When Day 2 of Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open kicked off Sunday, it was clear that the tournament did not reach the number of players needed to approach the $10 million guarantee on the prize pool. With only 1,499 entries there was an overlay of $2,5 million (!), which provided huge value for the 478 players that took their seat on Day 2.
Among the players still in contention for the first place prize of $1,4 million were a lot of female players: Lily Kiletto, Nancy Birnbaum, Amanda Musumeci, Jessica Dawley, Angela Prada-Moed, Kitty Kuo, Debra Dorcy, Lisa Hamilton, Angel Vu, Rachel Krantz, July Dang, Dana Kellstrom and Natasha Barbour.
But first they had to survive the bubble as 300 players got paid and face some tough competition with Jeff Madsen, Dan Coleman, Blair Hinkle, Doug Polk, Matt Glantz, Greg Merson, Chino Rheem and Huck Seed still in the field – just to name a few.
After around three hours the players were in the money and guaranteed a min-cash of $7,483. Amanda Musumeci was one of the players who survived the bubble, but not for long:
Well we made it into the money… But busted when I jammed A3ss for the last of it n 66 called n won. Gg. #ontothenext
— Amanda Musumeci (@TheReaLMander) August 31, 2014
888-pro Jessica Dawley also made it in the money, but busted when she was all in with a pair of jacks and ran into AQ:
— Jessica Dawley (@JessicaDawley) August 31, 2014
Live grinder and three time WSOP Circuit Ring winner Nancy Birnbaum started Day 2 with healthy 105,400 in chips. On Twitter she said she was “feeling great and playing even better”. Unfortunately Birnbaum got very unlucky in a hand where she flopped trip jacks and all the money went in. Her opponent hit a flush on the river, and Birnbaum was knocked out of the tournament.
Lily Kiletto had more luck and she needed it, when she was involved in a pot with David Tiffenberg. As reported on the SHRPO-blog Kiletto bet 25,000 on the river with a board of . After some thought Tiffenberg called and Kiletto showed . Kiletto’s ace high won the pot and Tiffenberg mucked his hand! At the end of the night Kiletto bagged up 350,000 (around 17 bb) in chips for Day 3.
Natasha Barbour also made it to Day 3 and along the way she sent Angel Vu to the rail. The action started when Vu raised on the button and got a call from both the blinds. On a flop of J83 with two spades, it was checked to Vu, who c-bet. Barbour check-raised from the small blind and the big blind folded. Vu shoved and got the bad news as her KJ was crushed by Barbour’s pocket Kings. With no help on the turn or river Vu busted in 133rd place, earning $12,472. Barbour went on to bag 437,000 in chips for the next day:
Chip leader heading into Day 3 is 2010 WSOP November Niner John Dolan with 3,005,000 in chips. PokerWomenNews wishes Kiletto and Barbour the best of luck and run good on Day 3 of the $10 million guaranteed tournament.
Photo: David Tiffenberg and Lily Kiletto. Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open