Event 2: Final Table Begins

After the eliminations of Jeff Coutroulis in 11th place and Tony Herring in 10th place the official final table for Event 2 ($1,100 no-limit hold’em) has begun. Here is a look at where the players are seated after drawing for new seats.

Seat 1: Ben Stark
Seat 2: Alain Rodriguez
Seat 3: Christopher Mitchell
Seat 4: Chris Karambinis
Seat 5: Moe Musa
Seat 6: Michael Wakefield
Seat 7: George Dolofan
Seat 8: Francesco Pisani
Seat 9: Yaroslav Nakonechnyy

The final nine players are all now in the money. Here is a look at the final table payouts:

1: $34,300
2: $19,600
3: $12,740
4: $8,820
5: $6,860
6: $5,390
7: $4,410
8: $3,430
9: $2,450

Event 2: Final Day Begins

Cards are in the air for the final 11 players in Event 2 ($1,100 no-limit hold’em) as of 1 p.m. ET. Here is a look at the two tables left in action. They will play down to a champion on Monday at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Table 7

Seat 3: Michael Wakefield – 60,800
Seat 4: George Dolofan – 116,800
Seat 5: Tony Herring – 32,100
Seat 7: Alain Rodriguez – 114,400
Seat 8: Christopher Mitchell – 138,800
Seat 9: Chris Karambinis – 244,000

Table 8

Seat 1: Moe Musa – 23,900
Seat 4: Ben Stark – 207,900
Seat 5: Jeff Coutroulis – 114,400
Seat 8: Yaroslav Nakonechnyy – 50,000
Seat 9: Francesco Pisani – 112,700

Event 6 Day 1A: The Usual Suspects

There are a group of players emerging as tournament series regulars in the early going at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Even though we are just six tournaments in players like Michael Rocco, Jeremy “PokerProfit” Costa, and Nancy Birnbaum have played in multiple events. Birnbaum has played in half of the events so far. She cashed in ninth place in Event 3 last night and she is back at it again this morning in the Day 1A flight of Event 6.

A Manic Monday at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open

It’s going to be a bust day at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. In addition to three starting flights in Event 6 ($125 no-limit hold’em – $150,000 guaranteed) there will be four final tables taking place in the ballroom at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Here is a breakdown of what to expect.

NOTE: All times are Eastern Time

Event 6 Day 1A: 14 levels of poker from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Event 6 Day 1B: 14 levels of poker from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Event 6 Day 1C: 14 levels of poker from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Event 2 Day 2: Play down to a champion starting at 1 p.m. (11 players remaining)
Event 1 Day 3: Play down to a champion starting at 2 p.m. (19 players remaining)
Event 4 Day 2: Play down to a champion starting at 3 p.m. (14 players remaining)
Event 5 Day 2: Play down to a champion starting at 3 p.m. (10 players remaining)

Stay tuned for live coverage from all of the these events in South Florida.

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Offers $12.5 Million in Guarantees in August

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida will award $12.5 million in guaranteed prize pools at 33 events that run from August 8-29. Everything leads up to the $5,300 no-limit hold’em championship event that starts on August 22 and features a $10 million guarantee that will crown a champion on August 28. Another marquee event on the schedule is the inaugural World Poker Tour Alpha8 $100,000 no-limit hold’em high roller event that runs on August 26 and 27.

Other preliminary events to keep an eye on include Event No. 1 ($350 no-limit hold’em – $500,000 guaranteed), Event No. 6 ($125 no-limit hold’em – $150,000 guaranteed prize pool), Event No. 7($560 no-limit hold’em – $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool), and Event No. 23 ($150 no-limit hold’em – $50,000 guaranteed prize pool). The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open live updates team will bring you all of the action from all 33 events. In addition to the website coverage you can also get updates on Facebook if you like the page: The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, and follow us on Twitter @SHRPOLive. Live Streaming video from each and every day of the tournament series can be found here: www.SHRPOLive.com.

Here is a look at the remaining schedule:

 Event Date Time Tournament Guarantees Buy-in
6-1A Mon, Aug 1211:00 AMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1AEvent #6
$150,000
Guaranteed
Prize Pool
$125
6-1BMon, Aug 12 3:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1B$125
6-1CMon, Aug 127:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1C$125
6-1DTue, Aug 1311:00 AMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1D$125
6-1ETue, Aug 133:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1E$125
6-1FTue, Aug 137:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1F$125
6-1GWed, Aug 1411:00 AMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1G$125
6-1H Wed, Aug 143:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1H$125
6-1IWed, Aug 147:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1I$125
7-1AThr, Aug 15 11:00 AMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1A Event #7
$1,000,000
Guaranteed
Prize Pool
$560
8Thr, Aug 15 12:00 PMOmaha 8 or Better $15,000 $240
6-2Thr, Aug 151:00 PMEvent #6 Day #2 Restart
7-1BThr, Aug 157:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1B Event #7
$1,000,000
Guaranteed
Prize Pool
$560
7-1CFri, Aug 1611:00 AMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1C $560
9Fri, Aug 161:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em (Double Green Chip Bounty) $150
7-1DFri, Aug 167:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1D Event #7
$1,000,000
Guaranteed
Prize Pool
 $560
7-1ESat, Aug 1711:00 AMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1E$560
10Sat, Aug 171:00 PMH.O.R.S.E.$10,000 $240
7-1FSat, Aug 177:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Day 1F Event #7
$1,000,000
Guaranteed
Prize Pool
$560
11Sun, Aug 1812:00 PMNo limit Texas Hold’em (Registrations 4 Levels) $150,000 $2,200
7-2Sun, Aug 181:00 PMEvent # 7 Day 2
12Sun, Aug 181:00 PMPLO 8 or Better $10,000$240
13Sun, Aug 183:00 PMHold’em ESCALATOR****$10,000$240
14Sun, Aug 186:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em$20,000 $150
15Mon, Aug 1912:00 PMSeniors No Limit Hold’em (50 Years old or older to qualify)$10,000$240
16Mon, Aug 191:00 PMNo Limit Texas Hold’em (6 Max)$20,000$350
17Mon, Aug 196:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em$25,000$300
18 Tue, Aug 203:00 PMPot-Limit Omaha (Double Stack)$10,000$240
19Tue, Aug 206:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em$20,000$150
20Wed, Aug 216:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em $20,000$150
21-1AThr, Aug 2212:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Championship Day 1AEvent #21
$10,000,000
Guaranteed
Prize Pool
$5,300
21-1BFri, Aug 2312:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Championship Day 1B$5,300
21-1CSat, Aug 2412:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Championship Day 1C$5,300
21-2Sun, Aug 25 12:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Championship Day 2
21-3Mon, Aug 2612:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Championship Day 3
22Mon, Aug 2612:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em$30,000$300
23Mon, Aug 2612:00 PMSuper High Roller No Limit Hold’em$100,000
24Mon, Aug 263:00 PMPLO 8 or Better$10,000$240
25-1AMon, Aug 265:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Event #25 Day 1AEvent #25 $50,000$150
21-4Tue, Aug 2712:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Championship Day 4
26Tue, Aug 2712:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em (Purple Chip Bounty)$75,000$1,650
27Tue, Aug 273:00 PMRazz$5,000$240
25-1BTue, Aug 275:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em Event #25 Day 1BEvent # 25 $50,000$150
21-5Wed, Aug 28TBANo Limit Hold’em Championship Final
28Wed, Aug 2812:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em (Six Handed Double Stack)$30,000$560
29Wed, Aug 283:00 PMPot-Limit Omaha (Double Stack)$10,000$240
25-2Wed, Aug 285:00 PMEvent #25 Day 2 Restart
30Wed, Aug 286:00 PMNo Limit Texas Hold’em$25,000$300
31Thr, Aug 2912:00 PMNo Limit Texas Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo$30,000$240
32Thr, Aug 293:00 PMNo Limit Hold’em (Ante Only)$5,000$125
33Thr, Aug 296:00 PMNo Limit Texas Hold’em Double Stack Turbo $20,000$150

Event 6: Day 1A Begins

Cards got in the air for Day 1A for Event 6 ($125 no-limit hold’em – $150,000 guaranteed) at 1 p.m. ET. This is the first of nine starting flights and the first of three taking place on Monday. Day 1B begins at 3 p.m. and Day 1C begins at 7 p.m. We will bring you live updates throughout the day until the final flight ends just before 3 a.m.

Registration in this first flight is open through the end of Level 4. Players may re-enter while the registration period remains open, and they may also re-enter on any subsequent starting flight.

Players begin with 10,000 in chips and the blinds begin at 25-50 for the first 30-minute level. There will be a 15-minute break every four levels. The field will play 14 levels before the end of the Day 1A starting flight. Shuffle up and deal!

Event 1: Day 2 Ends With Kevin Ho Leading Final 19

Day 2 of Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em) came to an end with 19 players remaining — just one player away from the final two tables. They bagged and tagged their chips, and will return to action tomorrow (Monday) to play down to a winner.

That winner will receive a first prize of $138,952.

The remaining 19 players are all guaranteed at least $5,392, and the nine final tablists will be guaranteed at least $12,095.

The field was steadily — and quickly — shrinking all day long. Even the Money Bubble was quick. When the clock was stopped to begin hand-for-hand play, somebody busted during a hand in progress. That technically burst the bubble, and just when all the players were expecting to begin hand-for-hand play, they learned that they were already in the money.

There were a lot of lead changes throughout the day, and nobody seemed to hold onto the chip lead for long.

Tomorrow the blinds will begin at 50,000-100,000 and a 15,000 ante. Here are the official end-of-Day 2 chip counts:

1.  Kevin Ho  –  7,695,000  (76 bb)
2.  Kane Kalas  –  6,690,000  (66 bb)
3.  Zack Goodman  –  6,475,000  (64 bb)
4.  Derek Buonano  –  5,800,000  (58 bb)
5.  David Diaz  –  5,775,000  (57 bb)
6.  Jaime Campos  –  5,460,000  (54 bb)
7.  Alcides Gomez  –  5,285,000  (52 bb)
8.  Steven McKoy  –  4,075,000  (40 bb)
9.  Michael Ortiz  –  3,950,000  (39 bb)
10.  Daniel Navarrete  –  2,865,000  (28 bb)
11.  Josée Thauvette  –  2,500,000  (25 bb)
12.  Jeff Yeh  –  2,340,000  (23 bb)
13.  Mike Chiappetta  –  1,940,000  (19 bb)
14.  Chad Eveslage  –  1,750,000  (17 bb)
15.  Michael Tait  –  1,530,000 (15 bb)
16.  Tim Myers  –  1,230,000 (12 bb)
17.  Mike Beasley  –  1,100,000 (11 bb)
18.  John Liu  –  1,070,000 (10 bb)
19.  Harold Lam  –  775,000 (7 bb)

Of the final 19 players, we counted six of them as the tournament chipleader at some point today — Kevin Ho, Mike Chiappetta, David Diaz, Michael Ortiz, Derek Buonano, and Jaime Campos. But none of them held the top spot for long.

Near the bottom of the chip counts, there were several players who were keeping their heads just above water, but they survived in that state for a long time — including Michael Tait, Mike Beasley, and John Liu. They are all hoping to catch some momentum tomorrow.

Return to SeminoleHardRockPokerOpen.com tomorrow (Monday) for continuing coverage of Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em) as they battle for the final table and play down to a winner.

Kevin Ho finished Day 2 with nearly 7.7 million in chips, taking the lead into Day 3.
Kevin Ho finished Day 2 with nearly 7.7 million in chips, taking the lead into Day 3.

Sunday, August 11: A Summary of the Other Prelims

While Event 1 busted hundreds of players on Sunday, August 11 at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open there was a lot of other poker action taking place throughout the ballroom complex at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Here is a quick look at what took place in the four other preliminary events that ran on Sunday.

Event 2 ($1,100 no-limit hold’em – $75,000 guaranteed) attracted a field of 98 players to create a prize pool worth $98,000. This tournament attracted the most notables in the room today with pros like Adam Levy, Tony Ruberto, Chino Rheem, and Matt Giannetti participating. None of them advanced to Day 2 as one of the 11 survivors remaining. The money bubble will burst tomorrow when nine remain and it should happen pretty soon after they return at 1 p.m. ET. Chris Karambinis will be the chip leader when cards get into the air with a stack worth 244,000.

Event 3 ($240 turbo no-limit hold’em – $25,000 guaranteed) lived up to its name and finished quickly on Sunday. The final eight players made the end even faster when they decided to chop the remaining prize pool eight ways after the elimination of Nancy Birnbaum in ninth place. The eight players took home $4,927 and Stephen Cardarelli was named the champion of the tournament. The tournament attracted a total field of 249 players and created a prize pool just under $50,000.

Event 4 ($240 Seven-Card Stud – $5,000 guaranteed) attracted a field of 41 players and 14 of them decided to stop playing at 11 p.m. on Sunday so they could return at 3 p.m. on Monday to play down to a champion. Ylon Schwartz is among the survivors and the chip leader going into Day 2 is Peter Cleven with 66,500. The top five will make the money and get a piece of the prize pool worth $8,200.

Event 5 ($240 bounty no-limit hold’em – $20,000 guaranteed) was the straggler tonight, ending at 3 a.m. The 10 survivors will return at 3 p.m. on Monday and play down to a champion. The money bubble burst when 27 players remained tonight, and then the players started to stake their claim to the $25,200 prize pool. Alexis Carrasquillo is the chip leader with 390,000.