Event 1: Day 1A Recap

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida kicked off this morning with Day 1A of Event 1: $560 Buy-In Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em. A total of 286 entries took to the felt and after 14 levels, only 59 punched their ticket to Day 2. Leading the way is David Shaw 276,800, followed by Robert Williams (275,000) and Michael Ortiz (243,300).

Others who survived the day include Patrick Eskandar (188,400),Jessica Dawley (95,900), and Marsha Wolak (73,500). Among those who failed to make it through were Ylon Schwartz, Dan Heimiller, Nancy Birnbaum, and Kevin O’Donnell. With five more Day 1 starting flights, chances are we will see them (and many others who took part in the Day 1A field) back in action at some point.

Day 1B is set to kickoff at 7 p.m., so keep it here for more updates on all of the action.

Event 1: Ortiz Dodges Disaster

$560 Buy-In Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 14: Blinds 1,200/2,400/300 ante

A player in early position raises to 11,500, Michael Ortiz calls from the hijack, and both players in the blinds call to see a flop of AcQc2d.

The player in the small blind leads out for 20,000, getting folds from the player in the big blind and the preflop raiser. Before Ortiz acts on his hand, though, the player in the small blind turns over his own cards, AdQs for top two pair.

With a smile on his face, Ortiz takes one last look at his cards and folds AsKd face up.

“I cost myself a lot of money on that one,” says the player in the small blind.

“I had a funny feeling you had ace-queen anyway,” replies Ortiz.

Despite losing the pot, Ortiz dodges what could have been a big loss and is still going strong with about 289,000.