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Sean Winter is the chip leader at the final table for Event #9 – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em. He enters the day with a big lead over his next closest opponents. Koray Aldemir, who already has a second place finish under his belt, and Ryan Riess, the 2013 WSOP Main Event Champion, are tied for second in chips.
David Peters and Seth Davies are making their second final table appearances of the series. Peters entered the day as the chip leader in the $10,000 Short Deck, an event Winter won. Davies finished third in that same event.
Alex Foxen is making his first final table appearance of the series. The last time he was at a final table in the PokerGO studio, he finished second to Isaac Haxton in Super High Roller Bowl V. If Foxen managed to close out the series with two wins, he would have enough points to win the overall title, assuming Stephen Chidwick doesn’t final table Event #10. Of course, if Winter wins today he will set the bar too high for anyone not currently in the top ten.
Winter has made five final tables in the 2019 USPO and is looking to be the second player to win two events, and take the overall lead back from reigning champ Stephen Chidwick. If previous final tables are any indication, the start of day chip leader has only won three of the events so far. Ali Imsirovic made quick work of the Event #6 final table, only to be outdone when Bryn Kenney tore through the Event #7 final table. Kenney entered the day fourth in chips.
Winter has made USPO final tables in Pot-Limit Omaha (6th place in Event #2), Short Deck (Winner Event #4), and No-Limit Hold’em (2nd in Event #1, 5th in Event #3). He took a few days off from final tables, but is now back and looking to cap take the USPO overall lead heading into the $100,000 Main Event.
Here are the current overall USPO standings (through Event #8). The winner of the USPO overall leaderboard will take home an additional $100,000.
|2019 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings|
|1||Stephen Chidwick (4)||540||$705,950|
|2||Sean Winter (4)||440||$419,900|
|3||Nick Schulman (2)||410||$390,000|
|4||Brandon Adams (3)||365||$314,750|
|5||Cary Katz (3)||340||$580,200|
|6||Bryn Kenney (2)||240||$477,000|
|7||Lauren Roberts (2)||240||$263,400|
|8||Jordan Cristos (2)||240||$206,200|
|10||Ben Yu (3)||200||$262,800|
Can Winter claim his second 2019 USPO win and take the lead for the overall title? Will Aldemir improve upon his previous second place finish? Follow the live updates on PokerCentral.com or watch the PokerGO live stream to find out. Subscribe right now!
The final table stream starts at 5 p.m. EST.
It’s snowing this week in Las Vegas and the way the 2019 U.S. Poker Open has gone so far, that shouldn’t be considered a random occurrence. Winter is here.
The tournament started with 23 entries and by the close of registration had reached 41 entries, creating a prize pool of $2,050,000, with six players making the money and everyone chasing the top prize of $738,000.
After having a big chip stack most of the day, Sean Winter is the chip leader at the final table. Ryan Riess, Koray Aldemir, Alex Foxen, Seth Davies and David Peters round out the remaining five players for what should be a very tough and exciting final table.
As expected, 2019 US Poker Open champions Stephen Chidwick, Ali Ismirovic, Bryn Kenney, Nick Shulman were all in today’s field and looking to add more Player of the Year points, but unfortunately they all fell short.
However, the day had no shortage of action, which included blind versus blind coolers and three-way preflop all ins, which saw chip stacks rise and fall and players come and go.
After Manig Loeser was eliminated in 10th place, the remaining players combined for the final table and continued play.
Sam Soverel was the first player eliminated in 9th place, followed by Cary Katz in 8th, and when Sam Soverel went out in 7th place, play ended for the day.
Tomorrow’s runner-up will receive $492,000; 3rd place will receive $328,000; 4th place will receive $205,000; fifth place will receive $164,000; and sixth palce will get $123,000.
Heading into the tournament, Winter trailed Stephen Chidwick by 100 points in the USPO player standings. His showing in Event #9 has closed the gap and will make for an interesting Main Event as the two players vie for the overall title.
But before that happens, action resumes for Event #9 Friday afternoon at 4 p.m. ET.
Ryan Riess raised under the gun to 55,000 and Sam Soverel defended in the big blind.
The flop came . Soverel checked, Riess bet 110,000, and Soverel came over the top for 395,000.
Riess couldn’t wait to turn over and Soverel showed .
Soverel didn’t get any help when the turn was and the river . Riess scored the knockout and eclipsed the one million chip plateau. The hand ended play for the evening and six players will return to finish at 4 p.m. ET on Friday.
Sean Winter raised to 60,000 from the cutoff before Cary Katz moved all in from the button for 320,000. The blinds folded, and Winter instantly called.
The flop landed to see Katz still needing to find a queen to stay alive.
The turn of the gave Katz chop outs with any seven or three seeing the pot chopped up.
“Pair the board,” pleaded Katz.
The river landed the and Katz remarked, “Close!”
“How do you do it Sean?” Katz asked as his chips were pushed in the direction of Winter before he exited the area in eighth-place.
Nick Petrangelo moved all-in for 315,000 and was in bad shape when Koray Aldemir called.
The flop, which was , gave Aldemir top set. Petrangelo found some help from the on the turn but still only had two outs.
The river landed the , and Petrangelo was eliminated in ninth-place.
15,000 / 25,000
Big Blind Ante
Seth Davies raised to 50,000 pre-flop and Alex Foxen made the call. The flop came and Davies bet 80,000. His opponent called.
The turn was the and both players checked. After the river appeared, Foxen, who had the bigger stack, put Davies all-in for 295,000. Davies decided on a fold.
Manig Loeser slid forward his last 45,000 from the cutoff and Cary Katz called in the big blind.
The board ran out and Loeser was eliminated in tenth-place.
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