Lithuania’s Gediminas Uselis Wins Championship for $778,490 in Largest Championship Field in RRPO History
At the conclusion of the “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” (RRPO) at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., it’s Gediminas Uselis of Lithuania who walks away with $778,490 after winning first place in the $3,500 World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship.
Uselis bested 1,566 entries in the series finale, taking home the Mike Sexton Championship Cup in what marked the largest championship field in WPT RRPO history. The five largest fields in WPT main tour history have all come from events at Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. The tournament generated a prize pool worth $5,011,200, easily eclipsing the $2 million guarantee.
Championship Final Table Results:
1st: Gediminas Uselis (Loma Linda, Lithuania) $778,490
2nd: Jacob Ferro (Crystal River, Fla.) $573,605
3rd: Harout Ghazarian (Toronto, Canada) $380,000
4th: Selahaddin Bedir (Mustafa, Turkey) $282,380
5th: Clayton Maguire (Las Vegas, Nev.) $211,925
6th: Anshul Rai (Westfield, Ind.) $170,835
The 31-event RRPO kicked off on Nov. 17 with a $400 buy-in Deep Stack NLH. The series opener drew 6,196 entries, breaking the record for largest field in Florida poker history and more than doubling the $1 million guaranteed prize pool.
In addition to Uselis, other signature event winners include:
- Michael Laufer (Boca Raton, Fla.), winning the $400 Deep Stack NLH for $160,734
- Loni Hui (Tamarac, Fla.), winning the $600 Deep Stack NLH for $85,355
- Ali Imsirovic (Vancouver, Wash.), winning the $25,500 High Roller NLHfor $695,355
- Duff Charette (Ottawa, Canada), winning the $5,000 Eight Max Deep Stack NLH for $206,345
Poker action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. in the new year with the Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) Jan. 13 through Jan. 26, 2022, headlined by the Deep Stack NLH 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 integrated resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. This renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination unveiled a $1.5 billion expansion in 2019, highlighting the debut of the world’s first and only Guitar Hotel. Between three hotel towers, the resort boasts 1,271 luxury guestrooms. Amenities include a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa® & Salon; a 13.5-acre recreational water experience for watersports; private “Bora Bora” style cabanas; more than 15 food and beverage outlets; an expansive gaming floor with 3,000 slots, 193 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and a 26,000 square-foot retail promenade. Hard Rock Live, the resort’s entertainment venue, showcases A-list entertainers and performers, sporting events and live broadcast productions in an intimate 7,000-person capacity setting. Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood Seminole Reservation along State Road 7 (U.S. Highway 441). For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or follow us: Facebook: SeminoleHardRockHollywood, Twitter: @HardRockHolly, Instagram: @HardRockHolly.