Event 1: A Few Good Counts

$350 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 5: 150/300/25 ante

Flight 1D is back underway and we grabbed some top and/or notable stacks during the break.

Tim Kegel – 68,850
Anthony Sepe – 66,175
Armando Palacio – 60,675
Mariano Szlaifer – 59,700
Joshua Hillock – 56,750
Joe Basso – 56,175
Michael Perez – 54,350
Yaymel Bodes – 52,300
Craig Bagon – 51,400
Mickey Doft – 30,100
Nancy Birnbaum – 23,575
Derrick Simon – 17,300
Paula Holder – 14,450
Louis Leo IV – 14,025

Event 1: Murray Can’t Catch

$350 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Level 4: 100/200

One of the notables in the field for Flight 1D took an early fall. Nigel Murray decided to push chasing down a flush draw but ran into a made set of jacks and will be headed back to the registration area. Murray, who has won an event here in May for $90,000 payday, will have to regroup and take another shot at taking down this $500,000 guaranteed event.

Nigel Murray
Nigel Murray

Event 1: Heavenly Start For Szlaifer

$350 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Level 4: 100/200

Table 53 has gotten off to a flying start. With witty table banter and lively sports talk, there’s also been a little poker going on. Ron Szlaifer of Miami has already knocked off two players in the first four levels and tripled up to around 67,000 prompting one of his more chatty table mates to proclaim to Szlaifer “You run like God!”.

We’ll see if Szlaifer can keep up his hot streak and chase down this Event 1 championship.

Event 1: Will He Count His Own Chips This Weekend?

$350 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Level 3: 75/150

When the poker world asks “What’s their chip count?”, he’s usually the one that gets the answer. Poker journalist Mickey Doft has become the go-to person in the industry when it comes to adding up those massive chip stacks in a flash. After completing his duties at the WSOP, Mickey is here at the Seminole Hard Rock Rock N’ Roll Poker Open trying to make news of his own. After busting out of Flight 1C, Doft is firing away here in Flight 1D hoping to amass the only chip stack in the house here in our opening event.

Mickey Doft

Event 1: Bagging 1C

$350 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Max Romano
Max Romano, 1C Leader

The third flight of Event 1 has come to a close and it matched 1B for drama at the end. There was a three-way all-in at Table 10 that would qualify for the high-hand bonus in the cash games.

Elliott Zaydman was one of those at risk and way behind with Ks9d against KcQs and AhKh. Dmitry Shekhter held Suited Slick then flopped the world with QhJhTc. Zaydman could only draw to a miracle chop but it came to a big end on the Th turn to give Shekhter the Royal.

The end-of-flight race for the lead ended with Max Romano’s 382,500 edging out Richie Russ’ 364,500 going into Day 2. Also bagging chips for 1C were Luis Santino, Raminder Singh, Marsha Wolak, along Zach and Jeff Kessler.

Unofficially 69 players survived 1C to join the 96 from 1A/B and we will have the official numbers when they are available.

Event 1: Last Level Beers

$350 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 14: Blinds 1,200/2,400/400 ante

Players have 30 minutes left to accumulate a stack or get in the next flight. Several are taking advantage of what’s become known as “last level beers” to get them through.

It’s become a neck-and-neck race between Max Romano and Richie Russ for the 1C lead as Russ just knocked out another player to move near 400,000 along with Romano.

Event 1: Last Break Counts

$350 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
Level 13: Blinds 1,000/2,000/300 ante

Players are back in action for Level 13 with just this and another to get through before bagging. Max Romano continues to lead 1C but a healthy margin.

Current top 10 counts:

Max Romano – 293,600
Richie Russ – 196,000
Greg Marcus – 158,900
Debra Dorcy – 155,500
Bradley Young – 151,200
John Depersio – 148,500
Jared Wiley – 139,600
Jeff Kessler – 137,300
Abby Daniels – 135,000
Bassel Eissa – 125,100