Aido, Lagodich & Newman Among Big WPT Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open Side Event Winners

Aido, Lagodich & Newman Among Big WPT Rock ‘n’ Roll Poker Open Side Event Winners

The World Poker Tour (WPT) recently wrapped the 2022 WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The $3,500 buy-in No-Limit Hold’em Main Event saw Andy Wilson top a 1,541-entry field to win $785,800 plus a $10,400 seat into the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas.

However, that was just one of 44 events in the festival, which catered to a combined 16,284 entrants and awarded $13,199,710 in prize money. We already highlighted early winners from the series, so we thought it only fair to recap some of the bigger winners from down the stretch.

Among those to capture titles late in the 2022 RRPO were Lisa Levy (Event #29: $400 Ladies Event for $5,870), Duff Charette (Event #34: $600 Deep Stack NLH for $76,075), Dominique Mosley (Event #39: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $61,170), Elliott Kampen (Event #32: $10,000 PLO High Roller for $121,600), and Eric Afriat, who won not one, but two titles (Event #33: $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty for $46,515 and Event #41: $400 Seniors 50+ for $9,100).

Here’s a look at some of the most notable storylines from the stop’s late side events.

Check out early winners from the 2022 RRPO here!

Sergio Aido Wins High Roller for $500K

Sergio AidoSergio Aido

From November 28-29, Event #37: $25,500 High Roller played out. The tournament attracted 85 runners and offered up a $2,099,500 prize pool paid out to the top dozen finishers including Justin Zaki (10th – $60,885), Giuseppe Iadisernia (11th – $58,790), and Michael Rossitto (12th – $56,690), who all cashed but failed to make the final table.

The tournament ended in a three-way deal that saw Sergio Aido, who this past August won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open (SHRPO) Championship for $900,100, claim the title and $500,000 in prize money. That brought his lifetime career earnings up over $14.7 million according to the Hendon Mob.

“I can come for only five or six days,” Aido told Seminole reporters, “and since I am living in Mexico now, it’s a convenient three-hour flight.”

RRPO $25K High Roller Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Sergio Aido $500,000*
2 Scott Margereson $413,746*
3 Justin Saliba $402,634*
4 Gytis Lazauninkas $186,855
5 Stan Jablonski $123,870
6 Joe McKeehen $92,380
7 Alex Livingston $75,580
8 Chance Kornuth $65,085
9 Ray Qartomy $62,985

*Denotes three-way ICM deal.

Frank Lagodich’s Heater Continues

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On November 29, Event #42: $5,000 Deep Stack NLH more than tripled its $200K GTD as 134 entrants generated a prize pool of $636,500. The top 17 finishers made the money, and some of those to cash but fall short of the final table were Jason Klapman (11th – $15,920), Joey Weissman (14th – $14,000), Josh Reichard (15th – $12,900), and Ryan Riess (16th – $12,900).

The tournament ended in a five-way deal that saw Frank Lagodich, a big chip leader at the time, win the title and $133,241 in prize money. It was the second six-figure score for the Ohio pro in just over a week as he was fresh off winning the WSOP Circuit Grand Victoria $1,700 Main Event for $275,896. The latest win moved Lagodich over $1 million in lifetime earnings according to the Hendon Mob.

It was also Lagodich’s second SHRP major series trophy after having won the 2022 Seminole Poker Showdown $1,100 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for $26,575.

RRPO Event #42 Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Frank Lagodich $133,241*
2 Yuval Bronshtein $86,947*
3 Brian Hastings $77,211*
4 Scott Dehm $72,022*
5 Erik Seidel $62,249*
6 James Romero $26,735
7 Artem Metalidi $23,230
8 Eric Panayiutou $20,365
9 Isaac Kempton $17,980

*Denotes five-way ICM deal.

Michael Newman Wins 8th SHRP Title

Michael NewmanMichael Newman

Michael Newman is a crusher at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood. On November 21, he topped a 107-entry field to win Event #18: $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH for $7,136 and his seventh SHRP title. That moved him into a five-way tie for second place with Brian Altman, Yuval Bronshtein, Gabe Ramos, and David Prociak, but it didn’t take long for him to break that tie.

On November 29, Event #44: $300 Quad Stack Black Chip Bounty attracted 286 entrants and once again it was Newman getting the job done. His victory came with a $6,437 top prize but perhaps more importantly his eighth SHRP title, which broke the tie and moved him solely into second place behind only the nine titles of Raminder Singh.

Newman’s SHRP Titles

Series Tournament Prize
2016 SHRPO $570 No-Limit Hold’em $17,589
2016 RRPO $360 Pot-Limit Omaha $7,740
2017 LHPO $570 Six-Max Pot Limit Omaha $7,473
2017 RRPO $3,500 RRPO Championship $374,240
2019 LHPO $360 Ultimate Re-Entry $183,525
2021 SHRPO $400 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em $7,573
2022 RRPO $400 Turbo No-Limit Hold’em $7,136
2022 RRPO $300 Quad Stack Black Chip Bounty $6,437

Check out our feature article on Michael Newman here!

2022 RRPO Winners

Seminole Hard Rock

Date Tournament Entries Prize Pool Winner Prize
Nov. 16-21 Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH 6,134 $2,024,200 Peter Hsu $191,223
Nov. 16 Event #2: $600 Seniors 50+ NLH 176 $92,400 Wilmer Chavira $16,031
Nov. 16 Event #3: $600 Deep Stack Big O 80 $42,000 Chris Kostoulas $7,418
Nov. 16 Event #4: $200 Quad Stack Double Green Chip Bounty 177 $19,470 Jesus Figueroa $4,313
Nov. 17 Event #5: $600 HORSE 78 $40,950 AJ Kelsall $13,625
Nov. 17-18 Event #6: $1,100 Five-Card PLO 102 $98,940 Robert Lupo $24,148
Nov. 17 Event #7: $150 Big Stack NLH 239 $30,000 Joseph Diaz $6,935
Nov. 17 Event #8: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH 37 $19,610 Matty Bretzfield $5,828
Nov. 18 Event #9: $600 Limit Omaha 8 108 $56,700 Salvatore Pipitone $16,900
Nov. 18 Event #10: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty 188 $61,100 Daniel Chlimper $15,425
Nov. 19 Event #11: $600 PLO 8 122 $64,050 Long Nguyen $18,065
Nov. 20 Event #12: $400 Deep Stack NLH 515 $172,525 Scott Baumstein $27,965
Nov. 20-21 Event #13: $1,100 Six-Max NLH 193 $187,210 Glen Cressman $46,170
Nov. 20-22 Event #14: $600 Deep Stack PLO 405 $210,600 John Holley $30,191
Nov. 20 Event #15: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH 74 $39,220 Raminder Singh $7,897
Nov. 21 Event #16: $400 Omaha 8/Stud 8 83 $27,805 John Holley $8,950
Nov. 21-23 Event #17: $200 Big Stack NLH 1,894 $303,040 Christopher Lewis $32,400
Nov. 21 Event #18: $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH 107 $36,380 Michael Newman $7,136
Nov. 22 Event #19: $400 Big Stack Six-Max NLH 115 $38,525 Larry Elliott $7,965
Nov. 22 Event #20: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH Freezeout 68 $65,960 Colin Robinson $22,135
Nov. 22-23 Event #21: $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty PLO 77 $77,000 David Moreno $26,020
Nov. 22 Event #22: $400 Deep Stack NLH Turbo 58 $19,720 Matt Vinke $7,095
Nov. 23 Event #23: $400 Black Chip Bounty 5-Card PLO 154 $36,190 David Goodis $9,450
Nov. 23 Event #24: $200 Double Green Chip Bounty NLH 254 $27,940 Christopher Corrales $5,695
Nov. 24 Event #25: $250 Holiday Deep Stack NLH 312 $36,816 Igor Tolstov $7,816
    1,541 $4,931,200    
Nov. 25-30 Event #26: $3,500 WPT RRPO Championship 1,541 $4,931,200 Andy Wilson $785,800
Nov. 25 Event #27: $400 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH 151 $35,485 Daniyal Gheba $9,550
Nov. 26-27 Event #28: $600 Mixed PLO 62 $32,550 Floyd Scott Jr. $10,000
Nov. 26 Event #29: $400 Ladies Event 45 $15,075 Lisa Levy $5,870
Nov. 26 Event #30: $150 Big Stack NLH 119 $14,042 Sebastian Espinoza $4,052
Nov. 27 Event #31: $400 Black Chip Bounty NLH 349 $82,015 Alexander Perez $12,806
Nov. 27-28 Event #32: $10,000 PLO High Roller 32 $304,000 Elliott Kampen $121,600
Nov. 27-28 Event #33: $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty 182 $182,000 Eric Afriat $46,515
Nov. 27-29 Event #34: $600 Deep Stack NLH 838 $435,760 Duff Charette $76,075
Nov. 27 Event #35: $1,100 Turbo NLH 51 $51,000 Matthew Davenport $18,870
Nov. 28-29 Event #36: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH 119 $115,430 Milen Stefanov $33,640
Nov. 28-29 Event #37: $25,500 High Roller 85 $2,099,500 Sergio Aido $500,000
Nov. 28 Event #38: $400 HORSE 91 $30,485 David Shmuel $7,471
Nov. 28-29 Event #39: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 42 $199,500 Dominique Mosley $61,170
Nov. 28 Event #40: $150 Big Stack NLH 124 $14,632 Alexander Morgovsky $4,112
Nov. 29 Event #41: $400 Seniors 50+ 149 $49,915 Eric Afriat $9,110
Nov. 29 Event #42: $5,000 Deep Stack NLH 134 $636,500 Frank Lagodich $133,241
Nov. 29 Event #43: $1,100 Six-Max PLO 134 $97,970 Rafael Rodriguez Arango $28,895
Nov. 29 Event #44: $300 Quad Stack Black Chip Bounty 286 $44,300 Michael Newman $6,437

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