Championship: Pavel Plesuv Versus Jeremy Joseph

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | WPT Live Stream
Level 30: 75,000/125,000 with a 125,000 ante
Players Remaining: 4 of 898

Pavel Plesuv opened to 400,000 from the small blind and Jeremy Joseph called in the big to the 8d7c3h flop. Plesuv checked, Joseph bet 300,000 and Plesuv check-raised to 1,700,000.

Joseph called, the turn was the 9c and both players checked. The river was 5c and Plesuv bet 3,000,000.

Joseph took his time to consider all the information, used four of his 30-second time chips, and called. Plesuv tabled Th6c for the ten-high straight and Joseph mucked.

Pavel Plesuv – 18,975,000 (152 bb)
Jeremy Joseph – 5,050,000 (40 bb)

Championship: Updated Counts

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | WPT Live Stream
Level 29: 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 898

After the abbreviated Level 28 came to an end, the five remaining players took a ten-minute break to color off the 5K chips and introduce the 500K plaques.

Seat 1: Christopher Kennedy – 3,275,000 (33 bb)
Seat 2: Jim Gilbert – 8,450,000 (85 bb)
Seat 3: Pavel Plesuv – 10,350,000 (104 bb)
Seat 4: Jeremy Joseph – 6,550,000 (66 bb)
Seat 6: Marius Gierse – 7,300,000 (73 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $504,820
2nd: $326,565
3rd: $240,945
4th: $179,710
5th: $135,505

Championship: Jeremy Joseph Versus Pavel Plesuv

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | WPT Live Stream
Level 28: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 898

In a battle of the blinds, Pavel Plesuv opened to 280,000 from the small and Jeremy Joseph called in the big blind to the 7d5s2d flop. Plesuv bet 425,000 and Joseph called before the turn came 6s.

Plesuv checked, Joseph bet 525,000 and Plesuv called to the 4h river. Another check from Plesuv and a big 2,000,000 bet from Joseph forced a fold.

Jeremy Joseph – 6,755,000 (84 bb)
Pavel Plesuv – 8,425,000 (105 bb)

Championship: Chop it Up

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | WPT Live Stream
Level 28: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 898

Marius Gierse opened to 180,000 from the button and Chris Kennedy three-bet to 350,000 from the small blind. Jim Gilbert took his time to think it out from the big blind, used one of his eight time chips, and four-bet to 875,000.

Gierse folded and it was Kennedy’s turn to use a time chip. Before the clock ticked down, he moved all in for 3,640,000 and Gilbert tossed in another time chip. He called and the hands were tabled.

Kennedy: AcQc
Gilbert: AdQd

They were each freerolling some flushes but the more likely chop happened after the Qh9s5sJc3h board.

Christopher Kennedy – 3,770,000 (47 bb)
Jim Gilbert – 8,705,000 (109 bb)

Championship: Ravi Raghavan – 6th Place ($103,310)

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | WPT Live Stream
Level 28: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 5 of 898

Ravi Raghavan

Pavel Plesuv opened to 175,000 from the cutoff and Ravi Raghavan moved all in for 1,160,000 from the small blind. Marius Gierse made a shove himself for 6,100,000 from the big blind and Plesuv folded.

Raghavan: AcJh
Gierse: AhKd

Raghavan was dominated and found no help on the 5s4d2s flop. He had some wheel chop outs along with the jacks but missed the 8h turn and 8d river to fall short of his second WPT title.

Marius Gierse – 7,515,000 (94 bb)
Ravi Raghavan – Eliminated in 6th place ($103,310)

Ravi Raghava (left) versus Marius Gierse (right)

Championship: Final Table Ready to Go

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 898

What started out with 898 entries is now down to the last six. The 2018 WPT Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” Championship is down to its final table and they gather together to play it out in front of the WPT live-stream cameras.

Unlike last year when we had three South Florida regulars (Ari Engel, Sheddy Siddiqui, and RRPO champ Michael Newman), this time we have six visitors from around the world.

The Czech Republics Pavel Plesuv leads the field followed by Philly pro Jim Gilbert. Chris Kennedy, Jeremy Joseph, and Austria’s Marius Gierse are in the middle of the pack while WPT Champions Club member Ravi Raghavan will have some work to put in to win his second WPT title.

Cards fly on the final table at noon with more than $500,000 awaiting the winner later today. The WPT live-stream will be broadcast with hole cards on a 30-minute delay.

Seat 1: Chris Kennedy – 3,800,000 (48 bb)
Seat 2: Jim Gilbert – 8,655,000 (108 bb)
Seat 3: Pavel Plesuv – 10,920,000 (137 bb)
Seat 4: Jeremy Joseph – 5,045,000 (63 bb)
Seat 5: Ravi Raghavan – 1,320,000 (17 bb)
Seat 6: Marius Gierse – 6,180,000 (77 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $504,820
2nd: $326,565
3rd: $240,945
4th: $179,710
5th: $135,505
6th: $103,310

Championship: Meet the Final Table

The 2018 WPT Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” Championship drew a huge crowd of 898 entries, the biggest in series history, and it is down to the last six players.

The final table has an international feel with players coming from around the world. They have combined to earn $10 million in their careers with $7 million of it split between chip lead Pavel Plesuv and WPT Champions Club member Ravi Raghavan.

Here is your lineup for Wednesday’s WPT live-stream final table.


Seat 1: Chris Kennedy
Chip count – 3,800,000

Kennedy comes from Pennsylvania via South Korea and making his second big final table in a week. He has more than $150,000 in career earnings and added to it last week with a ninth-place finish at the Borgata Fall Poker Open Championship.


Seat 2: Jim Gilbert
Chip count – 8,655,000

Gilbert is another player hailing from Pennsylvania and this cash will push his career earnings over $1.5 million. He won a WSOP Circuit ring in 2012 and his biggest cash was a runner-up finish in the 2015 WPT Borgata Poker Open Championship.


Seat 3: Pavel Plesuv
Chip count – 10,920,000

Plesuv is our returning chip leader and comes to South Florida from the Czech Republic. He is the highest earning player at the final table and won more than $1.5 million this year; $925,000 from the partypoker Millions in Germany and he won the MSPT Las Vegas Main Event for another $640,000.


Seat 4: Jeremy Joseph
Chip count – 5,045,000

Joseph is a Las Vegas poker pro with $1.3 million in career earnings. He won his first WSOP Circuit ring earlier this year and he cashed for $316,000 for a second place finish in the 2017 WSOP $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha Hi-Lo bracelet event.


Seat 5: Ravi Raghavan
Chip count – 1,320,000

Raghavan is an Illinois native and the only final table player with his name already on the WPT Champions Cup. He won his first WPT title at the 2012 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Championship. No matter where he finishes at the final table, his career total will move over $3.5 million.


Seat 6: Marius Gierse
Chip count – 6,180,000

Gierse rounds out our international final table and he is a student in Vienna, Austria. He has nearly $170,000 in earnings from the WSOP alone including a sixth-place finish in the 2016 WSOP $5,000 NLH event.

Championship: Pavel Plesuv Bags Final Table Lead

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 898

Pavel Plesuv

The 2018 WPT Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” Championship is down to the last six players and they booked their seat at tomorrow’s WPT live-streamed final table.

The Czech Republic’s Pavel Plesuv leads the pack with 10,920,000 and his closest competitor is Jim Gilbert with 8,655,000. Marius Gierse, Jeremy Joseph, Chris Kennedy, and Ravi Raghavan round out a very international lineup for the Championship final table.

Cards go back in the air on Wednesday at noon and it will live-streamed with hole cards on a 30-minute delay.

Seat 1: Chris Kennedy – 3,800,000 (48 bb)
Seat 2: Jim Gilbert – 8,655,000 (108 bb)
Seat 3: Pavel Plesuv – 10,920,000 (137 bb)
Seat 4: Jeremy Joseph – 5,045,000 (63 bb)
Seat 5: Ravi Raghavan – 1,320,000 (17 bb)
Seat 6: Marius Gierse – 6,180,000 (77 bb)

Remaining payouts:

1st: $504,820
2nd: $326,565
3rd: $240,945
4th: $179,710
5th: $135,505
6th: $103,310

Championship: Roberto Bendeck – 7th Place ($79,650)

$3,500 WPT RRPO Championship (Re-Entry)
$2,000,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 28: 40,000/80,000 with a 80,000 ante
Players Remaining: 6 of 898

Roberto Bendeck

Action folded to Roberto Bendeck in the cutoff and he moved all in for 950,000. Pavel Plesuv called the shove from the small blind and Jeremy Joseph responded with a shove of his own for 3,000,000 on the nose from the big. Plesuv wasted no time abandoning his chips and they were heads up.

Bendeck: Ad6d
Joseph: AsQc

Bendeck was dominated and his hopes for a comeback to a bigger hit on the QdJc4c flop. The 7c turn left him drawing dead and the Kd river completed the last hand of the day.

The six remaining players are filling out their WPT info forms, bagging up their chips, and they are set for a return tomorrow at noon for the WPT live-streamed final table.

Full final table counts will be posted as soon as they are available.

Jeremy Joseph – 5,045,000 (63 bb)
Roberto Bendeck – Eliminated in 7th place ($79,650)