The U.S. Poker Open, or USPO for short, is a live, high-stakes tournament poker series as part of the PokerGO Tour (PGT). The U.S. Poker Open debuted in 2018 and has been the poker battlefield where millions of dollars have been won. There have been six editions of the U.S. Poker Open to date, with more than $63,000,000 in total prize money won.

The overall U.S. Poker Open champion is crowned via the series leaderboard. The player to earn the most PGT leaderboard points during the full U.S. Poker Open series is crowned the U.S. Poker Open champion. That champion wins a $25,000 PGT Passport bonus and walks away with the coveted Golden Eagle trophy. To date, there have been five players to win the U.S. Poker Open title, with David Peters taking the honor twice.

Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about the U.S. Poker Open, including a detailed history of the series, past champions and what they won, player stats, and more.

U.S. Poker Open Winners

Year Series Events Winner Wins Cashes Series Earnings
2018 U.S. Poker Open 8 Stephen Chidwick 2 5 $1,256,650
2019 U.S. Poker Open 10 David Peters 1 3 $1,584,800
2021 U.S. Poker Open 12 David Peters 3 4 $832,950
2022 U.S. Poker Open 12 Sean Winter 2 2 $1,196,000
2023 U.S. Poker Open 10 Martin Zamani 1 4 $835,800
2024 U.S. Poker Open 8 Aram Zobian 1 4 $613,540

The U.S. Poker Open quickly grew into one of the most entertaining and star-studded high-stakes tournament series on the poker calendar. The series debuted in 2018 and became part of the PGT in 2021 when the PGT was launched. U.S. Poker Open champions include Stephen Chidwick, David Peters, Sean Winter, Martin Zamani, and Aram Zobian, with Peters going back to back in 2019 and 2021. Keep in mind that there was no U.S. Poker Open in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first-ever U.S. Poker Open was held in 2018 and belonged to Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick had two wins and five cashes, performing the best of all comers to win the series championship. There were eight events as part of the 2018 U.S. Poker Open and Chidwick finished in the top five in five of those events.

The next two years of the U.S. Poker Open were David Peters' playground. Across the two years, he won four events and cashed seven times. In 2019, Peters had a second-place finish and a fifth-place finish entering the final event. He then won the $100,000 finale for $1,320,000 and won the series title. In 2021, Peters won three U.S. Poker Open tournaments on his way to winning the series title. Interestingly, it as Sean Winter who finished second to Peters on the series leaderboard in both 2019 and 2021.

In 2022, Winter finally came out on top of the U.S. Poker Open leaderboard. He had finished second in the two previous years. It was a late surge to victory for Winter, as he won the final two events of the series to become the 2022 U.S. Poker Open champion.

Martin Zamani was the U.S. Poker Open series champion in 2023. He had four cashes from the 10-event series, including a $666,000 victory in the series finale. Zamani finished the series with four cashes.

Aram Zobian was the winner in 2024. Zobian had one win, four cashes, and more than $600,000 in prize money won. At the 2024 USPO, Zobian won Event #6: $15,100 No-Limit Hold'em for $264,290. He also placed second, third, and sixth with his other cashes.

The U.S. Poker Open is part of the PGT. You can find the full schedule of events at pgt.com/schedule.

Viewers from around the world can enjoy watching the U.S. Poker Open on PokerGO. Watch livestreamed final tables from the U.S. Poker Open on PokerGO.

Top U.S. Poker Open Money Earners

Rank Player Cashes Wins Total Money Won
1 Stephen Chidwick 19 5 $3,476,650
2 Sean Winter 15 4 $3,185,700
3 David Peters 15 5 $3,094,750
4 Keith Tilston 6 1 $1,725,100
5 Cary Katz 16 0 $1,619,000
6 Ali Imsirovic 9 2 $1,463,000
7 Dan Smith 9 2 $1,456,700
8 Jake Schindler 9 0 $1,324,000
9 Martin Zamani 7 1 $1,309,000
10 Daniel Negreanu 14 0 $1,227,300

Most U.S. Poker Open Tournament Wins

Rank Player Wins
T-1 Stephen Chidwick 5
T-1 David Peters 5
3 Sean Winter 4
T-4 Ali Imsirovic 2
T-4 Dan Smith 2
T-4 Erik Seidel 2
T-4 Joey Weissman 2
T-4 Sam Soverel 2
T-4 Tamon Nakamura 2

Most U.S. Poker Open Cashes

Rank Player Number of Cashes
1 Stephen Chidwick 19
2 Cary Katz 16
T-3 David Peters 15
T-3 Sean Winter 15
T-3 Alex Foxen 15
T-6 Daniel Negreanu 14
T-6 Dan Shak 14
8 Erik Seidel 11
T-9 Sam Soverel 10
T-9 Phil Hellmuth 10
T-9 John Riordan 10

U.S. Poker Open Quick Facts

  • Year of the first U.S. Poker Open: 2018
  • Player with the most U.S. Poker Open tournament wins: David Peters and Stephen Chidwick (5)
  • Highest money-earner from U.S. Poker Open events: Stephen Chidwick ($3,476,650)
  • Most cashes in U.S. Poker Open events: Stephen Chidwick (19)
  • Player with multiple U.S. Poker Open series championships: David Peters (2019 and 2021)
  • Largest field size in U.S. Poker Open history: 116 entries (2024 U.S. Poker Open Event #1: $5,100 NL Hold'em)
  • Total number of unique players to cash in U.S. Poker Open events: 185

How To Watch the U.S. Poker Open

Poker fans around the world can watch the U.S. Poker Open on PokerGO. The 2024 U.S. Poker Open will air live on PokerGO.com and the PokerGO app. Plus, all past U.S. Poker Open broadcasts are available on PokerGO.com and the PokerGO on demand.

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Viewers can also relive U.S. Poker Open action through the exciting highlights that can be found on the PokerGO YouTube channel.