Kyle Merron leads the last 80 players in the World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO) Championship event with 2.415 million chips. On Monday, the tournament will be reduced to 16 participants.
A total of 1,541 entries were received throughout the two beginning flights, resulting in a prize fund of $4,931,200. The top 193 will be paid, and everyone else will get at least $9,800. While I’d never turn down $9,800, the “real” money comes later; first prize is $785,800.
Going into Day 3, the competition for pole position is incredibly close. Following Merron are Ted McNamara with 2.275 million chips, Hitesh Patel with 2.260 million, Robel Andemichael with 2.235 million, and Badr Imejjane with 2.135 million. Two individuals with WPT championships are just outside the top ten: Chad Eveslage, who has 1.955 million chips, and Brian Altman, who has 1.680 million.
The 2022 RRPO fell just short of breaking last year’s record field of 1,566, which completely destroyed the previous record of 988 set in 2019, before the live poker world was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The first event of the 2021 RRPO also broke records. Last year’s 6,196-entry field for the $400 Deep Stack No-Limit Hold’em was not only the largest in RRPO history, but also the largest-ever field in Florida poker history.
For those who were unable to attend the WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open, there is one more tour stop left before the season concludes: the WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas. The poker festival will continue for nearly three weeks beginning December 1 and ending in the $10,400 WPT World Championship event December 12-18.
The WPT World Championship is one of only two Main Events this season with a $10,000 buy-in (or $10,400 when fees are included in). The other being the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic at the Bellagio last month.
The Wynn and the World Poker Tour are going all-in on this one, guaranteeing a whopping $15 million prize pool, the largest in live poker tournament history. As a result, the tournament will require 1,531 entries to avoid an overlay. It is a semi-freezeout in the sense that players can enter all three Day 1 flights but cannot re-enter an individual flight once eliminated. So, if you are bounced on Day 1A, you can pay to play again on Day 1B, but you cannot re-enter Day 1A. To put it simply, one entry per flight.