Championship Day 1A: Second Break

$3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 4: 100/200 with a 25 ante
Flight A Entries: 376

Erik Seidel

Flight A players are taking their second break of the day with a very healthy 376 entries showing on the clock. Well on the way to hitting the $2,000,000 Guarantee later tomorrow.

Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel is one of the latest to get in the game and looking for his second career WPT title. Most of his big scores are courtesy of his eight WSOP bracelets and legendary status in High Roller events. Seidel sits in second on the all-time poker earnings list, only Daniel Negreanu has more and that might not last too long.

Championship Day 1A: A Tough Crowd

$3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 4: 100/200 with a 25 ante
Flight A Entries: 362

There’s no such thing as an easy table in this field, but a few of them are particularly difficult places to operate this afternoon.

Table 70 is the winner of the informal “toughest table” poll among the reporters and staff. Have a look at the lineup over there:

Seat 1: Michael Laake
Seat 2: Aaron Massey
Seat 3: Brian Altman
Seat 4: Scott Davies
Seat 5: Mukul Pahuja
Seat 6: –empty–
Seat 7: Brad Albrinck
Seat 8: –empty–
Seat 9: Maria Ho

Altman and Albrinck are the two big stacks over there, each working toward 100,000. Ho’s count is the leanest of the bunch, under half a starting stack.

As we type, Seat 6 has been filled. And it hasn’t made things any easier. The new neighbor is Nick Petrangelo, currently the 10th-ranked player in the world according to GPI.

Championship Day 1A: Heater for Ari Engel

$3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 4: 100/200 with a 25 ante
Flight A Entries: 358

Ari Engel

South Florida poker legend Ari Engel has been on a nice hot streak over the last few months, adding to his already impressive list of accomplishments that includes eight WSOP Circuit rings.

Since November, Engel made the SHR Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship final table, won a Heartland Poker Tour event in St. Louis. and had a deep run in the PCA High Roller before flying back to South Florida.

He’s been here for a few days and immediately booked a win in the $1,100/$100,000 Guarantee Event 13 two days ago then followed that up with a ninth-place finish in the $2,200/$200,000 Guarantee Event 14 last night.

Good luck to his table today.

Championship Day 1A: Justin Bonomo Doubles Up and Then Some

$3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 3: 75/150 with a 25 ante
Flight A Entries: 344

Justin Bonomo

Joining the action on the turn, the board showed Jd8s2dTc and there was just over 25,000 in the pot.

In three-way action, Neil Blumenfield checked from the small blind. The player under the gun bet 6,500, and Justin Bonomo moved all in for 10,125 next to act. Blumenfield pondered for a long while before folding, and the bettor quickly called to put Bonomo at risk.

UTG: Jc3c
Bonomo: QsQh

Bonomo needed to fade a jack or a trey to survive, and he did. The river was the 7d, giving him a double-up with a pair of queens.

Justin Bonomo – 46,000

Championship Day 1A: Back-to-Back for Michael Newman?

$3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 3: 75/150 with a 25 ante
Flight A Entries: 344

Michael Newman

The field continues to climb and we’re seeing more regular faces join the crowd of big names.

The last major series of 2017 saw SHRP regular Michael Newman capture the Rock ‘N’ Roller Poker Open Championship in November. He earned nearly $375,000 for the win over a tough final table that included Sheddy Siddiqui, Darryll Fish, Tom Marchese, Ari Engel, and Matas Cimbolas.

The win also pushed Newman to the top of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year standings. The POY is a race that will award a prize package worth more than $25,000 and ends after the 2018 SHRPO Championship.

Championship Day 1A: Vincent Spadavecchia Leads

$3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 3: 75/150 with a 25 ante
Flight A Entries: 331

Vincent Spadavechia

Players are back in their seats and they are chasing two Spadavecchia’s in the top ten. Vincent leads the way and the only player over 80,000 after two hours of play. His father John more than double up his stack along the way as well.

Ana Freitas final tabled the big opening event of the 2017 SHRPO series and sits in second position with David Farber, Oscar Trestini, and Joel Harwood rounding out the top five.

Top ten stacks:

  1. Vincent Spadavecchia – 80,175 (535 bb)
  2. Ana Freitas – 72,650 (484 bb)
  3. David Farber – 70,000 (467 bb)
  4. Oscar Trestini – 68,000 (453 bb)
  5. Joel Harwood – 67,000 (447 bb)
  6. Leandro Peirano – 66,500 (443 bb)
  7. Brian Altman – 64,850 (432 bb)
  8. Brandon Kitchen – 64,575 (431 bb)
  9. John Spadavecchia – 62,350 (416 bb)
  10. Moshin Charania – 58,000 (387 bb)

Championship Day 1A: Head to First Break

$3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2: 75/150
Flight A Entries: 301

Eric Afriat

Flight A players are getting ready to hit their first break of the day as Level 2 nears an end. They’ll get a 15-minute breather before returning for two more hours of action.

We found another SHRP WPT champion in today’s field. Eric Afriat won the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship in 2014 for over $1,000,000.

Championship Day 1A: Old School SHRP WPT

$3,500 WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2: 75/150
Flight A Entries: 282

Curt Kohlberg

The history of the World Poker Tour at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood goes back to the spring of 2011, back in the glory days of $10,000 buy-in tournaments and bottomless bags of money.

The 2011 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown was the first series to feature a WPT event and created a tough final table that included two of our entrants this afternoon.

Abbie Daniels made that televised final table and finish fourth while Curt Kohlberg finished runner-up to champion Taylor von Kriegenbergh. The other three players at the final table were no softies either with Tommy Vedes, Allen Bari, and Justin Zaki filling out the lineup.

If any of them failed to get there, two big names bubbled the TV table right behind them. Inaugural $10 Million GTD SHRPO champ Blair Hinkle finished in eighth-place followed by WTP/WSOP champ James Mackey finished in seventh.

Abbey Daniels
Blair Hinkle