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Posted on 29 Nov, 2018
By GS Admin
On 29 Nov, 2018
By GS Admin
On 29 Nov, 2018

Pavel Plesuv wins the Championship Main Event at Seminole

The World Poker Tour (WPT) just concluded its Rock ‘N Roll Poker Open (RRPO) at the world-famous Seminole Hard Rock situated in Florida. The series had a ton of exciting action-packed events, with a wide buy-in range ($360 – $3,500), catering to all kinds of players. David Peters did a back-to-back, winning a title in the series, having previously won the same title at Seminole exactly 364 days earlier.

The main event of the RRPO was the NLH WPT Championship which had a $2,000,000 (~INR 13.96 Crores) guaranteed prize pool. The $3,500 (~INR 2.44 Lakhs) buy-in Championship event saw a total of 898 entrants and the guarantee was crushed, generating a new $2,873,600 (~INR 20.07 Crores) prize pool. Top 113 players were paid out in the event.

The Championship event saw 5 days of high-stakes poker gameplay, including two starting flights. The Final Table of 6 was held on the last day of the RRPO, Nov 28 and was also live-streamed on Twitch. Moldova-born Pavel Plesuv was crowned as the champion, walking away with $504,820 (~INR 3.52 Crores) as 1st place prize money.

Plesuv, a Czech resident, had also shipped the Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) Big Blind Ante event held at The Venetian in June this year for $640,062 (~INR 4.46 Crores). The guy went wire-to-wire in the Final Table, which was a bit of a redemption moment, since in Season XIV, he came close to winning the title, but had to settle for runners-up prize of EUR 120,000, where he was wire-to-wire till the end too. His best live cash though, was at the partypoker MILLIONS in February this year, where he finished 2nd and took home $924,841 in cash. It just goes to show how skilful he is at cashing out big in high-stakes poker.

I was heads-up in WPT Prague three years ago with a big chip lead,” Plesuv said. “I lost. So, I’m really excited to come back and win.

The final hand was against Jim Gilbert. Plesuv opened the heads-up with an overwhelming 8:1 chip lead and Gilbert didn’t have much room for a comeback.  Plesuv shoved his stack of 9 million with Ad Js. Gilbert called off with 9h 9d. Plesuv caught an Ace-pair in the flop, enough to beat Gilbert’s pocket Nines, earning his place at the WPT Champions Club. Gilbert finished runner-up with $326,565.

This is the best year so far,” Plesuv reacted after his win. “It started with a win in February and I’m finishing the year with a win here, and maybe I’ll win something in December. We’ll see, but this is awesome. I’ve been running pretty good.

Final 6 Pay-outs –

  1. Pavel Plesuv – $504,820
  2. Jim Gilbert – $326,565
  3. Jeremy Joseph – $240,945
  4. Marius Gierse – $179,710
  5. Chris Kennedy – $135,505
  6. Ravi Raghavan – $103,310

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