Day 2 of the World Poker Tour Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $3,500 Main Event closed after ten levels of action. The day began with 476 hopeful players, only 66 remain in action and Matt Affleck snagged the chip lead with 1.8 million.
Affleck wasn’t near the chip lead until an unknown player came to his table and created some insane action. According to an interview with WPT he said, “Somehow I have to fade a 50-50 with the top two, which is a joke [laughs], and I held. An orbit before that I had kings versus Jaffee’s jacks, so I went from 500k to to 1.6 million in like three orbits.”
Dan Colman, Erik Seidel and Bryn Kenney all sit outside the top ten spots with above-average stacks. South Florida native and expecting father Jason Mercier has one of the shorter returning stacks along with Pratyush Buddiga, Tyler Kenney and Chris Klodnicki.
he field hit the money bubble after the dinner break with 151 players without having to play a long bubble. The floor called for dealers to hold the action to begin hand-for-hand play when Fermin Micheo busted holding bottom two pair for the last player to earn nothing.
More than 80 players busted on Saturday to cash in the event and the field hit the five-figure pay bump before play ended. Garrett Greer, Matt Glantz and Mimi Luu were among the last players eliminated before time ran out.
Cards hit air for the Day 3 at noon ET and the schedule calls for the field to play down to final TV table of six players, then take a two-day break before the final table on Wednesday, April 5 at noon for a livestream.
Top Ten Chip Counts
1. Matt Affleck – 1,893,000
2. Eric Beller – 1,155,000
3. Phil Hui – 1,120,000
4. Ubaid Habib – 1,061,000
5. Robert Mizrachi – 1,038,000
6. Dietrich Fast – 1,020,000
7. Brandon Caputo – 1,004,00
8. Chad Eveslage – 930,000
9. Kelly Minkin – 873,000
10. Lance Howard – 849,000
Here’s a look at the top five players from Florida.