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Gutsy Bluff Helps Gediminas Uselis Claim WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Open Title ($778,490)


Lithuania’s Gediminas Uselis pulled off a huge bluff and then won a heads-up cooler to ship the World Poker Tour (WPT) Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open for $778,490 at Wednesday’s final table.

The champ is barely a month removed from another huge victory when he took down the $1,600 buy-in Mid-States Poker Tour (MSPT) event at Venetian in Las Vegas for $325,428.

2021 WPT Seminole RRPO Final Table Results

Place Player Prize
1 Gediminas Uselis $778,490
2 Jacob Ferro $573,605
3 Harout Ghazarian $380,000
4 Selahaddin Bedir $282,380
5 Clayton Maguire $211,925
6 Anshul Rai $170,835

Bluffing the Bluffer

Uselis entered the final table fourth in chips, but outplayed the opposition on Day 5. He won in two ways — hitting hands at the right time and pulling off some masterful bluffs, none more so than a crucial pot he scooped with four players remaining.

In the aforementioned hand, the eventual champ bluffed a bluffer to ship the craziest pot at the action-packed final table. According to updates from the event, Uselis raised to 600,000 preflop with {a-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}, and Jacob Ferro, holding {9-Clubs}{8-Clubs} made the call, as did Selahaddin Bedir.

The flop came out {10-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{4-Hearts} and all three players checked. On the {5-Hearts} turn, Bedir bet out 850,000, Uselis called, and then Ferro went for the check-raise bluff to 2.1 million. Bedir folded and Uselis called to see the {9-Diamonds} on the river.

Ferro went from a stone-cold bluffing hand to hitting a pair on the river and he again led out for 1.5 million. Uselis used up two time extension chips before deciding to turn his small pair into a bluff. He raised to 6 million, leaving behind less than 200,000 chips. His opponent thought for a brief moment before mucking the best hand.

No Bluff Needed on Final Hand

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Ferro would shake off the big pot he lost earlier and laddered up to reach heads-up play against his nemesis Uselis. On the final hand, a cooler put an end to the record 1,566-entry field in the $3,500 buy-in tournament that started on November 26 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Holding a sizable chip lead, Uselis picked up {q-}{q-} and put it all in preflop against the {j-}{j-} of Ferro. Both players flopped a set, but of course the queens were superior.

The sting of coming up just short of a WPT title was lessened by the $573,605 payout for second place. Uselis received $778,490 for becoming the newest WPT Champions Club member. His name will be added to the WPT Mike Sexton Champions Cup trophy.

Along with his big win, Uselis becomes Lithuania’s sixth-most winningest live tournament player in history with just over $1,450,000 in cashes according to The Hendon Mob. Tony G tops the European nation with $8.8 million.

2021 Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Results

*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 Gediminas Uselis $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        
28-Nov Event #21: $400 Black Chip Bounty NLH 390 $91,650 Maikel Cruz $14,718        
November 28-29 Event #22: $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH 275 $275,000 Luke Brereton $62,220        
28-Nov Event #23: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH 58 $30,740 Mike Graffeo $8,855        
29-Nov Event #24: $1,100 Deep Stack NLH 337 $326,890 Vinny Giuliano $68,840        
November 29-30 Event #26: $25,500 High Roller 102 $2,519,400 Ali Imsirovic $695,355        
29-Nov Event #27: $400 Black Chip Bounty NLH 150 $35,230 Micha Hoedemaker $7,685        
November 29-30 Event #28: $2,200 Deep Stack PLO 123 $246,000 Fred Goldberg $71,075        
30-Nov Event #29: $400 Seniors 50+ 170 $56,950 Zoltan Czinkota $11,045        
30-Nov Event #30: $5,000 Eight-Max NLH 167 $793,250 Duff Charette $206,345        

*Images courtesy of Seminole Hard Rock and World Poker Tour (WPT).



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