The Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event has reached critical levels where the pay jumps really start to add up. Three women remain in the field – Krystal Seiling, Cherish Andrews and Darlene Lee. Seiling has them all out-chipped with a little over 1.2 million, has built momentum during the early action and has a noble cause on her side.
“I have plans for some money. My number one plan is that my boyfriend needs a new kidney. He has been battling some health problems. My mom and everyone knows I’m going to help him out and get him a kidney,” she said while knocking on wood.
Seiling played just one $575 satellite to get into the event and just used the one entry while players all around her re-entered up to four or five times.
“I figure I have a good cause going for me and hope the poker gods can smile on me for a little bit,” Seiling said. Her endearing, dimpled smile masked the levity of her situation and she even found a little humor, “I’m going to buy my mom a purse too, she needs a nice one.”
Seiling is a poker pro currently living in Florida. The Buffalo, New York native has let her poker career take on a somewhat nomadic life. She lived and played in New York before moving to Las Vegas for a few years. Then an ex-boyfriend of her’s moved from Las Vegas to Florida, called her up and told her she had to move down to Florida for the games.
“I came down to visit my ex-boyfriend, didn’t get back with him, but then I stayed down because the action is so great. The lifestyle here is much better than Buffalo, although I still do love Buffalo,” Seiling said. “The weather is way better and the poker is great.”
Seiling admitted to feeling a little bit like a fish out of water. “These tournament pros have all their bets dialed in – min-raise this, min-raise that and clicking back. But I just fire, fire, fire,” she said. “This was definitely a good tournament to play with the field and the huge guarantee. We’ll see about playing tournaments more, I like them and I think my cash game play helps,” Seiling said.
“I’m a little nervous, but don’t tell anybody,” Seiling said with a smile.
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