WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Draws Record Field

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At the beginning of Day 1c there was a bit of nervousness from the World Poker Tour (WPT) and the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. The $5,000,000 prize pool they guaranteed was at risk, needing as big of a field as Day 1b. The fear did not last for long as it only took two levels to pass the 1,551 entries required.

When registration at the end of Level 6 was closed, a new WPT attendance record had been achieved. The final total field size reached 1,795 entries, making the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Main Event, the largest World Poker Tour Main Event ever.

Day 1c had a total of 774 buy-ins with 304 moving on to Sunday's Day 2. Leading the way at the end of play was Joe Kuether bagging up 295,900. Other top stacks include Will Durkee, Nick Schwarmann, Gary Sewell, and Siva Ganta.

1Joe Kuether295,900
2Will Durkee284,800
3Nick Schwarmann274,900
4Gary Sewell266,300
5Siva Ganta217,800
6Angelo Miele192,800
7Ray Qartomy186,700
8Jason Rosenberg172,700
9Phil Laak169,300
10Kunal Patel158,200

The Canadian contingent is looking strong with Mario Lim, Jonathan Roy, Paul Klann, and John Krpan in the spotlight. Lim is coming off a final table at the WPT Canadian Spring Championship two weeks ago at Playground Poker, outside of Montreal. Here are the remaining Canadian chip counts:

Jonathan Roy160,900
John Krpan126,600
Paul Klann52,700
Mario Lim48,200

Notables securing their seat for Day 2 were Josh Arieh, Ty Reiman, Mike Linster, Matt Giannetti, Mukul Pahuja, Jared Jaffee, Jeff Gross, Guillaume Darcourt, defending champion Kevin Eyster, Isaac Baron, Michael Mizrachi, and Matthew Waxman.

Those failing on their final chance to qualify for Day 2 and heading home include Canadians Nenad Medic and Jason Duvall, Marvin Rettenmaier, Robert Mizrachi, David Baker, Candace Collins, Jonathan Aguiar, Amir Babakhani, Joe Serock, and jeff Madsen.

A total of 673 players will return to the Seminole Hard Rock poker room on Sunday. They will play 10, 60-minute levels, and the money-bubble is expected to burst today at 170th place. The final numbers and prize pool were released this morning. The total prize pool is $5,763,150, crushing the $5 million guarantee, with first place walking away with $1,081,184.

Play is under way on Day 2. Check back at day’s end for a full recap of today’s action.

*Data and photos courtesy of the WPT Blog.

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