WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Opens for $2 Million GTD Main Event November 25-30

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the World Tour of Poker (WPT) will come back to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, in November for the WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO)which will culminate with the $3,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event taking place of November 25-30.

Massive fields and big prize pools are expected at the WPT Seminole RRPO, which comes after success Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown earlier this year which attracted thousands of players through dozens of events.

“Our previous Main Event for this festival more than doubled the guarantee,” World Poker Tour CEO Adam Pliska said in a statement. “The excitement around these events has been remarkable and I look forward to continuing our growing series of ORPP Main Event prize pools.”

$2 million guarantee

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The WPT Seminole RRPO Main Event has a Guaranteed $2 million prize pool and could easily top that if the main events of previous years are any indication. the Season 19 WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open in December 2021 attracted 1,566 runners generate a pool of $5 milliontwo and a half times the guaranteed $2 million.

The previous year, the WPT Seminole RRPO Main Event drew a field of 988 players generate $3.1 million in prizeswhile the 2018 Main Event had 1,309 attendees for a pot of $4.2 million.

“I look forward to continuing our tradition of highly anticipated events this fall,” said Jason Heidenthal, Tournament Manager at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood. “We’ve planted the seeds to ensure that Hollywood is considered a destination for poker players for years to come, and the upcoming festival will continue to accelerate that momentum.”

Previous WPT Seminole RRPO prize pools and turnout

2021 1,566 $5,011,200
2019 988 $3,146,000
2018 1,309 $4,188,800
2017 585 $2,000,000

In addition to the Marquee Main Event, the WPT Seminole RRPO will feature a $400 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Deep Stack event with a $1 million guarantee. Other events unfold November 16-30 will be added to the schedule in the coming months, according to a WPT press release.

Participants in all WPT Seminole RRPO program events will be eligible for the WPT Player of the Festival Ranking, which awards a $1,100 WPT Prime Passport to the player with the most points during each tournament festival. Additionally, players can qualify online in the coming months through ClubWPT.

WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 2022 Preliminary Schedule

November 16, 2022 No Limit Hold’em – Deep Stack $400
November 25, 2022 No Limit Hold’em – Main Event $3,500

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Previous winners

Lithuania Gediminas Uselis is the defending WPT Seminole RRPO Main Event champion after winning the 2021 event for a career high $778,490 and his first WPT title.

Jacob Ferro finished second for $573,605, while other players who made it to the six-man final table included Harout Ghazarian (3rd – $380,000), Selahaddin Bedir (4th – $282,380), Clayton Maguire (5th – $211,925) and Anshul Rai (6th – $170,835).

2021 WPT Seminole RRPO Final Table Results

Place Player Price
1 Gediminas Uselis $778,490
2 Jacob Ferro $573,605
3 Harout Ghazarian $380,000
4 Selahaddin Bedir $282,380
5 Clayton Maguire $211,925
6 Anshul Rai $170,835

Uselis, who has $1.5 million in Income reported by Hendon Moblocked in victory just weeks after taking down the $1,600 buy-in Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) event at The Venetian in Las Vegas for $325,428, which was Uselis’ best live cash for a brief period.

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In 2019 it was Milen Stefanov who won the Seminole RRPO Main Event to earn $545,070 and have his name engraved on the championship trophy, while Scott Margereson won the 2018 event for $696,740 and Michael Newman won the 2017 event for $374,240.

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