John Riordan proved to be the brightest man in the room today, sporting a blinding pink hoodie on his way to victory in the 2021 U.S. Poker Open Event #4: $10,000 Big Bet Mix, outlasting two-time Global Poker Index Player of the Year Alex Foxen, Sean Perry, Maxx Coleman, and Brian Okin. Riordan collected $163,200 for coming out on top in this 48-entrant field that also included power heavyweights Daniel Negreanu, Ali Imsirovic, and Stephen Chidwick.

During six-handed play at the final table, Jim Collopy was eliminated and Sean Perry saw his once-dominant chip lead disappear as Foxen took control. In the early goings of the PokerGO live-streamed action, Riordan chipped up while Okin waited for a chance to double up. This chance came during the Pot-Limit Omaha section of this mix, but Okin’s ace-queen-six-deuce was no match for Perry’s ace-ace-king-king. Adding insult to injury, Perry flopped top set and while Okin held hope by turning a gutshot straight draw, the river blanked and he was sent packing.

Four-handed play last several hours as no fewer than 11 all-in confrontations resulted in a double-up before Maxx Coleman ultimately got ousted. Coleman doubled up Foxen during No-Limit 2-7 Single Draw and was left with a little more than one big blind when Perry busted him. On Coleman’s final hand he was left to draw two cards against Perry’s pat queen-eight. Coleman tabled ten-nine-four and while his first card, a seven, kept his hopes alive, the nine of hearts paired his hand to seal his fate.

As the increasing blinds forced players into a shove-or-fold approach, Foxen putting his final 11 big blinds into the middle with jack-nine offsuit from the small blind. Riordan gave it some thought before calling with king-eight suited and the board gave him a winning pair of kings. The final hand took place during Deuce as Riordan put Perry all-in holding nine-eight-seven-six-six. Perry called all-in with queen-ten-seven-seven-deuce, drawing two, while Riordan requested one new card. Perry received two jacks from the dealer and despite pairing his six, Riordan took down the event.

 Event #4: $10,000 Big Bet Mix Results
Place Name Championship Points $480,000
1st John Riordan 163 $163,200
2nd Sean Perry 106 $105,600
3rd Alex Foxen 72 $72,000
4th Maxx Coleman 53 $52,800
5th Brian Okin 38 $38,400
6th Jim Collopy 29 $28,800
7th Jeremy Ausmus 19 $19,200

The 2021 U.S. Poker Open continues right now as Event #5: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em is in full swing. Check out our Live Reporting right here and tune into the final table of that event at 1:00 pm PT on PokerGO. Here are the Top 10 of the Championship Standings.

2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings
Rank Player Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1 Jake Daniels 219 1 1 $218,500
2 Joe McKeehen 200 1 1 $200,200
3 Sam Soverel 195 1 2 $194,500
4 John Riordan 182 1 2 $182,200
5 Steve Zolotow 153 0 2 $153,000
6 Barry Hutter 153 0 2 $152,500
7 Dan Shak 152 0 1 $152,000
8 Ray Qartomy 146 0 1 $146,300
9 Jordan Cristos 130 0 1 $130,000
10 Sean Perry 106 0 1 $105,600

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