Pavel Plesuv Leads Six Players into WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open Finale

Pavel Plesuv leads the final six players in the WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open, Ravi Raghavan still in the hunt for second WPT title

Pavel Plesuv, a poker pro hailing from Moldova, is looking to claim one more poker title this year, after taking down the DeepStack Championship Poker Series $3,500 MSPT Big Blind Ante for $640,062 a few months ago.

The player is now eying the WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open title and made sure yesterday to secure a comfortable entry into the tournament’s final day. Plesuv is leading the final six players left in contention for the top prize and the tournament trophy with 10.92 million.

The player put up quite the performance yesterday, winning the largest pot of the tournament and locking up the overnight chip lead.

The day began with 14 hopefuls, but it took a relatively short amount of time for the field to be reduced to the final six. Plesuv emerged as the chip leader toward the end of the night when he busted the start-of-the-day leader, James Rann, in ninth place.

Nearly 20% of all chips in play were placed at the center of the table on what turned out to be Rann’s final hand in the tournament. The player held [As][Ks] against Plesuv’s [Qd][Qh]. A blank board was of no help to Rann and he departed in ninth place, good for just under $50,000 in prize money.

Ravi Raghavan Vies for Second WPT Title

Raghavan is the only member of the elite WPT champions club still in the hunt for the WPT Seminole Rock ‘N’ Roll Poker Open title. The player will enter the official final table as the short stack with 1.32 million, but all is not lost and he can still win the tournament, despite his current disadvantage.

Jim Gilbert is trailing behind Plesuv in the temporary leaderboard. The player managed to accumulate 8.655 million in chips yesterday, good for 108 big blinds. In fact, Plesuv and Gilbert are the only two players heading into the final day of action with more than 100 big blinds. Marius Gierse with 6.18 million rounds out the chip counts podium. Jeremy Joseph with 5.045 million and Christopher Kennedy with 3.8 million were the other two players to bag and tag chips last night.

Action resumes today at noon local time at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. There will be a live stream of the final table starting at 12:30 pm local time. The six finalists will play down to a champion. Each of the final tablists is guaranteed a minimum cash of $103,310. And the winner will be awarded $504,820, a tournament trophy and a seat into the season-ending WPT Tournament of Champions.

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