WPT Announces Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Stop at Seminole; Brad Owen Added as Ambassador

May 13, 2022
WPT Announces Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Stop at Seminole; Brad Owen Added as Ambassador

As the World Poker Tour’s 20th anniversary season rolls on, the tour announced yet another tournament stop this week. The company returns to Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida, in November for the $3,500 WPT Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open.

This becomes the third stop at the property this year with the main event running Nov. 25-30. Poker players can expect a $2 million guarantee.

“Our previous Main Event for this festival more than doubled the guarantee,” tour CEO Adam Pliska said in a news release. “The enthusiasm for these events has been remarkable, and I look forward to continuing our ongoing streak of bigger and bigger prize pools for the RRPO main event.”

Details on the series

Those heading to South Florida will find additional tournaments as part of the series running Nov. 16-30. A $400 Deep Stack tournament kicks off the festival with $1 million guaranteed.

All series players are eligible for WPT’s Player of the Festival leaderboard, awarding a $1,100 WPT Prime Passport to the winner.

In Season 19, the RRPO broke multiple records for prize pools and attendance. The $3,500 Main Event produced more than 1,500 entries for a $5 million prize pool. Lithuania’s Gediminas Uselis (pictured above) took the title for $778,490.

“I look forward to continuing our tradition of highly-anticipated events this fall,” Seminole Hard Rock tournament manager Jason Heidenthal said. “We’ve been planting seeds to make sure Hollywood is considered a poker player destination for years, and the upcoming festival will continue to accelerate that momentum.”

The tour’s subscription online poker site ClubWPT will offer qualifiers for the upcoming event.

Tour adds Brad Owen as ambassador

In other WPT news, the company recently signed poker pro and award-winning vlogger Brad Owen as an ambassador. As the newest spokesman, Owen will attend tour events around the world, create exclusive WPT content, and work alongside the company’s online partners to promote the game.

“I am excited to be joining the team at WPT,” Owen said in a news release. “I’ve been looking forward to making this the next big step in my poker journey, and I believe our partnership will help us both continue to grow the game of poker.”

After playing cash games for years,  Owen began showcasing his rise in stakes via YouTube videos in 2016. His channel has since grown to nearly 600,000 subscribers and his total views now exceed 120 million. Owen also won “Best Vlogger” this year at the 2022 Global Poker Awards.

“Brad has shown himself to be one of the most impactful forces in the community and the game as of late,” Pliska noted. “His genuine approach to sharing the game of poker has reached an incredible amount of fans, and WPT is fortunate to be joining forces with him.”

The vlogger joins well-known DJ and artist Steve Aoki as a company representative. The tour named Aoki as the first WPT ambassador in January. Owen makes his debut as an ambassador at the WPT Choctaw festival this weekend.

A look at upcoming WPT events

The WPT rolls into the Choctaw Casino Resort on Friday with the $3,800 event guaranteeing $2 million. That is followed by the $5,000 WPT Venetian in Las Vegas running July 12-17 with $4 million guaranteed.

From Sept. 2-7, the $3,500 Seminole Hard Rock Tampa brings the tour back to Florida. That’s followed by the AUD$5,400 WPT Australia at The Star Gold Coast. The RRPO is then the last stop that’s been announced so far.

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