Adam Hendrix was nowhere near the chip lead entering the final table of Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit at the 2022 U.S. Poker Open, but he turned the tables and came out on top for what was a $211,200 victory. Hendrix also picked up 211 points for the series leaderboard and is now second in that race with 234 points total.

Hendrix topped a field of 88 entries in Event #3. He now has one victory and two cashes through three 2022 U.S. Poker Open events. Prior to this win, Hendrix placed 11th in Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $23,100.

The victory wasn’t the first time Hendrix tasted the winner’s circle inside the PokerGO Studio and on the PokerGO Tour (PGT). In September 2021, Hendrix won Event #3: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the Poker Masters for $186,300.

To win this event, Hendrix topped Jonathan Little in heads-up play. Little came into Saturday’s Day 2 with a commanding chip lead and fell just short of his first live tournament victory since August 2019. Shannon Shorr finished fourth and the finish allowed him to extend his lead at the top of the 2022 U.S. Poker Open leaderboard.

2022 U.S. Poker Open Event #3 Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Adam Hendrix United States $211,200
2 Jonathan Little United States $149,600
3 Jeremy Ausmus United States $105,600
4 Shannon Shorr United States $88,000
5 Erik Seidel United States $70,400
6 Nitis Udornpim United States $52,800

Event #3: $10,000 NL Hold’em drew a field of 88 entries to the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, creating an $880,000 prize pool. The top 13 players finished in the money and earned both U.S. Poker Open and PGT leaderboard points.

Hendrix’s Road To Victory in Event #3

After registration closed, Adam Hendrix found himself with fewer than 100,000 in chips in Level 8 of the tournament. He found a double up through Erik Seidel in Level 9 when his pocket sevens held against Seidel’s ace-nine of diamonds. Hendrix continued to chip up from there.

Kristina Holst busted on the money bubble in 14th place, Michael Lang went out in 13th place, and then Hendrix took out Scott Seiver in 12th place. When he busted Seiver, Hendrix had pocket jacks against Seiver’s ace-five and held.

Following Alex Foxen’s bust in 11th place and Benjamin Miner’s exit in 10th place, the last nine players combined to one table. At the time, Hendrix was sitting in fourth chip position with a seven-figure stack.

With the exits of Sean Perry in ninth place, Seth Davies in eighth place, and Rok Gostisa in seventh place, Day 1 was in the books and Hendrix bagged up 1,030,000 in chips. That put him six out of six on the leaderboard entering Day 2.

Early on Day 2, Hendrix found himself all in against Nitis Udornpim. Hendrix had ace-jack and was dominating Udornpim’s ace-ten. The board was clean for Hendrix and he doubled to more than 2,000,000 in chips.

Udornpim spun his short stack up but ultimately fell in sixth place to Jonathan Little when his ace-king lost to Little’s ace-ten.

Erik Seidel was ousted next, and it was Hendrix who sent him packing. Seidel was all in with ten-nine and dominated by Hendrix’s jack-ten. No help came for Seidel and he was gone.

Four-handed play was between Hendrix, Little, Shannon Shorr, and Jeremy Ausmus. Shorr found his way out the door next, getting all in with queen-ten against Ausmus’ pocket tens. Shorr, who won Event #1 at the 2022 U.S. Poker Open for $213,900, couldn’t find the help he needed and was sent home with a fourth-place payday of $88,000.

During three-handed play is when Hendrix worked himself into the chip lead, but then he lost it when Ausmus surged to the top of the pack. Then it was Little finding himself back in the lead as the jockeying continued.

The leaderboard shifting continued when Hendrix picked up two queens and doubled through Little’s king-nine. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds, though. Hendrix flopped a set of queens on the queen-jack-five flop, but then Little turned a straight thanks to a ten rolling off. The river was another ten to give Hendrix a full house and the double up.

Eventually, Ausmus busted in third place. Hendrix shoved on him from the small blind with ten-three and Ausmus called all in for 8.6 big blinds with king-queen of hearts. The flop came ace-three-three to put Ausmus in a world of hurt. A five on the turn left Ausmus drawing dead, and Event #3 was heads up between Hendrix and Little.

Heads-up play started with Hendrix in the lead. He had 7,175,000 in chips to Little’s stack of 3,825,000. The match didn’t take long to come to a conclusion.

On the button, Hendrix raised to 300,000 with the blinds at 75,000-150,000 with a 150,000 big blind ante. Little moved all in for 3,225,000. Hendrix called with pocket eights and was in good shape against Little’s ace-two. Despite a very sweaty turn card, Hendrix’s eights held up and he was crowned champion.

Hendrix Now Second On USPO Leaderboard

The 211 leaderboard points that Adam Hendrix earned with the victory in Event #3 pushed his series total to 234 points. He’s still behind Shannon Shorr, though, who improved to 302 points after winning Event #1 and taking fourth in Event #3. Jonathan Little jumped to fourth on the 2022 U.S. Poker Open leaderboard with his second-place finish in this event.

The player with the most leaderboard points at the end of the 2022 U.S. Poker Open will be crowned U.S. Poker Open Champion and take home the $50,000 Championship Bonus.

2022 U.S. Poker Open Leaderboard Top 10

Rank Player Country Points
1 Shannon Shorr United States 302
2 Adam Hendrix United States 234
3 Justin Young United States 200
4 Jonathan Little United States 150
5 Ren Lin United States 149
6 Tommy Le United States 146
7 Erik Seidel United States 144
8 Dan Shak United States 119
9 Masashi Oya Japan 112
10 Jeremy Ausmus United States 106

Tony Sinishtaj Still Tops PGT Leaderboard

As for the 2022 PGT leaderboard, Tony Sinishtaj remains at the top with 1,250 points. Isaac Kempton is still in second, but there are players making moves behind these two. Sean Perry has two cashes at the 2022 U.S. Poker Open and is up to 1,147 points in third place on the PGT leaderboard. Jeremy Ausmus just took third place in Event #3 of the 2022 U.S. Poker Open and improved from seventh to sixth with what is now 822 points.

2022 PGT Leaderboard Top 10

Rank Player Country Points
1 Tony Sinishtaj United States 1,250
2 Isaac Kempton United States 1,200
3 Sean Perry United States 1,147
4 Nick Petrangelo United States 1,066
5 Ali Imsirovic Bosnia and Herzegovina 1,020
6 Jeremy Ausmus United States 822
7 Alex Livingston Canada 746
8 Brock Wilson United States 685
9 Daniel Negreanu Canada 669
10 Cary Katz United States 602
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