Event 1 Day 1H: Last Level

$100 + $25 No Limit Hold’Em Deep Stack

Blinds 1.2K/2.4K Ante 300

There are 49 players left as we play the last level of the night. We witnessed three all in hands while walking around the tournament area. Two survived, one did not.

The first one saw a player open for 4.5K, the small blind call, and then the short stacked big blind move all in for just under 20K. The initial raiser folded and the small blind called. The short stack held AS8S and was against 9D9C. The flop came 7C5H4C keeping the 9’s in the lead. The turn changed that as it was the AH and the river only improved the short stacks hand giving him a straight when it was the 6S.

The second hand saw a short stack move all in for about 7K and receiving two callers, creating a pot of about 25K. The two callers checked it down on the AS7S5CAHKS board and the young lady with pocket 10’s eliminated the short stack who held QDTS.

The last hand saw another short stack get it all in for approximately 20K with ADJC. He was called by a player with ACKH and was in big trouble when the flop came AS6S3S. A miracle three outer on the turn in the form of the JS gave him the card he needed to survive and the meaningless 4C on the river meant a double up and the chance to move on to Day 2 action in less than 11 hours.

Event 1 Day 1H: Who Said Old Timers Can’t Bluff?

$100 + $25 No Limit Hold’Em Deep Stack

Blinds 600/1.2K Ante 200

81 remain with 10 minutes left in Level 11.

I recently witnessed a hand that left several people smiling, most notably the older gentleman that won the pot. I got to the table and there were three 1K chips in front of Seat 3, a guy probably in his late 50’s, early 60’s with a head full of grey hair wearing a plaid over shirt and a grey turtleneck. Picture Mister Rogers and you have a general idea of what he looked like. Seat 3 was under the gun to give you an idea of his position.

There had been a caller from a player in Seat 6 and the button in Seat 9; another one of those professional poker player wannabes, wearing a black zip up jacket, backwards black Miami Dolphins baseball cap, and the obligatory noise reduction headphones – had a single 5K chip and three 1K chips in front of him indicating a raise to 8K.

Mister Rogers lifted his eyes ever so slightly to study his new “neighbor”. He carefully picked up the edges of his cards, looking at them for a brief moment. He grabbed three 5K chips out of his stack and deliberately placed them in the middle making it a total of 18K. “Raise,” the dealer announced. The player in Seat 6 couldn’t fold fast enough. Seat 9 wasn’t as quick. He leaned past the dealer to try and get a better view.

“Wow,” he said. “I have a monster.”

The old man sat there, steady as a model posing for a painter.

Seat 9 shook his head. “It’s either all in or fold. I can’t just call,” he said. He picked up his cards, lifting them high enough that anyone within 5 feet could see them. He tossed them face up into the muck… pocket Queens.

Mister Rogers started to slide his hand into the muck but at the last second flipped the cards over. 8H7H – a few appreciative nods and laughs and one not so happy Seat 9.

Event 1 Day 1H: Eye On The Prize

$100 + $25 No Limit Hold’Em Deep Stack

Blinds 400/800 Ante 100

As players returned from the color up break, many of them were staring at the tournament clock and getting a look at the payouts. There is still a long ways to go though before any of them can realize dreams of cashing. Not only do they have to make it through today but they’ll have to go through about 100 players on Sunday before we reach the money. There are 108 players remaining right now, meaning all the tournament action is upstairs. It’s a good thing too because the cash games are overflowing downstairs.

Event 1: Prize Pool And Payout Information

$100 + $25 No Limit Hold’Em Deep Stack

There was 2,098 total entries in Event 1 of Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open” creating a prize pool of $209,800. 126 places will be paid and payouts are as follows:

1st $45,121
2nd $26,825
3rd $18,975
4th $13,215
5th $9,125
6th $7,030
7th $5,350
8th $3,925
9th $2,810
10th-12th $2,014
13th-15th $1,574
16th-18th $1,322
19th-27th $1,112
28th-36th $944
37th-45th $797
46th-54th $692
55th-63rd $608
64th-72nd $545
73rd-81st $483
82nd-90th $441
91st-99th $399
100th-108th $336
109th-117th $315
118th-126th $294

Event 1 Day 1H: Event 1 Registration Closed

$100 + $25 No Limit Hold’Em Deep Stack

Blinds 150/300 Ante 25

We don’t have the official numbers yet but registration for Event 1 has officially closed. 306 is the number showing on the board but there is still a line of alternates in the packed The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock waiting to get in. The good news for those that do bust out is there is a room full of cash games going with wait lists longer than the line of alternates. It’s a good night to be a poker player at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.

Event 1 Day 1H: Last Chance To Gamble It Up

$100 + $25 No Limit Hold’Em Deep Stack

Blinds 100/200

Only 25 minutes left before there is no option to re-enter. Players who are short right now might be facing a decision whether to gamble it up or not or try and stick it out with the stacks they have. Most it seems are going for the gambling option as we’ve seen some marginal all in plays with hands like pocket 4’s, K-T, and 8H7H that all had the players heading back to register for another shot.

There are 292 players registered thus far and the alternate line is pretty far back meaning we’re going to easily top 325. Once we get the final information, we’ll post it along with the prize pool information when it becomes available.

Event 1 Day 1H: Registration Almost Closed

$100 + $25 No Limit Hold’Em Deep Stack

Blinds 75/150

There is about 7 minutes left in Level 3 meaning if you still want to play in Event 1 of the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open” that you have about 50 minutes before registration closes for the entire tournament. There is a line of alternates and so far 250 entrants. As is custom here at a Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino poker tournament, we’ve crushed the guarantee – as the prize pool is well over the $150,000 guarantee. There will be a lot of money on the line tomorrow and it should be a great day of poker!