Event 21: Jose Avila – 7th Place ($4,044)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 1,248

Daniel Le
Daniel Le

Daniel Le moved all in UTG+1 for 1,175,000, and Michael Tait thought for a while before calling from the button with AhQs. Le turned over QdJd, and he was dominated and facing elimination.

The board came Ac10h3s9cKh — Tait paired his ace on the flop, but Le rivered an ace-high straight to win the pot and double up in chips.

Daniel Le  –  2,600,000  (26 bb)
Michael Tait  –  1,400,000  (14 bb)

Juan Endara
Juan Endara

With the board showing 10d3h2c5h on the turn and a pretty good pot building up, Salvatore Sollecito checked the small blind, and Juan Endara checked from UTG+1.

The river card was the 3s, Sollecito bet 925,000, and Endara thought for a bit before he said, “I can’t raise, but I call.” Sollecito showed KhJd for king high, but Endara turned over AhAd to win the sizable pot and take the chip lead.

Juan Endara  –  6,000,000  (60 bb)
Salvatore Sollecito  –  2,700,000  (27 bb)

Jose Avila
Jose Avila

Salvatore Sollecito raised from the cutoff to 525,000, Jose Avila moved all in from the small blind for 2,300,000 and Sollecito counted down his own stack and tanked for a while before he called with a slightly larger stack and showed AsKc.

Avila turned over AhQc, and he needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Qs5d4c8cKs — Avila celebrated as he flopped a queen, but Sollecito celebrated harder when he rivered a king to win the pot and eliminate Sollecito in seventh place.

Salvatore Sollecito  –  6,200,000  (62 bb)
Jose Avila  –  Eliminated in 7th Place  ($4,044)

With six players remaining, the average chip stack is about 3,120,000 (31 big blinds), and the next player to bust will receive $4,044.

Event 21: Brooks Long – 8th Place ($2,995)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 50,000/75,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining: 7 of 1,248

Brooks Long

Brooks Long got it all in from the button for 525,000 with As8h, but he needed to improve to stay alive against the AcJd of Salvatore Sollecito in the big blind.

The board came Qc7d4dKd8d — Long pairs his eight on the river, but the same card gives Sollecito a diamond flush to win the pot and eliminate Long in eighth place.

Salvatore Sollecitom  –  5,600,000  (75 bb)
Brooks Long  –  Eliminated in 8th Place  ($2,995)

With seven players remaining, the average chip stack is about 2,675,000 (36 big blinds), and the next player to bust will receive $4,044.

Event 21: Alcides Gomez – 9th Place ($2,097)

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 50,000/75,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining: 8 of 1,248

Alcides Gomez

After a flop of 9d7d5d, Alcides Gomez got it all in from the small blind for 800,000 with 9s7s (top two pair), and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the AsAc of Salvatore Sollecito, who was under the gun.

The turn card was the Qh, the river card was the Qd, and the two queens on the board counterfeited Gomez’s two pair. Sollecito won the pot with a higher two pair, aces and queens, to eliminate Gomez in ninth place.

Salvatore Sollecito  –  4,950,000  (66 bb)
Alcides Gomez  –  Eliminated in 9th Place  ($2,097)

With eight players remaining, the average chip stack is about 2,340,000 (31 big blinds), and the next player to bust will receive $2,995.

Event 21: Final Table Begins with Salvatore Sollecito in the Lead

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 50,000/75,000 with a 75,000 ante
Players Remaining: 9 of 1,248

After the elimination of Nils Rabe in 10th place, the final nine players redraw for random seats at the final table.

Here are their updated chip counts:

Seat 1.  Salvatore Sollecito  –  4,200,000  (56 bb)
Seat 2.  Daniel Le  –  1,150,000  (15 bb)
Seat 3.  Jose Avila  –  2,375,000  (32 bb)
Seat 4.  Juan Endara  –  3,650,000  (49 bb)
Seat 5.  Michael Tait  –  2,700,000  (36 bb)
Seat 6.  Ross Lebo  –  600,000  (8 bb)
Seat 7.  Brooks Long  –  875,000  (12 bb)
Seat 8.  Alcides Gomez  –  875,000  (12 bb)
Seat 9.  William Jennings  –  2,300,000  (31 bb)

Here is the remaining prizepool at stake

1st:  $37,828 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  $21,940
3rd:  $14,377
4th:  $9,660
5th:  $6,739
6th:  $5,242
7th:  $4,044
8th:  Brooks Long  –  $2,995
9th:  Alcides Gomez  –  $2,097

And here are the most recent nine eliminations:

10th:  Nils Rabe  –  $1,498
11th:  Frederico Dabus  –  $1,498
12th:  Guy Naimi  –  $1,498
13th:  Don Flynn  –  $1,198
14th:  Oscar Marques  –  $1,198
15th:  Steve Olivier  –  $1,198
16th:  Ronald Campillo  –  $1,018
17th:  Ernesto Amengual  –  $1,018
18th:  Miguel McDonald  –  $1,018

Event 21: Down to the Final 16 Players; Results for 17th-72nd Places

$150 No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 26: 25,000/50,000 with a 50,000 ante
Players Remaining: 16 of 1,248

Event 21 Day 2 Field
The Day 2 field as it looked a few hours ago here in the new Seminole Hard Rock Poker Room.

Day 2 of the final trophy event of the Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (Event 21) has been running in the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Room since 2:00 pm, when 138 players returned from six starting flights.

As Level 26 begins, the field is down to the final 16 players, and they will combine to a final table when there are nine players remaining.

Here’s a look at the remaining prizepool at stake, followed by all the players who have finished in the money so far:

1st:  $37,828 + RRPO Trophy
2nd:  $21,940
3rd:  $14,377
4th:  $9,660
5th:  $6,739
6th:  $5,242
7th:  $4,044
8th:  $2,995
9th:  $2,097
10th:  $1,498
11th:  $1,498
12th:  $1,498
13th:  $1,198
14th:  $1,198
15th:  $1,198
16th:  $1,018

17th:  Ernesto Amengual  –  $1,018
18th:  Miguel McDonald  –  $1,018

19th:  Bradford Corner  –  $884
20th:  Jordan Flaschner  –  $884
21st:  Gustavo Vazquez  –  $884
22nd:  Warren Irvine  –  $884
23rd:  Manuel Amaro Alvarez  –  $884
24th:  Theophilus Lawson  –  $884
25th:  Nabil Matta  –  $884
26th:  Nataliya Allard  –  $884
27th:  Rebecca Dellagloria  –  $884

28th:  Artur Tischchenko  –  $749
29th:  Wayne Hemming  –  $749
30th:  Evgeniy Catane  –  $749
31st:  Jonathan Marcu  –  $749
32nd:  Robert Tannenbaum  –  $749
33rd:  Devond Marshall  –  $749
34th:  Guillermo Hamilton  –  $749
35th:  Carlos Ardila  –  $749
36th:  Jason Kwartler  –  $749

37th:  Henry Billete  –  $629
38th:  Joseph Hernon  –  $629
39th:  Dejan Petkovic  –  $629
40th:  Mark Cannon  –  $629
41st:  Joseph Belviso  –  $629
42nd:  Renato Da Cruz  –  $629
43rd:  David Shmuel  –  $629
44th:  Richard De Carvalho Saunders  –  $629
45th:  Ricardo Alvarado  –  $629

46th:  Valery Litvak  –  $554
47th:  Matthew Vitale  –  $554
48th:  James Joyner IV  –  $554
49th:  Edgardo Rosario  –  $554
50th:  Carlos Torres Vazquez  –  $554
51st:  Udi Abutbul  –  $554
52nd:  Daniel Blum  –  $554
53rd:  Andres Salas  –  $554
54th:  Jorge Soto  –  $554

55th:  Scott Zakheim  –  $494
56th:  Rafael Rovira Soler  –  $494
57th:  Nancy Horsey  –  $494
58th:  Kerry Kicklighter  –  $494
59th:  Lukas Pribyl  –  $494
60th:  Yvonne McQuillan  –  $494
61st:  Larry Sullivan  –  $494
62nd:  James Topping  –  $494
63rd:  Michael Sanders  –  $494

64th:  Christopher Young  –  $434
65th:  Robert Transue  –  $434
66th:  Butchie Mitchell  –  $434
67th:  Tim Shane  –  $434
68th:  Yigal Hen  –  $434
69th:  John Nguyen  –  $434
70th:  Robert Hunka  –  $434
71st:  Oscar Arrieche Sierralta  –  $434
72nd:  Zachary Vuong  –  $434

Milen Stefanov Wins the 2019 WPT RRPO Championship

2019 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open 
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 
Hollywood, Florida
$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed

Entries: 988
Prize Pool: $3,161,600
November 29 – December 4, 2019

Milen Stefanov, 2019 WPT RRPO Champion

(Hollywood, FL) — The WPT Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” Championship headlined a successful series and capped off a great two weeks. It drew the biggest field in RRPO history and Milen Stefanov dominated the final table to outlast them all, taking home the title along with nearly $550,000.

“It feels amazing, it’s almost like it’s catching me off guard,” Stefanov said after his win. “The emotions are running rampant, like even more than when I was playing.”

“To be a champion finally of the WPT, it feels amazing. It’s an understatement.”

The $3,500 buy-in tournament had 988 entries over the two starting flights to easily surpass the $2,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. They combined to put $3,161,600 up for grabs with a $545,070 top prize which included a $15,000 seat in the WPT Tournament of Champions.

There were still 720 players around for Day 2 with  124 set to make the money. The bubble burst late in the day with WSOPC Coco ring winner Roberto Bendeck going out one place short of the money.

Only 65 players advanced to Day 3 and that number was culled down to 17 for Day 4. Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Poker Room regular Cesar Fuentes held the chip lead for portions of Day 4 and was among the six players who moved on to the WPT Final Table after a long day.

Cesar Fuentes

Francis Anderson was an early elimination from the final table and the five remaining players settled into a groove. It took two more hour-long levels before Fuentes was eliminated in fifth place for $146,760, the biggest cash of his career.

Roman Korenev was eliminated in fourth place after he ran into Stefanov’s aces and David Novosel’s knockout in third place set the heads-up battle for the title. Stefanov had a huge lead over Fabian Gumz but Gumz came back to take a small lead after two doubles. Stefanov quickly moved back ahead and finished it off after a few close calls.

Fabian Gumz

Gumz earned $353,380 for his runner-up finish while Stefanov took home $530,070 plus the WPT TOC seat, the biggest cash of his career by far. The Varna, Bulgaria native will now have his name on the WPT Champions Cup as the 2019 WPT RRPO Champion.

“I wanted to experience the U.S., it’s my first time coming here for poker, so this is my first WPT festival in America,” Stefanov said. “I love it. Pretty much everything.”

“The organization about the tournament and everything from this to the weather to the life here, it’s amazing,” he continued. “I’ll definitely be back. I have to defend the title.”

Milen Stefanov

Final table results:

1st: Milen Stefanov – $545,070 + RRPO Trophy *
2nd: Fabian Gumz – $353,380
3rd: David Novosel – $260,845
4th: Roman Korenev – $194,605
5th: Cesar Fuentes – $146,760
6th: Francis Anderson – $111,895
* – includes WPT TOC seat

Championship: Milen Stefanov Wins WPT RRPO Championship ($545,070); Fabian Gumz Eliminated in 2nd Place ($353,380

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 38:  400,000/800,000 with an 800,000 ante
Players Remaining:  1 of 988

Milen Stefanov
Milen Stefanov

Milen Stefanov raised all in from the button with a covering stack and Fabian Gumz called all in for 7,500,000 from the big blind.

Stefanov: Ad2h
Gumz: Qd8c

The flop came down Ac5hJd, giving Stefanov a commanding lead  with a pair of aces to win the championship.

The turn, however, was the Qc, giving Gumz a few outs to survive.

The river was the 10d, no help to Gumz, ending his tournament with a runner-up showing for $353,380.

Milen Stefanov wins the $3,500 WPT RRPO Championship for $545,070, which includes a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.

Fabian Gumz
Fabian Gumz

Championship: Queen-High Call for Milen Stefanov

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 37:  300,000/600,000 with a 600,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 988

Milen Stefanov
Milen Stefanov

Fabian Gumz limped from the button and Milen Stefanov checked his option.

They checked to the turn of a 5h5s9s3h board where Stefanov check-called 800,000 from Gumz.

The river was the 3c, Stefanov checked, Gumz bet 1,200,000 and Stefanov called after a bit.

Gumz showed 4c2c, while Stefanov tabled Qd8s for two pair with a queen kicker to win the pot.

Milen Stefanov – 29,000,000  (48 bb)
Fabian Gumz – 10,500,000 (18 bb)

Championship: Fabian Gumz Doubles Up

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Payouts | Live Stream
Level 36:  250,000/500,000 with a 500,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 988

Milen Stefanov raised all in with a covering stack from the button and Fabian Gumz called all in for 4,400,000 from the big blind.

Stefanov: Jd10d
Gumz: Qc6d

The board ran out 2s7dQhQs5c, giving Gumz trip queens to double up.

Fabian Gumz – 9,300,000 (19 bb)
Milen Stefanov – 30,200,000 (60 bb)