The last time Sean Winter was victorious inside the PokerGO Studio was at the 2021 U.S. Poker Open, when he won the final event of the series. That was in June of last year. Winter found his way back into the winner’s circle with a victory in Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2022 U.S. Poker Open, picking up a $440,000 payday.
“It feels good to close one out,” Winter said. “There were several final tables in a row when I got third or fifth after coming in in reasonable spots. So yeah, it definitely feels good to get the monkey off the back and close one out.”
Winter topped a field of 55 entries to take top honors. He defeated Ali Imsirovic in heads-up play, with Imsirovic taking home $288,750. The victory also moved Winter to 12th place on the 2022 U.S. Poker Open leaderboard with 264 points. Imsirovic improved to 349 points and is now eighth.
Winter has finished second on the U.S. Poker Open leaderboard on two previous occasions, both times when David Peters won. With his result in the penultimate event, Winter has an outside shot of winning the 2022 U.S. Poker Open series title, and it’ll likely take him winning Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em and other players in contention falling short.
“I think I need a lot of luck to win,” Winter said. “Even if I win the [final event], I need to fade a lot of people, I’d imagine. I’m just excited to have the opportunity to play it and whatever happens, happens. I wasn’t really thinking that I had a sweat because this is the most tournaments I’ve bricked in a row live ever this week. I’m not really expecting to win the trophy but glad to have won an event and not bricked everything.”
2022 U.S. Poker Open Event #11 Results
|1||Sean Winter||United States||$440,000|
|2||Ali Imsirovic||Bosnia and Herzegovina||$288,750|
|3||Jake Schindler||United States||$192,500|
|4||Nick Schulman||United States||$137,500|
|5||David Peters||United Kingdom||$110,000|
Event #11: $25,000 NL Hold’em attracted a field of 55 entries and created a prize pool of $1,375,000. The top eight spots reached the money. Sunday’s final table consisted of the final six players after Cary Katz (seventh place) and Dan Smith (eighth place) busted late on Day 1. All players to cash earned both U.S. Poker Open and PGT leaderboard points.
Winter’s Road To Victory In Event #11
Sean Winter entered Sunday’s final table second in chips, with Ali Imsirovic out in front. At the final table, Winter was involved plenty early on. He took the chip lead from Imsirovic before the two sat nearly tied atop the leaderboard. Then, Imsirovic doubled up Jake Schindler and saw his stack cut down quite a bit as Schindler moved to the top of the leaderboard.
Schindler then added more chips when he knocked out U.S. Poker Open leaderboard frontrunner Tamon Nakamura in sixth place. At the 20,000-40,000 level, Nick Schulman opened with a raise from under the gun to 80,000. He had pocket jacks. From the cutoff seat, Nakamura reraised all in for 470,000, then Schindler jammed all in over the top from the big blind. Nakamura had king-queen and Schindler had ace-king. Those actions sent Schulman into the tank, and he used up several time extensions before folding his hand. The board ran out clean for Schindler to leave Nakamura with a sixth-place result for $82,500. Nakamura also picked up 50 points for the U.S. Poker Open leaderboard to extend his lead at the top to 100 points.
David Peters was next to go. The two-time U.S. Poker Open series champion was eliminated by Imsirovic in fifth place. Then, Schulman busted to Winter when his ace-queen couldn’t win against Winter’s pocket fours.
Three-handed play began with Winter out in front, Imsirovic in second, and Schindler in third. The trio battled for a bit before Schindler and Imsirovic clashed in a preflop all-in hand. Imsirovic’s ace-two beat Schindler’s ace-king and the tournament was down to heads-up play.
Imirovic began heads-up play with the chip lead, but the race was a close one. Imsirovic had 4,240,000 to Winter’s 4,015,000.
Winter quickly moved into the lead and began to extend his superior position from there. He got up to more than 7,000,000 in chips before Imsirovic found a double in an effort to fight back a bit.
On the final hand, Winter raised from the button to 250,000 with the blinds at 50,000-100,000. He had queen-jack of hearts. Imsirovic called with ten-eight. The flop was three-three-two with two hearts and Imsirovic checked-raised Winter’s bet of 150,000 to 375,000. Winter called. The turn was an eight, putting Imsirovic in the lead with two pair. He moved all in for 1,280,000 and Winter made the call. The river was the five of hearts to give Winter a winning flush and crown him champion of Event #11 for $440,000.
2022 U.S. Poker Open Leaderboard Top 10
|2||Alex Foxen||United States||488|
|3||Chino Rheem||United States||481|
|4||Phil Hellmuth||United States||464|
|5||Erik Seidel||United States||428|
|6||Dylan Weisman||United States||414|
|7||Adam Hendrix||United States||356|
|8||Ali Imsirovic||Bosnia and Herzegovina||349|
|9||Shannon Shorr||United States||340|
|10||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||333|