Celebrities Danny Masterson and Shannon Elizabeth Make the Money

You never know who you will encounter while walking through the crowded tables of one of the largest poker tournaments in the country. Many faces blend easily together but a few stand out. At the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 million guarantee championship event at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida the biggest names in poker took their seats but scattered among the massive field were a few names who are well known outside the poker room.

Actress Shannon Elizabeth, actor and DJ Danny Masterson and musician Nelly were among the notable faces in the tournament. While celebrity appearances are not uncommon in poker tournaments that fact that all three made it to Day 2 and two of them made the money is unusual and impressive at the same time. Nelly was eliminated before the money bubble but Elizabeth and Masterson have secured cashes worth no less than $8,726 in a tournament that played host to some of the most accomplished and winningest players in poker.

Actress Shannon Elizabeth stops to chat with poker pro Phil Ivey on Day 1C of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 Million Guaranteed Main Event.
Actress Shannon Elizabeth stops to chat with poker pro Phil Ivey on Day 1C of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $10 Million Guaranteed Main Event.

Elizabeth has over $224,000 in poker tournament winnings, the bulk coming from her Final Four finish in the 64-player $25,000 NBC Heads-Up No Limit Hold’em Championship in 2007 for $125,000. In that tournament Elizabeth outlasted progressional players including Elizabeth also finished runner up to Phil Gordon for $79,776 in the 2010 World Series of Poker $5,000 Ante Up for Africa Charity tournament.

No matter where he finishes, Masterson will pick up his first major recorded tournament cash in this tournament.

Both Masterson and Elizabeth are seated along side some of the biggest names in poker and have already outlasted major tournament players including nine-time WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey, 1998 WSOP Main Event champion Scotty Nguyen, eight-time WSOP bracelet winner Erik Seidel, 2001 WSOP main event champion and all-time World Poker Tour top money winner Carlos Mortensen, two-time WSOP bracelet winner and two-time WPT champion Erik Lindgren and three-time WSOP bracelet winner Michael Mizrachi to name a few.

Continue to follow the live updates to see how deep Elizabeth and Masterson make it in the tournament.

Dinner Break Until 8:00 pm

Level 19 comes to an end, and the players take their 90-minute dinner break. Play will resume at 8:00 pm.

There are 249 players remaining, and the blinds will be increasing to 4,000-8,000 with a 1,000 ante. The average chip stack is about 287,000 (35 big blinds).

Here are the current chip leaders:

Aaron Schaaf  –  1,096,000  (137 bb)
Cong Pham  –  1,001,000  (125 bb)
Neri Sanchez  –  957,000  (119 bb)

A Few Chip Counts From Around the Room

Blinds: 3,000/6,000
Ante: 500

Neri Sanchez – 960,000 (160 bb)
Ravi Raghavan – 880,000 (146 bb)
Noah Schwartz – 725,000 (120 bb)
Jared Jaffee – 615,000 (102 bb)
Amir Lehavot – 595,000 (99 bb)
Matt Waxman – 490,000 (81 bb)
Bryn Kenney – 470,000 (78 bb)
Jesse Chinni – 440,000 (73 bb)
Joseph Cheong – 415,000 (69 bb)
Phil Laak – 340,000 (56 bb)
Mike Matusow – 335,000 (55 bb)
Griffin Benger – 305,000 (50 bb)
Aaron Massey – 290,000 (48 bb)
David Sands – 275,000 (45 bb)
Matt Glantz – 275,000 (45 bb)
Jared Hamby – 270,000 (44 bb)
Joe Serock – 200,000 (33 bb)
David Benefield – 143,000 (23 bb)
Shannon Shorr – 130,000 (21 bb)
Allen Bari – 100,000 (12 bb)
Eugene Katchalov – Eliminated

Danny Hannawa Doubles Through Chino Rheem

Blinds: 3,000/6,000
Ante: 500

Danny Hannawa opens to 14,500 from under the gun and Chino Rheem calls from UTG+2. Both players check the Ad 7s 6s flop, landing the 9s on the turn. Hannawa checks, Rheem bets 23,000, and Hannawa calls to see the Jc river. A check from Hannawa leads to an all-in shove from Rheem for about 160,000 effective. Hannawa went deep into the tank, about three minutes worth, before Rheem pushes his hand forward and speaks up.

“You’ve only put in 40,000, you’re not calling,” says Rheem.

After about another minute, Hannawa calls. Rheem motions that Hannawa’s call is good, leading to Hannawa showing 8h 8d. Rheem mucks, giving Hannawa the pot.

Danny Hannawa – 400,000 (66 bb)
Chino Rheem – 410,000 (68 bb)