Championship: Marvin Rettenmaier Eliminated 69th ($7,791)

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 68 of 1,222
Average Stack: 539,000 (44 big blinds)

Marvin Rettenmaier (Eliminated 69th, $7,791)
Marvin Rettenmaier (Eliminated 69th, $7,791)

Marvin Rettenmaier began the day as one of the shortstacks and it took him less than a level to put his chips at risk. He shoved from early position and Enos Smith called from his direct left. It folded around and Rettenmaier was at risk against Smith.

Smith: 8s8d
Rettenmaier: AdQs

The board fell khjh3cjc5s and Rettenmaier never improved. He busted with 69th earning $7,791 while Smith scooped his chips.

Enos Smith – 1,325,000 (110 bb)
Marvin Rettenmaier – Eliminated in 69th place ($7,791)

Championship: Sheddy Sent Out

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 69 of 1,222
Average Stack: 531,000 (44 big blinds)

Andrzej Rogowski (Chicago, IL)
Andrzej Rogowski (Chicago, IL)

Sheddy Siddiqui was the Day 3 leading member of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker team but he ran into early bad luck.

He was heads up with Andrzej Rogowski to the kd6h2c flop when four bets got all the chips in the middle. Siddiqui’s top pair khqh was drawing super-thin against Rogowski’s flopped set 2h2d, then drawing dead after the 3c turn.

Not the result he wanted and the local favorite picked up $7,791 for his 70th place finish.

Andrzej Rogowski – 1,100,000 (92 bb)
Sheddy Siddiqui – Eliminated in 70th place ($7,791)

Championship: Banks Doubles Brown, Young Doubles Banks

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 73 of 1,222
Average Stack: 502,000 (41 big blinds)

Robert Brown, who began the restart with 126,000 chips, got the last of his shortstack all-in holding Ah9h against the AcQc of Robert Banks. Brown was in a world of hurt, but the runout fell 8d3h2h6s9d improving to a pair on the river and earning him the full double through Banks.

Like Brown, Banks also doubled on the very next hand. Justin Young was caught “with his hand in the cookie jar” and his Qs9s was no good against Banks’ Ad7c.

Robert Banks (Seat 2) doubles through Justin Young (Seat 1)
Robert Banks (Seat 2) doubles through Justin Young (Seat 1)

Robert Brown – 275,000 (22 bb)
Robert Banks – 220,000 (18 bb)
Justin Young – 1,480,000 (123 bb)

Championship: Smith Doubles Early

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 73 of 1,222
Average Stack: 502,000 (42 big blinds)

Enos Smith waits for a call from Rob Kuhn
Enos Smith waits for a call from Rob Kuhn

With the board reading qd7c6s9dah, Rob Kuhn was facing an all-in from Enos Smith for his last 390,000.

He thought and talked and couldn’t get a single reaction from Smith. Kuhn eventually tossed in the calling chips with top pair qsjc but it was no good when Smith tabled his turned set with 9s9h for a full, early double up.

Enos Smith – 1,250,000 (104 bb)
Rob Kuhn – 920,000 (77 bb)

Championship: Playing Down to the Final Table

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 74 of 1,222
Average Stack: 495,000 (41 big blinds)

Andrey Plotnikov
Andrey Plotnikov returns with the Day 3 chip lead

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship drew 1,222 entrants but only 74 are still around with a chance to put their name on the WPT Champions Cup. It will be a long day but we should have the final table six before the night is through.

Several players took their time on top of the chip counts on Day 2 but it’s Andrey Plotnikov who returns to Day 3 with the chip lead. He’ll restart the Championship with almost 1.8 million with Brian Yoon his closest competitor with 1.5 million.

We have five Seminole Hard Rock Poker team members still alive for the title. Sheddy Siddiqui leads the five with Mukul Pahuja, Michael Laake, John Racener, and Stewart Newman also in contention.

The Championship switches up to 90-minute levels giving them plenty of room to maneuver with the average stack hovering around 40 big blinds. It will be a test of skill for players to make it through the long day and book their seat at the WPT final table.

Players are taking their seats, unbagging their chips, and cards will soon be in the air.

Top ten returning stacks:

Andrey Plotnikov – 1,793,000 (149 bb)
Brian Yoon – 1,468,000 (122 bb)
Justin Young – 1,466,000 (122 bb)
Robert Kuhn – 1,447,000 (121 bb)
Kevin Chan – 1,350,000 (113 bb)
David Shmuel – 1,173,000 (98 bb)
Matthew Haugen – 1,137,000 (95 bb)
Phil Hui – 1,106,000 (92 bb)
Tim Reilly – 1,030,000 (86 bb)
Rainer Kempe – 920,000 (77 bb)

Event 21: Shuffle Up and Deal

$350 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

The 21st of 30 primary events on the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown is minutes away from kickoff in the ballroom. The $350 buy-in no limit hold’em tournament features 12,000-chip starting stacks and 30-minute levels throughout. Late registration and unlimited re-entry are available until the start of Level 9 (about 4:30 p.m.).

Additional details:

12PM: Event 21 – $350 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion

Event 21 Structure Sheet

We will touch base with you again when registration closes and the prize pool is finalized.

Good luck, players!

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Day 18 Schedule

Main Event Schedule

12PM: WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship

12PM: Event 21 – $350 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • $30,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 12,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 21 Structure Sheet

2PM: $10,000 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Finale (Freeze-Out)

  • $2,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 40,000 in chips
  • Levels 1-14 last 60 minutes
  • Levels 15+ last 90 minutes until final table
  • Late registration open until start of Day 2
  • Day 1 ends after Level 8
  • WPT Seminole Finale Structure Sheet

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 89 – $300 High Roller Step Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into $2,650 High Roller Mega Satellite
  • Players begin with 7,500 in chips and 20-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 89 Structure Sheet

12PM: Event 90 – $1,030 Last Chance Super Turbo Satellite into WPT Finale (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into the $2 Million GTD WPT Finale
  • Players begin with 6,000 in chips and 10-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 90 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 91 – $2,650 High-Roller Satellite (1-in-10)

  • 1 seat guaranteed into the $1 Million GTD High-Roller
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 7
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 91 Structure Sheet

6PM: Event 92 – $130 Survivor Turbo No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

  • 1-in-10 win $1,000 in cash
  • Players begin with 10,000 in chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 92 Structure Sheet

Championship: Day 3 Returning Table/Seat Assignments

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Returning to Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 74 of 1,222
Average Stack: 495,000 (41 big blinds)

First NameLast NameCountTableSeat
RileyFuller468,00071
DeJuanteAlexander148,00072
JohnDePersio209,00073
SheddySiddiqui535,00074
AlexQueen315,00075
FernandoDiaz Jr.191,00076
StewartNewman169,00077
NissimGozlan176,00078
ShonMakaton361,00079
JustinYoung1,466,00081
TimothyBanks186,00082
EdMcPike895,00084
ChristianSoto207,00085
TimReilly1,030,00086
MukulPahuja417,00087
RobBrown126,00088
RaymondRoberty650,00089
BobbySuer700,000152
SamPhillips371,000153
AlmogBiton386,000154
JohnSimon621,000155
VladMezheritsky249,000156
RyanTepen95,000157
SamSoverel406,000158
JosephDrory230,000159
MikeShariati292,000161
AndreyPlotnikov1,793,000162
CharbelAzzi159,000163
AndrzejRogowski381,000164
RainerKempe920,000165
KrisBradshaw527,000166
MattHaugen1,137,000167
WilliamFoxen419,000168
LucianCappello474,000169
SevilleHale332,000231
DannyNguyen558,000232
LongTran266,000233
BenTarzia626,000235
HaimToorgeman328,000236
GilbertDiaz153,000237
DavidParedes217,000238
SamStein569,000239
EnosSmith523,000241
CongPham415,000242
MichaelLaake123,000243
ZoltanCzinkota498,000245
CateHall334,000246
AllainAdrien258,000247
RobKuhn1,447,000248
MarvinRettenmaier187,000249
CarloRodriguez325,000311
MikeComisso313,000313
FrederikJensen325,000314
PaulStanechewski823,000315
MichaelKrasienko276,000316
PhillipHui1,106,000317
DerekEcenarro94,000318
DavidShmuel1,173,000319
DominiqueMosley447,000322
JohnRacener390,000323
JonTurner761,000324
JakeSchwartz401,000325
DarrenRabinowitz351,000326
MichaelTufaro495,000327
GarrettGreer382,000328
BrianYoon1,468,000329
JakeBazeley436,000391
RaymondRuszkowski488,000392
MatthewYorra163,000393
MarvinKarlins310,000394
TannerMillen70,000396
HyongChae418,000397
NolanKing806,000398
KevinChan1,350,000399

Championship: Day 3 Returning Chip Counts

Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Returning to Level 21: 6,000/12,000 with a 2,000 ante
Players Remaining: 74 of 1,222
Average Stack: 495,000 (41 big blinds)

First NameLast NameCount
AndreyPlotnikov1,793,000
BrianYoon1,468,000
JustinYoung1,466,000
RobKuhn1,447,000
KevinChan1,350,000
DavidShmuel1,173,000
MattHaugen1,137,000
PhillipHui1,106,000
TimReilly1,030,000
RainerKempe920,000
EdMcPike895,000
PaulStanechewski823,000
NolanKing806,000
JonTurner761,000
BobbySuer700,000
RaymondRoberty650,000
BenTarzia626,000
JohnSimon621,000
SamStein569,000
DannyNguyen558,000
SheddySiddiqui535,000
KrisBradshaw527,000
EnosSmith523,000
ZoltanCzinkota498,000
MichaelTufaro495,000
RaymondRuszkowski488,000
LucianCappello474,000
RileyFuller468,000
DominiqueMosley447,000
JakeBazeley436,000
WilliamFoxen419,000
HyongChae418,000
MukulPahuja417,000
CongPham415,000
SamSoverel406,000
JakeSchwartz401,000
JohnRacener390,000
AlmogBiton386,000
GarrettGreer382,000
AndrzejRogowski381,000
SamPhillips371,000
ShonMakaton361,000
DarrenRabinowitz351,000
CateHall334,000
SevilleHale332,000
HaimToorgeman328,000
CarloRodriguez325,000
FrederikJensen325,000
AlexQueen315,000
MikeComisso313,000
MarvinKarlins310,000
MikeShariati292,000
MichaelKrasienko276,000
LongTran266,000
AllainAdrien258,000
VladMezheritsky249,000
JosephDrory230,000
DavidParedes217,000
JohnDePersio209,000
ChristianSoto207,000
FernandoDiaz Jr.191,000
MarvinRettenmaier187,000
TimothyBanks186,000
NissimGozlan176,000
StewartNewman169,000
MatthewYorra163,000
CharbelAzzi159,000
GilbertDiaz153,000
DeJuanteAlexander148,000
RobBrown126,000
MichaelLaake123,000
RyanTepen95,000
DerekEcenarro94,000
TannerMillen70,000