The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida is nearing its completion. There are still 9 players in contention for the first-place prize of $1 million and last year’s champion Daniel Colman is among them. In 2014, the player topped the field of 1,499 entries to win the amount of $1,446,710.
The four-day Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $5,250 Main Event or Event #21 in the tournament’s schedule kicked off on August 15 and attracted a field of 907 entries. Although they created a prize pool of $4,398,950, the event actually features a guaranteed one of $5 million.
With only 9 remaining players, the official final table is scheduled to start today at 12 pm local time. Play will resume from Level 26 with the limits being at 30,000/60,000. Here are are the 9 contenders for the title and the first-place prize as well as a little more information about them.
Seat 1: Randy Pfeifer (8,030,000)
Pfeifer will start the Main Event’s final day as the chip leader. The player has collected a total of 8,030,000 chips, which is 134 big blinds. The New York-based poker pro has $1,457,740 in live tournament winnings and has topped the fields of a number of prestigious events. online casino
Seat 2: Larry Moccia (2,730,000)
Moccia will return for Day 4 of the event with 2,730,000 or 46 big blinds. Not much could be said about the player as his name is new to the world of poker. Yet, one thing is for sure – Moccia will leave the final table with a payout of no less than $75,000 and why not the first-place prize of $1 million.
Seat 3: Joseph Couden (950,000)
Couden will start Day 4 as the short stack with only 16 big blinds left or a total of 950,000 chips. So far, the Ohio-born player has a total of $728,261 in live career winnings. His latest achievement was his 1st place in the Florida State Poker Championships $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em event for $154,762.
Seat 4: Rick Alvarado (1,090,000)
With his stack of 1,090,000 chips, Alvarado has as many as 18 big blinds left.
Seat 5: Paul Volpe (1,160,000)
The one-time WSOP gold bracelet winner will start Day 4 of the Main Event with 19 big blinds. The Pennsylvania resident has $3,958,476 in live tournament winnings and $5,152,372 in online ones. During his career, he has triumphed or made final table appearances in a number of prestigious events.
Seat 6: Dan Colman (3,655,000)
Defending champion Dan Colman will return for the Main Event’s final table with 61 big blinds or third in chips. A lot could be said about the player. Last year was quite profitable for him after he emerged victorious in the WSOP BIG ONE for ONE DROP event for more than $15 million as well as the 2014 edition of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event.
His live tournament earnings currently amount to $24,427,801.
Seat 7: Omar Zazay (3,840,000)
Zazay will start the day second in chips with 64 big blinds left. The Texan has collected $323,469 since the beginning of his career and will add no less than $75,000 to his poker bankroll after the end of the Main Event.
Seat 8: Vlad Mezheritsky (2,700,000)
The player completed Day 3 with 2,700,000 chips or 45 big blinds. His live tournament earnings currently amount to $392,059. His best achievement was his 5th place in the 2014 WPT Borgata Winter Poker Tour, where he collected a payout of $213,650.
Seat 9: Brian Phillis (3,070,000)
With 51 big blinds, Phillis has every chance to top the field of the Main Event. The player has collected a little more than $50,000 in a number of tournaments.
As mentioned above, play will resume at 12 pm local time and will be streamed live with commentary from fourteen-time WSOP gold bracelet winner Phil Hellmuth.