SHRPO Champion Sergio Aido Wins the $25,500 High Roller

2022 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 37
$25,500 High Roller (Re-Entry)
$1,000,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  85
Prize Pool: $2,099,500
November 28-29, 2022

High Roller Champion Sergio Aido
High Roller Champion Sergio Aido

There were 85 entries in the $25,500 High Roller, more than doubling the $1 million guarantee to create a prizepool worth $2,099,500. The final 12 players finished in the money, and the final three agreed to a deal to end the tournament, with chipleader Sergio Aido winning the title, the trophy, and $500,000.

The key pot for Aido came with seven players remaining.

“I doubled up pretty early,” said Aido, “with nines against ace-queen.” (Click here for details of the hand.) That pot propelled Aido to the chip lead, and he stayed near the top of the leaderboard the rest of the way.

“That pot changed things for me,” said Aido, “because I had been in the middle of the standings. Once I was in the top three, I could make some more moves and gain some chips.”

Toward the end of the final table, Aido knocked out Stan Jablonski in fifth place and Gytis Lazauninkas in fourth, and those pots gave Aido the chip lead when the final three made their deal.

This is Aido’s second high-profile victory here, as he won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Championship this past August, outlasting a massive field of 1,110 entries to earn $900,100. Today’s victory takes Aido up over $14.7 million in career tournament earnings.

Aido appreciates that all of the high buy-in events that he likes to play are scheduled close together near the end of these series.

“I can come for only five or six days,” said Aido, “and since I am living in Mexico now, it’s a convenient three-hour flight.

Final Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NamePrize Amount

* Indicates a three-way deal.