Event 17: Notable Counts

$5,300 Buy-In Championship No Limit Hold’em $10 Million Guaranteed (Re-Entry)
Level 7: 200/400/50 ante

The entrant count hit a clean 300 entrants soon after players returned from their break. “Johnny World” Hennigan is among the leaders after the second break while Matt Glantz and Nenad Medic are sharing the same table and bad luck today.

Notable counts from the break:

John Hennigan – 84,650
Noah Schwartz – 75,650
Jared Jaffee – 65,050
Abe Mosseri – 64,825
Simon Deadman – 60,000
Isaac Baron – 57,825
Blair Hinkle – 55,150
Dan Buzgon – 49,075
Joe Kuether – 42,825
Matt Stout – 38,350
Chris Moorman – 38,225
Darren Elias – 38,050
Todd Terry – 36,175
Brian Hastings – 30,075
David Paredes – 29,350
Dan O’Brien – 25,225
John Dolan – 23,925
Matt Affleck – 17,525
Chance Kornuth – 15,725
Matt Glantz – 9,275
Nenad Medic – 9,000

Event 17: Faces in the Crowd

$5,300 Buy-In Championship No Limit Hold’em $10 Million Guaranteed (Re-Entry)
Level 5: 100/200/25 ante

Players continue to enter, or re-enter, the tournament at regular intervals as the entrant number went over 280 during Level 5.

Below you’ll find some of the more familiar faces it the crowd.

Joe Cada
Joe Cada
John Hennigan
John Hennigan
Josh Arieh
Josh Arieh
Jared Jaffee
Jared Jaffee
Todd Terry
Mike Leah
Michael "The Grinder" Mizrachi
Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi
Richard Seymour
Richard Seymour
Will Givens
Will Givens

EVent 17: Grinder Gone

$5,300 Buy-In Championship No Limit Hold’em $10 Million Guaranteed (Re-Entry)
Level 5: 100/200/25 ante

Local legend Michael “The Grinder” Mizrachi was among those joining the tournament after the first break but his first shot here went the same as Vanessa Selbst. Tournament staff were balancing tables and preparing to break Mizrachi’s table when he JcJh was table to show his flopped set was beaten by a turned gutshot straight.

The 3-time WSOP and 2-time WPT champions shook it off before walking back to the lobby.

Event 17: Notable Chip Counts

$5,300 Buy-In Championship No Limit Hold’em $10 Million Guaranteed (Re-Entry)
Level 4: 75/150/25 ante

Players returned from their break and local regular Derrick Simon is leading the field with 70,375. A number of notables players are also having good day but the first bullet didn’t work for Vanessa Selbst. The three-time WSOP bracelet winner was notably absent from her table as they went on break but we are on the look out.

Derrick Simon – 70,375
Noah Schwartz – 52,200
Blair Hinkle – 47,850
Bart Hanson – 43,300
Micah Raskin – 38,150
Matt Affleck – 37,775
Joe Cada – 34,825
Darren Elias – 34,125
Chris Moorman – 33,400
Joe Kuether – 33,200
Mukul Pahuja – 32,250
Dan Buzgon – 32,050
Matt Stout – 31,600
Chance Kornuth – 31,100
Dan O’Brien – 30,350
Josh Arieh – 28,800
John Dolan – 28,575
Jared Jaffee – 25,750
Kevin Schaffel – 24,825
Nenad Medic – 20,400
Brian Hastings – 12,350
Matt Glantz – 8,250

Derrick Simon
Derrick Simon

Event 17: Break Time

$5,300 Buy-In Championship No Limit Hold’em $10 Million Guaranteed (Re-Entry)
Level 3: 75/150

The first break of the Championship is here and players are enjoying 15 minutes away from the table. The tournament board is showing 257 entrants so far and sure to climb until registration closes about five hours from now.

A few more big names popped up over the last level including Brian Hastings, Dan O’Brien, Abe Mosseri, Jared Jaffee, Nenad Medic, Chris Moorman, and former November Niners John Racener and John Dolan.

Notable break-time chip counts to come shortly.

Event 17: Back to Defend

$5,300 Buy-In Championship No Limit Hold’em $10 Million Guaranteed (Re-Entry)
Level 3: 75/150

Defending champion Blair Hinkle is in the house and naturally his random seat draw puts in on Table 1. Hinkle won the inaugural $10 Million Guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship by outlasting 2,384 other including Justin Bonomo heads-up. He earned $1,745,245 the title, the biggest of his career.

Hinkle isn’t a one-hit wonder. His résumé shows one World Series of Poker bracelet, three WSOP-Circuit rings, and $3.6 million in career tournament earnings. Blair isn’t the only talented poker player, his brother Grant also holds WSOP jewelry.

Blair Hinkle
Blair Hinkle

Event 17: In Their Words

$5,300 Buy-In Championship No Limit Hold’em $10 Million Guaranteed (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

Players continue to take their seats as the second level rolled around. Some big names in the field have taken to Twitter to let the world know.

Event 17: Big Names Early

$5,300 Buy-In Championship No Limit Hold’em $10 Million Guaranteed (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

It’s still very early but some big names have already joined the field.

Just 15 minutes into the start of the day find Vanessa Selbst and Noah Schwartz sitting side-by-side at Table 31 with Mike Leah, Matt Glantz, Josh Arieh, Matt Affleck, Tyler Patterson, Todd Terry, and 2009 WSOP Main Event Champion Joe Cada spread among the first 190 players in the ballroom.

Event 17: Starting the Big One

$5,300 Buy-In Championship No Limit Hold’em $10 Million Guaranteed (Re-Entry)
Level 1: 25/50

The headlining event on the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open schedule is upon us and it is going to be a big one. The tournament sports a huge $10 million guaranteed prize pool, the biggest found in poker, for just a $5,300 buy-in. Many players are in the tournament via different levels of satellite qualifiers and those continue to run until the final turbo qualifier on Saturday morning at 9am.

The structure affords players space and time to use all the weapons in their poker arsenal. They sit behind huge 30,000 stacks at the start, with 40-minute levels until Late registration/re-entry closes at the start of Level 10. They will switch over to one hour levels at that point before coming back to 90-minute levels on Day 2.

Local grinders will mix it up with WSOP bracelet winners, popular poker professionals, celebrities, athletes, and amateurs. They will all be shooting for some part of the 8-digit prize money and their journey starts today.

Players are taking their seats in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino ballroom for the first flight of three, all hoping to bag chips at the end of the day to battle some of the best players in the world. Cards will be in the air shortly, we’ll be here from start to finish with all the highlights and updates.