Jesse Lott Wins His First Trophy In Honor of His Father

2021 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Hollywood, Florida
Event 9
$1,100 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed
Entries:  189
Prize Pool:  $183,330
November 21-22, 2021

Jesse Lott
Jesse Lott

Event 9 ($1,100 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em) was a two-day event that attracted 189 entries, and one of the last players to enter was Jesse Lott, who finished Day 1 second in chips. Lott carried that momentum all the way to victory on Day 2, winning $46,020.

“It feels pretty good,” said Lott. “I got into some good spots, and I guess the dealers took care of me.”

Lott defeated Adam Zeltser heads-up, and any talk of a potential deal was scuttled because both players really wanted the trophy.

“I’ve come runner-up a few times,” said Lott, “and it’s nice to finally get the W. I final tabled the first event I ever played here (Event 1 in the 2021 Lucky Hearts Poker Open), and I got sixth place. That was right after my Dad passed.”

Lott fought back tears as he continued.

“My Dad’s always traveled with me, so this means a lot,” said Lott. “I hate that he’s not here to see it. But he was watching over me when I got those quad tens. I think he’s smiling over me.”

Lott finished his interview on a lighter note.

“Now I’m gonna take this trophy home to my kids,” said Lott with a big smile, “and show them that I don’t suck at poker.”


Final Results:

PlaceNameWinnings
1stJesse Lott$46,020
2ndAdam Zeltser$31,090
3rdCarlos Dorca$18,790
4thGiuseppe Iadisernia$11,400
5thRaymond Tetsoshvili$8,825
6thDani Dayan$7,315
7thErik Nomberg$6,235
8thManuel Amaro Alvarez$5,440
9thMyles Holton$4,665
10thThomas Kornechuk$4,665
11thJohn Smith$4,015
12thCaleb Larsen$4,015
13thStephen Brite$3,395
14thWilliam Firebaugh$3,395
15thGeorge Hortelano$3,395
16thMarco Caza$2,815
17thErik Carvalho$2,815
18thKevin Grinder$2,815
19thMatthew Beinner$2,250
20thRichard Rice$2,250
21stLewe Thiesen$2,250
22ndJeffrey Trudeau Jr$1,825
23rdDavid Castranova$1,825
24thHa Nguyen$1,825

Event 9: Jesse Lott Wins ($46,020); Adam Zeltser Finishes as Runner-Up ($31,090)

$1,100 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 22:  10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 189

Adam Zeltser and Jesse Lott
Adam Zeltser (left) versus Jesse Lott (right)

The final two players return from break to begin Level 22, with increased blinds of 10,000-20,000 and a 20,000 ante. Here are the official chip counts from the break:

Jesse Lott  –  2,930,000  (147 bb)
Adam Zeltser  –  850,000  (43 bb)

About 15 minutes into the level, Adam Zeltser raised, Jesse Lott reraised to 170,000, and Zeltser called.

The flop came 9s6c5d, Lott checked, Zeltser moved all in, and Lott snap-called with 5s5h.

Zeltser turned over 10d9d for a pair of nines, and he’d need to catch something runner-runner to stay alive.

The turn card was the Kc, the river card was the Kh, and Lott won the pot — and the trophy — with a full house, fives full of kings.

Congratulations to Jesse Lott!

1st:  Jesse Lott  –  $46,020 + RRPO trophy
2nd:  Adam Zeltser  –  $31,090
3rd:  Carlos Dorca  –  $18,790
4th:  Giuseppe Iadisernia  –  $11,400
5th:  Raymond Tetsoshvili  –  $8,825
6th:  Dani Dayan  –  $7,315
7th:  Erik Nomberg  –  $6,235
8th:  Manuel Amaro Alvarez  –  $5,440
9th:  Myles Holton  –  $4,665

Event 9: Carlos Dorca – 3rd Place ($18,790)

$1,100 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining:  2 of 189

Carlos Dorca
Carlos Dorca

Carlos Dorca moved all in from the button for 236,000, and Jesse Lott called from the small blind with 2h2d.

Dorca turned over 9s9c, and needed his higher pocket pair to hold to stay alive.

But the board came Ac7s4d5h3h, and Lott rivered a five-high wheel straight to win the pot and eliminate Dorca in third place.

Carlos Dorca  –  Eliminated in 3rd Place  ($18,790)

Here are the official chip counts for the start of heads-up play:

Jesse Lott  –  2,625,000  (164 bb)
Adam Zeltser  –  1,155,000  (72 bb)

And here are the payouts they’re playing for:

1st:  $46,020 + RRPO trophy
2nd:  $31,090

Event 9: Giuseppe Iadisernia – 4th Place ($11,400)

$1,100 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 21:  8,000/16,000 with a 16,000 ante
Players Remaining:  3 of 189

Giuseppe Iadisernia
Giuseppe Iadisernia

Adam Zeltser raised under the gun to 36,000, Jesse Lott reraised from the small blind to 82,000, and Giuseppe Iadisernia moved all in from the big blind for 404,000.

Zeltser quickly folded, and Lott asked for an exact count and tanked for a while before he called with AsQd.

Iadisernia turned over 10h10d, and needed his hand to hold to stay alive.

The board came 9s4s4h3sKs, and Lott rivered an ace-high spade flush to win the pot and eliminate Iadisernia in fourth place.

Jesse Lott  –  2,105,000  (132 bb)
Giuseppe Iadisernia  –  Eliminated in 4th Place  ($11,400)

With three players remaining, the average chip stack is about 1,260,000 (79 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $18,790.

Event 9: Raymond Tetsoshvili – 5th Place ($8,825)

$1,100 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em (Re-Entry)
$100,000 Guaranteed | Structure | Payouts
Level 20:  6,000/12,000 with a 12,000 ante
Players Remaining:  4 of 189

Raymond Tetsoshvili
Raymond Tetsoshvili

Raymond Tetsoshvili raised from the button to 75,000, Jesse Lott moved all in from the small blind, and Tetsoshvili called all in for about 275,000 with Jd10h.

Lott turned over KsKh, and Tetsoshvili needed to improve to stay alive.

The board came Qc6d3dKdJh — Tetsoshvili turned an open-ended straight draw, but improved no further. Lott won the pot with a turned set of kings to eliminate Tetsoshvili in fifth place.

Jesse Lott  –  1,920,000  (160 bb)
Raymond Tetsoshvili  –  Eliminated in 5th Place  ($8,825)

With four players remaining, the average chip stack is about 945,000 (79 big blinds), and the next player to bust will earn $11,400.