Online Poker Regular Andrew Wilson Scores WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Title

December 5, 2022
Online Poker Regular Andrew Wilson Scores WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Title

While much of the poker world is now focused on the $15 million World Poker Tour World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas, another event recently wrapped up with another player joining the Champions Club.

England’s Andrew Wilson came out on top in the $3,200 Seminole Hard Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open (RRPO) in Hollywood, Florida, for $785,800. A regular online poker player, he was pleased to add a nice live tournament poker title to his poker record as well.

“I’ve had a lot of consistent scores, but it’s mainly been online,” he told WPT.com after the win. “In the live realm, I’ve started to do okay. It’s something that you always picture yourself doing. Maybe one day you can do it. It kind of feels like a pipe dream. So when it happens, it is quite surreal.”

Details on Wilson’s WPT win

This year’s RRPO saw 1,541 players for a $4.9 million prize pool. Wilson entered the final table with a massive chip lead, holding 33.4 million. Two-time WPT champion Chad Eveslage had the next-largest stack with 12.7 million.

Wilson registered four knockouts at the final table including taking out Eveslage with pocket Kings versus his opponent’s pocket Jacks. Three-time WPT champion Brian Altman also made his eighth final table appearance, finishing fourth for $290,000.

At heads-up play, Wilson held almost a 3-to-1 chip advantage over Josh Kay. However, Kay proved to be a tough opponent and at one point took the chip lead himself.

However, Wilson kept the pressure on and was eventually able to find the win in the extended heads-up battle. The final hand saw Wilson’s pocket Kings hold up against Kay’s open-ended straight draw. Kay earned $525,000 for runner-up.

More final table notes, WPT World Championship now on deck in Las Vegas

The RRPO featured quite an impressive roster of final table players. Along with Altman and Eveslage, the event’s defending champion Gediminas Uselis also scored an impressive run. He ultimately took fifth place for $219,000.

Eveslage’s third-place finish not only brought him $390,000, but also 850 points toward the WPT Player of the Year race. That moved him to the top of the leaderboard, just 25 points ahead of Steve Buckner.

Wilson is pleased to add his name to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup. He expressed his high regard for the tour’s longtime commentator.

“He’s one of the all-time greats of the game,” Wilson said. “It’s a shame he’s not with us anymore. But like there’s so many great names on that trophy. It’s one of the most prestigious tournaments you can win, a WPT title. It still feels pretty surreal, and the money is not a bad bonus either.”

The WPT World Championship Festival recently got underway at Wynn Las Vegas. The championship event features a $15 million guarantee and a televised final table. For a complete preview of the series, click here.

2022 WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open results

  1. Andrew Wilson – $796,200
  2. Josh Kay – $525,000
  3. Chad Eveslage – $390,000
  4. Brian Altman – $290,000
  5. Gediminas Uselis – $219,000
  6. Robel Andemichael – $167,000
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