$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 6: 200/400/50 ante Flight A Entries: 388
Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member Loni Harwood was an early entrant today and she was joined by fellow team members Jessica Dawley and Matt Affleck before the first break.
Since the last time we saw Dawley cashing tenth in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $570 tournament, she went out to Vegas to pick up four cashes in the World Series of Poker (including 30th out of 7,761 in the Millionaire Maker) plus a final table eighth place finish in The Grand Finale during the Goliath Phamous Poker Series.
Affleck added five more WSOP cashes this summer where he went out in 31st right before Dawley in the Millionaire Maker. He also booked another six-digit cash when he finished eighth out of 18,054 in The Colossus III tournament.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 5: 150/300/25 ante Flight A Entries: 374
Players returned to their seats and the ballroom is filling with four more levels of late registration/re-entries available. Another large group of entries jumped in during the break and they will push towards 400.
SHRP regular Roberto Alberro is the early leader after more than tripling his 20,000 starting stack but he can’t get comfortable. There are plenty of talented players trying to chase him down and ten more levels before bagging up.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure End of Level 4: 100/200/25 ante Flight A Entries: 333
Event 1 players are taking off for their first break of the day as the entrant count continues to climb at a steady pace. It made its nut in the first four levels and will push higher until registration closes at 3:30.
We’ll take this first opportunity to walk among the tables to identify our early leaders.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 4: 100/200/25 ante Flight A Entries: 300
The opening flight of the opening event of a series is usually one of the smallest fields. Thursday morning, five other flights, and other factors usually keep the size down as it builds towards the weekend. But it’s also a good indicator of how the tournament will play out and 300 entries before the first break in Flight A before is a big start.
We’re also not used to seeing big names get in the game early but we found two-time WSOP bracelet winner/three-time WSOP Circuit champ/2015 WSOP National Champion Loni Harwood grinding in the middle of the room.
The Seminole Hard Rock Poker team member is coming off a summer that saw her run deep in the WSOP Circuit New Orlean Main Event then cash six times in the WSOP itself. Three of those cashes came in The Colossus III, The Giant, and the $1,500 Monster Stack. Three of the biggest fields in poker history.
In recent SHR Poker accomplishments, Harwood picked up the second biggest cash of her career in April when she finished third in the 2017 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown $25K High Roller.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 3: 75/150/25 ante Flight A Entries: 260
One table in the back of the room is going to have a fun time getting through the 1 and 2 seats, they have to deal with Paul Balzano and Neil Blumenfield in their path to collect some chips.
Balzano is a long time regular with four SHRP titles, over $1 million in career earnings, and Venetian DeepStack Extravaganza wins the last two summers. Blumenfield jumped over seven-digits in a hurry when he finished third in the 2015 WSOP Main Event for nearly $3.4 million and the Florida transplant also has several deep WPT and WSOP runs as well.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 2: 50/100 Flight A Entries: 210
The first level has come and gone and more than 200 entries hit the tables before crossing after to noon. A huge turnout so far and it bodes well for cruising past the $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool.
Checking out the new configuration in the ballroom, we took a walk among the tables and found a couple old-school SHR Poker regulars sitting together.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 1: 25/50 Flight A Entries: 150
After the first reading of the rules and player instructions, Tournament Director Tony Burns gave the official “shuffle up and deal” command to the dealers and the 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is underway.
$570 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure Level 1: 25/50
The 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is here and ready to kick off. The dealers are taking their positions, players are registering for their seats, and today we roll out the first of several +$1,000,000 Guaranteed tournaments.
The $570 buy-in Event 1 has a hefty $1,000,000 guaranteed prize pool with six starting flights over the next three days. A great way to kick off the big series. The first two sessions run today at 11am and 6pm with the same schedule on Friday and Saturday. All who bag up chips will return on Sunday for Day 2 to play down into the money and onto the Event 1 champ.
Players will sit down to 20,000 start stacks and 30-minute levels throughout the opening flight. Late registration is available until the start of Level 9 at 3:30pm and players have unlimited re-entry options during that time. All flights will run through 14 full levels (or 12% of the field, whichever comes first) with all survivors bagging their chips for Day 2.
The start of any series is exciting but there is always something big about each year’s SHRPO. This is a huge start to a series that will end with The Big 4 set of tournaments with four, simultaneous, live-streamed, recorded-for-tv final tables running at once.
Cards go in the air at the top of the hour and we will be here from the first hand until the very end of the series.
$1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
Players begin with 20,000 in chips and 30-minute levels
Late registration/re-entry available until start of Level 9
Day 1 will end after Level 14 or Tournament Director discretion