July 04-9 | ARIA Resort & Casino | Las Vegas, Nevada
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Hand #149: Sean Yu Wins! ($260,000)

05:27 AM, 07/10/14

Hands #134: Kareem Marshall Doubles Thru Sean Yu

05:09 AM, 07/10/14

Hands #126-128: Scott Clements Out in 3rd Place ($120,500)

04:54 AM, 07/10/14

Hand #113: Christian Harder Out in 4th Place ($90,000)

04:30 AM, 07/10/14

Hand #72: Jeffrey Ray Out in 5th Place ($70,000)

03:15 AM, 07/10/14

Hand #50: Luis Nargentino Out in 6th Place ($55,000)

02:29 AM, 07/10/14

The Nine Final Tablists

01:56 AM, 07/10/14

Hand #25: Brian Benhamou Out in 7th Place ($45,000)

01:20 AM, 07/10/14

Hand #24: Terry Fleischer Out in 8th Place ($35,000)

01:15 AM, 07/10/14

Hand #18: Messadek Soufiane Out in 9th Place ($26,000)

01:08 AM, 07/10/14

Kazu Oshima Out in 10th Place ($20,000)

12:04 AM, 07/10/14

Zarah Whimper Out in 13th Place ($16,000)

11:39 PM, 07/09/14

Kareem Marshall Doubles Thru Scott Clements

10:56 PM, 07/09/14

The Winner's Bounty

10:30 PM, 07/09/14

Scott Montgomery Eliminated by Christian Harder

09:27 PM, 07/09/14

Chipleader Jonas Ten Cate Crosses 5 Million in Chips

06:52 PM, 07/09/14

Chipleaders From the Break

06:23 PM, 07/09/14

Official Prizepool: $1,799,500

02:34 PM, 07/09/14

Bonus Prizes for Final Table

02:04 PM, 07/09/14

WPT by Number

02:00 PM, 07/09/14

Ken Daneyko Talks WPT500

01:56 PM, 07/09/14

Day 2 Seat Draw (Partial)

01:10 PM, 07/09/14

Interview with Adam Pliska

12:58 PM, 07/09/14

Remembering Chad Brown

11:43 AM, 07/09/14

Turbo Tidbits

08:56 AM, 07/09/14

"Turbo Time!"

08:35 AM, 07/09/14

Members of the WPT Champions Club in the Field

10:34 PM, 07/08/14

Breakdown of the First Five Starting Fields

09:08 PM, 07/08/14

Official Prizepool for Day 1E

06:16 PM, 07/08/14

All of the Alternates Have Been Seated

05:31 PM, 07/08/14

Shaun the Dealer Dealt a Bad Beat on Hand #1

05:06 PM, 07/08/14

PokerNews Podcast: R-E-S-P-E-C-T

03:25 PM, 07/08/14

Day 1F Already Filling Up

02:03 PM, 07/08/14

Catching Up With the partypoker Qualifiers

12:53 PM, 07/08/14

Day 1E at ARIA

11:45 AM, 07/08/14

Day 1D Summary: Field Sizes Nearly Double

08:09 AM, 07/08/14

Bonus Prizes for the Nine Final Tablists and the Winner

01:10 AM, 07/08/14

Updated Chip Counts From the Break

12:18 AM, 07/08/14

Money Bubble Lasts For 1 Hand of Hand-for-Hand Play

10:50 PM, 07/07/14

Chipleaders at the Break

10:10 PM, 07/07/14

WPT Champions Club: Keven Stammen and Eric Afriat

08:41 PM, 07/07/14

Packed Field with 12 WPT Champions Club Members

06:22 PM, 07/07/14

Quick Video Look at Today's Line for Registration

06:10 PM, 07/07/14

Official Prizepool for Day 1D (780 Entrants)

06:03 PM, 07/07/14

At Least 8 WPT Champions Club Members in the Field

05:43 PM, 07/07/14

Tomorrow's Day 1E Is Already Into Alternates

04:10 PM, 07/07/14

$1 Million Guarantee Reached -- Two Days Early

03:54 PM, 07/07/14

Video: partypoker Qualifiers VIP Party at Haze

03:25 PM, 07/07/14

A Misstep For "PearlJammer"

02:50 PM, 07/07/14

Mike Sexton's First WSOP

02:02 PM, 07/07/14

Shuffle Up and Deal

12:02 PM, 07/07/14

Day 1D Dawns at ARIA

11:48 AM, 07/07/14

Day 1C Summary: Field Size at 1,256 and Counting

09:39 AM, 07/07/14

Day 1C Ends With 22 Players

01:20 AM, 07/07/14

New Royal Flush Girl: Kat Kelley

11:32 PM, 07/06/14

First Double-Casher in a WPT Event? Jackie Saltzman

11:10 PM, 07/06/14

Bubble Bursts Before It Begins -- 3rd Day In a Row

10:17 PM, 07/06/14

Accidental Flirt Lynn Gilmartin

06:12 PM, 07/06/14

Making Sense of a Unique Tourney: WPT500 at ARIA

04:57 PM, 07/06/14

Meet the Newest Royal Flush Girl!

04:45 PM, 07/06/14

Mike Sexton Finds Value at the #WPT500

02:52 PM, 07/06/14

Lots of "Talent" in the Room

01:44 PM, 07/06/14

Phil Hellmuth Stops by the WPT500

12:33 PM, 07/06/14

Third Verse, Same as the First

11:59 AM, 07/06/14

Day 1B Summary: Soufiane Dominates with 1.1M

11:28 AM, 07/06/14

Day 1B Chipleader: Messadek Soufiane

01:42 AM, 07/06/14

Player Party Tonight at Haze for partypoker Qualifiers

08:01 PM, 07/05/14

Phil Hellmuth Eliminated. No, Really This Time.

06:22 PM, 07/05/14

Phil Hellmuth Still Alive (Cue the Mark Twain Quote)

05:56 PM, 07/05/14

Official Prizepool for Day 1B

05:22 PM, 07/05/14

Making Sense of a Unique Tourney: WPT500 at ARIA

03:41 PM, 07/05/14


03:26 PM, 07/05/14

Lynn Wants You to Come Play the WPT500!

02:51 PM, 07/05/14

Join the RankingHero Last Longer

02:25 PM, 07/05/14

Day 1A Summary: 433 Enter, 22 Survive to Day 2

01:33 PM, 07/05/14

partypoker Qualifiers VIP Party Tonight

12:47 PM, 07/05/14

Day 1B Begins at ARIA

11:36 AM, 07/05/14

Scott Montgomery Busts the Final Player of Day 1A

01:36 AM, 07/05/14

Last Hand Before Dinner: David Tuthill vs. Keven Stammen

08:40 PM, 07/04/14

Strong Turnout for Women at the WPT500 at ARIA

05:41 PM, 07/04/14

Watching the World Cup: Germany vs. France

04:54 PM, 07/04/14

Welcome to the WPT500, Instagram Style

04:20 PM, 07/04/14

Making Sense of a Unique Tourney: WPT500 at ARIA

01:28 PM, 07/04/14

WPT500 Strategy Tips from Scott Baumstein

01:28 PM, 07/04/14

Shuffle Up and Deal!

12:07 PM, 07/04/14

A New Season, A New Venue, A New Event

11:46 AM, 07/04/14

Live Tournament Updates

Final Table Bios

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Seat 1: Matt Giannetti - 3,005,000

8081 Matt Giannetti

Matt Giannetti is one of two Champions Club members at today's final table and he is also the chip leader with just over 3 million. That gives this poker professional a great shot at winning another WPT title to go with his triumph at WPT Malta during Season X. He cashed a total of three times during Season X but this is his first cash of Season XI. Giannetti has been playing poker for ten years and eight of them have been as a professional. He has $464,939 in total WPT cashes and his career earnings are close to $4 million. Giannetti was a recent member of the November Nine and he took fourth place at the World Series of Poker Main Event final table this past Fall to score $3 million. He currently resides in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida with his girlfriend and their child. He was born in Worcester, MA and was raised in Upstate New York. The 28-year-old has also spent some time in Austin, TX while attending the University of Texas.

Seat 2: Lily Kiletto - 860,000

8422 Lily Kiletto

Lily Kiletto is the short stack heading into Tuesday's final table with 860,000 and she is the last woman standing in this event. She is originally from Laos and grew up in Raymond, WA. Lily is currently an investor and fashion designer, and formerly worked as a casino dealer. This 30-year-old has been playing poker for 10 years and this is the fourth WPT event she has entered. Lily has $8,000 in career poker earnings and she will easily top that today in Florida with a guaranteed cash worth at least $50,968.

Seat 3: Darryll Fish - 2,660,000 
8397 Darryll Fish

Darryll Fish is another one of the experienced professionals at today's final table. He played very solid poker on Monday, building his stack from one of the smallest left in the tournament up to the second largest by the time the final table was set. The 26-year-old has been playing poker for eight years and he has racked up close to $900,000 in career earnings. Fish has accumulated over $300,000 of that prize money at WPT events. He has cashed six times on the tour and made two previous WPT final tables. Each of those times he finished in sixth place, but with his skill and a large chip stack Fish will surely top that mark today in South Florida. Fish grew up in this region of the country and he currently resides in Fort Lauderdale.

Seat 4: Matt Salsberg - 980,000

8442 Matt Salsberg

Only one poker player in the world can claim making two WPT final tables in the month of February this year, and that is Champions Club member Matt Salsberg. He took sixth place at the Borgata Winter Poker Open final table just 11 days ago. Salsberg also won the WPT Grand Prix de Paris this past Fall and he is in the running for WPT Season XI Player of the Year (a win here in Florida would give him a big lead in the WPT POY standings). This will be Salsberg's third WPT final table and his fourth cash on the tour. In addition to his win in Paris and final table at the Borgata, Salsberg took 42nd place at the Legends of Poker in Season X. Salsberg is also a Producer and Writer in Hollywood, where he formerly worked on the Showtime comedy Weeds. He has been playing in a lot more poker tournaments since the conclusion of that series and his success rate speaks for itself. 

Seat 5: Hayden Fortini - 1,620,000 

8343 Hayden Fortini

Hayden Fortini enters the final table in fourth chip-position with 1,620,000. He is one of the X-factors among the final six. Fortini has never cashed at a WPT event before but he has played solid poker throughout the tournament, most notably during extended play on the money bubble, a time where he accumulated a lot of chips. The 23-year-old poker professional from Vero Beach, FL has over $300,000 and it is very likely he will score the single largest cash of his career at this final table (fifth or better would do it). Fortini has been playing poker professionally for four years. 

Seat 6: Danny Shiff - 1,930,000

8267 Danny Shiff

If you hear a player chatting at today's final table odds are you will be listening to Danny Shiff. The 38-year-old who grew up in Israel and the Ukraine has been one of the most vocal and entertaining players in the tournament. When filling out his bio sheet late last night he came across the question, "How would other players describe you?". He then looked up to the table and asked with a grin, "Guys how do I play? Can you help me out here." Shiff enters the final table in third chip-position and he will be looking to claim his first WPT title. This will be his sixth cash on the tour and he has$ 269,512 in career WPT earnings. Shiff has also worked in Real Estate for 17 years but he has also won over $650,000 playing poker during 15 years at the tables.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
01:43 PM, 02/12/13

Matt Salsberg Makes Back-to-Back WPT Final Tables

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Day 3 at the World Poker Tour Lucky Hearts Poker Open was a long one at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in South Florida. Cards got into the air for the returning field of 36 players at 1 p.m. ET and the WPT final table of six wasn’t set until 4 a.m. The final table is going to be a good one, making the long wait worth it. The wait between final tables wasn’t a long one at all for Matt Salsberg though. After finishing in sixth place at the Borgata Winter Poker Open last week, he is guaranteed to at least match that performance here in Florida.

Salsberg is joined by Matt Giannetti (final table chip leader), Darryll Fish, Danny Shiff, Lily Kiletto, and Hayden Fortini. Each of these six finalists will take home at least $50,968 at Tuesday’s final table. Here is a look at the seating chart and chip counts for the final table.

Seat 1: Matt Giannetti - 3,005,000
Seat 2: Lily Kiletto - 860,000
Seat 3: Darryll Fish - 2,660,000
Seat 4: Matt Salsberg - 980,000
Seat 5: Hayden Fortini - 1,620,000
Seat 6: Danny Shiff - 1,930,000

Notables that cashed today included Vincent Spadavecchia (10th place), Champions Club member Tony Ruberto (11th place), WPT Season X Player of the Year Joe Serock (14th place), Marsha Wolak (23rd place), Mike Beasley (29th place), Justin Zaki (30th place), and Dana Kellstrom (35th place).

Tune back in tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET when cards get back into the air at the final table of six. You can follow along with the action in our hand-for-hand live updates, and watch the live stream that begins airing at 3:30 p.m. Who will walk away with $323,804 in prize money and a spot on the WPT Champions Cup? You’ll have to tune in tomorrow to find out.

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Matt Giannetti, Darryll Fish, Danny Shiff, Lily Kiletto, Hayden Fortini, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
04:51 AM, 02/12/13

WPT Final Table: Official Chip Counts

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

The WPT Final Table is set, and action is scheduled to begin at 3:00 pm ET, with the WPT Live Stream following all the action -- with hole cards -- on a 30-minute delay.

Here are the official chip counts:

Seat 1.  Matt Giannetti  -  3,005,000  (75 bb)
Seat 2.  Lily Kiletto  -  860,000  (21 bb)
Seat 3.  Darryll Fish  -  2,660,000  (66 bb)
Seat 4.  Matt Salsberg  -  980,000  (24 bb)
Seat 5.  Hayden Fortini  -  1,620,000  (40 bb)
Seat 6.  Danny Shiff  -  1,930,000  (48 bb)

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
04:44 AM, 02/12/13

Hand #89: Ben Tarzia Eliminated in 7th Place ($38,976)

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #89  -  Danny Shiff raises from the hijack to 85,000, Ben Tarzia moves all in from the cutoff for 560,000, and Shiff calls with 7club7spade. Tarzia turns over Aclub10heart, and he'll need to improve to stay alive.

The board comes Qdiamond7diamond2club10diamond4heart, and Shiff flops a set of sevens to win the pot and eliminate Ben Tarzia on the WPT Final Table bubble in seventh place.

Ben Tarzia  -  Out in 7th Place  ($38,976)

Sorted In: Featured Blog, Ben Tarzia, Danny Shiff, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
04:40 AM, 02/12/13

Hands #87-88: One More Bustout To Go Tonight

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #87  -  Darryll Fish raises UTG+1 to 85,000, Matt Salsberg calls from the hijack, Hayden Fortini calls from the cutoff, and Ben Tarzia calls from the small blind. The flop comes Aheart10club6spade, Tarzia checks, and Fish bets 150,000. The other three players fold, and Fish takes the pot.

Hand #88  -  Danny Shiff raises from the cutoff to 85,000, and Lily Kiletto moves all in from the big blind. Shiff tanks for a while, briefly flashing his Aspade10club to the rail before he folds. Kiletto takes the pot.

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
04:37 AM, 02/12/13

Hands #84-86: Final Seven Players

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #84  -  Everyone folds to Hayden Fortini, giving him a walk in the big blind.

Hand #85  -  Matt Salsberg min-raises from the button to 80,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #86  -  Matt Giannetti raises under the gun to 85,000, Hayden Fortini calls from the button, and Ben Tarzia calls from the big blind. The flop comes 8spade5club3diamond, Tarzia checks, and Giannetti bets 150,000. Fortini and Tarzia both fold, and Giannetti takes the pot.

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
04:33 AM, 02/12/13

Level 26 Begins; Official Chip Counts

Level 26: 20,000-40,000, 5,000 ante

The players return from break to begin Level 26, with increased blinds of 20,000-40,000 and a 5,000 ante. With seven players remaining, the average stack is about 1.58 million (39 bb).

Action will continue tonight until one more player is eliminated, and the final six players will return tomorrow afternoon for the WPT Final Table.

Here are the official chip counts from the final table:

Seat 1.  Ben Tarzia  -  770,000  (19 bb)
Seat 2.  Matt Giannetti  -  2,840,000  (71 bb)
Seat 3.  Lily Kiletto  -  770,000  (19 bb)
Seat 4. 
Seat 5.  Darryll Fish  -  2,415,000  (60 bb)
Seat 6.  Matt Salsberg  -  1,065,000  (26 bb)
Seat 7.  Hayden Fortini  -  1,795,000  (44 bb)
Seat 8. 
Seat 9. 
Seat 10.  Danny Shiff  -  1,370,000  (34 bb)

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
04:29 AM, 02/12/13

Hands #82-83: Last Hands Before the Break

Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #82  -  Tarzia raises from the button to 75,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #83  -  Tarzia raises from the cutoff to 75,000, Matt Giannetti reraises from the button to 185,000, and Tarzia calls. The break begins, and the other players all leave to let Tarzia and Giannetti to play this hand with the table to themselves.

The flop comes 9spade9club8club, Tarzia checks, Giannetti bets 215,000, and Tarzia calls. The turn is the 2spade, and both players check.

The river is the Adiamond, Tarzia checks, Giannetti bets 390,000, and Tarzia calls with JheartJspade. But Giannetti turns over AheartKclub, pairing his ace on the river to win the pot. Tarzia curses the river card before leaving for his break.

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
04:22 AM, 02/12/13

Hands #79-81: Lily Isn't a Part of the Family (Pot)

Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

Hand #79  -  Ben Tarzia raises under the gun to 75,000, Danny Shiff reraises from the big blind to 215,000, and Tarzia folds. Shiff takes the pot.

Hand #80  -  Darryll Fish raises UTG+1 to 65,000, winning the blinds and antes.

Hand #81  -  Darryll Fish raises under the gun to 65,000, and everybody calls. Except for Lily Kiletto of course, since she isn't even in the room at the moment. So it's a six-way family pot.

Everyone checks to the turn on a board of Aclub10diamond2spade7spade, and everyone checks to Shiff on the button, who bets 125,000. Everyone folds except for Fish (UTG) and Fortini (UTG+1), who both call.

The river is the Jdiamond, and all three players check. Fortini shows QdiamondQheart to win the pot, and Fish and Shiff both muck.

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
04:17 AM, 02/12/13

Lily Kiletto Leaves For An Early Break

Level 25: 15,000-30,000, 5,000 ante

With about seven minute left in the level, Lily Kiletto heads out for the break a little early during Hand #78.

Sorted In: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood, Season XI, WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open
04:10 AM, 02/12/13



Sean Yu
Kareem Marshall
Scott Clements
Christian Harder
Jeffrey Ray
Luis Nargentino

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Payout Structure

Place Prize
1 $260,000
2 $180,000
3 $120,500
4 $90,000
5 $70,000
6 $55,000
7 $45,000
8 $35,000
9 $26,000
10 - 12 $20,000
13 - 15 $16,000
16 - 18 $13,000
19 - 27 $10,000
28 - 36 $8,000
37 - 45 $6,000
46 - 54 $5,000
55 - 63 $4,000
64 - 72 $3,500
73 - 90 $3,000
91 - 108 $2,500
109 - 126 $2,000
127 - 153 $1,500
154 - 176 $1,250

Blind Structure

Level Blinds Ante
1 25-50 0
2 50-100 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 40,000-80,000 10,000
30 50,000-100,000 15,000
31 60,000-120,000 20,000
32 75,000-150,000 25,000
33 100,000-200,000 25,000
34 150,000-300,000 50,000
35 200,000-400,000 50,000
36 250,000-500,000 75,000
37 300,000-600,000 75,000
38 400,000-800,000 100,000
39 500,000-1,000,000 100,000
40 600,000-1,200,000 200,000
41 25-50 0
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