the World Poker Tour (WPT) is currently at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida for the 2022 WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO). the $3,500 buy-in No Limit Hold’em Main Event is in full swing, but leading up to the premier tournament was a series of side events.
Among those to capture titles at the 2022 RRPO are AJ Kelsall (Event #5: $600 HORSE for $13,625), Salvatore Pipitone (Event #9: $600 limit Omaha 8 for $16,900), Michael Newman (Event #18: $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH for $7,136), David Goodis (Event #23: $400 Black Chip Bounty 5-Card PLO for $9,450), and Daniel Gheba (Event #27: $400 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH for $9,550).
Here’s a look at some of the most notable storylines from the stop’s early side events.
Hsu Top’s Third Largest Field in Florida History
The 2022 RRPO kicked off in a big way with Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH, a tournament that attracted 6,134 entries and more than doubled its $1M GTD with a prize pool of $2,024,200. The tournament, which ran from November 16-21, wound up being the third-largest field in Florida history.
The tournament ended in a five-way deal that saw chi pleader peter hsuwho only fired a single $400 bullet, claim the trophy and $191,223 in prize money.
“I try to play as much as I can when they have these big tournaments,” Hsu told RRPO reporters. “This is right before Thanksgiving, so it’s a great time to play.”
RRPO Event #1 Final Table Results
|1||peter hsu||$191,223* + RRPO Trophy|
|3||Zak Van Keuren||$160,000*|
*Indicates a five-way deal.
Scott Baumstein Captures 6th SHRP Title
On November 20, Event #12: $400 Deep Stack NLH attracted 515 runners and offered up a $172,525 prize pool. Coming out on top was none other than Scott Baumsteinwho captured his sixth SHRP major trophy, which put him in a tie with Michael Newman and behind only five other players.
Baumstein’s victory came after a heads-up deal with Hagai Stein that saw both players receive $27,965 in prize money.
Speaking of Newman, a day later he topped a 107-entry field to win Event #18: $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH for $17,589 and his seventh SHRP title to move into a five-way tie with Brian Altman, Yuval Bronsstein, Gabe Ramosand David Prociak.
Baumstein’s SHRP Titles
|2018 LHPO||$1,100 WPT DeepStacks Championship||$220,238|
|2021 LHPO||$600 Double Black Chip Bounty||$28,040|
|2021 SHRPO||$1,100 No Limit Hold’em||$81,220|
|2022 LHPO||$1,100 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em||$60,006|
|2022 LHPO||$1,100 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em||$96,795|
|2022 RRPO||$400 Deep Stack No Limit Hold’em||$27,965|
Raminder Singh Extends Record w/ 9th SHRP Title
Speaking of all-time SHRP titles, no one has more than Raminder Singhwho captured his ninth by besting a 74-entry field to win Event #15: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH for $7,897 after a four-way deal.
Singh’s SHRP Titles
|2015 SHRPO||$250 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack Turbo||$6,716|
|2015 RRPO||$350 No Limit Hold’em Black Chip Bounty||$11,400|
|2015 RRPO||$350 No Limit Hold’em Big Stack||$15,298|
|2018 RRPO||$1,100 No Limit Hold’em||$37,706|
|2019 SHRPO||$600 No Limit Hold’em Deep Stack||$200,000|
|2020 LHPO||$600 No Limit Hold’em Six Max||$22,520|
|2021 SHRPO||$200 Double Green Chip Bounty NLH||$6,256|
|2022 showdown||$150 Big Stack No Limit Hold’em||$5,008|
|2022 RRPO||$600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH||$7,897|
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Back to Back Holley
on sunday, John Holley bagged in Event #14: $600 Deep Stack Pot Limit Omaha and had a day off before Day 2. On that day off, he topped an 83-entry field to win Event #16: $400 Omaha 8/hr for $8,950 and his fifth SHRP title.
He then returned on Tuesday and promptly shipped the aforementioned Event #14 for $30,191 after a four-way deal at the final table.
It was actually the second time in his career that Holley won back-to-back titles at Seminole Hard Rock. He also won trophies on back-to-back days back in August of 2013 at the SHRPO.
Holley’s SHRP Titles
|2013 SHRPO||$240 PLO8||$5,919|
|2013 SHRPO||$240 Seniors No Limit Hold’em||$9,207|
|2015 RRPO||$350 Six Max No Limit Hold’em||$5,304|
|2018 SHRPO||$300 Seniors No Limit Hold’em||$6,924|
|2022 RRPO||$400 Omaha 8/stud 8||$8,950|
|2022 RRPO||$600 deep stack PLO||$30,191|
2022 RRPO Winners Thus Far…
|Nov 16-21||Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH||6.134||$2,024,200||peter hsu||$191,223|
|Nov 16||Event #2: $600 Seniors 50+ NLH||176||$92,400||Wilmer Chavira||$16,031|
|Nov 16||Event #3: $600 Deep Stack Big O||80||$42,000||Chris Kostoulas||$7,418|
|Nov 16||Event #4: $200 Quad Stack Double Green Chip Bounty||177||$19,470||Jesus Figueroa||$4,313|
|Nov 17||Event #5: $600 HORSE||78||$40,950||AJ Kelsall||$13,625|
|Nov 17-18||Event #6: $1,100 Five Card PLO||102||$98,940||Robert Lupo||$24,148|
|Nov 17||Event #7: $150 Big Stack NLH||239||$30,000||Joseph Diaz||$6,935|
|Nov 17||Event #8: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH||37||$19,610||Matty Bretzfield||$5,828|
|Nov 18||Event #9: $600 limit Omaha 8||108||$56,700||Salvatore Pipitone||$16,900|
|Nov 18||Event #10: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty||188||$61,100||Daniel Chlimper||$15,425|
|Nov 19||Event #11: $600 PLO 8||122||$64,050||Long Nguyen||$18,065|
|Nov 20||Event #12: $400 Deep Stack NLH||515||$172,525||Scott Baumstein||$27,965|
|Nov 20-21||Event #13: $1,100 Six-Max NLH||193||$187,210||Glen Cressman||$46,170|
|Nov 20-22||Event #14: $600 Deep Stack PLO||405||$210,600||John Holley||$30,191|
|Nov 20||Event #15: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH||74||$39,220||Raminder Singh||$7,897|
|Nov 21||Event #16: $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8||83||$27,805||John Holley||$8,950|
|Nov 21-23||Event #17: $200 Big Stack NLH||1,894||$303,040||Christopher Lewis||$32,400|
|Nov 21||Event #18: $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH||107||$36,380||Michael Newman||$7,136|
|Nov 22||Event #19: $400 Big Stack Six-Max NLH||115||$38,525||Larry Elliot||$7,965|
|Nov 22||Event #20: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH Freezeout||68||$65,960||Colin Robinson||$22,135|
|Nov 22-23||Event #21: $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty PLO||77||$77,000||David Moreno||$26,020|
|Nov 22||Event #22: $400 Deep Stack NLH Turbo||58||$19,720||Matt Vinke||$7,095|
|Nov 23||Event #23: $400 Black Chip Bounty 5-Card PLO||154||$36,190||David Goodis||$9,450|
|Nov 23||Event #24: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty NLH||254||$27,940||Christopher Corrales||$5,695|
|Nov 24||Event #25: $250 Holiday Deep Stack NLH||312||$36,816||Igor Tolstov||$7,816|
|Nov 25||Event #27: $400 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH||151||$35,485||Daniel Gheba||$9,550|
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Executive Editor US, PokerNews Podcast co-host & 2013 WSOP Bracelet Winner.