Baumstein, Holley & Singh Find Success at WPT Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO)

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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 Daniyal 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 Tops Third Largest Field in Florida History

Peter Hsu
Peter Hsu

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 Hsu, who 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

1Peter Hsu$191,223* + RRPO Trophy
2Justin Datloff$162,511*
3Zak VanKeuren$160,000*
4Fabian Foster$152,669*
5Phu Vo$136,174*
6Nigel Murray$66,800
7Richard Baker$46,560
8Earl Gallegos$33,400
9Willy Stadele$22,265

*Indicates a five-way deal.

Scott Baumstein Captures 6th SHRP Title

Scott Baumstein
Scott Baumstein

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 Baumstein, who 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 Bronshtein, Gabe Ramos, and 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

Raminder Singh
Raminder Singh

Speaking of all-time SHRP titles, no one has more than Raminder Singh, who 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

John Holley
John 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/Stud 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…

Seminole Hard Rock
DateTournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Nov. 16-21Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH6,134$2,024,200Peter Hsu$191,223
Nov. 16Event #2: $600 Seniors 50+ NLH176$92,400Wilmer Chavira$16,031
Nov. 16Event #3: $600 Deep Stack Big O80$42,000Chris Kostoulas$7,418
Nov. 16Event #4: $200 Quad Stack Double Green Chip Bounty177$19,470Jesus Figueroa$4,313
Nov. 17Event #5: $600 HORSE78$40,950AJ Kelsall$13,625
Nov. 17-18Event #6: $1,100 Five-Card PLO102$98,940Robert Lupo$24,148
Nov. 17Event #7: $150 Big Stack NLH239$30,000Joseph Diaz$6,935
Nov. 17Event #8: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH37$19,610Matty Bretzfield$5,828
Nov. 18Event #9: $600 Limit Omaha 8108$56,700Salvatore Pipitone$16,900
Nov. 18Event #10: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty188$61,100Daniel Chlimper$15,425
Nov. 19Event #11: $600 PLO 8122$64,050Long Nguyen$18,065
Nov. 20Event #12: $400 Deep Stack NLH515$172,525Scott Baumstein$27,965
Nov. 20-21Event #13: $1,100 Six-Max NLH193$187,210Glen Cressman$46,170
Nov. 20-22Event #14: $600 Deep Stack PLO405$210,600John Holley$30,191
Nov. 20Event #15: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH74$39,220Raminder Singh$7,897
Nov. 21Event #16: $400 Omaha 8/Stud 883$27,805John Holley$8,950
Nov. 21-23Event #17: $200 Big Stack NLH1,894$303,040Christopher Lewis$32,400
Nov. 21Event #18: $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH107$36,380Michael Newman$7,136
Nov. 22Event #19: $400 Big Stack Six-Max NLH115$38,525Larry Elliott$7,965
Nov. 22Event #20: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH Freezeout68$65,960Colin Robinson$22,135
Nov. 22-23Event #21: $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty PLO77$77,000David Moreno$26,020
Nov. 22Event #22: $400 Deep Stack NLH Turbo58$19,720Matt Vinke$7,095
Nov. 23Event #23: $400 Black Chip Bounty 5-Card PLO154$36,190David Goodis$9,450
Nov. 23Event #24: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty NLH254$27,940Christopher Corrales$5,695
Nov. 24Event #25: $250 Holiday Deep Stack NLH312$36,816Igor Tolstov$7,816
Nov. 25Event #27: $400 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH151$35,485Daniyal Gheba$9,550

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