$1,100 WPTDeepStacks NLH (Single Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream Level 33: 75,000/150,000 with a 25,000 ante Players Remaining: 7 of 1,366
After nearly an entire level with little action, it heated up when Matthew Zarcadoolas open/shoved from the cutoff. The button and small blind mucked and Stephen Smith asked for a count from the big blind.
“I’m almost certainly calling,” he laughed. “Just want to know how much.”
The stack was counted down to 1,375,000 and Smith called.
Zarcadoolas was in a dominant position and moved further ahead on the flop. The turn gave Smith four outs to the gutshot straight draw but he hit a subpar set on the river to send the double across the table.
Matthew Zarcadoolas – 3,200,000 (21 bb) Stephen Smith – 5,475,000 (37 bb)
$1,100 WPTDeepStacks NLH (Single Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 10: 400/800 with a 100 ante Flight B Players Remaining: 207 of 409
Flight B players returned from the respite and registration closed on the penultimate session of the $1 Million GTD WPTDeepStacks event. After all the accounting was complete, Flight B drew 409 entries to push the combined total to 778 with one more flight to go tomorrow at 11 am.
That puts the prize pool over $750,000 and the tournament only needs 253 entries tomorrow to reach the million dollar mark.
2017 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, FL Event 1 $360 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em Entries: 4,756 Prize Pool: $1,426,800 January 12 – 17, 2016
The 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open kicked off the schedule with a huge multi-day tournament that drew one of the biggest fields in state history. The event saw 4,756 entries get in the game and they all dropped to the side as local favorite, 2016 WSOP November Niner Jerry Wong outlasted them all to collect the title along with $250,000.
In 2016, the inaugural run of the Ultimate Re-Entry tournament drew 4,075 entries to create the biggest tournament field in Florida poker history. That record was surpassed during the first 2016 Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” event and the 2017 Ultimate Re-Entry is now the second biggest.
The $360 buy-in tournament had a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool and the huge turnout pushed the prize money over $1.4 million when registration was officially closed with more than $250,000 reserved to the top spot.
The unique format of this tournament allowed players to enter as many opening flights as they wished and collect a multi-stack payout if they were able to advance more than one stack on to Day 2. The smallest stacks would be paid $2,500 with the biggest stack going into play. Each of the eight opening flights played down to 10% of the field to put everyone in the money at the start of Day 2.
Zack Milchman was the biggest winner in the multi-stack payout category. He managed to make the money in an incredible five of eight flights to put $10,000 in his pocket before playing a hand on Day 2. All told, 88 multi-stack payouts were awarded and 387 players returned for Day 2 on Monday.
Casey Carroll was the chip leader at the start of Day 2 but he did not play a role in the latter parts of the tournament. Since everyone was already in the money, the action moved along at a brisk clip and the field dropped under 100 before their dinner break.
A full day of action wasn’t enough to determine a champion on Monday and 22 players returned on Tuesday for some bonus poker with Fabio Pereira leading the way against a talented group that included Wong, Jake Schwartz, Victor Figueroa, Evan Teitelbaum, Nancy Thomas, Marcus Stein, Steven McKoy, and Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Michael Laake.
The stacks were deep and it took three hours to whittle those 22 players down to the final table. Figueroa and Laake were the two big stacks at the start of the final table but that is when Wong began his great run.
Players dropped left and right while Wong continued to pile up the chips. After Christopher Arcidiacono was eliminated in fifth place, Wong held 42 of the 66 million chips in play and the last four players decided to divide up the remaining prize money with the lion’s share going to Wong as the champion.
“Everyone did what was in their best financial interest, and we reached a deal,” Wong stated afterward.
This is the third biggest score for Wong. He earned $1.1 million for his eighth place finish in the 2016 WSOP Main Event and $725,000 for a third place results in the 2013 PCA Main Event.
“After the (WSOP) Main Event, this is the largest field I’ve been deep in,” Wong said.
“I didn’t win that one, but it feels good to win this one,” he continued. “I played with some pretty tough players and had a nice run of cards, especially after the dinner break.”
Final table results:
1st: Jerry Wong – $250,000 2nd: Nancy Thomas – $104,113 3rd: Victor Figueroa – $103,826 4th: Steven McKoy – $91,241 5th: Christopher Arcidiacono – $45,765 6th: Michael Laake – $34,830 7th: Fabio Pereira – $26,730 8th: Jose De La Cruz – $19,440 9th: Gal Erlichman – $13,770
$360 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em Level 34: 250,000/500,000 with a 75,000 ante Players Remaining: 4 of 4,756 Average Stack: 16,500,000 (33 bb)
With Jerry Wong holding 42 of the 66 million chips in play, the four remaining players took some time to discuss a deal to chop up the remaining prize money.
Wong locked up $250,000 with his huge advantage while Nancy Thomas, Victor Figueroa, and Steven McKoy worked how to divide up the remaining money. Thomas officially took second place followed by Figueroa and McKoy.
Seat 2: Victor Figueroa – 8,925,000 (17 bb) Seat 3: Steven McKoy – 5,900,000 (11 bb) Seat 4: Jerry Wong – 42,150,000 (80 bb) Seat 6: Nancy Thomas – 9,000,000 (18 bb)
1st: Jerry Wong – $250,000 2nd: Nancy Thomas – $104,113 3rd: Victor Figueroa – $103,826 4th: Steven McKoy – $91,241
$360 Ultimate Re-Entry No Limit Hold’em Level 33: 200,000/400,000 with a 50,000 ante Players Remaining: 4 of 4,756 Average Stack: 16,500,000 (41 bb)
Steven McKoy opened to 800,000 from under the gun. Nancy Thomas and Victor Figueroa called in the blinds to see the flop. Thomas moved all-in, Figueroa folded, and McKoy quickly called for his final 4,650,000.
McKoy was dominating with his monster over-pair against Thomas’ flopped top pair. He doubled up after the turn and river to swap spots with Thomas.
Steven McKoy – 11,900,000 (30 bb) Nancy Thomas – 5,100,000 (13 bb)