Bulgaria’s Milen Stefanov Wins Championship for $545,070
At the conclusion of the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” (RRPO), it’s Milen Stefanov of Varna, Bulgaria who walks away with $545,070 after winning first place in the $3,500 World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship. Stefanov bested 988 total entries in the series finale, taking home the trophy and a $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions entry in what marked the largest Championship tournament in RRPO history. The players generated a prize pool worth $3,161,600, eclipsing the guarantee by more than $1 million.
“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.”
Championship Final Table Results:
1st: Milen Stefanov (Varna, Bulgaria) $545,070
2nd: Fabian Gumz (Germany) $353,380
3rd: David Novosel (Cincinnati, Ohio) $260,845
4th: Roman Korenev (Krasnoyarsk, Russia) $194,605
5th: Cesar Fuentes (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) $146,760
6th: Francis Anderson (Arlington, Ky.) $111,895
The 27-event RRPO kicked off on Wednesday, Nov. 20 with a $400 buy-in Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry). The series opener drew 4,699 entries easily surpassing the $1 million guaranteed prize pool.
In addition to Stefanov, other signature event winners include:
- Benjamin Boston (Mansfield, Tex.), winning the $400 buy-in Deep Stack NLH for $133,918
- Schahin Ghiai (Marietta, Ga.), winning the $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH for $34,105
- Michael Tureniec (Stockholm, Sweden), winning the $600 Deep Stack NLH for $100,700
- Manig Loeser (Bad Homburg, Germany), winning the $5,000 Eight-Handed NLH for $86,581
- Juan Endara (Miami, Fla.), winning the $150 NLH for $37,828
- Bryn Kenney (Henderson, Nev.), winning the $25,500 High Roller NLH for $354,565
Poker action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. in the new year with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) on Jan. 7 – Jan. 22, 2020, headlined by the WPTDeepStacks series opener with a $1 million guarantee and the WPT NLH Championship boasting a $2 Million Guarantee.
Future tournament information and poker hotel rates are available at SHRPO.com.
About Seminole Hard Rock Poker
Seminole Hard Rock Poker encompasses four major poker series held annually at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In August 2013, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) was introduced to poker players around the world and featured a $10 million guarantee championship, the largest guarantee in history. In addition to the SHRPO, Seminole Hard Rock Poker series’ includes the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (January), Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown (April) and Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll” Poker Open (November). All four series fall under the SHRPO umbrella with tournament news, live updates and championship live streaming. Visit www.SHRPO.com. Join the conversation at #SHRPO, and tag us @SHRPO.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion on Oct. 24, 2019. New offerings include 638 upscale guestrooms in the first-ever Guitar Hotel, 168 luxury guestrooms and unique swim-up suites in the adjacent Oasis Tower at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, and 465 newly redesigned guestrooms in Hard Rock Hotel for a combined room count of 1,271 throughout the resort. Additional amenities include the lush, “Bora Bora” style lagoon with private cabanas and butler service; a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding; 19 dining outlets and 20 bars and lounges; an expansive gaming floor with 3,100 slots, 195 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space including a 38,000 square-foot, carpeted exhibition hall; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. The highly anticipated Hard Rock Live entertainment venue with a 7,000-person capacity, will showcase A-list entertainers, comedy acts, Broadway performances, sporting events and live broadcast productions. The integrated resort is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood SeminoleReservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441), and is 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.