2015 WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Day 1a: Amir Babakhani Leads Canadians

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown

It has been just less than a month since the last World Poker Tour (WPT) stop, but the tour is back in action for the last event on the Season XIII schedule before the WPT World Championship caps the season next week.

WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown began on Thursday in sunny Florida. The first of three Day 1s saw 502 entries in the $3,500 event and the prize pool is guaranteed to be at least $5 million. There are 10 one-hour levels on the schedule for each of the starting days, and 182 players still had chips to bag at that point on Day 1a.

Leading the way is Barry Hutter who managed to accumulate 305,700 chips, which was miles ahead of second-best stack Danny Shiff with 213,300, and only two other players tipped over the 200,000 mark.

The best stack in the hands of a Canadian player belongs to WPT Champions Club member Amir Babakhani with 114,700 chips. The defending champion of this event Eric Afriat (62,000), Global Poker Index's second-best ranked Canadian Sorel Mizzi (46,500), and Rayan Chamas (31,000) have also earned their spot in Sunday's Day 2.

Some other notable players to keep your eyes on that survived the day include Jake Schindler (181,700), Sunny Patel (161,600), Darren Elias (150,000), Faraz Jaka (149,900), Anthony Zinno (93,600), Marvin Rettenmaier (88,300), and many more.

Day 1b gives players another shot at this event and begins at noon on Friday. Check back with PokerNews Canada for a recap of the action with special attention to the Canadian contenders.

Details and photo courtesy of the WPT Live Blog.

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