2017 Coco Showdown

Championship: Level 12 Begins; Two More Hours of PLay

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 12: 1,000/2,000 with a 200 ante
Players Remaining: 55 of 202

Scott Levitt’s 315,000-chip stack

Scott Levitt retains his chip lead as play is underway for the final session of the evening. Players are set to log three more levels — or two more hours — of action before Day 1 of the Coco Poker Showdown Championship wraps.

Levitt’s stack sits at 315,000 and he’s the only players over the 300,000 mark.

Scott Levitt – 315,000

Championship: Smiles for Straight Flushes

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 11: 800/1,600 with a 200 ante
Players Remaining: 65 of 202

Marsha Wolak

Marsha Wolak is in the midst of another solid run in a Seminole Casino Coconut Creek event. She final tabled the Coco Poker Open Championship last September, ultimately finishing fourth for $70,000. Back at it in the Coco Poker Showdown, she recently hit a straight flush to bust an opponent and cross the 100,000-chip mark.

According to the table, the board laid Jd9c8c. Wolak was in position in a heads-up pot. Her opponent checked and Wolak bet. The opponent made a modest raise and Wolak called. The turn fell the 6c. Both players checked. The river was the 5c and the opponent moved all in for about 20,000. Wolak quickly called tabling 7c7x for a straight flush. The opponent claimed AxJx for top pair and was left stunned.

The hand earned Wolak a healthy pot and her stack grew to 120,000.

Marsha Wolak – 120,000

Championship: Levitt Leads in Level 10

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 10: 600/1,200 with a 200 ante
Players Remaining: 76 of 202

Scott Levitt

Scott Levitt is the only player over 200,000 chips and he leads the way midway through Level 10 of the Coco Poker Showdown Championship.

The clock shows 76 players remaining and they’re set to log four and a half more levels before play concludes for the evening.

Scott Levitt – 245,000

Championship: Registration Closed with 202 Entries

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 10: 600/1,200 with a 200 ante
Entries: 202

With registration closed, tables are beginning to break in the poker room

The start of Level 10 marks the close of registration. The 2017 Coco Poker Showdown Championship officially drew 202 entries generating a total prize pool of $202,000. This marks a year-over-year attendance increase of more than 25 percent.

Complete payout information will be posted as soon as it’s made available.

Championship: Blumenfield Back to Starting Stack

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Entries: 197

Neil Blumenfield pocket eights are outdrawn

The under the gun player was all in for 14,900 and 2015 World Series of Poker November Niner Neil Blumenfield called from middle position. It folded around and Blumenfield was racing.

Blumenfield: 8h8d
Under the gun: AdKs

Runout: KdJc6sKhQc

The opponent improved to trips and Blumenfield surrendered the pot taking.

Neil Blumenfield – 26,500

Championship: Play Underway Following Dinner; Ciresi Climbing

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 9: 500/1,000 with a 100 ante
Entries: 195

Charlie Ciresi

Traveling poker tournament supervisor Charlie Ciresi is trending up during the middle stages of play on Day 1 of the Coco Poker Showdown Championship. After hovering just above starting stack, he picked up AsAd and faced off against an opponent’s KsKh on the last hand before dinner. A Kd7d6hAh8c board gave Ciresi top set and he busted the opponent’s set of kings.

With that, Ciresi grabbed some grub and is now back in action with a stack of 81,000.

Level 9 marks the final level of open registration in the Championship. In just about 40 minutes the desk will close and we’ll provide the official attendance figure.

Charlie Ciresi – 81,000

Championship: A Round of Chip Counts

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 8: 400/800 with a 100 ante
Entries: 190

Tim Kegel – 135,500
David Prociak – 100,000
Miguel Martinez – 97,000
Nagui Yassa – 85,500
Daniel Genachte – 73,000
Paul Balzano – 50,000
Daren Stabinski – 42,500
Steve Karp – 41,000
Neil Blumenfield – 38,000
Sean Shah – 33,000
Elliott Zaydman – 31,500
Ory Hen – 29,500
Marsha Wolak – 28,000
Charlie Ciresi – 21,500
James Salmon – 20,500
Mike Beasley – 12,000

Championship: Top Pair for Pearlman

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 8: 400/800 with a 100 ante
Entries: 187

Daniel Pearlman

There was an early-position limp and Daniel Pearlman followed suit from late position. Gunty Sig raised to 2,500 from the cutoff. The small blind called as did the early-position player. Pearlman came along as well.

They were four-handed to the Kc8c4d flop. It checked to sig who bet 6,000. The small blind and early-position players folded Pearlman called.

The duo saw a turn of 4h. Both players checked.

The river 3c again got a check out of both players. Pearlman flipped over Ks7s for top pair and took the pot.

Pearlman enjoyed some Coco Poker Showdown success last night running deep in the $560 before taking part in a five-way chop. He went down as the tournament’s runner up and earned $8,400.

Daniel Pearlman – 82,500

Championship: Six Figures for Kegel

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 7: 300/600 with a 75 ante
Entries: 176

Tim Kegel

Tim Kegel, who finished third at yesterday’s $350 final table, recently crossed into six-figure territory after busting an opponent in an all-in preflop confrontation. Kegel surrendered a few chips the very next hand, paying off AhTc on an Ac9c5d3h2s board, but still owned a stack over 100,000.

Tim Kegel – 101,000

Championship: A Year-Over-Year Increase

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 6: 250/500 with a 75 ante
Entries: 163

With the addition of the 162nd entry, the 2017 Coco Poker Showdown Championship has officially surpassed last year’s event in terms of attendance. A couple more players have entered since that threshold, and the total field sits at 164 to this point.

Late registration and re-entry are available until the start of Level 10 which should come around 8:30pm.

Championship Structure Sheet

Championship: O’Hara Back for More

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 5: 200/400 with a 50 ante
Entries: 153

Ian O’Hara

Coco Poker Open Championship winner Ian O’Hara is back at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek and looks to record another title. O’Hara, a 23-year-old professional poker player from Boca Raton, defeated a field of 331 entries in the $3,500 Championship last September pocketing $212,830 and a $5,250 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship in the process.

The victory also moved him to the top of the SHRP Player of the Year race, a 10-tournament contest that he currently sits second in. If he’s able to record a follow-up cash and fade any other deep runs from other POY contenders, O’Hara will take the lead in the prestigious contest.

O’Hara is one of the most recent entries in the Coco Poker Showdown and sits at about starting stack.

Ian O’Hara – 23,000

Championship: Martinez Making a Mountain of Chips

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 4: 150/300 with a 25 ante
Entries: 142

Miguel Martinez

Seminole Casino Coconut Creek regular Miguel Martinez opened from early position for 1,200. It folded around to the small blind who moved all in for 7,200. Martinez casually called and the hands were flipped up.

Martinez: AsTs
Small blind: KdQd

Runout: Js5d4hAcAh

Martinez improved to trips and busted the small blind. Martinez raked a pot that put his stack at just under 70,000.

Miguel Martinez – 68,500

Championship: Field Blooming with 130+ Entries

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 4: 150/300 with a 25 ante
Entries: 136

Neil Blumenfield

The clock shows 136 entries midway through Level 4. That number has already surpassed the tournament’s $100,000 guarantee and sees the prize pool sitting at an unofficial $136,000. Among those in the action are 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event third-place finisher Neil Blumenfield.

Despite pocketing nearly $3,400,000 for the deep run, Blumenfield is not shy to play low or medium buy-ins. He finished fifth in the Coco Poker Showdown $350 yesterday earning $2,293.

Championship: Reigning SHRP POY Prociak Short to Start Level 4

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 4: 150/300 with a 25 ante
Entries: 129

David Prociak

Reigning Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year David Prociak holds 6,500 chips to start Level 4. On the last hand of Level 3, Prociak was in a heads-up pot with a board of Qc5d4c3h2d. Prociak bet and his opponent shoved for 13,500. Prociak called and the opponent flipped over 6h3s for a six-high straight. Prociak’s hand hit the muck and he sent a double-up across the table.

As the 2016 SHRP Player of the Year, David Prociak earned a free entry into each of the 10 SHRP Championships. This still marks entry number one in Coconut Creek, so he’s short, but freerolling.

David Prociak – 6,500

Championship: Shah Surrenders One

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 3: 100/200
Entries:117

Sean Shah

Sean Shah, who won Event 6 outright yesterday for $11,355, was facing a raised to 500 from middle position. He three-bet, making it 1,300 to go. A late-position player called as did the original raiser. They were three-handed.

Flop: AcQh4s

The original raiser checked. Shah bet 2,000 and the player behind called. It was back on the original raiser who also called. They were still three-handed.

Turn: AcQh4s2c

The original raiser checked as did Shah. The late-position player bet 3,000. The original raiser folded and Shah called. They were heads up.

River: AcQh4s2c8s

Both players checked. The player in position tabled first, showing AdKd for top-top. Shah flashed the As and his cards hit the muck. The hand put him a bit below starting stack.

Sean Shah – 21,500

Championship: An Early Trip to the Rail for Newman

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 2: 75/150
Entries:109

Michael Newman

There was a middle-position limp, a late-position raise to 1,300 and a call. Action was on Michael Newman in the small blind. Newman was recently crippled, owned just about 2,000 chips. He jammed and all three players called.

After some side pot action trimmed the field, Newman was at risk against just one opponent.

Opponent: KsJh
Newman: As2h

Flop: Jd8d6c

Newman didn’t improve on the 5c turn or 5h river and his ace-high officially eliminated.

Per the structure sheet, the Coco Poker Showdown Championship permits unlimited re-entry through the start of Level 10. With that, Newman is already back in action with a 25,000-chip starting stack. Already owning three Seminole titles, Newman is in search of additional South Florida success.

Michael Newman – 25,000

Championship: LHPO Main Event Champion Heads to Coco

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 2: 75/150
Entries: 97

Mike Graffeo

Fresh off a major tournament victory and $290,000 score in the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open WPTDeepStacks Main Event is Boca Raton’s Mike Graffeo. Graffeo bested a tough field in Hollywood officially earning $290,687 along with a $3,000 WPTDeepStacks package and $5,250 seat in the Seminole Hard Rock Poke Open Championship this August.

The Brooklyn native is no stranger to the felt, but took a hiatus for a few years to spend more time with his children. He recently relocated to South Florida and hopes to play more events now that he’s within close proximity to plenty of options. The victory in Hollywood was the first tournament he’d played in two months and he wasted little time getting back in the action following the win.

He’s among the early field here in Coconut Creek and looks to earn additional points in the SHRP Player of the Year race.

Championship: Strong Turnout Early Assures Prize Pool Over $100K

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 1: 50/100
Entries: 88

More than 60 entries were registered when cards went in the air just about 35 minutes ago and the count has gone nowhere but up in the time since. Toward the end of Level 1, the clock reads 88 entries all but guaranteeing a prize pool in excess of $100,000.

Last year’s event drew 161 entries putting the total kiddie at $161,000. With a strong start, the 2017 installment is on pace to best that figure.

Championship: Play Underway in the $100K Guarantee

$1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship
Level 1: 50/100
Entries: 66

It’s just after 1pm in Coconut Creek and Seminole Casino’s Coco Poker Showdown Championship is freshly underway. Marking the sixth of 10 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Championships, the $1,100 buy-in features a $100,000 guarantee and an added seat in the $5,250 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship set for this August.

Players are in their seats and cards in the air. New entries sit down to 25,000-chip starting stacks and are set to log 40-minute levels throughout the day. Late registration and re-entry are available until the start of Level 10 with Day 1 slated to conclude following Level 14 or at 12 percent of the starting field, whichever comes first.

Details:

1pm: $1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship — Day 1

  • $100,000 guaranteed, $5,250 SHRPO Championship seat added, SHRP POY points eligible
  • 25,000 starting chips + 40-minute levels
  • Late registration and re-entry available until start of Level 10
  • Day 1 concludes after Level 14 or at 12 percent of the starting field, whichever comes first
  • Day 2 begins Sunday at 1pm
  • Championship Structure Sheet

Coco Poker Showdown Day 6 — January 28; $100K Guaranteed Championship Begins at 1pm

Day 6 of the Coco Poker Showdown marks the beginning of the series premiere event — the $1,100 buy-in, $100,000 guaranteed Championship. The tournament is points eligible in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Player of the Year race and awards an added $5,250 seat in next August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship.

Last year’s event drew a field of 161 entries generating a total prize pool of $161,000. Florida pro Stu Paterson bested the decorated field earning $32,785 following a four-way chop.

2016 Coco Poker Showdown champion Stu Paterson

LINK: 2016 Coco Poker Showdown Championship Final Report

This year’s tournament sees competitors take their seats to 25,000-chips starting stacks and log 40-minute levels throughout. Late registration and re-entry are available until the start of Level 10 with play expected to conclude following Level 14.

Here are the details:

1pm: $1,100 Coco Poker Showdown Championship — Day 1

  • $100,000 guaranteed, $5,250 SHRPO Championship seat added, SHRP POY points eligible
  • 25,000 starting chips + 40-minute levels
  • Late registration and re-entry available until start of Level 10
  • Day 1 concludes after Level 14 or at 12 percent of the starting field, whichever comes first
  • Day 2 begins Sunday at 1pm
  • Championship Structure Sheet

Updates from the Championship floor will be available right here at SeminoleCoconutCreekPoker.com.

Prior to Championship kickoff, players have an opportunity to earn their way into the event at a discounted rate in the last chance $130 turbo satellite at 10am.

More on the satellite:

10am: $130 Championship Turbo Satellite (Re-Entry)

Good luck, players!

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