Show Me The Money

All three of the preliminary events are closing in on the money as we pass the witching hour at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Event 2 ($1,100 no-limit hold’em) has 18 players remaining and nine will make the money, Event 4 ($240 Seven-Card Stud) has 14 players remaining and five will get paid, although they have chosen to halt play until 3 p.m. on Monday; and Event 5 ($240 bounty no-limit hold’em) is right on the money bubble with 28 players remaining.

Event 1: Derek Buonano Leads the Final 44

The action is happening so fast that it’s difficult to keep up. In less time than it takes to walk thru the field to identify the chipleaders, two entire tables have been broken.

With 44 players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1.54 million. With blinds at 30,000-60,000 and a 10,000 ante, the average stack is worth about 25 big blinds.

Here are some of the updated chip counts, with more to come soon:

Derek Buonano  –  4,420,000  (73 bb)
Chad Eveslage  –  2,850,000  (47 bb)
Steven McKoy  –  2,800,000  (46 bb)
Jeff Yeh  –  2,500,000  (41 bb)
Alfred Gandia  –  2,430,000  (40 bb)
Jaime Campos  –  2,150,000  (35 bb)
Daniel Navarrete  –  1,300,000  (21 bb)
Pedro Rios  –  1,200,000  (20 bb)
Mike Beasley  –  725,000  (12 bb)
Michael Tait  –  665,000  (11 bb)

The remaining players are all guaranteed at least $3,866. The next pay jump will be for 36th place, which is worth $4,578. The first prize waiting for the winner is $138,952.

Action will continue tonight until the field is down to the final table (unlikely, even at this pace) or 3:00 am EDT, whichever comes first.

Event 1: Michael Ortiz Leads the Final 76

The players returned from their 15-minute break to begin Level 26, with increased blinds of 20,000-40,000 and a 5,000 ante.

With 76 players remaining, the average chip stack is nearly 900,000. Here’s a look at the top 10 on the leaderboard:

1.  Michael Ortiz  –  2,550,000  (63 bb)
2.  Jaime Campos  –  2,370,000  (59 bb)
3.  Jeff Yeh  –  2,300,000  (57 bb)
4.  Steven McKoy  –  2,215,000  (55 bb)
5.  Pedro Rios  –  1,950,000  (48 bb)
6.  Peter Walsworth  –  1,700,000  (42 bb)
7.  Brian Reinert  –  1,650,000  (41 bb)
8.  Oscar Ortiz  –  1,600,000  (40 bb)
9.  Angelo Miele  –  1,485,000  (37 bb)
10.  David Diaz  –  1,450,000  (36 bb)

Jeff Yeh catapulted up the leaderboard after winning a pot worth 2.3 million against Mike Beasley in a preflop aces-vs.-queens situation. (Beasley’s queens never improved.) Beasley is still in the tournament, but short-stacked with about 440,000 (11 big blinds).

Event 3: Results

Here is a look at the final results for Event 3 ($240 turbo no-limit hold’em) at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

1: Steven Cardarelli – $4,928
2: Andrew Dykeman – $4,928
3: Regette Duvduvani – $4,927
4: Ian Gillespie – $4,927
5: Robert Aron – $4,927
6: Philip Whitaker – $4,927
7: Jerry Ard – $4,927
8: Scott Anderson – $4,927
9: Nanci Birnbaum – $896
10: David Jackson – $697
11: Sebastian Tejada – $697
12: Jonathan Hilton – $697
13: Michael Palumbo – $598
14: Robert George – $598
15: Stephen Kendrick – $598
16: Mark Bernstein – $523
17: Paul Pantoja – $523
18: Edward Medoff – $523
19: Nathan McNeal – $448
20: Nariman Daruvalla – $448
21: Christian Rodriguez – $448
22: Irving McKenzie – $448