Jared Jaffee Leads as Day 1A of SHRPO $10M Guaranteed Main Event Draws 334

Jared Jaffee dominated the Day 1A action in the 2014 SHRPO Main Event, bagging 462,800 for a sizable chiplead. (Photo c/o Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood)

Jared Jaffee dominated the Day 1A action in the 2014 SHRPO Main Event, bagging 462,800 for a sizable chiplead. (Photo c/o Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood)

Blair Hinkle enjoyed a life-changing victory one year ago in the inaugural $10 Million Guaranteed Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event, and as one of the busiest parts of the poker calendar continues to play out the sequel is now underway.

Hinkle had one of 334 entries on Day 1A of the 2014 SHRPO Main Event and made the most of it, carrying his title defense into Day 2 on his first bullet. He’s one of 98 who bagged up at the end of the night, and they’re all looking up at bracelet-winner and WPT title-holder Jared Jaffee. The Florida native takes a hefty 462,800 into Day 2, multiplying his starting stack by over 15 by the close of action Thursday.

Jaffee’s followed in the chip counts by David Faber (364,100) and Ben Lamb (275,700). Lamb has been a rare sight at major tournament series’ since his 2011 WSOP Player of the Year campaign, but the promise of a juicy prizepool and some massive cash game action brought him to South Florida and he’s taken advantage so far.

Other Day 1A survivors include another November Niner in John Dolan (272,900), Daniel Weinman (231,000), Bob ‘Uncle Krunk’ Panitch (198,300), John Racener (187,000), Brian Hastings (184,000), Josh Arieh (167,500), Matt Stout (122,000), Nick Schulman (98,000), Jason Mercier, Joe Cada and Mohsin Charania.

There are two more starting sessions to be played, and with the Labor Day weekend getting underway and the promise of a $10 million guarantee the next two days are sure to bring out massive fields. In 2013, Day 1A drew 634 players, Day 1B had 690 and Day 1C capped it off with 1,060, making for a grand total of 2,384 entries.

Play will start at 12 pm EST for Day 1B Friday and Day 1C Saturday, with players receiving 30,000 chips for their $5,300 buy-in. Players may re-enter as many times as they like for the first 10 levels of each starting session, with satellites running all day for the next two days as players dream of the kind of $1.7 million payday that Hinkle enjoyed.

2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event – End of Day 1A Chip Counts

  1. Jared Jaffee – 462,800
  2. David Faber – 364,100
  3. Ben Lamb – 275,700
  4. John Dolan – 272,900
  5. Roddy Boling 263,000
  6. Daniel Weinman – 231,000
  7. Bob Panitch – 198,300
  8. John Racener – 187,000
  9. Brian Hastings – 184,000
  10. Anthony Zinno – 169,500
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