Day 1a at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open brought in 634 entrants who were more than happy to part ways with $5,300 in an attempt at taking down the top prize in this $10 million guaranteed event.
They have been advertising this event hard over the last few months, hoping to be able to turn this dream into a real success. There are not many tournaments that open up with a $10 million guarantee, but this one looks like it is going to make that figure with ease.
The leader after the first opening day flight is Blake Bohn after he amassed 235,000 chips to put him a little ahead of Dan Dyke on 225,000. His tweet suggests he has 247,000 but the Seminole website thinks otherwise, though it all still has him out in front.
— Blake Bohn (@bkbohn) August 23, 2013
Other notables that made it through to Day 2 on Sunday include Shannon Elizabeth, Randy Dorfman, Jonathan Aguiar, Noah Schwartz, Shannon Shorr and Erick Lindgren.
Made it to Day 2 on Sunday with $95,300 chips! Thank you everyone!! Love, love, love…….
— Shannon Elizabeth (@ShannonElizab) August 23, 2013
— Randy Dorfman (@RandyDorfman) August 23, 2013
Shout out to those who put on the first-rate party at @SHRHollywood tonight. Good times!
— Shannon Shorr (@ShannonShorr) August 23, 2013
With such a large first day field, there were bound to be big name casualties too. The most notable of those were PokerStars Team Pro Jake Cody, David Sands, Tony Dunst and Matt Salsberg, though most are likely to re-buy into the event on Day 1b which gets underway at noon EDT today.
JJ into KK to bust
— Jake Cody (@JakeCody) August 23, 2013
Bah busted shr bullet 1 3 bet squeezed 99 and called off Micah’s jam vs his AQ. A on flop. #Day1aDonatorLivesOn
— matt salsberg (@msalsberg) August 22, 2013
The Top Ten From Day 1a
Blake Bohn – 235,000
Dan Dyke – 226,000
Phil West – 219,500
Luke Weidner – 202,200
Maxwell Girteit – 135,300
John Kenny – 132,000
Jonathan Aguiar – 130,000
Greg Ostrander – 129,700
Joseph McKeehen – 129,300
Randy Dorfman – 120,000
Day 1b is expected to bring a similar sized field as of that was witnessed for the first flight but Day 1c is the one where we are expecting a huge number. So until the day starts up, which you can watch via live streaming here, take a look at the interview with Noah Schwartz below.