Event 1: Possible Chop in Progress

The final nine players return from break in Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em) to find increased blinds of 200,000-400,000 and a 50,000 ante. The average stack is about 7.5 million, worth about 18 big blinds.

Before play began, they started talking about possible deals. Everyone counted up their chip stacks and entered the numbers into an ICM calculator to look at a possible chop scenario.

Here are the updated chip counts from the table:

Seat 1.  Derek Buonano  –  15,400,000 (38 bb)
Seat 2.  David Diaz  –  5,750,000 (14 bb)
Seat 3.  Daniel Navarrete  –  3,875,000 (9 bb)
Seat 4.  Jeff Yeh  –  4,675,000 (11 bb)
Seat 5.  John Liu  –  7,800,000 (19 bb)
Seat 6.  Kevin Ho  –  3,600,000 (9 bb)
Seat 7.  Zack Goodman  –  8,125,000 (20 bb)
Seat 8.  Steven McKoy  –  9,850,000 (24 bb)
Seat 9.  Jaime Campos  –  8,150,000 (20 bb)

And here are the ICM calculations:

1st:  Derek Buonano  –  $81,702
2nd:  Steven McKoy  –  $66,388
3rd:  Jaime Campos  –  $60,302
4th:  Zack Goodman  –  $60,206
5th:  John Liu  –  $58,940
6th:  David Diaz  –  $50,046
7th:  Jeff Yeh  –  $44,626
8th:  Daniel Navarrete  –  $40,162
9th:  Kevin Ho  –  $38,530

Note: All of these numbers and calculations are still unofficial.

There is talk about modifying the pure ICM calculations a bit, because Buonano has such a big chip lead and would like $90,000, and another player or two are still uncertain.

Event 4: Final Table Update

Here is a look at the chip counts for the final seven players in Event 4 ($240 Seven-Card Stud) at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. Peters Clevens and Jordan Chizick were the last two players to bust out of the tournament.

Kevin Painter – 85,000
Sergio Corominas – 53,000
Debra Jorgensen – 45,000
Al Green – 40,000
Roberto Marin – 38,000
Jeremy Jennings – 25,000
Christian Ivens – 23,000

Event 1: David Diaz Doubles Thru Derek Buonano

With nine players left in Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em), David Diaz is all in from the cutoff for about 2.1 million with AdAh against Derek Buonano’s As9d in the hijack.

The board comes QsJh7s10s2h, and Buonano turns a spade flush draw with an open-ended straight draw, but he improves no further. Diaz wins the pot to double up in chips.

David Diaz  –  5,050,000  (16 bb)
Derek Buonano  –  13,250,000  (44 bb)

The short stacks continue to run well in these final table all-in situations, which is why there are still nine players remaining.

Event 1: John Liu Doubles Thru David Diaz

With nine players left in Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em), John Liu moves all in preflop from the small blind with 7d7s. David Diaz asks for an exact count before he calls from the hijack with QsJd.

The board comes 6s5s5c6d9c, and Liu’s pocket sevens hold up to win the pot and double up his chip stack.

John Liu  –  4,920,000  (16 bb)
David Diaz  –  2,875,000  (9 bb)

There are still nine players remaining, guaranteed at least $12,095. First place will win $138,952.

Event 1: Steven McKoy Doubles Thru Kevin Ho

With nine players left in Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em), Steven McKoy is all in preflop from the button for 5,050,000 with AcAd. He’s a dominant favorite to double up against the 9c9d of Kevin Ho in the hijack.

The board comes 7c5d4cKh7h, and the pocket aces hold up for McKoy to win the pot and double up in chips.

Steven McKoy  –  10,910,000  (36 bb)
Kevin Ho  –  5,875,000  (19 bb)

There are still nine players remaining, guaranteed at least $12,095. First place will win $138,952.

Event 6: Field Update

Event 6 ($125 no-limit hold’em – $150,000 guaranteed) continues to grow now that both Day 1A and 1B are up and running. In Day 1A 46 players remain from the 285 that entered. The Day 1B flight has attracted 347 players by the close of registration. That takes the total number of players up to 632. The Day 1C flight will begin in just over an hour at 7 p.m. ET.

Event 1: Steven McKoy Triples; Alcides Gomez Out 10th

At the final table of Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em), Steven McKoy raised from the hijack, and Alcides Gomez moved all in from the small blind for about 2.2 million.

Then David Diaz moved all in over the top from the big blind for about 7 million. McKoy called.

Here were their cards, in descending order of chip counts:

David Diaz:  10D10H
Alcides Gomez:  5c5s
Steven McKoy:  QCQD

McKoy had just lost a pot with pocket queens to Diaz, and he joked about it before the dealer put out the flop.

The board came JS6S6D9H6H, giving all three players full houses, but changing nothing. McKoy tripled up, and Diaz won a small side pot to eliminate Gomez in 10th place.

Steven McKoy  –  5,680,000  (22 bb)
David Diaz  –  5,670,000  (22 bb)
Alcides Gomez  –  Out in 10th Place  ($9,766)

The final nine players are now at the official final table, and guaranteed at least $12,095. First prize is worth $138,952.

Event 1: David Diaz Doubles Thru Steven McKoy

There are still 10 players remaining in Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em), with $138,952 waiting for the winner.

David Diaz is likely the most familiar name at the table to most of the poker world, and he just cracked pocket queens to double up.

With the blinds at 125,000-250,000 (25,000 ante), Steven McKoy raised from UTG+1 to 525,000, and Diaz moved all in from the hijack for 3,425,000.

McKoy called with QCQH, and Diaz turned over ASJD. Diaz would need to improve to stay alive.

The board came 10H5S4CACKD, and Diaz paired his ace on the turn to win the pot and double up in chips.

David Diaz  –  7,475,000  (29 bb)
Steven McKoy  –  2,350,000  (9 bb)

Event 2: Final Table Update

Event 2 ($1,100 no-limit hold’em) is down to the final six players. Here is a look at the chip counts after the break.

Seat 1: Ben Stark – 560,000
Seat 2: Alain Rodriguez – 121,000
Seat 3: Christopher Mitchell – 66,500
Seat 4: Chris Karambinis – 204,000
Seat 5: Moe Musa – Eliminated in Ninth Place ($2,450)
Seat 6: Michael Wakefield – 84,000
Seat 7: George Dolofan – Eliminated in Seventh Place ($4.410)
Seat 8: Francesco Pisani – Eliminated in Eight Place ($3,430)
Seat 9: Yaroslav Nakonechnyy – 110,000

Event 1: Unofficial Final Table Begins (10 Left)

In fairly rapid succession, Michael Tait was eliminated in 12th place, and Last Woman Standing Josée Thauvette was eliminated in 11th place. Both players received $9,766.

The remaining 10 players combined to a single table, and the next player eliminated will also receive $9,766.

At that point, the final nine players will begin the official final table, guaranteed at least $12,095, and playing for a first prize of $138,952.

Here are the updated chip counts as 10-handed play begins:

Seat 1.  Derek Buonano  –  14,180,000  (70 bb)
Seat 2.  Alcides Gomez  –  3,300,000  (16 bb)
Seat 3.  David Diaz  –  5,800,000  (29 bb)
Seat 4.  Daniel Navarrete  –  6,800,000  (34 bb)
Seat 5.  Jeff Yeh  –  2,700,000  (13 bb)
Seat 6.  John Liu  –  3,200,000  (16 bb)
Seat 7.  Kevin Ho  –  10,150,000  (50 bb)
Seat 8.  Zack Goodman  –  10,200,000  (51 bb)
Seat 9.  Steven McKoy  –  6,225,000  (31 bb)
Seat 10.  Jaime Campos  –  4,020,000  (20 bb)

11th Place:  Josée Thauvette  –  $9,766
12th Place:  Michael Tait  –  $9,766

Event 1: Michael Ortiz Out 13th; Steven McKoy Doubles Thru Jeff Yeh

Shortly before the first break, Michael Ortiz was eliminated in 13th place (earning $7,630). That put the field just two spots away from combining to a single table.

When the players returned from break, the blinds increased to 100,000-200,000 with a 25,000 ante.

In the first or second hand, Steven McKoy moved all in from the button for 2.9 million, and Jeff Yeh tanked for a bit before he called from the small blind with AC8S. McKoy turned over 2C2D, and he’ll need it to hold to stay alive.

The board comes 10H6C5SKD5H, and the pocket deuces hold up for McKoy to win the pot and double up in chips.

Steven McKoy  –  6,150,000  (30 bb)
Jeff Yeh  –  3,200,000  (16 bb)

Michael Ortiz  –  Out in 13th Place  ($7,630)

Event 1: Chipleader Derek Buonano Nears 13 Million with 13 Left

The field in Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em) is now down to 13 players as chipleader Derek Buonano increases his chip lead.

After a nine-high flop, Mike Chiappetta bet 1 million from the hijack, Buonano moved all in from the button, and both players in the blinds folded. Chiappetta called with A-A for an overpair, but Buonano turned over 9-9 for top set.

The board paired on the turn, and the river was a blank, giving Buonano the pot with a full house, nines full of threes. Chiappetta was the latest player to hit the rail in this event, finishing 14th.

Derek Buonano  –  12,800,000  (85 bb)
Mike Chiappetta  –  Out in 14th Place  ($7,630)

Event 1: Derek Buonano Leads the Final 14

About 90 minutes into the final day of Event 1 ($350 No-Limit Hold’em), there are 14 players remaining as they approach the final table.

The pressure is only going to increase from there, as ninth place is worth $12,095 and first place is worth $138,952.

With the blinds at 75,000-150,000 and a 20,000 ante, here’s an update on the field, along with the five players who have busted so far today. (The average chip stack is about 4.8 million, worth about 32 big blinds.)

TABLE 1
Seat 1.
Seat 2.  Daniel Navarrete  –  5,300,000  (35 bb)
Seat 3.  Michael Tait  –  2,050,000  (13 bb)
Seat 4.  Steven McKoy  –  3,675,000  (24 bb)
Seat 5.  Jeff Yeh  –  2,400,000  (16 bb)
Seat 6.
Seat 7.  Kevin Ho  –  8,750,000  (58 bb)
Seat 8.  David Diaz  –  7,180,000  (47 bb)
Seat 9.  Alcides Gomez  –  1,860,000  (12 bb)

TABLE 2
Seat 1. Derek Buonano  –  9,130,000  (60 bb)
Seat 2. Jaime Campos  –  6,200,000  (41 bb)
Seat 3. Josée Thauvette  –  3,030,000  (20 bb)
Seat 4. John Liu  –  2,250,000  (15 bb)
Seat 5. Michael Ortiz  –  3,200,000  (21 bb)
Seat 6.
Seat 7. Mike Chiappetta  –  2,615,000  (17 bb)
Seat 8.
Seat 9. Zack Goodman  –  7,000,000  (46 bb)

15th:  Kane Kalas  –  $7,630
16th:  Chad Eveslage  –  $6,409
17th:  Mike Beasley  –  $6,409
18th:  Tim Myers  –  $6,409
19th:  Harold Lam  –  $5,392

Event 5: Final Day Begins

Cards are now in the air for the final ten players in Event 5 ($240 bounty no-limit hold’em) at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. They will play down to a champion on Monday. Here is a look at the chip counts at the final table.

Seat 1: Fernando Alfonso – 133,000
Seat 2: Marvin Karlins – 90,500
Seat 3: George Davis – 72,000
Seat 4: Abbey Daniels – 77,000
Seat 5: Christopher Carey – 323,500
Seat 6: Celena Holloway – 57,500
Seat 7: Francis Garcia – 112,000
Seat 8: Alexis Carrasquillo – 390,000
Seat 9: Richard Hopple – 148,000
Seat 10: Benito Prats – 195,000

Event 6 Day 1B: Cards in the Air

Cards got in the air on Day 1B for Event 6 ($125 no-limit hold’em – $150,000 guaranteed) at 3 p.m. ET. This is the second of nine starting flights and the second of three taking place on Monday. Day 1C begin later tonight at 7 p.m. We will bring you live updates throughout the day until the final flight ends just before 3 a.m.

Registration in this second flight is open through the end of Level 4. Players may re-enter while the registration period remains open, and they may also re-enter on any subsequent starting flight.

Players begin with 10,000 in chips and the blinds begin at 25-50 for the first 30-minute level. There will be a 15-minute break every four levels. The field will play 14 levels before the end of the Day 1B starting flight. Shuffle up and deal!