WPT Records Set in Florida, Selbst Busts Nadal, Voulgaris on BS

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WPT Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown Brings Record Field

The $5 million guarantee that the Hard Rock Seminole in Hollywood, FL put on the $3,500 buy-in Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown this week was seen by some as “ambitious”. Turns out it was a little bit light. The multiple re-entry World Poker Tour event drew a total of 1,795 players, the largest WPT event in history, for a total prizepool of $5,763,150 and the eventual winner walking away with $1,081,184.

Day 2 action saw 673 players return to play an additional ten levels and the end of the day Richard Kirsch leading the way with 1,734,000. Right behind him in second place is Matt Stout with 1,402,000. In total the Day 2 carnage saw 540 players eliminated including former WPT Borgata Poker Open champion Anthony Zinno, who bubbled in 171st place. Play wrapped up with just 114 players remaining. Other notable chip counts include Ryan Eriquezzo (996,000), Chance Kornuth (830,000), Matthew Jarvis (774,000), James Calderaro (680,000) and Noah Schwartz (583,000).

Play resumes at Noon on Monday.

Top 5 Chip Counts

  1. Richard Kirsch – 1,734,000
  2. Matt Stout – 1,402,000
  3. Daniel Navarrete – 1,400,000
  4. Julian Thomas – 1,199,000
  5. Barry Hutter – 1,120,000
Rafael Nadal was smiling while he had chips, but he didn't have them long against Vanessa Selbst.

Rafael Nadal was smiling while he had chips, but he didn’t have them long against Vanessa Selbst.

Vanessa Selbst is Better at Poker than Rafael Nadal

Friday at Casino de Monte Carlo Vanessa Selbst took on Rafael Nadal in a heads-up poker match and to the surprise of nobody who has followed poker at all lately, Selbst defeated Nadal.

Nadal, in town to play the ATP Monte Carlo Masters, was trying to repeat the performance he put on at EPT Prague last December where he beat soccer star and fellow PokerStars ambassador Ronaldo and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu in another PokerStars sponsored events. Despite the defeat Nadal took it all in stride.

“It was a great honor to play against a strong competitor and although I lost, I had a lot of fun,” Nadal said.

Selbst then made her way to the side events at EPT San Remo and managed to finish second in a €4,900 buy-in Pot Limit Omaha event, earning $27,908 US in the process.

Part Time Poker Player, Full Time NBA Bettor Haralabos Voulgaris Joins Bill Simmons on BS Report 

There was once a time where Haralabos Voulgaris was a regular in big buy-in poker tournaments. That’s not quite the case anymore as Voulgaris is fairly focused on betting on the NBA. While he seems to shy away from publicity he does take some time to join Grantland’s Bill Simmons on the BS Report podcast from time to time. This week he’s giving his take on NBA MVP, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, and the Miami Heat.

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Lance Bradley

Editor in Chief at BLUFF.com
Editor in Chief: Lance Bradley began working with BLUFF in March 2008 and was named Editor in Chief in August 2009. Prior to joining BLUFF Bradley launched an independent poker blog, ThePokerBiz.com in 2006. Before entering the world of poker media he was the Poker Room Manager for Bodog from January 2004 until June 2006. He graduated from the Applied Journalism program Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver, Canada.
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