WPT SEMINOLE HARD ROCK POKER SHOWDOWN (TV)

April 10-16 | Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Hollywood | Hollywood, Florida
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FT Set at WPT #SHRPO; Mukul Pahuja Leads w/19M

11:01 PM, 04/15/14

Hands #105-106: Blake Purvis Out in 7th Place ($193,174)

10:44 PM, 04/15/14

Official Chip Counts: Final Seven Players

10:30 PM, 04/15/14

Hand #96: James Mackey Doubles Thru Matt Stout

09:55 PM, 04/15/14

Hand #90: James Mackey Doubles Thru Chance Kornuth

09:36 PM, 04/15/14

Hands #83-84: Barry Hutter Out in 8th Place ($141,276)

09:24 PM, 04/15/14

Hands #80-82: Mukul Pahuja Wins a 9.6M Pot vs. Bazeley

09:18 PM, 04/15/14

Hand #79: Chance Kornuth Wins a 5.3M Pot vs. Hutter

09:14 PM, 04/15/14

Hand #48: Matt Glantz Out in 9th Place ($100,912)

06:24 PM, 04/15/14

Hand #24: Matt Glantz Doubles Thru Jacob Bazeley

05:13 PM, 04/15/14

POY Update: Mukul Pahuja Continues to Shrink the Field

05:05 PM, 04/15/14

Hands #10-11: Jeff Gross Out in 10th Place ($66,313)

04:38 PM, 04/15/14

Hand #9: Blake Purvis Doubles Thru Barry Hutter

04:33 PM, 04/15/14

Final 10 Players: Updated Chip Counts

04:19 PM, 04/15/14

Official Chip Counts: Final 11 Players

03:46 PM, 04/15/14

Justin Young Eliminated in 13th Place ($43,248)

02:31 PM, 04/15/14

Official Chip Counts: Final 13 Players

02:12 PM, 04/15/14

Barry Hutter Doubles Thru Mukul Pahuja (POY Race)

01:35 PM, 04/15/14

Day 4 About to Begin at WPT #SHRPO

11:42 AM, 04/15/14

Bazeley Leads Final 18; POY Leader Pahuja Still Going

01:40 AM, 04/15/14

Jacob Bazeley Wins a 3.6M Pot Against Peter Striano

12:18 AM, 04/15/14

New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOP)

11:55 PM, 04/14/14

WPT Player of the Year Update: 3 Contenders Still Alive

08:24 PM, 04/14/14

New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOP)

05:20 PM, 04/14/14

WPT Player of the Year Update: Pahuja Still In Control

01:51 PM, 04/14/14

DraftKings Qualifier Mark Ellerbe Out in 102nd Place ($8,707)

01:07 PM, 04/14/14

Day 3 About to Begin at WPT #SHRPO

11:42 AM, 04/14/14

Day 2 Ends w/114; Richard Kirsch Leads w/1,734,000

12:49 AM, 04/14/14

WPT Player of the Year Update: Pahuja Still In Control

11:26 PM, 04/13/14

Anthony Zinno Bubbles In 171st Place

10:54 PM, 04/13/14

Harrison Gimbel Eliminated by Siva Ganta in Biggest Pot of the Tournament

10:28 PM, 04/13/14

WPT History Books: Shawn Cunix

10:24 PM, 04/13/14

WPT History Books: Justin Zaki

08:46 PM, 04/13/14

WPT Alpha8 Florida Final Table Tonight at 9pm on FS1

06:18 PM, 04/13/14

WPT History Books: Kathy Liebert

05:53 PM, 04/13/14

WPT Ladies Event Airs Tonight on Fox Sports Net (FSN)

05:32 PM, 04/13/14

Free Monster Headphones For WPT Champions Club

04:16 PM, 04/13/14

WPT History Books: Noah Schwartz

04:01 PM, 04/13/14

Bust Will Failla For a Free Pair of Monster Headphones

02:32 PM, 04/13/14

WPT History Books: Jonathan Roy

01:59 PM, 04/13/14

WSOP Champ Ryan Riess Eliminated by New Chipleader Frank Russo

01:25 PM, 04/13/14

partypoker Increases Sunday Major for $500K Guaranteed Special Event

12:55 PM, 04/13/14

Official Prize Pool Released

12:13 PM, 04/13/14

Day 2 About to Begin at WPT #SHRPO

11:45 AM, 04/13/14

Day 1C Ends w/ 304; Joe Kuether Leads w/ 295,900

01:08 AM, 04/13/14

WPT History Books: Marvin Rettenmaier

10:25 PM, 04/12/14

WPT History Books: Tommy Vedes

09:00 PM, 04/12/14

WPT Flashback: Season IX Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

08:46 PM, 04/12/14

partypoker Increases Sunday Major for $500K Guaranteed Special Event

08:40 PM, 04/12/14

Level 7 Begins (1,795 Entries)

08:02 PM, 04/12/14

The WPT HU Shootout on partypoker.com (NJ)

06:22 PM, 04/12/14

WPT History Books: Michael Mizrachi

05:18 PM, 04/12/14

WPT History Books: Byron Kaverman

03:56 PM, 04/12/14

Retired NFL Player Bubba Franks Doubles Up

03:33 PM, 04/12/14

The Record-Breaking Field: 1,600 and Counting

02:09 PM, 04/12/14

New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOP)

02:04 PM, 04/12/14

Guarantee Reached; Prizepool Will Be More Than $5 Million!

01:23 PM, 04/12/14

WPT History Books: Joe Serock

12:39 PM, 04/12/14

Day 1C About to Begin at WPT #SHRPO

11:26 AM, 04/12/14

Day 1B Ends w/ 194; Melad Marji w/ 297,900

12:54 AM, 04/12/14

Night Shoot for the Royal Flush Girls

10:52 PM, 04/11/14

WPT History Books: Phil Laak

10:22 PM, 04/11/14

ClubWPT Qualifier John Disante Eliminated

09:30 PM, 04/11/14

Player Party at Passion Nightclub at 11 pm

08:35 PM, 04/11/14

WPT History Books: Mohsin Charania

08:08 PM, 04/11/14

WPT History Books: James Calderaro

05:37 PM, 04/11/14

Jake Cody Vaults To The Chip Lead

05:09 PM, 04/11/14

partypoker Increases Sunday Major for $500K Guaranteed Special Event

05:05 PM, 04/11/14

WPT History Books: Jeff Madsen

03:43 PM, 04/11/14

New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOP)

03:01 PM, 04/11/14

WPT History Books: Mike Sexton

01:29 PM, 04/11/14

The WPT HU Shootout on partypoker.com (NJ)

01:19 PM, 04/11/14

Day 1B About to Begin at WPT #SHRPO

11:19 AM, 04/11/14

Day 1A Ends w/ ~175; Justin Young Leads w/ 313,200

12:40 AM, 04/11/14

WPT History Books: Matt Salsberg

11:20 PM, 04/10/14

WPT POY Matt Salsberg Cruising On Only One Bullet

10:20 PM, 04/10/14

WPT Flashback: Season X Lucky Hearts Poker Open

10:02 PM, 04/10/14

Bust Will Failla For a Free Pair of Monster Headphones

09:05 PM, 04/10/14

The WPT HU Shootout on partypoker.com (NJ)

08:43 PM, 04/10/14

Players Should Check Out the New Monster Bar

06:13 PM, 04/10/14

WPT Flashback: Season XI Lucky Hearts at Seminole Hard Rock

05:15 PM, 04/10/14

New Jersey Championship of Online Poker (NJCOP)

03:07 PM, 04/10/14

WPT Flashback: Season X Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

02:35 PM, 04/10/14

PartyPoker Increases Sunday Major for $500K Guaranteed Special Event

01:35 PM, 04/10/14

WPT Flashback: Season XI Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

12:49 PM, 04/10/14

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown Begins Soon

11:37 AM, 04/10/14

Live Tournament Updates

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Allen Kessler Eliminated

Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Sorted In: Allen Kessler, Season XI, WPT Montreal, Playground Poker
12:36 PM, 11/25/12

WPT's Mike Sexton is Here in Spirit

Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Sorted In: Mike Sexton, Season XI, WPT Montreal, Playground Poker
12:31 PM, 11/25/12

WPT "Ice" Hockey: Antonio Esfandiari vs. Phil Laak

Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

0952 Bruce Buffer Introduces Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari
Photo: UFC announcer Bruce Buffer (left) introduces Phil Laak (in the goalie uniform) and Antonio Esfandiari to the crowd.

Longtime friends Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak had set up a prop bet before coming to WPT Montreal, to see which one of them would do a better job as a goalie in ice hockey.

They would not only be facing fellow poker players like Daniel Negreanu (an experienced ice hockey player) and Mad Marvin Rettenmaier (not so experienced), but professional NHL players Guy Carbonneau and Phil Kessel.

The Playground Poker Club built a temporary hockey rink on the stage overlooking the tournament area, though it kept the hard floor instead of ice; after all, nobody would be skating, just standing still as they either took shots on the goal, or tried to protect it.

The key players in this scenario all showed up early on Day 1B, whether they were playing today or not, to settle the prop bet before play began. Here's how it went down.


0789 Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Kessel
Antonio Esfandiari (left) gets some advice from professional hockey player Phil Kessel, who plays forward for the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs, and represented the U.S. Olympic team when they won the silver medal in 2010.


0794 Guy Carbonneau and Phil Laak
Phil Laak was the first player to don the goalie uniform, and he got some last-second tips from retired NHL player Guy Carbonneau. Carbonneau was an integral part of three different Stanley Cup-winning teams: the 1986 Montreal Canadiens, the 1993 Canadiens, and the 1999 Dallas Stars.


0816 Phil Laak
Phil Laak smiles for the camera shortly before he became a target for speeding pucks.


1091 Daniel Negreanu
Canadian Daniel Negreanu grew up playing hockey, and he was really enjoying the fact that he got to take some slap shots at his friends Antonio and Phil.


0755 Phil Laak
Phil Laak was able to block a shot or two, but most of them got by him, including this one.


1048 Daniel Negreanu and Phil Laak
Daniel Negreanu went 5-for-5 in his shots against Phil Laak, and leaped in the air to celebrate.


0805 Phil Laak
Phil Laak had to sit down for a moment after his session, claiming that the goalie uniform was not only hot and sweaty, but the shape of the pads forced his knees into an uncomfortable crouching position.


1082 Antonio Esfandiari
Then it was time for Antonio Esfandiari to take his turn as goaltender, and see if he could improve on Phil Laak's performance.


1116 Guy Carbonneau
The professional hockey players took it a little easy on Antonio and Phil, but they did cut loose with a couple of harder shots to give them the true experience. The crowd of onlookers (including poker pros Marvin Rettenmaier, Brian Rast, and Jeff Gross) watches as Guy Carbonneau sends a quick shot at Antonio.


1136 Antonio Esfandiari
Antonio Esfandiari flinches as a puck ricochets off of his body and into the goal behind him. You can see two other successful scores on the "ice" behind him.


1156 Antonio Esfandiari
When Antonio's time in the goal came to an end, he slowly dropped to the ice in exhaustion, and when he finally got up, he had a new respect for hockey goalies.


1265 Antonio Esfandiari and Phil Laak
Antonio Esfandiari (left) and Phil Laak (right) talk about the experience after changing back into more comfortable clothes.


1714 RFGs Angelique Velez and Ivy Teves
When the tournament started, the makeshift hockey rink emptied out, and Royal Flush Girls Angelique Velez (left) and Ivy Teves (right) decided to test out their own hockey skills.

Note that they are both wearing high heels instead of ice skates. Of course, you should also keep in mind that there was no ice, just the hard floor of a stage.


1742 RFG Angelique Velez
Angelique Velez takes a few shots on the goal, but keeps an eye on Ivy to see how she's doing.


1771 RFG Ivy Teves
Ivy Teves looked more like a golfer than a hockey player as she was teeing up the pucks, but at least she was having a good time.


1712 RFGs Angelique Velez and Ivy Teves
Angelique Velez (left) and Ivy Teves decided hockey wasn't their game, but it was still a fun way to cut loose on a tournament afternoon at the Playground Poker Club.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Antonio Esfandiari, Phil Laak, Guy Carbonneau, Phil Kessel, Marvin Rettenmaier, Royal Flush Girls, Angelique Velez, Ivy Teves, Season XI, WPT Montreal, Playground Poker
12:30 PM, 11/25/12

Shuffle Up and Deal

Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

Cards are in the air on Day 2 with blinds at 1,000-2,000 with a 300 ante for the first 60-minute level of the day. There are 360 players starting the day and the average chip stack is 98,300,000 (49 bb).

Sorted In: Season XI, WPT Montreal, Playground Poker
12:15 PM, 11/25/12

Day 2 Begins with 360 Players

Level 13: 1,000-2,000, 300 ante

It is usually unheard of for a World Poker Tour event to begin Day 2 with over 300 players, but this is not your standard WPT event. WPT Montreal has smashed all expectations and become one of the largest events in the history of the tour, not to mention setting records for Canadian tournament poker with a field of 1,173. There are 360 players that have advanced from Day 1A and 1B, but only 12.5 percent of them will make it to the end of Day 2. The plan is to play down to 45 players before play can end tonight.

Leading the way today are two players with more than 300,000 in chips. Day 1A chip leader Patrick Leviever holds 326,100 to lead the field and Day 1B chip leader Kalpesh Raichura is right behind with 314,200. Kerry Shears (299,000) and Jeff Gross (284,000) are also way ahead of their competitors.

There are a lot of big names left in the field, including Champions Club members David Williams, Will Failla, Andy Frankenberger, Antonio Esfandiari, Dominik Nitsche, and Soren Turkeswitch; Ones to Watch Amanda Musumeci, Jason Koon, and Xuan Liu; as well as Joseph Cheong, Allen Kessler, Tristan Wade, Ken Aldridge, Christian Harder, Bruce Buffer, Todd Terry, Dan Smith, Mohsin Charania, Tom Marchese, Trishelle Cannatella, and John Racener.

The Canadian contingent of pros that have stormed into Day 2 consists of Michael Watson, Timothy Adams, Erik Cajelais, Isabelle Mercier, Gavin Smith, Peter Jetten, and Michael McDonald. We will see if a Canadian can claim the top prize in the largest big buy-in tournament in the history of the country.

It should also be noted that the money bubble will burst today when 117 players remain and we will see what kind of effect that has on the pace of play. A min-cash is worth $5,421 but the big money is waiting on Day 3 and at the final table.

Cards get into the air at noon ET. Follow along throughout the day for live updates, chip counts, player interviews, and videos from the WPT Live Updates team here at the Playground Poker Club in Montreal.

Sorted In: Season XI, WPT Montreal, Playground Poker
12:00 PM, 11/25/12

 

CHIPCOUNT

NameChips
1
Mukul Pahuja 18,895,000 
2
James Mackey 11,680,000 
3
Jacob Bazeley 7,305,000 
4
Eric Afriat 6,760,000 
5
Chance Kornuth 5,315,000 
6
Matt Stout 3,665,000 

Average Chip Count: 8,975,000
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Summary

Current Level:

Countdown to WPT Final Table

Players Remaining:

6 of 1,795

Time Remaining:

Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $1,081,184
2 $691,965
3 $441,128
4 $371,931
5 $308,501
6 $247,954
7 $193,174
8 $141,276
9 $100,912
10 - 12 $66,313
13 - 15 $43,248
16 - 18 $29,985
19 - 27 $25,372
28 - 36 $21,336
37 - 45 $18,164
46 - 54 $15,569
55 - 63 $13,263
64 - 72 $11,533
73 - 81 $10,668
82 - 90 $9,803
91 - 100 $9,053
101 - 110 $8,707
111 - 120 $8,361
121 - 130 $8,073
131 - 140 $7,785
141 - 150 $7,496
151 - 160 $7,266
161 - 170 $7,093

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 50-100 0
2 75-150 0
3 75-150 25
4 100-200 25
5 150-300 50
6 200-400 50
7 250-500 75
8 300-600 75
9 400-800 100
10 500-1,000 100
11 600-1,200 200
12 800-1,600 200
13 1,000-2,000 300
14 1,200-2,400 400
15 1,500-3,000 500
16 2,000-4,000 500
17 2,500-5,000 500
18 3,000-6,000 1,000
19 4,000-8,000 1,000
20 5,000-10,000 1,000
21 6,000-12,000 2,000
22 8,000-16,000 2,000
23 10,000-20,000 3,000
24 12,000-24,000 4,000
25 15,000-30,000 5,000
26 20,000-40,000 5,000
27 25,000-50,000 5,000
28 30,000-60,000 10,000
29 35,000-70,000 10,000
30 40,000-80,000 10,000
31 50,000-100,000 15,000
32 60,000-120,000 20,000
33 80,000-160,000 20,000
34 100,000-200,000 25,000
35 125,000-250,000 25,000
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