The Seminole Hard Rock Rock’N’Roll Poker Open is currently taking place at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, a favorite poker destination to players from the international poker community. Eyes are now on the $3,500 Championship with a guaranteed prize pool of $2 million. Texas-based poker pro Upeshka De Silva finished the tournament’s Day 2 as the chip leader, heading the remaining 48 finishers into Day 3.
The Main Event kicked off with two starting flights, with those attracting 760 entries. Day 1A of the tournament saw 339 entries register to play, of whom 118 advanced to Day 2. On Day 1B, 421 entries entered the event and 165 of them advanced into the next day. Thus, there were a total of 283 players to sit at the Seminole Hard Rock poker tables on Sunday at the time cards were thrown in the air.
A lot happened yesterday. More than 200 players got busted, losing their chance to get hands on the lion’s share of the prize pool. And speaking of the prize pool itself, the amount of $2,432,000 was generated in prize money, surpassing the initially announced guaranteed prize pool. The top 72 spots are to get paid. The bubble burst on Day 2 of the event. Russel Thomas was eliminated on the bubble to become the unfortunate bubble boy. The remaining players were all guaranteed a minimum payout of $7,053.
De Silva bagged 1,938,000 in chips at the end of Day 2. Aside from him, Ari Engel was the only player to have scored a seven-figure stack for Day 3. Engel will start the new day with a total of 1,116,000.
De Silva is a known name in the poker community. The player is a regular participant in some of the major events to be taking place throughout the year. Most recently, he finished 3rd in the WPT Legends of Poker $4,000 Main Event for $198,720. Last summer, the player captured a gold bracelet, his first one ever, during the 46th Annual WSOP. He bested the field of the $1,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament and added $424,577 to his poker bankroll. De Silva has so far won $1,295,811 in live tournament earnings.
Day 3 of the event is set to be begin today at noon local time. The remaining players will have the task to play down to the final 18 players. Each of the contenders that are to return to the host venue today is guaranteed a payout of $8,998.
The $3,500 Championship is to be concluded on Wednesday, November 30, when the final table will be played. The winner is to scoop a first-place prize of $564,227.