Joey Weissman Scores Huge Comeback to Win U.S. Poker Open Event #5

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Joey Weismann came back from a 6-1 chip deficit to win U.S. Poker Open Event #5 (PokerGO photo).

Through the first four events of the 2021 U.S. Poker Open, some of the best players in the world have claimed victory by dominating the final table. On Tuesday night, Joey Weissman arrived at the final table of Event #5 ($10,000 NLHE) with a middle-of-the-pack stack and watched as Adam Hendrix built up a monster stack and appeared to be on his way to claiming victory.

That’s when Weissman completely turned the tables and came back from holding just 14% of the chips in play when heads up play began to eliminate Hendrix and put an exclamation point on his comeback.

Down to just 11 big blinds, Vicent Bosca raised to 425,000 from middle position with QhJc. From Bosca’s direct left, Brock Wilson took some time before moving all in for 710,000 with AhQd. Action folded back to Bosca and he called off his last 110,000. The board ran out Ks9d3h6c9s to send Bosca out in seventh place.

Nearly 90 minutes of play later, Wilson was the next to go and he was shown the door in a brutal fashion. Action folded to chip leader Adam Hendrix in the small blind and he raised to 1,230,000 with Jc8h. Wilson called all in with AdQc and then connected hard with the KsQhQs flop. Hendrix picked up a gutshot straight draw on the 9c but Wilson was still a 98% favorite to win the pot. The Ts however filled Hendrix’s draw and left Wilson heading to the cashier to collect his sixth place payout.

That hand pushed Hendrix’s stack to 5,815,000 and put him 3,775,000 ahead of his next closest competitor. Ten minutes he got a chance to use his monster lead to end another competitor’s night. Hendrix raised to 160,000 with TcTs before Frankie Funaro moved all in from the button for 680,000 with Ac3c. Hendrix called and then dodged Funaro’s outs on the Qd8h3d2c9h runout to eliminate Funaro in fifth.

Not all of Hendrix’s big stack play paid off however. Holding a 4-1 chip lead over the second biggest stack, Joe McKeehen, Hendrix raised to 250,000 from the small blind with Kc3c before Weissman moved all in for 350,000 with 8d4d and Hendrix called. All of the drama evaporated on the 8c8s4h flop as Weissman made a full house. The Ac turn and 4s river completed the board and Weissman double through Hendrix to begin his climb back up the chip counts.

Weissman doubled again a few hands later, this time against the second-shortest stack at the table, Cary Katz. That lead to Katz’s elimination on the very next hand. After Weissman and McKeehen folded, Katz moved all in blind for 200,000 from the small blind. Hendrix called from the big blind and tabled Qd2h and Katz slowly revealed his hole cards only to find out he was dominated and needed some assistance with 8d2s. Hendrix stayed ahead through the Jh7h6c2cAs runout and Katz was eliminated in fourth place.

Hendrix continued to wield the big stack and didn’t have to wait too long to find his next opportunity to eliminate an opponent. After Weissman folded his button, McKeehen moved all in for 1,100,000 with Qd3d and Hendrix called from the big blind with Kc9s. McKeehen, who won Event #3 earlier this week, found no relief on the As8s5c
flop and could only watch as the 6s turn and 5h river made his third place finish official. That result moved McKeehen into first place on the U.S. Poker Open leaderboard.

Weissman was facing a 6-1 chip deficit when heads up play began. The pair played for an hour and 15 minutes as Weissman continued to find spots to double before eventually taking the chip lead for good. The final hand encapsulated exactly how hot Weissman ran during heads up play. First to act, Weissman moved all in with Qh3h and Hendrix, down to his last 1,950,000, called with AcJc. The 8s5h4h flop gave Weissman a flush draw which came in on the 9h turn. The 3d river was meaningless as Hendrix was eliminated in second place to give Weissman his first U.S. Poker Open title and a $204,000 score.

U.S. Poker Open Event #5 Final Table Payouts

  1. Joey Weissman – $204,000
  2. Adam Hendrix – $144,500
  3. Joe McKeehen – $102,000
  4. Cary Katz – $85,000
  5. Frank Funaro – $68,000
  6. Brock Wilson – $51,000
  7. Vicent Bosca – $42,500