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  • Big Names Head to Florida for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open’s $10 Million Main Event

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2013 by Ryan

While the World Series of Poker Circuit is rolling around the United States and to many other locations, there was one tournament and tournament series that picked up a whole lot of attention in recent weeks. This tournament was the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open in Hollywood, Florida. While the tournament series itself had a great layout that players seemed to really enjoy, it was one specific tournament that drew the attention of not only the players, but the fans and the rest of the poker world as well. This tournament was the $10 million guaranteed prize pool Main Event, and it’s safe to say that this is the biggest tournament and the event that has drawn the most interest since the World Series of Poker ended just a few months ago. There were a few starting days, and even on just Day 1A we saw some of the bigger names in poker showing up to play in the event.

It was a crazy situation when it all started, mainly because the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Tour took a big risk by putting up that $10 million prize pool way before they knew around how many players to expect for the tournament. They do feature one of the best poker arenas in the state of Florida, and probably in the United States as well, but obviously there was a chance that may not have been enough to bring the players. It was a risk for sure, especially since they don’t have the big name like the World Series of Poker or World Poker Tour for example, but the buy-in was around half of the Main Event in the WSOP, and was set at $5,300. The massive guarantee obviously got the attention though, as Day 1A featured 634 players buying into the event, which is definitely one of the largest fields for a tournament buy-in this size on a Day One.

While that was a great start for Day 1A, the attention turned to Day 1B to see how many players would buy-in, and when late registration ended we saw another 690 total players jump into the tournament. This meant that the two days together put up a total of 1,324 players and a prize pool of $6.62 million. So in order for the event to get to the $10 million guarantee, they would need 676 players to buy-in for Day 1C, which is something that was absolutely possible.

And for those who may not already know, that massive $10 million guarantee was hit. Thanks to an additional 1,060 players who bought in on Day 1C, it meant that the field featured 2,384 players and a prize pool that was close to $2 million more than the guarantee. In total the prize pool was $11.92 million, and you could find some big names in the action as you can imagine. A few players who were in there for Day 1A included Dan Shak, Shannon Shor, Ari Engel, Jonathan Little, Joe Serock, Eric Baldwin, Faraz Jaka, Tom Marchese, David “Doc” Sands, Jeremy Ausmus, Noah Schwartz, Matt Stout, and Isaac Haxton. That definitely wasn’t it for Day 1A though, as we saw Shaun Deeb, David “Chino” Rheem, Erick and Erica Lindgren, Dan O’Brien, Joseph Cheong, Chris Moorman, Amanda Musumeci, Shawn Buchanan, and even a few celebrities such as rapper Nelly and actress Shannon Elizabeth.

The next day was just as fun of course, and we saw some massive names like Phil Ivey and Mike Matusow show up for the action. The other new additions included Victor Ramdin, Allen Kessler, Cliff Josephy, Owais Ahmed, and Bernard Lee. Big names playing for a big prize is what poker is all about, and it’s what the fans really love to see, so this tournament alone should draw continued attention all the way down to the final table. As things roll on I’ll be sure to keep you updated on what players are remaining in the action, and who ends up making that deep run that will feature a massive pay day to the eventual winner. Currently the action is down to 100 players, so things are going to be getting huge by the end of the day, and of course into tomorrow’s action as well.

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