WPT RRPO Surpasses $2M GTD on Day 1a; James Calderaro Bags Big Stack
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On Friday, the World Poker Tour (WPT) returned to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida for the 2022 WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO). The first of two starting flights in the $3,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold'em Main Event attracted 664 entrants, which surpassed the $2 million guarantee.
With Day 1b still to go at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, November 26 (late registration will be open until 9:15 p.m.), a prize pool in excess of $4 million seems likely.
At the end of the night, James Calderaro led the advancing 220 players with 527,500. Calderaro, a WSOP gold bracelet winner, is no stranger to WPT success. Back in 2014, he won the WPT Lucky Hearts Poker Open $3,500 Championship for $271,102, and a month later took second in the WPT Jacksonville $3,500 Main Event for $133,764. Two year prior he had finished runner-up in the WPT Jacksonville $5,000 Main Event for $236,560.
Top 10 Day 1a Chip Counts
Others to make it through Day 1a were Asher Conniff (309,500), Michael Wang (306,000), Nadya Magnus (296,500), Chad Eveslage (221,000), Natasha Mercier (198,000), Ethan “Rampage Poker” Yau (178,500), Jesse Lonis (167,000), Sergio Aido (132,000), Landon Tice (120,500), and Nate Silver (119,500). Likewise, defending champ Gediminas Uselis is still alive with a healthy 166,500.
A Royal Flush
In the last level of the night (Level 10: 1,000/2,000/2,000), a big hand was captured in the WPT Live Updates. It happened when Paul Brar raised to 4,500 from middle position and three other players called, including Marc Levy, which brought about a flop of .
Brar continued for 6,500, his trio of opponents called, and the appeared on the turn, which checked around. When the completed the board on the river, action checked to Levy and he bet 11,000. Only
Brar called and that prompted Levy to say, “My first one!” He then tabled the for a rare Royal Flush! Levy went on to bag 252,000 on Day 1a.
Previous WPT Seminole RRPO Prize Pools and Turnouts
The Season 19 WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open in December 2021 attracted 1,566 runners to generate a prize pool of $5 million, two and a half times the guaranteed $2 million.
The previous year, the WPT Seminole RRPO Main Event drew a field of 988 players to generate $3.1 million in prize money, while the 2018 Main Event had 1,309 entrants for a prize pool of $4.2 million.
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Entrants into all events on the WPT Seminole RRPO schedule will be eligible for WPT’s Player of the Festival leaderboard, which awards a $1,100 WPT Prime Passport to the player with the most points over the course of each tournament festival.
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