Altman, Eveslage & Defending Champ Uselis in Sweet 16 of WPT Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open

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

Table Seat Player count BB
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).

Anthony Zinno
Anthony Zinno gets it in.

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.

Andrew Wilson
Chip leader Andrew Wilson

Remaining WPT RRPO Payouts

Place Prize
1st $785,800 + $10,400 WPT World Championship seat
2nd $525,000
3rd $390,000
4th $290,000
5th $219,000
6th $167,000
7th $129,000
8th $100,000
9th-10th $78,500
11th-12th $62,500
13th-14th $50,000
15th-16th $40,500

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*Images courtesy of WPT/Drew Amato.

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