Kurt Jewell Aims to Win More Money in the WPT

The World Poker Tour (WPT) $3,500 Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open (RRPO) attracted 1,541 players from different countries to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Kurt Jewell was one of the participants. The Hendon Mob reports that he is Kentucky's all-time money list leader with $1.96 million in poker earnings.

Even so, Jewell recently made his largest poker career score of $257,922 after winning the $1,600 no-limit hold 'em tournament at the Wynn Fall Classic. The poker player started playing professionally in 2007 and has won five World Series of Poker (WSOP) Circuit rings in the past. 2017 and 2018 were the most successful years in his career.

Jewell took a three-year break from poker after winning $65,232 in an event. Yet, he has now returned to the game, and he recently admitted that he spends less time now playing poker. Also, he makes few but large buy-ins as he cautiously picks tournaments.

The player added that he stopped playing poker throughout the year. Instead, he plays it for about four months.

Jewell Eyes the WPT

WPT Rock 'N' Roll Poker Open was one of the WPT tournaments that Jewell was interested in. He visited the Sunshine State, hoping to win money. Still, he is sighting a $10,400 buy-in $15 million GTD WPT World Championship at Wynn Las Vegas.

Jewell stated that the tournament thrilled him as he reminisced about his Fall Poker Classic win. He loves Wynn, the property, and failed to bag Day 1a. That didn't prevent him from returning the following day and getting a huge stack.

Day 2 was smooth as he got a huge stack lead and won Day 3 after getting many big spots. Jewell often plays live poker events, and he was leading the all-time money list when he got his recent six-figure win and the fourth one in his career. He is keen on maintaining the lead in his state's top poker earners' list.

Jewell disclosed that he is proud of his recent victory and leading Kentucky's money list. Billy Kopp, his closest friend, stopped playing poker, yet he is second on the list. Still, some of his Kentucky friends are determined to catch up to him on the list.

The 11/27/22 Kentucky All-Time Money List

  1. Kurt Jewell – $1,958,919
  2. Billy Kopp – $1,248,120
  3. Charlie Dawson – $1,224,046
  4. Dennis Perry – $1,101,418
  5. Mark "Pegasus" Smith – $843,575
  6. Franklin Caldwell – $751,117
  7. Justin Conley – $728,917
  8. Pat Madden – $677,640
  9. Justin Truesdell – $664,281
  10. John Conkright – $623,183

Jewell had $99,500 when he advanced to the 2022 WPT RRPO's Day 2. Yet, it would have been $250,000 if his ace-king beat Byron Kaverman's ace-queen in preflop. Unfortunately, he exited the event in Sunday's first level after Brian Altman's pocket aces beat his ace-queen.

The player failed to increase his lifetime poker earnings in South Florida. But he can cash more in the WPT World Championship in Vegas. He intends to compete in Cherokee's Main Event before traveling to Wynn for the three huge tournaments.


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