Nick Schulman won Event #8 – $25,000 8-game mix for $270,000, defeating a field of 20 entries and eventually defeating Brandon Adams heads up.

Schulman entered the day in second place with four remaining but managed to overtake Adams and eventually defeat him. Adams took home $150,000 for his second-place finish.

“It feels damn good,” Nick Schulman said with a big smile after taking the event down.

“Smooth,” is how Schulman described his experience in this tournament from the Day 1 grind through until his win today.

“There’s nothing like winning a tournament, regardless of the field size. It feels great and getting a clear first is exciting.”

There were two key hands that led to Schulman’s victory heads up. The first was a No-Limit Hold’em hand where Adams overbet the pot on the turn and got jammed on by Schulman who had a combo draw. Adams folded to the shove.

Then the two played a Razz hand to seventh and both made a nine-low. Schulman had a nine-perfect and got almost max value from Adams. It wasn’t too long after that that Schulman took down the Event #8 title and moved into third place in the overall U.S. Poker Open standings.

Brandon Adams and Nick Schulman heads up for the U.S. Poker Open Mixed Game Championship.
Brandon Adams and Nick Schulman heads up for the U.S. Poker Open Mixed Game Championship.

The action started today four-handed and Randy Ohel was the first player to be eliminated. He hit the rail in fourth place, which was good for the stone bubble. Ohel started with a pair of sixes and an ace in Stud Hi-Lo but eventually lost to two pair from Schulman.

Then Adams eliminated Chris Vitch to get heads up. Adams made a and check-raised Vitch putting him all in with one draw remaining. Vitch decided not to break his and was eliminated in third place, taking home $80,000.

The final hand wasn’t much of a decision after Adams got a little more than one big bet in with nine-high against Schulman who’s king-ten came out on top to seal the deal.

“I’m wound up for the $50k and $100k, those events speak for themselves. We’ll see how this $50k goes and then we’ll see if I’ll play the $100k. You gotta be pumped up to play with these wizards,” Schulman said, looking ahead at what’s still to come at the U.S. Poker Open.

U.S. Poker Open Event #8 Payouts
Name Points Cash
1 Nick Schulman 350 $270,000
2 Brandon Adams 245 $150,000
3 Chris Vitch 175 $80,000

There are two events remaining for players to earn points toward the overall USPO standings and the $100,000 added prize. Stephen Chidwick (540 points) leads, with Sean Winter (440 points), and now Nick Schulman (410) just behind him.

2019 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings
Name Points Cash
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
9 Ali Imsirovic 200 $442,500
10 Ben Yu (3) 200 $262,800

Watch all the final streams of the U.S. Poker Open exclusively on PokerGO. You can also follow the updates for Event #9 – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em in our Live Reporting.

Stephen Chidwick, Sean Winter, Nick Schulman, Cary Katz, USPO, Brandon Adams, Chris Vitch