Event 1 Flight A: Tal Avivi Leads the Flight at the Break with 255,000

$400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 12:  1,000/2,000 with a 2,000 ante
Flight A Players Remaining:  175 of 643

Tal Avivi
Chipleader Tal Avivi

The players return from a color-up break to begin Level 12, with increased blinds of 1,000-2,000 with a 2,000 ante.

A scan of the field during the break turned up four players with at least 200K in chips, creating an unofficial leaderboard:

1.  Tal Avivi  –  255,000  (128 bb)
2.  Kyle Taddei  –  233,500  (117 bb)
T-3.  Jay Newkirk  –  207,000  (104 bb)
T-3.  Raminder Singh  –  207,000  (104 bb)

With about 175 players remaining from a Flight A field of 643, the average chip stack is around 73,500 (37 big blinds). This flight is playing down to the final 65 players, and everyone who bags up chips will finish in the money and advance to Day 2.

Event 1 Flight A: Registration Closed with 643 Entries

$400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 9:  500/1,000 with a 1,000 ante
Flight A Entries:  643

The math is complete and Flight A of SHRPO Event 1 drew 643 entries to put more than $200K towards the $1,000,000 guarantee with seven more flights to go along with a massive weekend.

Flight A will continue through the afternoon and into the early evening until only 65 players remain. The survivors will bag their chips and return for Day 2 on Sunday at 1 pm in the money.

Wednesday at 10 a.m.A643TBD
Wednesday at 6 p.m.B
Thursday at 10 a.m.C
Thursday at 6 p.m.D
Friday at 10 a.m.E
Friday at 6 p.m.F
Saturday at 10 a.m.G
Saturday at 6 p.m.H

Event 1 Flight A: Last Level to Register

$400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 8:  400/800 with a 800 ante
Flight A Entries:  610

Richard Zipes

The entry count for Flight A is snowballing with more re-entries than new players, over 600 with time running out to join the huge field. This is one of the biggest opening flights in our history, setting this tournament up for a record number.

A few more friendly faces in the crowd include Richard Zipes, Jeremy Becker, Michael Tait, and Danielle Bastarache.

Jeremy Becker

Event 1 Flight A: Waqas Seyal Leads Early

$400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 5:  200/400 with a 400 ante
Flight A Entries:  495

Waqas Seyal

Players returned from the first break with nearly 500 entries, four more levels to grow, and a lot of money in the game already.

There are a few big stacks in the room but none bigger than Waqas Seyal. The Connecticut visitor crushed the first four levels and built his 20K starting stack up to 113,300. They only player over 100K and the clear leader at this point.

Event 1 Flight A: Getting Big

$400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 4:  200/300 with a 300 ante
Flight A Entries:  419

John Depersio

The Flight A field exploded in the first hour of the day with than 400 in the game before they even hit the afternoon hours. We are on pace for a massive start to the series and setting some record numbers.

A few more familiar faces joined us this morning including two-time WSOPC ring winner John Depersio, poker room regular Paula Alibrandi, Shawn Lucas, and Gabe Ramos.

Paula Alibrandi

Event 1 Flight A: Antes Up

$400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 2:  100/100 with a 100 ante
Flight A Entries:  264

Greg Rosen

Flight A of SHRPO Event 1 continues to pile the entries into the tournament with a fast-moving registration line. Another 100 were put in the game after one level and it will keep going until reg closes at 2:30 pm.

A few familiar faces in the crowd today including Greg Rosen and Caleb Piderit. Rosen went big a few years ago when he made the WPT LHPO Championship final table and collected $220K for a fourth-place finish. Piderit is having a nice start to his day after sending an opponent out in the first level to move his stack up to 35,000.

Caleb Piderit

Event 1 Flight A: Kicking of the Series

$400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure
Level 1:  100/100

We are ready to kick off the 2022 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open with the first flight of the $1,000,000 opener. The $400 buy-in tournament has eight starting flights with an easy shot at the seven-figure guarantee.

Players start with 20,000 deep stacks and all Day 1 levels last 30 minutes going up to 40 at the start of Day 2. Late registration and unlimited re-entries are available until the start of Level 9 at 2:30 pm.

Flight A will continue into the late afternoon and end when 10% of the field remains. Survivors will advance to Day 2 on Sunday in the money and ready to make some big cash.

  • $1,000,000 Guaranteed Prize Pool
  • Players begin with 20,000 in chips
  • Day 1 levels last 30 minutes; Day 2 levels last 40 minutes
  • Late registration until start of Level 9 (2:30pm)
  • Day 1 will end when field reaches 10%
  • Event 1 Structure Sheet