On Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock $10,000,000 guarantee Championship Event will kick off. With a buy-in of $5,300, the anticipation is high, both in regards to the size of the field and the handfuls of marquee names that will be in the mix in South Florida. While all the talk of this event focuses around the largest single-event guarantee in the history of poker, there are 32 other events on the schedule ranging in buy-ins from $125-$100,000.
Of those 32 events, 20 of them have taken place before the start of the $10,000,000 guarantee Championship Event. All of these events have been successful, once again proving that poker in the Sunshine State is thriving as one of the game's hotbeds on American soil.
Earlier this week, Rich Ryan recapped the massive $1,000,000 guarantee Event #7. With just a $560 entry, the event attracted 3,389 players and created a whopping prize pool of $1,694,500. Ray Piccin took home the title and nearly $300,000 in prize money, but let's also not forget about the other winners thus far in the series.
|Event #1: $350 No-Limit Hold'em Deep Stack||$500,000||3,391||Derek Buonano||$90,000|
|Event #2: $1,100 No-Limit Hold'em||$75,000||98||Benjamin Stark||$27,000|
|Event #3: $240 No-Limit Hold'em Deep Stack Turbo||$25,000||249||Steven Cardarelli||$4,928|
|Event #4: $240 $240 Seven-Card Stud||$5,000||41||Kevin Painter||$2,287|
|Event #5: $240 No-Limit Hold'em Black Chip Bounty||$20,000||252||Christopher Carey||$7,053|
|Event #6: $125 No-Limit Hold'em Deep Stack||$150,000||3,617||Brett Bader||$49,627|
|Event #7: $560 No-Limit Hold'em Deep Stack||$1,000,000||3,389||Ray Piccin||$291,087|
|Event #8: $240 Omaha Eight-or-Better||$15,000||105||Cory Blum||$5,458|
|Event #9: $150 No-Limit Hold'em Double Green Chip Bounty||n/a||159||James Sutherland||$1,968|
|Event #10: $240 H.O.R.S.E.||$10,000||102||Jason Like||$4,999|
|Event #11: $2,200 No-Limit Hold'em||$150,000||85||Jacob Schindler||$59,500|
|Event #12: $240 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better||$10,000||156||John Holley III||$5,919|
|Event #13: $240 Hold'em Escalator||$10,000||75||Jorie Polokoff||$2,016|
|Event #14: $150 No-Limit Hold'em||$20,000||428||Bennie Sims||$8,000|
|Event #15: $240 Seniors' No-Limit Hold'em||$10,000||192||John Holley III||$9,207|
|Event #16: $350 6-Max No-Limit Hold'em||$20,000||185||Matthew Kirby||$11,233|
|Event #17: $300 No-Limit Hold'em||$25,000||233||Luis Vazquez||$12,002|
|Event #18: $240 Double Stack Pot-Limit Omaha||$10,000||202||Seth Weinberg||$9,030|
|Event #19: $150 No-Limit Hold'em||$20,000||347||Oneil McCalla||$6,265|
|Event #20: $150 No-Limit Hold'em||$20,000||--TBD--||--TBD--||--TBD--|
The $5,300 buy-in Championship Event will feature three starting days and unlimited re-entries, and participants will be able to update their friends and family on their progress using the PokerNews MyStack App.
This superb app, which generated more than 2,700 updates during the 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event, connects poker players right to the PokerNews live feed. Players in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Championship Main Event will be able to update their own chip counts, post comments, and even share photos with other PokerNews readers from around the world. Players can also simultaneously update their Facebook friends and Twitter followers using the app.
You can download the app for iPhone or Android now to get started. Then, create a new PokerNews account or update your current one to start updating your status immediately. Your followers can see all the live action you are involved in. Your updates will be posted in the "Players Updates" section of PokerNews straight from your favorite mobile device.
After the $5,300 Championship Event, there are still 12 more events to be played, including the first $100,000 World Poker Tour Alpha8 event. The schedule for the remaining prelim events can be found at SeminoleHardRockPokerOpen.com.
Lead photo courtesy of the WPT blog.