Championship Day 1B: Ryan Rivers Ends Day 1B On Top

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 10: 500/1,000/100 Ante

A long day of poker has come to an end and it was Ryan Rivers who emerged as this day’s chip leader with 226,900 in chips. He edged out Brian Green who ended with 226,000. Rounding out the top three was Brian Hastings with 213,000.

The tournament clock shows 150 players made it through bringing the number of Day 2 survivors thus far to 332. Here’s a look at some of the top stacks and notables and their respective chip counts:

Ryan Rivers 226,900
Brian Green 226,000
Brian Hastings 213,000
Kevin Eyster 199,600
David Powers 193,900
Jared Jaffee 191,000
Chris Moorman 189,300
Shannon Shorr 173,000
Nikolai Sears 173,000
Jonathan Duhamel 161,900
Andy Wang 158,400
Harrison Gimbel 142,000
Nancy Birnbaum 139,500
Nancy Todd 126,400
Noah Schwartz 114,300
Jordan Cristos 112,400
Chad Eveslage 109,000
Jamie Gold 89,000
Kelly Minkin 73,300

 

 

 

Championship Day 1B: Eyster Moving To The Top

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 10: 500/1,000/100 Ante

With approximately 30,000 in the pot and the board showing QdJc7dAd, Kevin Eyster put out a bet of 13,000 after his lone opponent checked and that was enough to take down the pot.

Eyster was at approximately 200,000 after the hand which appears to be the chip lead for today’s action but with 15 minutes left in the level and plenty of stacks hovering at the 100,000+ mark, it’s still anyone’s guess who will end up on top at the end of the play.

Championship Day 1B: Jaffee Takes A Hit

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 10: 500/1,000/100 Ante

Jared Jaffee opened from the button for 2,200 and found two takers. The flop came 8c5s2c and the player in the small blind checked to Jaffee who bet 4,200. The player on the button folded while the player in the small blind made the call.

The turn was the Jh and it was checked to Jaffee who bet 8,800 which was called by his opponent. The river was the Qc and this time the player in the small blind sprang into action putting out a bet of 16,900.

Jaffee grabbed some chips, shrugged, and put out the call. His opponent tabled AcKc for the nut flush and Jaffee calmly slapped the table with his cards. Despite the hit, he’s still sitting with one of the bigger stacks in the room with over 150,000.

Championship Day 1B: Like Sands Through The Hourglass…

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 10: 500/1,000/100 Ante

It’s been an entertaining night here in Flight 1B but all good things must come to an end.  We have reached the final level of the evening leaving one hour of play before the players who survive tonight will bag up their chips and move on to Day 2 tomorrow.   189 players are still standing out of the 404 entries tonight as wrap things up here in the ballroom.

Championship Day 1B: Smile!

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 9: 400/800/100 Ante

We had a request from Table 19.

Jamie Gold and Jonathan Duhamel thought that the last picture we posted looked like they didn’t like each other so they wanted to make sure everyone out there knew they were friends and having a great time playing each other.

It has probably been the most jovial table of Day 1B as Gold, Duhamel, Barbara Cardin, Ed Blount along with Kelly Minkin have kept the table lively with the assistance of a few bottles of vino.

HR-SHO EV13 Table 19

Championship Day 1B: Gimbel Busts Massey

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 9: 400/800/100 Ante

We got to the table with the board complete and showing Kc8c3c8s6h. There was approximately 17,000 in the pot and Harrison GImbel checked to Aaron Massey who made a bet of 10,200. Gimbel check-raised all in and Massey took several minutes before announcing a call.

Gimbel turned over Ac2c for the flopped nut flush. Massey attempted to muck his hand but the dealer turned it over, showing 8d2d for turned trip eights. Thus ended Massey’s night who will have one more day tomorrow to try and make it through to Sunday’s Day 2.

Championship Day 1B: Stacking Up

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 9: 400/800/100 Ante

While there are not many overwhelming stacks in the room, a few players are making runs at Jared Jaffee’s chip lead tonight.

Ryan Rivers, Carlo Nini, Andy Hwang, Marco Rodriguez, Rex Clinkscales and Cornel Cimpan are amassing enough chips to be a force leading into Day 2.

There is about 25 mintues left in Level 9.  Players will play through Level 10 and close out play tonight around 12:30 AM.

Ryan Rivers
Ryan Rivers
Carlo Nini
Carlo Nini
Andy Wong
Andy Wong
Rex Clinkscales
Rex Clinkscales

Championship Day 1B: Bazeley Doubles Through Selbst

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 9: 400/800/100 Ante

We got to the table with approximately 7,000 already in the pot and the board showing QhJd6d. Vanessa Selbst was first to act and made a bet of 5,300. Jacob Bazeley called.

The turn was the Ah and Selbst thought for about 30 seconds before quietly announcing “all in.” Bazeley immediately said “call” and turned over AdQd for flopped top pair with the nut flush draw that turned top two pair. Selbst shook her head as she tabled AsKs. She would need a non-diamond king or ten to eliminate Bazeley.

The river was the 2h and Selbst, muttering to herself, had to send 26,600 over to Bazeley.

Championship Day 1B: Jaffee Still Rolling

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 8: 300/600/75 Ante

It’s only Day 1B but we could see another great by Jared Jaffee here at Seminole Hard Rock-Hollywood.

Jaffee keeps tacking chips on his stack and now around 210,000 chips as he continue to rebound from a tough Day 1B.

We’ll see if one of the hottest players in the game reach Day 2 and make another championship run here in Hollywood.

Jared Jaffee
Jared Jaffee

Championship Day 1B: Minkin Catches Gold Bluffing

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 8: 300/600/75 Ante

Kelly Minkin has obviously watched Jamie Gold’s past poker performances on television. Either that or she’s figured him out quickly. With the board completed and showing 9s6d3cKdJh Minkin checked over to Gold who quickly put out a bet of 10,000. Minkin wasted little time in putting out the call and Gold grinned, looking very much like the cat that ate the canary, as he turned over 3d2d for bottom pair.

Minkin turned over As6s for a pair of sixes prompting Gold to say to her “nice call.”

“Thanks,” said Minkin, as she stacked the chips formerly belonging to the 2006 WSOP Main Event Champion.

“Didn’t bet enough I guess,” said Gold, who still was sitting with a comfortable stack of over 100,000.

Championship Day 1B: Two Champs, One Table

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 8: 300/600/75 Ante

Just when Jonathan Duhamel was enjoying the Montreal Canadiens game and his 120,000 chips, it was deja vu for him all over again.  Two nights ago Duhamel was seated with Ryan Riess in Event 11 for an extended period of time and now Jamie Gold’s table just broke and the two world champions are at the same table separated only by Barbara Cardin.

Also on the table are Kelly Minkin who finished 3rd in the Lucky Hearts championship event a few months ago and Daren Stabinski who is a past event champion here at Seminole Hard Rock.  And just to make things interesting our resident king of wine-drinking and frivolity, Ed Blount, is also in on the action.

Table 19 should be one to watch for quite a while tonight as Day 1B rolls on.

Jamie Gold, Barbara Cardin and Jonathan Duhamel
Jamie Gold, Barbara Cardin and Jonathan Duhamel

Championship Day 1B: Kenney Gets There

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 8: 300/600/75 Ante

We didn’t catch the bet amounts but Ebony Kenney called bets on the flop and turn and then made a bet that looked to be close to 6,000 on the river after her opponent checked. The board was showing Jd9c7c2h8c and Kenney’s opponent made the call.

The blue-haired pro turned over JhTd for flopped top pair that turned into a river jack-high straight. Her opponent sighed, looked back at his cards briefly, and slid them to the dealer.

Championship Day 1B: Moorman Doubles Up, Gold Gaining Ground

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 7: 250/500/75 Ante

The rest of the field is about to hear some bad news: Chris Moorman has chips.

Recognized as one of the best and most dangerous players in the world, Moorman was the chip recipient of an beneficiary who tried to bluff him out of a hand while Moorman was holding a full house.  Because of the ill-timed play, Moorman now moves toward the top of tonight’s leaderboard with 170.000 chips.

Jamie Gold is also piling up some chips tonight.  The former world champion has gotten his stack over the 150,000 chip mark is also driving toward reaching Day 2.

Chris Moorman
Chris Moorman

 

Championship Day 1B: Diamond Takes Out Two

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 7: 250/500/75 Ante

We got to the table with two players all in on a board of 8h7c5d and Steven Diamond facing a decision. It appeared that Diamond had initially bet out of the small blind as there was a T5,000 chip in front of him. The player to his left had moved all in for 17,100 total and James Calderaro called all in for just slightly less than that.

Diamond appeared to be calculating the pot odds in his head and having both players covered decided to make the call with his 8s6d for top pair with an open-ended straight draw. Calderaro had JdJc and the third player had KdKc. The turn would change everything as it was the 9h to give Diamond a straight. The river was a meaningless 7h and Diamond took down the pot.

“Good luck guys,” said Calderaro, winner of the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open just down the road in Coconut Creek back in February of 2014.

Championship Day 1B: Being Travell Thomas

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 7: 250/500/75 Ante

Some players have been put in some tough seating postions so far in this tourament and tonight is no exception.  Here’s a look over the shoulder of Travell Thomas as he stares down Ami Alibay, WPT Season XI Player of the Year Matt Salsberg and Eric Cajelais all sitting to his left creating a daunting task for him tonight.

Out of the group, Salsberg leads the way with 85,000 chips as play continues on here in Day 1B.

HR-SHO EV13 Alibay, Salsberg, Cahelais

Championship Day 1B: Final Numbers And Free Hats

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 7: 250/500/75 Ante

The final number of entrants for today’s flight was 404 bringing the two day total thus far to 906 entrants.

In the meantime, if you want a chance at a free hat, go to your Twitter account and let us know how you’re doing:

Championship Day 1B: Dinner Time Counts

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 7: 250/500/75 Ante

At the dinner break, Jared Jaffee continues to be the only player over 200,00 with nine other players holding more than 100,000. They will return to blinds at 250/500 with a 75 ante, plenty of chips to work.

A few counts from around the room:

Jared Jaffee – 202,750 (406 bb)
Victor Cianelli – 154,700 (309 bb)
Paul Griffin – 147,025 (294 bb)
Brian Green – 144,000 (288 bb)
Brian Hastings – 127,300 (255 bb)
Jamie Gold – 124,325 (249 bb)
Carlo Nini – 122,100 (244 bb)
Omar Zazay – 119,050 (238 bb)
George Dolofan – 118,875 (238 bb)
Ryan Franklin – 105,350 (211 bb)
Cornel Cimpan – 98,625 (197 bb)
John Radvansky – 98,350 (197 bb)
Jonathan Duhamel – 96,750 (194 bb)
Long Nguyen – 95,100 (190 bb)
Blakely Pervis – 93,350 (187 bb)
Richard Arno – 93,275 (187 bb)
Chad Eveslage – 92,375 (185 bb)
Vanessa Selbst – 92,025 (184 bb)
Igor Skochilo – 86,750 (174 bb)
Curt Kohlberg – 78,425 (157 bb)
John Dolan – 77,850 (156 bb)
Nancy Birnbaum – 64,600 (129 bb)
Zo Karim – 38,200 (76 bb)
Harrison Gimbel – 25,925 (52 bb)
Tim West – 25,125 (50 bb)
Kevin Eyster – 17,550 (35 bb)

Championship Day 1B: Ladies Night Out

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 6: 200/400/50 Ante

Not only does this tournament bring out world champions but also brings out some of the most talented female poker players in the world.  Among all of these amazing women joining us for the Day 1B field are top pros Ebony Kenney, Nancy Birnbaum and Christina Lindley.

Stunningly, no woman has ever won a WPT Main Event Championship.  Could one of these ladies or the many others in the field finally make history here this week?  Only time will tell as we move forward on Day 1B.

Ebony Kenney
Ebony Kenney
Nancy Birnbaum
Nancy Birnbaum
Christina Lindley
Christina Lindley

Championship Day 1B: Jaffee Surges To Top

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 6: 200/400/50 Ante

It was folded to the small blind who opened for a raise. Jared Jaffee was sitting in the big blind and made the call. The flop came AhTh8d and Jaffee called a 900 bet from his opponent. The turn was the 2d and Jaffee would fold after his opponent bet 2,200.

Despite that small hit, Jaffee is currently sitting on the biggest stack in the room with approximately 205,000 in chips. There is approximately 15 minutes left before players will go on a 90-minute dinner break.

Championship Day 1B: Champs In The House

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 6: 200/400/50 Ante

Once again, three world champions are in the house today.  Jamie Gold has joined Jonathan Duhamel and Ryan Riess to take a stab at adding “WPT Champion” to their resumes.  Another world champion, Carlos Mortensen, bagged chips yesterday so we could potentially see at least four of the players who have won poker’s biggest prize be back for Day 2 on Sunday.

Jamie Gold  2006 WSOP Main Event Champion
Jamie Gold
2006 WSOP Main Event Champion
Jonathan Duhamel  2010 WSOP Main Event Champion
Jonathan Duhamel
2010 WSOP Main Event Champion
Ryan Riess  2013 WSOP Main Event Champion
Ryan Riess
2013 WSOP Main Event Champion

Championship Day 1B: Cousineau Avoids Trouble

$3,500 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Championship
Level 6: 200/400/50 Ante

We got to the table with Tony Cousineau in the small blind and facing one player. The dealer fanned out a flop of KsJdTd and Cousineau put out a bet of 650. His opponent went deep into thought prompting the veteran poker pro to say “I’ll show you one time.”

That wasn’t good enough to get the job done as his opponent made the call and the dealer put out the Ac on the turn. Cousineau bet again, this time for 2,100. His opponent went into full-blown acting mode.

“Really sh***y card dealer,” he muttered, shaking his head in disbelief.

“Bet you were beat before that card,” said Cousineau.

“Call,” said his opponent.

The river was the 8d and Cousineau quickly checked. His opponent grabbed his remaining chips, all 18,100 of them, and splashed them carelessly into the pot.

“Wow, you had the queen,” said Cousineau, eventually letting go of his hand. His opponent did indeed have the queen as he showed QxTx for the turned Broadway straight.

379 entrants for this flight are showing on the tournament clock with approximately 45 minutes before the dinner break.