Cash prizes were rained upon the top two in chips at the 2014 World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and it was a couple of well-known pros who bagged the big money. Justin Young ended the night with 313k in chips (from a starting stack of 30k) to nab the big 5k first place prize while Ryan “g0lfa” D’Angelo pocketed 2.5k for his 271k stack.
A massive number of entries, 479, ponied up the $3500 buy-in putting the WPT about $1.7 million into their $5m guarantee with many more expected to jump in over the next two days of this re-entry tournament. The star power in the field rivaled that of any tournament in a calendar year and included 2013 World Series of Poker Champ Ryan Riess, Phil Laak, Jennifer Tilly, Brian Hastings, Faraz Jaka, Amanda Musumeci, Eugene Katchalov, Noah Schwartz, Kathy Liebert, Matt Salsberg, Loni Harwood and Will 'The Thrill’ Failla just to name a few.
Of the 479 entries, there were no fewer than 25 previous WPT Champions in the mix.
There is no slowdown in sight as there are a constellation of stars seated as Day 1b begins. Allen Kessler, Candace Collins, Mike Sexton, David’ ODB’ Baker, Cliff 'JohnnyBax’ Josephy and James Mackey have all been spotted at the table and the list is expected to grow exponentially.
For all the updates on Day 1b at the SHRPO (it’s really not the Open, but the Showdown) visit the live updates page over at the World Poker Tour.
Bonus: Unable to make it through Day 1a, both Phil and Jen are back at it on Day 1b