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Bulgarian player wins the Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open

6 December 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) -- At the conclusion of the Seminole Hard Rock “Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open” (RRPO), it’s Milen Stefanov of Varna, Bulgaria who walks away with $545,070 after winning first place in the $3,500 World Poker Tour (WPT) Championship. Stefanov bested 988 total entries in the series finale, taking home the trophy and a $15,000 WPT Tournament of Champions entry in what marked the largest Championship tournament in RRPO history. The players generated a prize pool worth $3,161,600, eclipsing the guarantee by more than $1 million.

“It feels amazing, it’s almost like it’s catching me off guard,” Stefanov said after his win. “The emotions are running rampant, like even more than when I was playing. To be a champion finally of the WPT, it feels amazing. It’s an understatement.”

Championship Final Table Results:

1st: Milen Stefanov (Varna, Bulgaria) $545,070

2nd: Fabian Gumz (Germany) $353,380

3rd: David Novosel (Cincinnati, Ohio) $260,845

4th: Roman Korenev (Krasnoyarsk, Russia) $194,605

5th: Cesar Fuentes (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) $146,760

6th: Francis Anderson (Arlington, Ky.) $111,895

The 27-event RRPO kicked off on Wednesday, 20 November with a $400 buy-in Deep Stack NLH (Re-Entry). The series opener drew 4,699 entries easily surpassing the $1 million guaranteed prize pool.

In addition to Stefanov, other signature event winners include:

Benjamin Boston (Mansfield, Tex.), winning the $400 buy-in Deep Stack NLH for $133,918
Schahin Ghiai (Marietta, Ga.), winning the $1,700 Purple Chip Bounty NLH for $34,105
Michael Tureniec (Stockholm, Sweden), winning the $600 Deep Stack NLH for $100,700
Manig Loeser (Bad Homburg, Germany), winning the $5,000 Eight-Handed NLH for $86,581
Juan Endara (Miami, Fla.), winning the $150 NLH for $37,828
Bryn Kenney (Henderson, Nev.), winning the $25,500 High Roller NLH for $354,565


Poker action will return to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Fla. in the new year with the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) on 7 January – 22 January 2020, headlined by the WPTDeepStacks series opener with a $1 million guarantee and the WPT NLH Championship boasting a $2 Million Guarantee.

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