Ali Imsirovic Cruises To Victory in US Poker Open Event #5

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Ali Imsirovic had little trouble navigating the final table of US Poker Open Event #5 (Drew Amato / Poker Central)

Back in September, Ali Imsirovic put on a bit of a show on his way to winning the 2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket. On Monday night, the 24-year-old eliminated his final three opponents over a 20-minute span to win the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em event at the 2019 US Poker Open.

Final Table Payouts

1. Ali Imsirovic – $442,500
2. Cary Katz – $295,000
3. Dan Shak – $206,500
4. Nick Petrangelo – $147,500
5. Kristen Bicknell – $118,000
6. Joseph Cappello – $88,500

Joseph Cappello started the final table with three big blinds. An early double up was of little help though. Nick Petrangelo raised from under the gun to 60,000 with the KsJc before Cappello moved all in for 175,000 from the small blind with the AcKh. Petrangelo called and then Cappello watched the QhTs7hKcAs runout give Petrangelo a straight to eliminate him in sixth place.

With the short stack out of the way, five-handed play continued for an hour before the next elimination. Action folded to Kristen Bicknell on the button and she moved all in for 755,000 with the QhJc before Dan Shak moved all in over the top with the 9c9s and Imsirovic folded his big blind. The 6h5h3s flop kept Shak ahead and after the Kd turn and Td river, Bicknell was out in fifth.

It was at this point that Imsirovic went to work. From the button, Imsirovic raised to 120,000 with the AcAs, Cary Katz folded his small blind and Petrangelo moved all in for 1,160,000 with the JcJs. Imsirovic snap-called. The AdJd6d flop gave both players a set and the 3s turn and 2c river couldn’t save Petrangelo from a fourth-place finish.

Five minutes later, Imsirovic had another victim. From under the gun, Imsirovic raised to 125,000 with the Ks3d and Shak called from the small blind with the 9d8s. The flop came 9s3s2s and Shak check-called a bet of 75,000 from Imsirovic. The turn was the 3h and Shak bet 150,000. Imsirovic raised to 550,000 and Shak responded by moving all in for 192,000. The river was the Tc and Shak was out in third.

As heads-up play began, Imsirovic had a 10-1 lead over Katz and it took less than 10 minutes for Imsirovic to end it. On the final hand, Imsirovic raised to 180,000 and Katz called. After the Qs6c2c flop, Katz check-raised all in for 1,107,000 and Imsirovic called. Katz turned over the Kc5c for a flush draw and Imsirovic showed the 9c6s for middle pair. The 5d turn paired Katz but the 8h river wasn’t enough to save him from a runner-up finish and give Imsirovic the title.

USPO Top 10 After Event #5

PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS
1. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440
2. Stephen Chidwick 3 $354,950 340
3. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240
4. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200
5. Cary Katz 2 $346,200 200
6. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200
7. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180
8. Dan Shak 2 $232,100 140
9. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140
10. David Peters 1 $100,800 140

 

The final table for Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Monday.

USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO

DATE EVENT TIME (ET)
02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 5 p.m.
02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m.
02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 5 p.m.
02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m.
02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 5 p.m.
02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m.
02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold’em 5 p.m.
02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m.
02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Early 8 p.m.
02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final 5 p.m.
02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Early 7:30 p.m.
02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final 5 p.m.

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