Eric Piderit already has one final table during the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open” with a 3rd place finish in Event 5 but it will take at least two entries into today’s event to back that up. Piderit is on his second bullet of the day when he fired his nut flush draw straight into pocket Aces.
Solange Lucas called his all-in with on the two club flop with Piderit holding . The turn and river ran clean to give Lucas the double up and sent Piderit back to the cage. He returned to the same table, switch from the 1-seat to 9-seat.
“Great, I’m going to be the button for her big blind now,” Piderit laughed as he took his new seat.
There are 159 entrants currently registered with two full levels remaining to get in the game.
Player are still making their way into tournament area as the entrant count moves higher. All upstairs tables are now in use with four new tables in the cash game area. The field should easily surpass the 169 entrants from Day 1A on a sunny day in South Florida.
Players here at the start include Eric Piderit, Nicolas Mahabee, plus the father/son duo of Zach and Jeff Kessler. The tournament clock shows 130 entrants in the field so far with 90 minutes left for registration/re-entry.
Action is underway early today in The Poker Room at Seminole Hard Rock with an 11am start time for Day 1B of Event 10. It is the second of five flights for the $350 buy-in $250,000 Guarantee tournament which drew 169 players on Day 1A with 26 surviving into Day 2.
The early players are in their seats as cards go in the air but they have four levels of late registration and can re-enter during that time if their stack is busted. They will each start with stacks of 20,000 (400 big blinds) and play 30-minute levels. Their day will come to a close at the end of Level 14 and advance onto Day 2 along with chipleader Marvin Young (488,000).
Thursday night saw the first flight of Event 10, a $250,000 Guaranteed $350 No Limit Hold ‘Em Deep Stack tournament take place and there were 169 paid entrants. Today there will be two more flights as we head into the final day on Sunday, November 24th. The first flight of the day, Day 1B, will start at 11 a.m. and the second flight of the day, Day 1C, will start at 7 p.m.
We’re expecting a huge prize pool so don’t miss your chance to join in on the action. If you don’t want to be an alternate, it’s a good idea to come down and register early. The tournament has 30 minute levels on the first day of play and players will start with 20,000 in chips, or an amazing 400 big blinds. Players can re-enter/register on any start day until the end of Level 4 and in addition can play in any of the five flights with the largest surviving stack being the stack that carries forward to Sunday. Play will conclude at the end of day 1 at the end of Level 14.
We will be providing continuous updates for both events on our live updates blog. Coming up in just a few weeks is Event #18, the $500,000 Guarantee No Limit Hold’Em Championship Event. It starts on Friday, November 29th. Here is the full schedule of events that you won’t want to miss out on:
We are done for the day now but on one of the last hands before breaks two of the top three in chips got it all in for a 400K+ pot. Norman Guigui had built his stack back up to over 225K after losing the two big pots mentioned earlier. The board read and there was a little more than 50K in the pot when Guigui moved all in. His opponent, Marvin Young, made the call. Norman probably thought he was in great shape with Q-T for top pair and a straight draw but he was drawing thin since Young held for top pair with a bigger kicker. The river was the giving both players trips but Young’s kicker played to give him the massive pot.
We’ll have full chip counts for the surviving players as soon as they become available.
Earlier we talked about Norman Guigui having a good sized stack – probably good enough for the chip lead. As is often the case with early chip leaders though that good run has come to an end as Norman has just given away over 125K, which is substantial for this point in the tournament.
On the first hand, Haim Toorgeman raised first to act and a short stack moved all in for approximately 25K. Norman re-raised to 50K and Haim folded. The short stack held 5’s and Norman A-J. The board ran out to give the short stack a much needed double. Haim said “it’s a good thing he raised, I had Ace King and would have busted you.” Good thing indeed the short stack was probably thinking.
The second hand saw Guigui open to 8K only to see himself get re-raised by the small blind to 31K. Guigui made the call and the flop came . The small blind checked and attempting to steal the pot, Norman made a bet of 50K. The small blind had a what the hell look on his face and pushed his entire stack into the middle. Guigui had been caught with his hand in the cookie jar but it was only 20K more to call so he did just that. The small blind turned over pocket 10’s and Norman had . The turn gave the small blind a set but it also gave Guigui some outs as it was the giving him an open ended straight/royal flush draw. The river was the though and 100K of Norman’s chips were sent across the table.
There is 7 minutes left in Level 13 – 34 players remain.
We are down to 45 players with about 5 minutes left in Level 11. Play will conclude most likely at the end of Level 14 which means we have about 95 minutes left of cards being dealt. Norman Guigui looks to be following up on his excellent finish in Event 6 and is probably the chip leader in the room at this point.
Event 9, a $350 Pot Limit Omaha Double Stack tournament, might have been the best structured event we’ve seen thus far here at Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open”. The final total number of entrants was 48 with the prize pool being the $15,000 that was guaranteed for the tournament. With 16,000 in starting chips and 40 minute levels, patience was often rewarded and the stacks were so deep that when we were down to four players, the average stack had over 90 big blinds. Chip Tye was able to use this to his advantage. When there was four players left, he found himself all in for his last 30K. Surviving that hand, Tye would go on to win several key pots from eventual 4th place finisher Leon Benmargui and once Leon was eliminated, the three remaining players would decide to split the remaining money and gie the title and trophy to Chip.
Tye, a 50 year old self-proclaimed “Storage Wars” type of business man (he purchases storage lockers and resells the contents) has been playing poker for all of his adult life. Mainly an Omaha cash and tournament game player with the occasional foray into No Limit Hold ‘Em cash games, Tye said “I don’t like No Limit tournaments.” When asked what he was going to do with his winnings, Chip said “I am going to buy some more storage lockers.” Let’s hope the good run he had here continues there!
There was one key hand in the tournament and it was the one that would ultimately lead to the tournament’s conclusion.
With the blinds at 1.2K/2.4K, three of our four remaining players saw the flop with the lone holdout being Jonah Miller. The flop came and Leon Benmargui made a pot sized bet of 7.2K and was called by both Max Jones and Chip Tye. The turn was the and Benmargui again bet the pot, this time for a total of 28.8K. Jones got out of the way but Tye was not as easily convinced. Appearing hesitant, Chip grabbed a stack of chips and asked Leon how many chips behind he had. “Trying to figure out what this is going to cost me,” Chip said as he played with the calling chips in his right hand. Tapping the felt had with the chips, he pushed them reluctantly into the middle. The river was the and Benmargui pushed his last 50K into the center of the table.
“I call,” said Tye as he turned over for ten’s full of two’s. Leon proudly tabled his hand thinking he had won the pot and doubled up. He showed for two’s full of ten’s. He was shown that he was actually in second and that meant he was also eliminated in 4th place.
Once Leon was gone, the remaining three players decided to chop and split the prize money evenly. The final order of finish and payouts was as follows:
Everyone is in the same area now and we are down to 81 players out of the original 169. In the last ten minutes, Ace King has lost not once, nor twice, not even three times… but four times. The hands it lost to? Aces, Kings, A-Q and 2’s. “Just ace high is all it is,” said the player who bested A-K with deuces.
Once Leon Benmargui was eliminated, the three remaining players decided to make a deal and split the prize money evenly. Chip Tye held the chip lead and was thus the winner of the 1st place points and trophy. Tye is turning 50 next week and has been playing poker since he was 18. He is mainly an Omaha player, both cash and tournaments, and buys storage lockers for a living. “Real life Storage Wars,” he joked, adding that he would be buying some more storage lockers with his winnings.
Congrats on the win Chip!
Here is the final order of finish and payouts for Event 9:
Leon Benmarguy, Max Jones, and Chip Tye all saw a flop of leading to a pot sized bet of 7.2K from Leon. Jones and Tye both called. The turn was the and Leon led out for another pot sized bet, this time 28.8K. Jones folded and a hesitant Tye contemplated what to do. He grabbed the calling chips in his hand and slapped the table in front of him with the stack before placing them into the middle. The river was the and Leo moved his last 50K into the middle. Tye called quickly and showed for tens full of two’s. Leon, thinking he had won the hand, tabled for twos full of ten’s. Once it was pointed out he was actually the loser of the hand, he stood up, smiled and was off to collect his fourth place money.