
Imsirovic chose to come down to South Florida and so far it looks like the right choice. The 22-year-old professional poker player won the $360 no limit hold’em six-max event in the early hours of Thursday morning. He bested a field of 152 entries to win $11,181.
“It feels great,” said Imsirovic after his win. “I’ve been traveling around playing poker a lot lately and I haven’t had any first places. So, it feels good to finally get one.”
He’s just 22, but Imsirovic picked up poker about six years ago. He cut his teeth playing online freerolls after an ankle injury put a halt to his basketball career.
“When I was like 16 or 15, I hurt my ankle really badly,” said Imsirovic. “I was really focusing a lot on basketball and then I needed a new hobby. I just bought some books and then got better.
“I was playing some freerolls online, but then there was Black Friday, so I couldn’t really play anymore. Then I played a few live tournaments and did really well at my nearby cardroom and just went from there.”
After the Vancouver, Washington native had a couple live scores under his belt, he found his way back online on a few of the U.S.-facing online poker sites.
He continued to cut his teeth on the virtual felt and grinded his way up the stakes in online cash games. Naturally, he gravitated towards the six-max version of the game online.
“I love six-max,” said Imsirovic. “I play a lot of online cash. It’s definitely my favorite by far.”
For most of Imsirovic’s life, he’s been in Washington state, but when he was a young child, his family fled Bosnia to have a better life for his family.
“I moved here when I was three,” said Imsirovic. “There was a war going on so we came here and I’ve been in Washington ever since.”
As far as his future plans, it’s more traveling for the young poker pro. With the win, he earned a seat into a freeroll with a $10,000 WPT Finale seat at stake. He’ll be here for that event, but after that, it’s all up in the air.
“I will definitely be here for about a week,” he said. “Then I might go to Vegas after. I’m unsure.”
Final Table Results:
1st: Almedin Imsirovic – $11,181 2nd: Sebastian Gallego – $7,570 3rd: Bob Tanner – $4,948 4th: Perry Shao – $3,954 5th: Sam Sayegh – $2,969 6th: Ricardo Eyzaguirre – $2,285
$300 Ladies No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) Level 15: 3,000/6,000 with a 1,000 Ante Players Remaining: 3 of 38
Jacquelyn Scott called all in for 5,000 on the button, Robyn Marshman called in the small blind, and Esther Foley checked her option in the big blind.
The board ran out , with the two live players checking it all the way down. Scott could only show in the end, and Taylor’s earned her the knockout pot with queens up. Scott was eliminated in third place.
Marshman and Taylor are now heads-up for the Ladies’ Event trophy. The former entered the final table with the shortest stack of the 10, but she begins the final duel with the chip lead.
Robyn Marshman – 230,000 (38 bb) Esther Foley – 150,000 (25 bb) Jacquelyn Scott – Eliminated in 3rd place ($1,454)