Another big buy-in tournament series is in the books, the 2019 U.S. Poker Open.
The 10-event series with an average buy-in of just over $30,000, that had kicked off on 13th February at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas concluded on 23rd February 2019
The U.S. Poker Open is one of the three events that make up the High Roller Triple Crown.
All events were 2-day events and had their first entry rake free, if it was registered on time.
The Return of the Chidwick
Last year’s winner, Stephen Chidwick, came in with guns blazing and went ahead to win the first event of the series for $216,000. This $10,500 No-limit Hold’em event kicked off the race for the overall leaderboard right away with Sean Winter being the runner-up, bagging $157,000 after his 9-high straight were beat by Chidwick’s trips in the final hand.
Sean Winter got the glory in USPO #4, the $10,500 Short Deck event for $151,200 with David Peters, who came into the final day as chip leader, coming second for $100,800.
But Stephen Chidwick, being who he is, answered by taking down another event, USPO #06, the $26,000 Pot-limit Omaha, for $351,000.
Winter is here
Chidwick accumulated four cashes over the series. Sean Winter however, topped this result by one. Before the Main Event, both players had 540 leaderboard points with Winter taking top position due to having five cashes total.
And while there was actual winter outside the PokerGO Studios with some rare snowfall in the desert, 33 players found their way into USPO #10, the $103,000 Main Event for some hot action.
Sean Winter made the final table, but could not cash and fully lock in his overall lead. He got knocked out in 8th and announced in the bust-out interview with teary eyes that he and his wife had a baby on the way. All he needed now, was David Peters not to win. Only an outright win could get Peters to come from behind, with a total of 550 points, and top the overall leaderboard for this series.
Peters gets it
And this is exactly what happened. Peters beat Christopher Hunichen heads-up to become the 2019 U.S. Poker Open champion, winning $1,320,000 and the overall leaderboard for an additional $100,000.
He had to win and he did! @dpeterspoker17 comes up clutch to take down the $100K Main Event and the #USPO Championship title!
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2019 U.S. Poker Open Winners
|USPO #1: $10,000 NLH||90||Stephen Chidwick||$216,000|
|USPO #2: $10,000 PLO||64||Jordan Cristos||$179,200|
|USPO #3: $10,000 NLH||91||Lauren Roberts||$218,400|
|USPO #4: $10,000 Short Deck||42||Sean Winter||$151,200|
|USPO #5: $25,000 NLH||59||Ali Imsirovic||$442,500|
|USPO #6: $25,000 PLO||39||Stephen Chidwick||$351,000|
|USPO #7: $25,000 NLH||60||Bryn Kenney||$450,000|
|USPO #8: $25,000 8-game Mix||20||Nick Schulman||$270,000|
|USPO #9: $50,000 NLH||41||Koray Aldemir||$738,000|
|USPO #10: $100,000 Main Event||33||David Peters||$1,320,000|
2019 U.S. Poker Open Overall Leaderboard