2021 Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Sets Florida Record; Laufer & Hui Win Big

The Seminole Hard Rock 2021 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open began back on November 17 and is slated to run through December 1. Right now, the $3,500 World Poker Tour (WPT) RRPO Championship is taking place and will crown a winner later this week. That tournament attracted a record 1,566 entries, which more than doubled the $2 million guarantee by creating a $5,011,200 prize pool.

The record-setting field distanced itself considerably from past incarnations:

Year Turnout
2021 RRPO 1,566 entries
2019 RRPO 988 entries
2018 RRPO 898 entries
2015 RRPO 766 entries
2016 RRPO 760 entries

The WPT Championship is just one of 31 primary events on the 2021 RRPO schedule. There have already been several notable side event winners including Michael Laufer and Loni Hui (more on their victories below).

Others to claim trophies are Dean Salisbury (Event #5: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty for $8,000), Robert Brandl (Event #8: $400 Deep Stack NLH for $23,178), Nancy Birnbaum (Event #13: $400 Black Chip Bounty PLO for $7,460), and Brandon Wilson (Event #20: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty Turbo for $11,415).

Michael Laufer Wins Record-Setting Opening Event

Michael Laufer
Michael Laufer

The 2021 RRPO kicked off in a big way as Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH set both a Seminole Hard Rock and state of Florida record with 6,196 entries over eight starting flights. That is the largest field size in both state and venue history surpassing the prior record of 5,018 entries from the 2016 RRPO.

The massive turnout more than doubled the $1 million guarantee by generating a $2,044,680 prize pool that was paid out to the top 622 finishers.

The tournament ended in a six-way deal that saw chip leader Michael Laufer claim the title along with $160,734 in prize money. Originally from New Jersey, Laufer now resides in Florida and owns a recruiting company.

“It’s the best place I know,” Laufer told Seminole reporters after the tournament. “I don’t even have to go to Vegas. Hard Rock poker, great weather, great people.”

All six players involved in the deal secured six-figure paydays.

2021 RRPO Event #1 Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1s Michael Laufer $160,734*
2 Aleks Petrovic $155,302*
3 Amed de la Torre $147,218*
4 Isai Coello $139,973*
5 Mali Cagatay $138,561*
6 Aaron Valencia $131,729*
7 Steven Miller $47,027
8 Courtney Rowe $33,737
9 Victor Carrera $22,491

*Denotes results of six-way deal.

Loni Hui Wins Event #10: $600 Deep Stack NLH

Loni Hui
Loni Hui

From November 22-24, the 2021 RRPO Event #10: $600 Deep Stack NLH played out. The tournament drew 972 entries over four starting flights and offered up a $505,400 prize pool, more than double the $250K guarantee.

Among those to cash the tournament were Ricardo Eyzaguirre (3rd – $39,500), James Patterson (9th – $8,675), Raminder Singh (10th – $8,675), Sheddy Siddiqui (21st – $3,675), Michael Amato (31st – $2,260), and Alexander Green (43rd – $1,950).

It was a familiar name coming out on top as Loni Hui, formerly Loni Harwood, claimed the title and $85,355 top prize.

“I lost a really big flip going into the final table, which was a little discouraging,” said Hui. “But the final table went my way, and I won the all-ins that I needed to.”

In regards to beating Neil Zonenashvili heads-up, she added: “I just tried to play really small pots and grind him out until he got impatient to make a hand and go all in. I knew it was going to take a very long time. But it went well for me.”

2021 RRPO Event #10 Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Loni Hui $85,355
2 Neil Zonenashvili $60,210
3 Ricardo Eyzaguirre $39,500
4 Abhishek Panda $29,140
5 Rogrigo Sardi $22,085
6 Orlando Maldonado $17,595
7 Stewart Yancik $14,600
8 Dimitry Agrachov $11,605
9 James Patterson $8,675

Learn more about Poker Pro Ricardo Eyzaguirre here

2021 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Winners Thus Far

Through the first 20 events of the 2021 Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open, a combined 11,926 entrants have competed and $8,544,050 in prize money awarded (including the Championship Event, which has yet to crown a winner).

*Date Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize*      
November 17-21 Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH 6,196 $2,044,680 Michael Laufer $160,734      
17-Nov Event #2: $400 Limit Omaha 8 116 $53,625 Jay Kerbel $11,315      
17-Nov Event #3: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty 158 $17,380 Gabriel Ramos $3,000      
18-Nov Event #4: $400 H.O.R.S.E. 115 $38,525 Sal Pipitone $9,068      
18-Nov Event #5: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty 158 $82,950 Dean Salisbury $8,000      
19-Nov Event #6: $400 Pot-Limit Omaha 8 125 $41,875 John Binns $9,000      
20-Nov Event #7: $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 93 $31,155 Barak Zaken $9,590      
21-Nov Event #8: $400 Deep Stack NLH 510 $204,000 Robert Brandl $23,178      
November 21-22 Event #9: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH 189 $183,330 Jesse Lott $46,020      
November 22-24 Event #10: $600 Deep Stack NLH 972 $505,440 Loni Hui $85,355      
22-Nov Event #11: $400 Six-Max PLO 144 $48,240 Long Nguyen $12,040      
November 22-24 Event #12: $150 Big Stack NLH 372 $44,640 Scott Murawa $8,165      
23-Nov Event #13: $400 Black Chip Bounty PLO 107 $25,145 Nancy Birnbaum $7,460      
23-Nov Event #14: $400 Six-Max NLH 100 $33,500 Philip Whitaker $6,095      
24-Nov Event #15: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty 249 $27,390 Andrey Kolchkov $3,104      
25-Nov Event #16: $150 Holiday Triple Stack NLH 259 $31,080 Rosario Simone $3,221      
November 26-December 1 Event #17: $3,500 WPT RRPO Championship 1,566 $5,011,200 TBD $778,490      
26-Nov Event #18: $150 Big Stack NLH 289 $34,680 Dwayne Nyholt $5,622      
27-Nov Event #19: $600 Mixed Pot-Limit Omaha 85 $44,625 Joseph Patalano $11,443      
27-Nov Event #20: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty Turbo 123 $40,590 Brandon Wilson $11,415      

Images courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock

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