$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 moved all in UTG+1 for 1,175,000, and Michael Tait thought for a while before calling from the button with . Le turned over , and he was dominated and facing elimination.
The board came — 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)
With the board showing 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 , Sollecito bet 925,000, and Endara thought for a bit before he said, “I can’t raise, but I call.” Sollecito showed for king high, but Endara turned over to win the sizable pot and take the chip lead.
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 .
Avila turned over , and he needed to improve to stay alive.
The board came — 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.
$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
After a flop of , Alcides Gomez got it all in from the small blind for 800,000 with (top two pair), and he needed his hand to hold to stay alive against the of Salvatore Sollecito, who was under the gun.
The turn card was the , the river card was the , 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.
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
(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.
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.
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.”
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