John Dolan Leads Final 62 in SHRPO Main Event; Colman, Hinkle in the Mix

John Dolan is well out in front after Day 2 of the SHRPO Main Event, but he has a lot of talented players still standing in his way. (Photo c/o Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood)

John Dolan is well out in front after Day 2 of the SHRPO Main Event, but he has a lot of talented players still standing in his way. (Photo c/o Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood)

Day 2 of the 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open set the stage for what could be one of the most entertaining finishes to a tournament in recent memory.

There are dozens of stories to look out for on Day 3 Monday, but it all starts with chipleader John Dolan. The former November Niner knows a little something about seven-figure paydays and high-pressure poker, and he takes 3,005,000 and a significant advantage with him after an impressive day of poker.

Dolan’s one of just 62 players remaining in the hunt for the SHRPO Main Event title and over $1.4 million, and it won’t be an easy task for whomever outlasts the rest to claim victory. Farhan Madhani is the only other player to bag over 2 million, and the rest of the top 10 is filled out by the likes of Sergey Rybachenko (1,739,000), Joe Kuether (1,333,000) and Daniel Colman (1,237,000).

Colman has been virtually unstoppable over the last few months, and he has a solid grip on the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year lead no matter where he finishes in this tournament. A final table appearance, would make it even harder for those trying to catch him, and a victory would essentially seal his victory with almost four months to go in the year.

It won’t be an easy task, by any stretch of the imagination. Defending champion Blair Hinkle is among the shortest stacks remaining at 312,000, but one more strong day would put Hinkle on the precipice of another massive payday. Dolan isn’t the only November Nine standing in the way either, with Amir Lehavot, John Racener and Russell Thomas still fighting their way towards the final table.

Add in the likes of Mohsin Charania, Doug Polk, Jim Collopy, Jared Jaffee, Mike Leah and Joe Serock, and you have all the makings of a star-studded finish.

Play resumes at 12 pm EST at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, and there are two full days of poker separating the last 62 players from a lucrative final table. Levels have been extended to 90 minutes for Day 3, and they’ll remain that way for the remainder of the event.

2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event – End of Day 2 Chip Counts

  1. John Dolan – 3,005,000
  2. Farhan Madhani – 2,191,000
  3. Martin Hanowski – 1,848,000
  4. Sergey Rybachenko – 1,739,000
  5. Robert Park – 1,390,000
  6. Joe Kuether – 1,333,000
  7. David Tiffenberg – 1,239,000
  8. Daniel Colman – 1,237,000
  9. Eugene Curzio – 1,228,000
  10. Hans Winzeler – 1,225,000
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Tim Fiorvanti

Tim Fiorvanti graduated from St. John's University with a B.S. in Journalism in 2008. After several years in the industry, he started working for BLUFF in the summer of 2010. He worked his way up at BLUFF and joined full time as a Senior Writer in April of 2012. Fiorvanti now serves as the Managing Editor of BLUFF. He's a tortured Mets and Jets fan, along with several other frustrating allegiances, but he's also a two-time defending BLUFF Fantasy Football Champion.
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