Flight D Full Chip Count List

$560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Day 2 Blinds: 1,500/3,000/300 ante
37 players remaining, 109k avg (36 bb)

Position          Name Chips
19Chad Richard94,100
23SonnySungli Lee80,000

Last flight officially underway

$560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

The final flight for Event 1, a $300,000 Guaranteed NLHE tournament, has officially begun. We have 474 entrants prior to the start of this event meaning we need just over 125 entrants to hit the Guarantee. Thus far we are at 58 for the evening but it’s Friday night in South Florida so we’re sure to see that number increase dramatically until registration closes at approximately 9:10 pm.

Flight D Photo Gallery

$560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 1,200/2,400/300 ante
40 players remaining, 101k avg (42 bb)

Some of the friendly faces that were part of the 162 entries in Flight D of the $300,000 Guaranteed prize pool for the opening event of the Luck Hearts Poker Open

Millard Takes Lead with 1 Hour to Go

$560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 1k/2k/200 ante
50 players remaining, 81k avg (41 bb)

Raymond Millard
Raymond Millard*

The big stacks are in the 200k range and includes Raymond Millard (Tamarac) who is at 215k.

Other big stacks include Ryan Bunes (Plantation) and Aaron Tveit (New Hampton, NY) who are at 175k, while David Nowling (Fort Lauderdale) continues to be a big stack at 150k.

The field will play the last two levels with bag and tag set for ~6:30 pm

*Seminole Hard Rock Poker file photo

Ducks Fade Spades for 100k

$560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 600/1,200/200 ante
81 players remaining, 50k avg (42 bb)

Player busted by Norm Ketchum
Ketchum (center) and his Opponent
(standing) Wait for the River

We pick up the action with Norm Ketchum (Loves Park, IL) with a set of twos against his opponent’s flush draw. “I need a spade,” says the player at risk.

When a red card hits the river, Ketchum’s ducks adds 20k to his stack, taking it to 100k

“It’s a nice room,” says Ketchum who’s traveling Florida in his RV to avoid the Chicago winter.  “Very well lit,” he says, “I’ve been in every spot and I can always see the cards.”

Ketchum is another WSOP bracelet winner in the field (thanks to Brian Wilson for the tip!) and it’s his first trip to Seminole Coconut Creek.

Ketchum won his bracelet in the 2004 No Limit Deuce to Seven Lowball event and says he’s enjoyed the cash games here at the Stax Poker Lounge.

Norm Ketchum
Ketchum Catches Set

Familiar Faces Still Grinding

$560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 500/1,000/100 ante
90 players remaining, 45k avg (45 bb)

David Diaz
David Diaz

WSOP bracelet holder David Diaz (Bartlett, TN) and Wendy Freedman (Las Vegas, NV) are both in the 85k chip range, which is double the average stack. While another familiar face in Mike Beasley (Davie) is struggling to get anything going with a 25k starting stack.

Diaz won his bracelet in the 2011 Triple Chance Event and has $1.4 million in career tournament earnings, while Beasley has $1.3 million in earnings.

Freedman has $355,000 in recorded earnings which includes a WSOP circuit ring.

“It’s a nice room,” says Freedman about the Stax Poker Lounge, “it’s good to be in Florida.”

Wendy Freedman
Freedman’s Intense Poker Face


Right Now(ling) David is Chip Leader

$560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 400/800/100 ante
108 players remaining, 38k avg (48 bb)

David Nowling
David Nowling, Chip Leader

Players are back from the green chip color up break with 11 tables remaining.

David Nowling (Fort Lauderdale) is the chip leader with 140k as the big stacks continue to creep over 100k.

The field will play six more levels before bagging and tagging at ~6:30 pm.

Lovely Lisa Eases Pain

$560 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)

Blinds 250/500/50 ante
130 players remaining, 31k avg (62 bb)

Lisa Works Out David's Kinks
Lisa Works Out David’s Kinks

“This is the best part of my day by far,” says David Shaw (Boca Raton), as he wraps up his massage moments after being knocked out of Flight D.

Shaw says his downfall came when he hit a set of Queens on the turn, but it gave his opponent, who was holding 8d 5d, a flush. “That cost me 60k,” he says, “I had built up a pretty good stack.”

His consolation prize comes in a 2 1/2 hour massage from Lisa, one of Coconut Creek’s Massage Therapists. “I’m a machine,” she says while working out Shaw’s kinks.

Shaw is strictly a tournament player who comes to Stax Poker Lounge, “when they have a good series.”