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 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.
The board fell 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)
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)
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 flop when four bets got all the chips in the middle. Siddiqui’s top pair was drawing super-thin against Rogowski’s flopped set , then drawing dead after the 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)
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 against the of Robert Banks. Brown was in a world of hurt, but the runout fell 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 was no good against Banks’ .
Robert Brown – 275,000 (22 bb) Robert Banks – 220,000 (18 bb) Justin Young – 1,480,000 (123 bb)
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)
With the board reading , 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 but it was no good when Smith tabled his turned set with for a full, early double up.
Enos Smith – 1,250,000 (104 bb) Rob Kuhn – 920,000 (77 bb)
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)
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)
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.).
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