The 2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Main Event has reached a critical point, and with just 18 players remaining the final two days of this tournament are set for an explosive finish.
Martin Hanowski closed out Day 3 with the chiplead, bagging 5,880,000 to bolster his hopes of a career-defining victory. Hanowski’s last tournament cash came over a year ago in a Venetian Deepstack Main Event, but he also has a fourth place finish in a $3,000 event at the 2013 WSOP to his credit. He’s just ahead of previous chipleader John Dolan, who also cleared the 5 million chip mark before the close of play Monday.
The top five is rounded out by Brian Hawkins (4,290,000), Shawn Cunix (3,940,000) and Blake Bohn (3,495,000). Hawkins graced the cover of BLUFF more than five years ago for his online exploits, Cunix has a WPT title to his name and Bohn had a breakout 2013 campaign that included a runner-up finish in a $1,500 No Limit Hold’em event during that WSOP.
Things continue to get more interesting the further down the list of the final 18 you go. Mike Leah starts Day 3 in sixth place, hoping to cash in on a potentially career-defining opportunity. Then, of course, you have Daniel Colman – the reluctant superstar who’s either won or nearly won seemingly every tournament he’s entered all year. With his abundance of success in High Rollers this year, a victory or runner-up finish in this tournament would essentially make Colman uncatchable in the 2014 BLUFF Player of the Year race.
Joe Kuether has knocked on the door several times in big spots, and he’ll start from the middle of the pack on Day 4 as he pursues the same sort of thing that Leah’s after – a massive payday, and a significant title. Curt Kohlberg finished second in a WPT event at the Seminole Hard Rock back in 2011, and while the seven-figure runner’s-up prize is as good as consolation gifts go he’s certainly got his eyes on finishing one spot better. Natasha Barbour is the last woman standing in the field, and while she has a WSOP Circuit ring to her credit Barbour’s already locked up the biggest cash of her career. Russell Thomas, who finished fourth in the 2012 WSOP Main Event, rounds out the final 18.
There were a lot of stars and stories that were brought to an end on Day 3. Defending champion Blair Hinkle went out early, in 54th, and he was soon followed by John Racener, Mohsin Charania, Joe Serock, Jim Collopy and Doug Polk. Sergey Rybachenko was the first to go after they redrew to three tables, while Day 1A chipleader Jared Jaffee held on until he could no longer do so, going out in 24th. Amir Lehavot, another of a large contingent of former November Niners making deep runs in this tournament, was eliminated in 23rd. With Michael Stembera’s exit in 19th place, Day 3 came to a swift end.
Play resumes at 12 pm EST at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood, and they’ll play as long as it takes to get from 18 down to a final table of nine. All of the final table action will be live-streamed on PokerStars.tv on Wednesday afternoon.
2014 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open – End of Day 3 Chip Counts
- Martin Hanowski – 5,880,000
- John Dolan – 5,290,000
- Brian Hawkins – 4,290,000
- Shawn Cunix – 3,940,000
- Blake Bohn – 3,495,000
- Mike Leah – 3,290,000
- Roman Valerstein – 2,960,000
- Daniel Colman – 2,665,000
- Joe Kuether – 2,195,000
- Lenny Duvdivani – 1,888,000
- Curt Kohlberg – 1,540,000
- Farhan Madhani – 1,535,000
- Matthew Sedgeman – 1,535,000
- Natasha Barbour – 1,310,000
- Jacob Naquin – 1,285,000
- Russell Thomas – 1,050,000
- Ron Ostrow – 525,000
- Uri Kadosh – 390,000
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