Diana Shirey Leads 266 Hopefuls into 2017 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship Day 2

It is that time of the year when poker players from all around the US and the rest of the world are flocking to Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida for one of the hottest annual summer festivals.

The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open is once again featuring multiple opportunities for players to get involved in quality poker action and to win their share of attractive prize pools. One of the festival’s highlight tournaments – the $5,250 Championship – concluded its starting flight phase with last night’s closure of Day 1B.

As many as 887 entries joined the event’s field to produce the massive prize pool of $4,301,950 and beat the initially announced $3-million guaranteed prize money. The top 111 places will get paid, but as it could be assumed everyone still in contention will be vying for the first-place six-figure prize of $754,083 and the tournament trophy – a large guitar pick surrounded by several guitars.

Play is set to resume from Level 11 today at noon local time, with a total of 266 players returning to the host venue from Days 1A and 1B. The remaining hopefuls are lead by Diana Shirey who bagged and tagged 398,900 in chips at the end of Day 1B. Shirey is followed by popular poker pro Chance Kornuth with 365,000. Kornuth won a $300 tournament during last summer’s edition of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open.

Commenting on taking the chip lead, Shirey modestly said that she has been getting lucky and that she had never been a chip leader in poker tournaments. The player further explained that she had come upon some pretty good hands and that had made it easier for her to pick her spots. Here it is interesting to note that Shirey played three satellites before winning a seat into the prestigious event.

Aside from Kornuth, who is also a member of the Seminole Hard Rock Poker team of sponsored professionals, Jonathan Jaffe, Shaun Deeb, and Ari Engel are also several of the notables to have survived through Days 1A and 1B and will be seen returning for Day 2 of play.

This year’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $5,250 Championship kicked off on Friday, August 11, and is set to run through August 15. The event featured a single re-entry opportunity and, as mentioned above, offered a guaranteed prize pool of $3 million, which was exceeded due to the great interest.

US poker pro Jason Koon won last year’s edition of the tournament, adding yet another title to his hefty portfolio. The player scooped a first-place prize of $1 million and the trophy after facing competition from 846 other participants and winning a heated heads-up battle against Seth Davies. The 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship featured a guaranteed prize pool of $5 million.

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