2021 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida $3,500 WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Championship $2,000,000 Guaranteed Entries: 1,566 Prize Pool: $5,011,200 November 26 – December 1, 2021
This was the largest field in history for the Seminole Hard Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open Championship, with 1,566 entries across two starting flights. And the prizepool of $5,011,200 more than doubled the $2 million guarantee.
The six-handed WPT Final Table was live-streamed online on Wednesday, and in a dramatic cooler of a final hand, Gediminas Uselis defeated Jacob Ferro to win $778,490 and an RRPO trophy. Uselis’s name will also be inscribed on the one-and-only WPT Champions Cup alongside all of the other champions in the WPT’s 19-season history.
The field reached the money back on Day 2, with the final 196 earning at least $5,265 each. There were some interesting people that cashed in the RRPO Championship, including William Hung of American Idol fame (finished 85th for $9,480) and political/sports analyst Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight (35th place for $18,390).
Day 4 began with just 15 players remaining, and those final two tables included two local regulars making deep runs, with Scott Levitt finishing 13th to earn $48,900, and Willie Wiggins just missing the live-streamed final table in seventh place, earning $139,610.
Two of poker’s top pros also made it to the final two tables, with Kristen Bicknell finishing 15th to earn $40,860, and Joseph Cheong busting in 10th place to earn $79,630.
Both players flopped sets, and the case jack never came to Ferro’s rescue, as he was knocked out in second place to earn $573,605.
Gediminas Uselis won the title, the trophy, and $778,490 for the biggest cash of his career. And you can expect to see him in more tournaments here at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood.
“This is a really nice place,” said Uselis, who then looked ahead to the Lucky Hearts Poker Open, which begins on January 13th. “I’ll be coming back in January for sure. This is one of the best hotels in the United States.”
$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry) $100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts Level 21: 10,000/15,000 with a 15,000 ante Players Remaining: 36 of 1,258
37th: Carl Cajuste – $675 38th: Steven Idels – $675 39th: Joseph Metcalfe – $675 40th: Alexander Green – $675 41th: Breno Dos Santos Alencas – $675 42th: Pedro Cairat – $675 43th: Eric Feldman – $675 44th: Samuel Abay – $675 45th: Jean Deromedi Delplanque – $675