Kessler, Kelsall & Bronshtein Snag Trophies at Seminole Hard Rock 'n' Roll Open

Kessler, Kelsall & Bronshtein Snag Trophies at Seminole Hard Rock 'n' Roll Open

The $3,500 Main Event of the Seminole Hard Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open (RRPO) kicks off on Friday with Day 1a, but the festival is in full swing with a series of side events at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida.

The World Poker Tour (WPT) festival runs from November 15-28 and the schedule features dozens of events and a wide array of variants.

Notable winners include David Shmuel, Matt Bretzfield, Yuval Bronshtein, AJ Kelsall, and Allen Kessler.

Shmuel picked up his ninth SHRP title along with Bronshtein, while Bretzfield scored his seventh and Kelsall won his fourth.

Shmuel Picks Up Ninth SHRP Title

Several players added to their trophy case in the early part of the festival, including Shmuel, who won the $400 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw event for $7,165. The tournament drew 61 entries for a total prize pool of $20,435.

It's Shmuel's ninth SHRP major title dating back to his first win at the 2017 Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open in the $360 8 or Better event. That was one of two wins during the 2017 series, the other coming in the $150 NLH event that drew 1,027 entries.

The second win in 2017 is the only no-limit title for Shmuel, who has multiple wins in PLO, H.O.R.S.E., and Omaha.

David Shmuel SHRP Titles

SeriesEventEntriesPrize PoolPrize
2017 RRPO$360 PLO 8 or Better94$28,200$7,152
2017 RRPO$150 NLH1,027$123,240$16,573
2018 SHRPO$360 PLO152$45,600$12,589
2020 LHPO$400 Omaha 8 or Better88$29,920$7,742
2022 SHRPS$600 H.O.R.S.E.84$44,100$13,890
2022 RRPO$400 H.O.R.S.E.91$30,485$7,471
2023 LHPO$400 Omaha Hi/Low 8 or Better129$43,215$12,025
2023 SHRPO$600 Big O145$76,125$18,903
2023 RRPO$400 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw61$20,435$7,165

Bretzfield Goes Back-to-Back

Bretzfield picked up his seventh major SHRP title with a win in the $500 Double Black Chip PLO Bounty tournament his second series victory after a win in the $1,100 5 Card PLO tournament. The bounty tournament drew 164 entries and Bretzfield won $21,583 from a total prize pool of $83,420.

The $500 PLO Bounty win came after a three-way deal with Dmitry Savelyev and Brandon Duvdivani. Bretzfield chopped with the chip lead and took the title.

All but one of Bretzfield's titles have come in the pot-limit Omaha variety, save for a win in the $600 NLH tournament at the 2022 Rock 'n' Roll Poker Open.

Matt Bretzfield SHRP Titles

SeriesEventEntriesPrize PoolPrize
2019 LHPO$1,100 PLO84$82,480$15,323
2022 SHRPS$400 Mixed PLO126$42,210$11,475
2022 SHRPO$1,100 Mixed PLO78$75,660$20,165
2022 RRPO$600 NLH37$19,610$5,828
2023 LHPO$600 PLO134$70,350$14,963
2023 RRPO$1,100 5 Card PLO86$83,420$21,583
2023 RRPO$500 5 Card PLO Bounty164$35,540$8,073

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Bronshtein, Kessler, and Kelsall Glow in the Sunshine State

Kessler, Kelsall, and Bronshtein all added SHRP titles, with Bronshtein winning his ninth after he outlasted 98 entries in the $600 H.O.R.S.E. event to take $14,405 from a prize pool of $51,450. It was the second win of the year at SHRP for Bronshtein, who won the $600 Big O at the Lucky Hearts Poker Open earlier in 2023.

Kelsall won the $600 8 Game Mix in the early part of the series his fourth at SHRP. He defeated a field of 76 players to take the top prize of $13,380 from a prize pool of $39,900.

Not to be outdone, Kessler won the $400 Triple Stud tournament, where he outlasted 77 entries to take $6,796 from a prize pool of $25,795.

Yuval Bronshtein SHRP Titles

SeriesEventEntriesPrize PoolPrize
2021 LHPO$400 Omaha 8 or Better123$41,205$7,535
2021 SHRPO$500 Omaha Hi/Lo100$34,000$6,673
2021 SHRPO$400 PLO133$45,220$10,423
2022 LHPO$400 Omaha 8/Stud 8114$38,190$9,020
2022 LHPO$600 H.O.R.S.E.65$34,125$11,760
2022 SHRPS$600 PLO126$42,210$20,630
2022 SHRPS$1,100 H.O.R.S.E.62$60,140$21,645
2023 LHPO$600 Big O101$53,025$13,405
2023 RRPO$600 H.O.R.S.E.98$51,450$14,405

Who Will Win the 2023 RRPO Main Event?

The first of two flights in the $3,500 Main Event starts on Friday with surviving players to return on Sunday for Day 2. The opening flight had 389 runners in Level 4, and a large field is expected for Andy Wilson's defense of his 2022 title.

Be sure to keep it with PokerNews all week long for coverage from the Seminole Hard Rock 'n' Roll Open in Hollywood, Florida.

Full WPT RRPO Results

TournamentEntriesPrize PoolWinnerPrize
Event #1: $400 Deep Stack NLH $2M GTD7,532$2,485,560Richard Saunders$192,398
Event #2: $600 Seniors 50+ NLH202$106,050Amir Baron$26,035
Event #3: $600 Deep Stack Big O111$58,275Fred Stones$17,475
Event #4: $200 Quad Stack Double Green Chip Bounty175$19,250Scott Sommer$4,925
Event #5: $600 Eight-Game Mix76$39,900AJ Kelsall$13,380
Event #6: $1,100 Five-Card PLO86$83,420Matt Bretzfield$21,583
Event #7: $200 Big Stack NLH244$39,040Yang Lu$8,890
Event #8: $400 Deep Stack Turbo PLO101$34,340Shawn Haynes$9,275
Event #9: $600 PLO 881$42,525Jose Paz$11,131
Event #10: $600 Double Black Chip Bounty NLH152$49,400Andre Bryan$12,066
Event #11: $600 Black Chip Bounty 5-Card PLO110$46,750Andrea Mastrogiovanni$11,452
Event #12: $600 PLO 8102$53,550David Brookshire$8,602
Event #13: $600 Deep Stack Turbo NLH54$28,620Zachary Fischer$10,560
Event #14: $400 Deep Stack NLH731$244,885Austin Thieleman$44,440
Event #15: $600 Six-Max PLO144$75,600Steven Langert$17,495
Event #16: $1,100 Triple Stack NLH478$463,660Armando Romero$78,000
Event #17: $400 Deep Stack Turbo NLH100$34,000Omer Rotman$10,355
Event #18: $40 Triple Stud77$25,795Allen Kessler$6,796
Event #19: $200 Big Stack NLH1,631$260,960Jen-Yue Chiang$34,911
Event #20: $400 Black Chip Bounty Turbo NLH115$27,600Martynas Brazdzionis$8,05
Event #21: $400 Deep Stack Six-Max162$54,270Michael Wetcher$10,128
Event #22: $400 Limit 2-7 Triple Draw61$20,435David Shmuel$20,435
Event #23: $1,700 Deep Stack Purple Chip Bounty PLO107$107,000Ferenc Deak$31,705
Event #24: $400 Triple Stack Turbo NLH78$26,520David Sathue$8,810
Event #25: $600 H.O.R.S.E.98$51,450Yuval Bronshtein$14,405
Event #26: $400 Deep Stack Black Chip Bounty 5 Card PLO164$35,540Matt Bretzfield$8,073
Event #27: $200 Quad Stack Double Green Chip Bounty NLH321$35,310Peter Shapiro$6,810
Event #28: $200 Holiday Deep Stack NLH334$53,440Jason Rocha$11,476

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