The U.S. Poker Open concluded with its $50,000 Main Event today and Sean Winter came out on top to claim the $756,000 top prize. Winter outlasted a field of 42 entrants and beat inaugural US Poker Open Champion Stephen Chidwick heads up. David Peters was crowned U.S. Poker Open champion for the second straight edition with the elimination of Sam Soverel in fifth place. Peters received the Golden Eagle trophy as well as a $50,000 cash prize.

On the first hand of note, about 30 minutes into to start of this final table, Jason Koon doubled up holding king-jack versus Sam Soverel’s ace-ten. The board gave Koon broadway and Soverel was left with just three big blinds. This, whoever, wasn’t the end for Soverel who managed to claw his way back into contention and Bill Klein ended up being the first player to bust. On Klein’s final hand, he raised with pocket sevens to 140,000 in the 30k/60k level and Sean Winter called from the big blind. The flop brought out five-queen-queen, giving Winter a full house holding two fives, and both players checked.

Winter lead out for 240,000 on the four that hit on the turn and Klein gave it some thought before making it 620,000. Winter paused before moving all-in and Klein called immediately. Klein was down to two outs and didn’t hit either which sent him to the rail in sixth place.

Soverel, who was down to just five big blinds, then moved all-in with ace-three offsuit and Stephen Chidwick made the call from the big blind. The inaugural US Poker Open champion made the call and spiked a queen to bring the field down to just four players. Jonathan Little busted in fourth place to Stephen Chidwick in a hand that started with him calling a raise from the big blind with ten-eight of spades.

The board brought out eight-six-three with two diamonds and Little check-raised a 500,000 bet all in for roughly 2,000,000 chips. Chidwick tabled king-eight and had his opponent dominated and after the nine on the turn and a four on the river he raked in this massive pot. Winter chipped up during three-handed play and raised again from the button when he picked up pocket kings. Koon, in the big blind, looked down on ace-queen suited, and three-bet to 580,000. Winter stared his opponent down for a bit before moving all in and Koon called right away. The board ran dry for Koon and Winter started heads-up play with a decent chip lead.

With fairly even stack sizes it took one enormous pot to swing things in Winter’s favor as two rather mediocre hands clashed. Chidwick raised to 200,000 from the button with queen-four and Winter called holding ten-six of clubs. The flop brought out jack-six-deuce and Winter check-called 375,000. On the turn, Chidwick hit top pair as a queen popped up and Winter check-called another 900,000. Then, the river gave Winter two pair as a ten peeled off, and he checked a third time. Chidwick glanced down at his chips before announcing, “All in,” and Winter snap-called for 2.5 million. Winter had his opponent covered by a slight margin and was crowned champion of this event.

U.S. Poker Open Event #12: $50,000 No Limit Hold’em
Place Name Championship Points Payouts
1st Sean Winter 454 $756,000
2nd Stephen Chidwick 302 $504,000
3rd Jason Koon 202 $336,000
4th Jonathan Little 139 $231,000
5th Sam Soverel 101 $168,000
6th Bill Klein 63 $105,000

The U.S. Poker Open has now been concluded but players are already gearing up for the PokerGO Cup and PokerGO Heads Up Championship starting in two weeks. More information on those events can be found here. The final standings of the U.S. Poker Open are as follows. All final table replays are available on-demand on PokerGO.

2021 U.S. Poker Open Leaderboard
Rank Name Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1 David Peters 646 3 4 $832,950
2 Sean Winter 484 1 2 $785,700
3 Ali Imsirovic 483 1 5 $482,000
4 Stephen Chidwick 427 0 3 $628,700
5 Dan Shak 371 0 4 $459,750
6 Jake Daniels 323 1 2 $391,000
7 Sam Soverel 316 1 4 $382,300
8 Andrew Lichtenberger 308 0 3 $308,000
9 Joe McKeehen 302 1 2 $302,200
10 Steve Zolotow 289 0 3 $289,000

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