Pavel Plesuv Wins 2018 WPT Seminole Rock ’N’ Roll Poker Open main event

Pavel Plesuv’s successful 2018 continued this week as he claimed his first World Poker Tour title after winning the 2018 WPT Seminole Rock ’N’ Roll Poker Tour main event.

The $3,500 main event at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Florida ended up with an 898-player field and a $2,873,600 prize pool. For the win Plesuv cashed $504,820.

That was his second tournament title of 2018, as he previously won the $3,500 No-Limit Hold’em tournament at the Venetian DeepStack Championship in June to cash $640,062. His biggest cash of the year came at the partypoker MILLIONS Germany, where he finished second in the €2,700 No-Limit Hold’em tournament to earn $924,841. In total Plesuv has won just over $2.5 million in 2018 which is more than half of his lifetime live-poker earnings of $4 million.

At the Seminole, Plesuv entered the six-player final table with the chip lead. When only four remained, he dealt out his first elimination after sending Marius Gierse to the rail. Gierse ended up all-in with ace-queen suited clubs against Plesuv’s pocket nines. When the board ended up 7c-6s-3d-3s-6d, Gierse failed to improve and was eliminated.

When three-handed play began, Plesuv had a huge chip advantage with just over 23 million chips compared to the 12 million chips his two opponents had combined. Plesuv’s stack grew even more when he knocked out Jeremy Joseph in third place. With the board showing 10h-7c-6s-3h, Plesuv moved all-in with pockets kings. Joseph called with Qh-9h and needed some help to complete his flush or straight draws. He came up short when the Ac fell on the river.

Gilbert vs Plesuv heads-up

It came down to Plesuv and James Gilbert heads-up for the tournament title. Gilbert had a huge disadvantage entering heads-up, as Plesuv has a near 6-to-1 chip lead on him. It took Plesuv 68 hands to take all of Gilbert’s chips.

On the final hand of the tournament with blinds at 150,000/300,000, Gilbert raised to 750,000 and Plesuv came back at him by going all-in. Gilbert called and showed pocket nines. Plesuv had two over cards – Ad-Js. The flop was all Plesuv would need when it showed Ac-Qs-3c to pair his ace. The Jc on the turn sealed the deal followed by an inconsequential Qh on the river.

For second place, Gilbert received $326,565.