The 2019 U.S. Poker Open got underway on Wednesday with 90 players flocking to the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to take part in Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Even though it’s a brand new year and a brand new series, at least one thing remains the same: Stephen Chidwick plans on dominating at the USPO.
Chidwick, the defending USPO champion bested a stacked final table, which included regular high roller Sean Winter and former November Niner Joseph Cheong. Chidwick eliminated four of his final five opponents in under three and half hours, earning $216,000 for his efforts.
Final Table Results
1. Stephen Chidwick – $216,000
2. Sean Winter – $157,500
3. Joseph Cheong – $112,500
4. Joseph Cappello – $90,000
5. Lazaro Hernandez – $72,000
6. Joseph Orsino – $54,000
About an hour into the final table, the first player hit the rail when Joseph Orsino clashed with Cheong. Cheong raised from the cutoff holding the and Orsino made the call from the big blind with the . The flop of almost guaranteed action as both players flopped two pair. Orsino checked his bottom two pair over to Cheong. Cheong fired a bet and Orsino promptly check-raised. With the action back to Cheong, he moved all in and Orsino, who was covered, made the call with his tournament life on the line. The turn was the and the river was the , ending Orsino’s USPO run in sixth place for $54,000.
Lazaro Hernandez was the next player to fall. After losing a big hand to Chidwick, where Chidwick flopped a straight and doubled through him, Hernandez was crippled to under 10 big blinds. Holding the on the button, Hernandez pushed all in and was called by Chidwick in the small blind with the . Dominated, Hernandez was going to need some help to survive but the provided very little. The turn was the , leaving Hernandez looking for one of the remaining tens. The river was the to give the hand to Chidwick and send Hernandez home in fifth place for $72,000.
Joseph Cappello and Cheong played a big pot where Capello’s pocket sevens flipped against Cheong’s . Cheong flopped two pair and held in the hand, sending Cappello to the bottom of the chip counts. Ten minutes later, he found a hand to move his final three big blinds in with. From the button, Cappello shipped it in with the and, once again, Chidwick was there in the small blind, making a call with the dominating hand of the . Although many boards might facilitate a chop, the flop put Chidwick way ahead. The turn gave Cappello flush outs, but the river was no help. Cappello hit the rail in fourth place for $90,000, helping him to more than $2.4 million in lifetime earnings.
After that elimination, the tournament sped to a conclusion with Chidwick continuing his dominance and taking out his final two dangerous opponents in short order.
First, it was Cheong. Chidwick opened from the button with the and Cheong three-bet shipped all in with the . Chidwick made the call, again dominating his opponent. The flop came , the turn took away any chance of running hearts for Cheong, and the river ended Cheong’s tournament in third place. He collected $112,500 for his seventh recorded cash of 2019.
Finally, Sean Winter and Chidwick, a pair of regulars on the high-roller circuit, got down to the business of playing heads-up. It was not a long battle, however, as the pair got all the chips in the middle in short order.
Chidwick limped holding the and Winter put in a raise with the . Chidwick made the call and the pair saw a flop of . Winter continued and Chidwick, with a gutshot straight draw, made the call. Then the hit the turn. Winter bet his new set, Chidwick, with the chip lead, shipped over the top with his made straight. Winter made the call but needed the board to pair in order to continue the tournament. The river did not improve Winter’s hand and he finished the event in second place, taking home $157,500 for his efforts.
Stephen Chidwick, the reigning, defending USPO Champion, took down Event #1 for $216,000. It was his third career USPO tournament title and, with the win, he took the early lead in the race to repeat as USPO champion and take home the additional $100,000 prize.
USPO Top 10 After Event #1
The final table for Event #2: $10,000 PLO will take place on Friday.
USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO
|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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