$10 Million Shattered, Hoff Passes Away, Alpha8 Slow Start
The poker world came out in force to the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event this past weekend as the event shattered its guarantee.
While the Main Event shattered records, the first Alpha8 event was somewhat of a dud. Poker also lost another legend on Sunday.
Seminole Hard Rock Shatters $10m Guarantee
The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event kicked off this past weekend and drew in players from around the poker world with a promise of a $10 million guarantee.
That guarantee would be shattered when a total of 2,384 players took to the field over three starting days, making a prize pool of over $11.9 million.
After three days of play the field has been thinned down to 21 players and Mukul Pahuja is the current chip leader with 8.12 million. Blair Hinkle is right behind him with 6.55 million.
Other pros still in contention include Amir Lehavot, Griffin Benger, Justin Bonomo, Mark Radoja and David Sands.
The top two spots will go home as poker millionaires and first will win $1.74 million. Play resumes on Tuesday and continues until the final table is reached. Those players will return on Wednesday and play for the title.
Poker Legend Bobby Hoff Passes Away at 73
One of poker's true legends passed on Sunday. Bobby Hoff was perhaps most well known for his runner-up finish in the 1979 WSOP Main Event, losing to Hal Fowler.
Hoff was known in the poker community as "The Wizard" and spend much of the 1960s in Las Vegas as a blackjack player and as a member of a blackjack team. Soon he became one of the famous road gamblers with Doyle Brunson, Amarillo Slim, Sailor Roberts and others.
Hoff's poker career was winding down by the time the poker boom hit in 2003 but he still posted some impressive finishes in tournament poker.
He had four WSOP final table appearances, including a runner-up finish in the 1979 Main Event and a $1,000 NL Event in 1984. He also cashed three time in the Main Event for his career.
Hoff officially finished his live tournament career with $534,639 in career earnings but that number was likely much higher due to the fact that many tournaments prior to 2003 were not recorded.
First WPT Alpha 8 Event Draws a Disappointing 21 Players
The first WPT High Roller Alpha8 Event kicked off at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open on Monday.
The $100,000 buy-in event was to kick off a much anticipated series of Super High Roller Events sponsored by the World Poker Tour.
This first event did not draw the number of players hoped as only 21 players took to the event by the close of registration. Some of the players that entered the event but failed to finish Day 1 were Erik Seidel, Dan Shak, Andrew Lichtenberger, Jason Koon, and Chris Klodnicki.
Matt Glantz finished Day 1 as the chip leader with 410,500. Jason Mercier is right behind him with 375,500. 2013 WSOP November Niner JC Tran is one of the short stacks with just 94,000.
Nine players will return on Tuesday and play for the title. Only four spots will be paid in this event with first taking home $891,660.