Poker’s first major live event since 4/15 kicked off on Wednesday at the Seminole Hard Rock as the World Poker Tour held their first ever Florida tournament.
Expectations within the industry were that the event would pull between 350-375 entrants.
While not necessarily crushing expectations, at the end of Day 1 play, the WPT Seminole Hard Rock Showdown brought a total of 406 players, which industry types hope is a harbinger of things to come post Black FridayTM.
Randy Dorfman ended Day 1 as chipleader, stacked at 160,000. He’s followed by Nick Grippo with 149,375.
Interestingly, the Full Tilt pros who played did wear their patch, as did UB Team member Adam “Roothlus” Levy. However, no Full Tilt stake holders like Howard Lederer, Andy Bloch, or Phil Gordon played, nor did poker A-listers like Phil Ivey, Phil Hellmuth, Doyle Brunson or Daniel Negreanu.
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