Event 1 Day 1C: Simon Says “Bag Again”

$350 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em
Level 4: 100/200

Damien Simon (Hialeah, FL)
Damien Simon (Hialeah, FL)

Damien Simon is another in the field looking to pick up some bonus Ultimate Re-Entry money. But unlike Jeff Kessler, he’s ok with the stack he moved forward yesterday. Simon is already guaranteed to come to Day 2 with 173,000 (above average stack) so he can try to build a bigger stack or move what he can forward for the cash.

Flight C moved over 240 entrants in Level 3 and we’ll be closing on 300 before the first break.

Event 1 Day 1C: Kessler Looking for More

$350 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em
Level 3: 75/150

Jeff Kessler (Plantation, FL)
Jeff Kessler (Plantation, FL)

The Ultimate Re-Entry format provides a unique opportunity, a bit different than your standard multi-day event. We have a handful of players back in action today despite already bagging up chips yesterday.

Jeff Kessler is one of those players and he’s trying to earn a bonus $2,500 for advancing another stack forward to Day 2. He finished Flight A with 73,000 but would like a little more ammunition, in addition to the cash, to battle it out on Monday.

Kessler closed out 2015 on a nice run, making back-to-back final tables during the Fun in the Sun series in the last week of the year. He’d probably be ok with making the Ultimate Re-Entry final table as well.

Event 1 Day 1C: Player of the Year Playing

$350 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em
Level 2: 50/100

Ory Hen (Cooper City, FL)
Ory Hen (Cooper City, FL)

Flight C moved into the second level of the day as the entrant count closed in on 150 in early action. That number puts the Ultimate Re-Entry over $300,000 in prize money and it seems all but certain we’ll hit the guarantee before the night is through.

Ory Hen is with us again today after failing on his bullet(s) in yesterday’s flights. He’s looking for some better results today and ready kick off 2016 much like he did 2015.

Hen is the reigning Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year thanks to a handful of tournament titles and plenty of final tables. He picked up where he left off and earned another trophy in the massive-field Event 5 during the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” less than two months ago.

Event 1 Day 1C: Weekend Kick Off

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

Chad Freedman (Miami, FL) is the current Event 1 chip leader
Chad Freedman (Miami, FL) is the current Event 1 chip leader

The ballroom is open on a Friday morning as the 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Opens heads into the weekend. We have nothing on our main agenda except to keep pushing the player count higher in Event 1.

The $350 Ultimate Re-Entry tournament drew a huge crowd of 912 entrants in yesterday’s first two flights to put us more than halfway to the $500,000 guaranteed prize pool with six more flights remaining.

Chad Freedman (pictured) bagged up an impressive 639,000 in the morning session to put him in the clear lead but there will be plenty of players pushing through the weekend trying to catch him.

Everyone in the opening flight will sit down to 15,000 stacks and play 30-minute levels throughout the day. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 13 at 5:45pm.

We will begin to see players take advantage of the unique re-entry rules and attempt to bag up another stack after already moving on to Day 2. Anyone bagging a second (or third or fourth etc) will receive $2,500 and keep their biggest stack on Day 2.

Cards are about to fly and it’s time to see how close we get to the guarantee before the end of the day.

Schedule for January 8

Main Event Schedule

11AM: Event 1 Day 1C – $350 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em

  • $500,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in tournament chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 13
  • Day 1 will end when 10% of starting field remain
  • Players may enter any/all starting flights
  • Multiple Day 2 stacks will be paid per Structure Sheet
  • See Event 1 Structure Sheet for more details

5PM: Event 1 Day 1D – $350 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em

  • $500,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 15,000 in tournament chips and 30-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 13
  • Day 1 will end when 10% of starting field remain
  • Players may enter any/all starting flights.
  • Multiple Day 2 stacks will be paid per Structure Sheet
  • See Event 1 Structure Sheet for more details

Secondary and Satellite Schedule

9AM: Event 19 – $90 Mega Turbo Satellite to Event 1 (1-in-5)

  • 2 seats guaranteed into the $500,000 Guarantee Event 1
  • Players begin with 7,500 in tournament chips and 15-minute levels
  • Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
  • Satellite will be held in the The Poker Room
  • This is a one-day tournament and plays until completion
  • Event 19 Structure Sheet

3PM: Event 20 – $200 No Limit Hold’em Turbo (Re-Entry)

  • Players begin with 12,000 in tournament 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 20 Structure Sheet

8PM: Event 21 – $140 Mega Turbo Satellite to Main Event (1-in-10)

  • 2 seats guaranteed to $1 Million GTD WPT DeepStacks Main Event
  • Players begin with 7,500 in tournament 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 21 Structure Sheet

Event 1 Day 1B: Gaspard Sends the Field into the Money

$350 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em
Level 17: 5,000/10,000/1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 41/412
Average Stack: 150,000 (15 bb)

Jean “Prince” Gaspard had a tumultuous end to his day, but thanks to him the field has reached the money.

After slipping to about 180,000, Gaspard scored the final elimination of the day. A short-stacked player raised all in from under the gun for 30,000 and Gaspard three-bet to 60,000 from the button, chasing out the blinds. The UTG raiser tabled 9d9h, ahead of Gaspard’s Kh8d.

However, the board ran out KcJd3hJsKs, giving Gaspard kings full of jacks to win the pot and chip back up to 222,000.

Event 1 Day 1B: Young Takes the Lead; Gaspard Still Up There

$350 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em
Level 16: 4,000/8,000/1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 44/412
Average Stack: 140,000 (18 bb)

After surrendering the chip lead to tablemate Jason Young (who has about 340,000), Jean Gaspard slipped to about 200,000 before scoring an elimination.

Action folded to the player in the cutoff and he shoved for 62,000. Gaspard called from the big blind with AhJs, leading his opponent’s As5d. The board came down Jc7d4c7c2c, giving Gaspard jacks and sevens to win the pot and chip back up to about 275,000.

Event 1 Day 1B: Gaspard Surges; Harwood Busts

Jean "Prince" Gaspard
Jean “Prince” Gaspard

$350 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em
Level 15: 3,000/6,000/1,000 Ante
Players Remaining: 54/412
Average Stack: 114,000 (19 bb)

Jean “Prince” Gaspard (pictured) has taken the chip lead with 54 players remaining, sitting on a stack of roughly 350,000. On the other end of the spectrum, Loni Harwood recently busted in her quest to bag a second stack, though we suspect she’ll give it another shot in subsequent flights.