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WPT Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open, Day 1A Recap

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

By BJ Nemeth


2590 Hard Rock Poker Room
The poker room at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino is split into two levels, and the tournament is starting out on the upper level while cash games continue below. There were 125 players who started on Day 1A. =


2558 Tony Dunst RFGs Brittany Bell Jeannie Duffy
WPT Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst is flanked by Royal Flush Girls Brittany Bell and Jeannie Duffy, along with TD Jessica Hudson, as he welcomes the players to the event.


2726 Tough Table - Matt Waxman Noah Schwartz Christian Harder Matt Stout
Matt Stout (seat 10, far right) arrived near the end of the first level, and found himself seated at the toughest table in the room with players like Corey Burbick (seat 2, not pictured), Matt Waxman (seat 4, far left), Jesse Cohen (seat 5), Noah Schwartz (seat 6), and Christian Harder (seat 7). They called it the late-reg table, filled with the types of top players who don't show up early for WPT events.


2661 Rhynie Campbell
WPT Champions Club member Rhynie Campbell played his first WPT tournament since last season's event here at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino, probably because the south Florida location is a short flight away from his home country of Turks & Caicos, in the Caribbean.


2583 Tony Dunst and Jonathan Little
WPT Raw Deal analyst Tony Dunst (left) also provides live commentary on the WPT Final Table Live Stream. On Day 1A, he was seated next to Season VI WPT Player of the Year, Jonathan Little. In addition to two WPT titles and more than $4.7 million in career earnings, Little won the Seminole Hard Rock's $1,100 prelim event the night before.


2707 Will Failla
Will Failla, the current points leader in the WPT Player of the Year race, took his seat during Level 3. His arrival prompted Matt Stout to say, "Will Failla walks in and the room instantly becomes 100 decibels louder. Not just his voice, but everyone else talking louder to compensate."


2838 Matt ODonnell
Matt O'Donnell was the early chipleader on Day 1A, tripling his starting chip stack in the first four levels to 91,000.


2910 Shaun Deeb Grandmother Ellen Deeb
Last summer, Shaun Deeb (center left) backed his grandmother Ellen Deeb (center) into the WSOP Main Event. She was 91 years old, and had been playing poker since she was a child. Ellen came down to the Seminole Hard Rock Casino to sweat her poker-playing grandson on Day 1A.

When Shaun introduced his grandmother to the players at his table, he told them he backed her into the WSOP Main Event. Somebody asked her how well she did, and she just soured her face and shook her head to indicate she didn't do too well.

Shaun smiled and said, "She plays like I do in live tournaments."


2760 Jeff Forrest and Lucky Hearts Logo
WPT Champions Club member Jeff Forrest can be seen above the logo for the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open.


2968 Vitor Coelho and Jason Mercier
Vitor Coelho (left) lives in Tampa, and final tabled the most recent WPT event here in Florida when he finished second at WPT Jacksonville in November. Jason Mercier (right) is frequently named as one of the best poker players in the world, and is from this part of south Florida.

Mercier finished the day third in chips, with 176,400, while Coelho survived with 50,100.


2875 Will Failla RFGs Jeannie Duffy Brittany Bell
Will Failla (seated, left) is more interested in Royal Flush Girls Jeannie Duffy (center) and Brittany Bell (right) than the action at his table.


2957 Chipleaders Eli Levy and Uri Kadosh
At the end of the day, there were only two players with more than 200,000 in chips, and they were seated right next to each other. Ely Levy (left) finished with 218,500, while Uri Kadosh eliminated a player on the second-to-last hand to finish with 275,500.



Day 1A came to an end after 10 levels with 48 players. Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard:

1.  Uri Kadosh  -   275,500
2.  Ely Levy  -   218,550
3.  Jason Mercier   -   176,400
4.  Omar Sider  -   170,600
5.  Nick Avera  -   133,200

Day 1B begins Saturday at 12:00 noon ET, when some players take their first shot (and others their second) at making Tuesday's WPT Final Table. Return to WPT.com for continuing live coverage throughout the day.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Tony Dunst, Royal Flush Girls, Jeannie Duffy, Brittany Bell, Jessica Hudson, Matt Stout, Matt Waxman, Jesse Cohen, Noah Schwartz, Christian Harder, Rhynie Campbell, Jonathan Little, Will Failla, Matt ODonnell, Shaun Deeb, Ellen Deeb, Jeff Forrest, Vitor Coelho, Jason Mercier, Ely Levy, Uri Kadosh, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
09:08 AM, 02/11/12

Lucky Hearts with Jess and BJ

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

On this episode of the Jess and BJ Show, Jessica Welman and BJ Nemeth bet the Bookie's Over/Under on total players in the field, recap Day 1A of the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open, check out the new WPT Magazine iPad app, and answer the question, "What is your favorite Heart song?"

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Jess and BJ Show, Jessica Welman, BJ Nemeth, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
03:59 AM, 02/11/12

ClubWPT Player of the Day - Jason Mercier

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Jason Mercier, Jessica Welman, ClubWPT Player of the Day, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
02:27 AM, 02/11/12

Day 1A Ends With About 50 Players

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

It's an unofficial count, but Day 1A comes to an end with 50 players remaining, and an average chip stack of 75,000. These players will return to action on Sunday for Day 2.

Any players who busted today have the option of re-entering tomorrow on Day 1B. 

In addition, any players who survived today but are unhappy with their chip stack can forfeit their remaining chips and try again tomorrow. However, if they bust out tomorrow, they can't reclaim their forfeited Day 1A stack.

Return to WPT.com tomorrow morning for official chip counts and a new episode of The Jess & BJ Show.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
12:24 AM, 02/11/12

Chipleader Uri Kadosh Busts a Player on 2nd-to-Last Hand

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

On the second-to-last hand of the night, a short-stacked player (a little less than 10,000) is all in preflop with 4spade2spade against chipleader Uri Kadosh, who has AclubKdiamond.

The board comes Kclub6spade4heart9heartAheart, and Kadosh wins the pot with two pair, aces and kings, to eliminate the last player of the night.

Uri Kadosh  -  275,500

Sorted In: Uri Kadosh, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
12:16 AM, 02/11/12

Shannon Shorr vs. Fred Goldberg

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Shannon Shorr raises to 2,300 from under the gun and Fred Goldberg reraises to 6,300 from the hijack.  Shorr calls and they go heads-up to a flop of KclubQheartJspade.  Shorr checks, Goldberg bets 6,500, and Shorr calls.

The turn brings the 5heart and both players check.  The river is the 6heart and Shorr checks again.  Goldberg bets 10,000 ad Shorr gives it quite a bit of thought before folding.

Fred Goldberg - 65,000
Shannon Shorr - 55,500

Sorted In: Fres Goldberg, Shannon Shorr, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
11:37 PM, 02/10/12

Shaun Deeb Busts a Player

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Shaun Deeb raises to 2,200 from under the gun and gets two callers.  A player in middle position reraises to 6,700 and the player behind him moves all-in for his last 1,700.  

Action folds back around to Deeb, who makes it 16,700 to go. Everyone else folds and Deeb picks up the side pot.

Deeb turns over 9heart10heart and he is up against Adiamond5spade.  Deeb flops two pair on the 10spade9diamond3heart board and stays out front as the turn comes Qclub and the river the 2diamond.  The other player is eliminated and Deeb takes the main pot.

Shaun Deeb - 135,000

Sorted In: Shaun Deeb, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
11:21 PM, 02/10/12

Shannon Shorr Takes a Hit By Doubling a Short Stack

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

A player moves all in from early position for 7,300, and Shannon Shorr calls from middle position with AheartJclub. His opponent turns over AspadeQclub, and he's a favorite to double up.

The board comes 10spade9heart5spade7club5diamond, and the A-Q holds up to double thru Shannon Shorr.

Shannon Shorr  -  64,000

Sorted In: Shannon Shorr, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
11:13 PM, 02/10/12

Giannetti Staying Aggressive

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Matt Giannetti raises to 2,100 in late position and Mohsin Charania reraises to 4,800 out of the small blind. Giannetti fires back, reraising to 10,100 total. Charania folds and Giannetti takes the pot.

Matt Giannetti - 49,000
Mohsin Charania - 77,000

Sorted In: Matt Giannetti, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
11:03 PM, 02/10/12

Level 10 Begins

Level 10: 500-1,000, 100 ante

Level 9 comes to an end, and Level 10 begins with increased blinds of 500-1,000 and a 100 ante. Play continues without a break. 

This is the last level of the night. Any players who bust out today have the option of re-entering tomorrow for Day 1B.

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season X, Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open
10:47 PM, 02/10/12

 

CHIPCOUNT

NameChips
1
Jason Koon 252,800 
2
Athanasios Polychronopoulos 223,100 
3
Keith Lehr 220,900 
4
Lee Markholt 217,700 
5
Kevin Rabichow 189,700 
6
Bart Dowling 186,200 

Average Chip Count: 82,000
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Summary

Current Level:

Countdown to Day 2

Players Remaining:

200 of 328

Time Remaining:

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 75-150 25
2 100-200 25
3 150-300 50
4 200-400 50
5 250-500 75
6 300-600 75
7 400-800 100
8 500-1,000 100
9 600-1,200 200
10 800-1,600 200
11 1,000-2,000 300
12 1,200-2,400 400
13 1,500-3,000 500
14 2,000-4,000 500
15 2,500-5,000 500
16 3,000-6,000 1,000
17 4,000-8,000 1,000
18 5,000-10,000 1,000
19 6,000-12,000 2,000
20 8,000-16,000 2,000
21 10,000-20,000 3,000
22 12,000-24,000 4,000
23 15,000-30,000 5,000
24 20,000-40,000 5,000
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