Altman, Eveslage & Defending Champ Uselis in Sweet 16 of WPT Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open
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On Monday, 80 players from a 1,541-entry field returned for Day 3 action in the World Poker Tour (WPT) 2022 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO) $3,500 Main Event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Play continued until the field was whittled down to the final 16 with Andrew Wilson and his stack of 12,875,000 leading the way. Others still in contention include three-time WPT champ Brian Altman (10,225,000), recent WPT Five Diamond winner Chad Eveslage (7,350,000), and defending champ Gediminas Uselis (4,575,000).
Day 4, which kicks off at noon local time on Tuesday, will resume with 80:46 remaining in Level 28, and the remaining players are guaranteed $40,500 in prize money. The plan is to play down to the final table of six, which will then be live-streamed on Wednesday. The eventual champion will take home $785,800 plus a $10,400 seat in next month’s WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas.
Final Two Table Seat Draw
|7||1||Joey DiPascale||4,250,000||34 bb|
|7||2||Robel Andemichael||5,425,000||43 bb|
|7||3||Jacob Dolehanty||1,875,000||15 bb|
|7||4||Chad Eveslage||7,350,000||59 bb|
|7||5||Brian Altman||10,225,000||82 bb|
|7||6||Phong Turbo Nguyen||1,800,000||14 bb|
|7||7||Eric Bonin||2,050,000||16 bb|
|7||8||Josh Kay||6,100,000||49 bb|
|8||1||Steve Karp||2,325,000||19 bb|
|8||2||Gediminas Uselis||4,575,000||37 bb|
|8||3||Ryan Dougherty||3,050,000||24 bb|
|8||4||Denys Shafikov||3,175,000||25 bb|
|8||5||Nick Verderamo||1,000,000||8 bb|
|8||6||Dung Nguyen||2,750,000||22 bb|
|8||7||Andrew Wilson||12,875,000||103 bb|
|8||8||Ted McNamara||8,825,000||71 bb|
Among those to fall in-the-money on Day 3 and claim their portion of the $4,931,200 prize pool were Andrew Ostapchenko (20th - $33,100), Brock Wilson (34th - $19,300), Frank Funaro (48th - $16,500), four-time WPT champ Darren Elias (56th - $14,200), Josh Reichard (62nd - $12,450), Nate Silver (66th - $11,000), and Rob Wazwaz (77th - $9,800).
Also making a deep run was three-time WPT champ Anthony Zinno, who busted in Level 28 (75,000/125,000/125,000). According to updates from the event, Zinno opened for 275,000 and then called off for approximately 2.7 million after Ted McNamara moved all in.
It was a flip as Zinno held ace-king against the two black jacks of his opponent. The flop fell three queens, while both a four on the turn and six on the river left Zinno wanting. He was ousted in 17th place for $33,100 and officially brought Day 3 to a close.
As for Wilson, he vaulted up the chip counts just before the dinner break when he got his 3.25 million stack all in on a queen-high flop holding ace-queen. He was behind the five-deuce of Max Kingstone, which had flopped bottom two pair, but the dealer promptly turned an ace to give Wilson the lead. He doubled to 6.85 million while Kingston was left with crumbs and ultimately busted in 22nd place for $27,400.
Remaining WPT RRPO Payouts
|1st||$785,800 + $10,400 WPT World Championship seat|
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