2018 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Attracts Record Starting Fields

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown series kicked off on April 5 and is now nearing its end as it moves into Day 3 of the $3 million guaranteed WPT Showdown Championship. The number of entries set a new record in the tournament's history at 1,309 and became the fifth-largest tournament in WPT history.

Tournament operators knew they needed at least 938 entries to meet the $3 million guarantee. After 646 players entered the tournament in Day 1A, the total number of entries topped the minimum for the guarantee just one hour into Day 1B. By the end of the day, the total prize pool eclipsed the $4 million mark.

Among those that came into the tournament in the second flight were former WPT champions Darren Elias, Brian Altman, Jonathan Little, Mike Dentale, Ari Engel, and Matt Stout. A total of 480 players survived Day One, 81 of which will return today for Day 3.

Joseph Cheong is the overwhelming chip leader going into play today with nearly 400,000 more chips than his closest competitor, Brian Hastings. Several notable pros are still in the mix, including Faraz Jaka, Matt Stout, and Natasha Mercier. Each of the remaining players is guaranteed a cash of at least $7,949.

Five 90-minute levels are in on the schedule for today from noon through 8:30 p.m. Players who were already eliminated have the chance to enter other events in the series schedule including an NLH event with a $5,000 buy-in and a $250,000 guaranteed prize pool.

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