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  1. As 2019 draws to a close, PocketFives takes a look back at the year that was in poker news, going month-by-month through the biggest and most important stories of the year. When the calendar turned to February, a number of the top online poker players attempted to take a stand against PokerStars and a much-heralded new online poker site launched. The Boycott: PokerStars vs MTT Heavy Hitters Just before Valentine's Day, PokerStars broke the hearts of some of their most frequent high stakes tournament grinders. A little over 18 months after first introducing Stars Rewards, the company announced major changes to the program that meant MTT players would be earning 55% fewer reward points for any tournament fees paid. Players originally earned 100 reward points for every $1/€1 in rake paid. The changes meant players would now earn just 45 reward points for every $1/€1 in fees. The online MTT community didn't respond well to this change. One of the top-ranked players in the world, 'girafganger', organized a boycott which started out as 250 other players agreeing to sit out a $5,200 buy-in Turbo Series event on PokerStars that same week. "The nonstop rake increases and unbeatable formats they have been pushing on all of us, with the latest one pushing me over the edge, made me reach out to some of the high stakes regs to try and convince them to skip the $5K PokerStars Turbo Series event as a protest," 'girafganger' said in a statement. "The positive feedback was overwhelming and it didn’t take long for a group to naturally form." Some of the players boycotting included 'lena900', 'C Darwin2', Laszlo 'omaha4rollz' Bujtas, Calvin Anderson, and Samuel '€urop€an' Vousden. PokerStars' chief competition, partypoker, even went as far as to create a special $5,000 buy-in tournament with a $1,000,000 guarantee to run against the PokerStars tournament that was subject to the boycott. The boycott didn't seem to have the impact the players were hoping for. The PokerStars event drew 187 total entries, down just seven players from the same tournament a week earlier while the partypoker event met the guarantee. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zgone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Bryn Kenney Chops Up the Aussie Millions Main Event Bryn Kenney had himself one helluva 2019 and it all started in earnest in February when he won the Aussie Millions Main Event after a three-way chop. The tournament ended as soon as the deal was agreed upon. Michael Del Vecchio actually had a slight chip lead when negotiations began, but Kenney was able to talk his way into a deal that gave him the title and a $1,272,598 AUD ($914,617 US) payday. Kenney won the title despite not being responsible for eliminating a single player from the final table. Del Vecchio took home $1,272,162 AUD while third-place finisher Andrew Hinrichsen banked $1,097,739 AUD. The event drew 822 runners to break the previous record of 800 from 2018. Kenney wasn't the biggest winner from the Aussie Millions though. Toby Lewis, who won the $50,000 High Roller and finished runner-up in the $25,000 Challenge, earned $1,607,654 AUD ($1,149,064 US) to top the 2019 Aussie Millions earnings list. Team PokerStars Loses Two In January, PokerStars was more than happy to trot out their Team Pros and Ambassadors at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for every media opportunity possible. Less than a month later, two of the most visible pros on their roster began what would be a season-long exodus. In early February, Jamie Staples and Jeff Gross both announced that they were leaving Team PokerStars. Gross and Staples each made an announcement of their own confirming their departure. For Gross, it was a matter of not being able to come to terms on a new contract to continue representing the site. “Is this it for you in poker? The answer is ‘no’,” Gross said “If anything, we are just getting locked in, just getting strapped in and it’s seriously about to turn up.” Staples was looking further ahead and had plans to take his career, poker and streaming, to a new level. “I felt as if I might have an opportunity to do something bigger with my career in poker,” Staples said at the time. “It was a risk and I thought about it a lot and I decided to go on my own.” Over the course of the next few months, Gross and Staples both signed on with partypoker to represent their brand at live events on via player-created content on YouTube and Twitch. David Peters Takes Home US Poker Open In mid-month, the PokerGO airwaves were jam-packed with the 10 events from the US Poker Open. Most of the high roller regulars were out in full force for events with buy-ins from $10,000 up to the $100,000 Main Event. David Peters closed out the by winning the Main Event for $1.32 million. That victory also allowed him to beat out Sean Winter for the overall Series title. Peters had two cashes heading into the Main Event. He finished second to Winter in Event #4 ($10,000 Short Deck) for $100,800 and then fifth in Event #9 ($50,000 No-Limit Hold’em) for $164,000 before winning the 33-player Main Event. Stephen Chidwick won a pair of USPO titles. He beat Winter heads-up to win Event #1 ($10,000 No-Limit Hold’em) and then won Event #6 ($25,000 Pot Limit Omaha). Other US Poker Open event winners included Jordan Cristos (Event #2), Lauren Roberts (Event #3), Ali Imsirovic ( Event #5), Bryn Kenney (Event #7), Nick Schulman (Event #8), and Koray Aldemir (Event #9). Run It Once Goes Live When Phil Galfond announced in 2016 that he was launching an online poker site of his own, the poker world was excited that one of their own was stepping out to give them a new place to play. It became a patience tester for both Galfond and poker community. It took two years longer than Galfond expected, but in February, Run It Once launched the Public Beta version of their software to much fanfare. Galfond, who had been transparent about the delays and hiccups experienced along the way, was more than happy to put the product out to the world in an effort to get much-needed feedback. “The deck may be stacked against us, but I believe that with just a little bit of help from you, we can make our poker dream a reality – we can conquer threats to online poker’s future through the innovations we launch with and the countless more still to come, we can be a driving force for positive change in the industry, and we can make Run It Once exactly what a poker site should be.”  
  2. All of the final tables at the 2019 US Poker have been stacked and Friday's $50,000 No Limit Hold'em event was a perfect example of that. A former World Series of Poker Main Event champion, two former GPI Players of the Year, and one of the two hottest players at the USPO all fell by the wayside as Koray Aldemir picked up the win and the second biggest score of his career - $738,000. Seth Davies started the final table with a little more than 10 big blinds and it took just eight minutes for him to find a hand to seek a double up with. Unfortunately for Davies, it had a terrible outcome. From the hijack, Davies moved all in for 270,000 with [poker card="ad"][poker card="qd"] and Alex Foxen called from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qc"]. The [poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="6d"] flop left Davies hoping for a chop. The [poker card="5s"] turn was a safe one for Davies but the [poker card="2c"] river gave Foxen a flush and eliminated Davies in sixth place. Nearly 45 minutes later, Foxen went back to work as table executioner. David Peters opened to 60,000 from the cutoff with [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"] before Foxen re-raised to 255,000 from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. Peters responded by moving all in for 815,000 and Foxen called. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3c"] flop put Foxen ahead and he stayed there following the [poker card="qc"] turn and [poker card="qd"] river to send Peters out in fifth place. Despite being responsible for two eliminations in the first hour, the next two hours didn't go so well for Foxen. Down to just 11 big blinds, Foxen moved all in from the button for 880,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8c"] only to have Ryan Riess call from the big blind with [poker card="ah"][poker card="9h"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="jc"] to keep the kickers in play and eliminate Foxen in fourth. Riess kept the pressure up and 40 minutes later sent another player to the rail. Sean Winter, who was at his fifth final table of the 2019 USPO, raised to 430,000 from the button with [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"]. Ryan Riess moved all in from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"] and Winter called all in for his last 430,000. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"][poker card="3d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="4s"] runout meant Winter's run was over with a third place finish. Despite picking up two eliminations, Riess began heads up play trailing Aldemir by 1,000,000 chips. Over the next half hour, Aldemir never relented and eventually busted Riess to win the event. With 10 big blinds left, Riess moved all from the button with [poker card="kh"][poker card="7s"] and Aldemir looked him up with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"][poker card="6h"] flop opened up some chop possibilities for Riess but the [poker card="jh"] turn and [poker card="qs"] river were of no help and he was out in second place. Final Table Payouts Koray Aldemir - $738,000 Ryan Riess - $492,000 Sean Winter - $328,000 Alex Foxen - $205,000 David Peters - $164,000 Seth Davies - $123,000 Winter's third-place finish moved him into a tie with Stephen Chidwick for total USPO points earned with just the $100,000 No Limit Hold'em still left on the schedule. USPO Top 10 After Event #9 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Sean Winter 5 $747,400 540 2. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 3. Nick Schulman 2 $390,000 410 4. Brandon Adams 3 $314,750 365 5. Koray Aldemir 2 $897,200 340 6. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 7. Bryn Kenney 2 $477,000 240 8. Lauren Roberts 2 $263,400 240 9. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 10. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200   The final table for the final event, Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em, takes place on Saturday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 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. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  3. Well before the completion of the Main Event of the inaugural U.S. Poker Open, the trophy and title of U.S. Poker Open Champion were already claimed due to a dominating overall performance from the UK’s Stephen ‘stevie444’ Chidwick. The U.S. Poker Open, Presented by Poker Central and streamed on the PokerGO platform, featured eight high-rolling events that invited some of the best players in the world to compete for both massive amounts of money and the bragging rights of hoisting the title trophy for the very first time. In a twist to the usual high roller series that take place from time to time at the Aria Hotel & Casino, the schedule included a Pot Limit Omaha event as well as a Mixed Game Championship. Event #1 - $10,000 No Limit Hold’em The first event of the series was well attended with 68 players hoping to make an early score and take an early lead in the USPO standings. Ten players made their way into the money including World Poker Tour Season XIII Player of the Year Anthony Zinno ($20,400), high stakes crusher Jake Schindler ($20,400) and final table bubble boy, PokerCentral’s founder, Cary Katz ($34,000). Chidwick would fall in fifth place, a result that would be just beginning a week long stretch of amazing results. Eventual winner Justin Bonomo would out duel Lebanon’s Boutros Naim in a head-up battle to take down Event #1. For Naim, the $136,000 score is currently a recorded career high. For Bonomo, who is a regular at the highest stakes, his $190,400 haul is his fifth best out six recorded cashes in 2018. Final Table Results Justin Bonomo - $190,400 Boutros Naim - $136,000 David Peters - $88,400 Justin Young - $68,000 Stephen Chidwick - $54,400 Sam Soverel - $40,800 Event #2 - $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha The first of the non-NLHE events belonged to mixed-game specialist Mike Gorodinsky after he defeated a field of 64 players to capture the win and over $179,000. Joining the 2015 WSOP Players Championship winner at the final table was Cary Katz, Anthony Zinno and former Super High Roller Bowl Champion Rainer Kempe. Final Table Results Mike Gorodinsky - $179,200 Richard Kirsch - $128,000 Rainer Kempe - $83,200 Anthony Zinno - $64,000 Andjelko Andrejevic - $51,200 Cary Katz - $38,400 Event #3 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em The first of the $25,000 events saw Stephen Chidwick take the USPO lead by besting the 44 player field for $374,000. Chidwick defeated Keith Tilston heads up for the win, Tilston would take home $242,000 in this event and begin a heater of his own resulting in over $1,000,000 in cashes over the course of the week. Daniel Negreanu also made the final table of Event #3 along with Jake Schindler and PokerCentral podcast personality Brent Hanks. Final Table Results Stephen Chidwick - $374,000 Keith Tilston - $242,000 Daniel Negreanu - $165,000 Jake Schindler - $110,000 Brent Hanks - $88,000 Seth Davies - $66,000 Event #4 - $25,000 Mixed Game Championship It was back-to-back victories for the UK pro as Stephen Chidwick once again posed for the winner’s photo but this time it was for the Mixed Game Championship. The format included Limit Hold’em, 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Hi-Lo 8 in addition to the previously played Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Hold’em. Daniel Negreanu just missed out on being a part of the stacked final table as he busted in seventh place for his second cash of the series. A short-stacked Phil Hellmuth finished in sixth for $67,500, his lone result of the entire series. Following Hellmuth to the rail was part-time high-roller Dan Shak and 2017 World Series of Poker Final Table participant Benjamin Pollak. Despite coming into the final table with the chip lead, new partypoker ambassador Isaac Haxton couldn’t hold on and finished in third. Chidwick ended up closing out Christopher Vitch and putting a large gap between himself and the rest of the field on the USPO leaderboard. Vitch for his runner-up performance took home $247,500, is second largest career score on record. Final Table Results Stephen Chidwick - $382,500 Christopher Vitch - $247,500 Isaac Haxton - $168,750 Benjamin Pollak - $112,500 Dan Shak - $90,000 Phil Hellmuth Jr. - $67,500 Event #5 - $10,000 No Limit Hold’em It was Ben Tollerene’s turn in the winner’s circle in Event #5 as the high stakes online cash game pro defeated Jake Schindler heads up for the $187,000 first place prize. Schindler, Katz, Hanks, Tilston and David Peters all found their way into the cash yet again as did former World Series of Poker Main Event Champion Ryan Riess, who finished in third. Final Table Results Ben Tollerene - $187,600 Jake Schindler - $134,000 Ryan Reiss - $87,100 Cary Katz - $67,000 Kristin Holst - $53,600 Rodger Johnson - $40,200 Event #6 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em On the heels of his fourth-place finish in the Mixed Game Championship, Benjamin Pollak ended up on top in Event #6. Pollak won the heads-up battle with high roller specialist Jason Koon for $416,500. Chidwick once again found himself at a final table, finishing in third and practically putting the USPO trophy on his mantle in the process. Isaac Haxton found himself at another final table as well and, for the second time in a matter of days, Daniel Negreanu found himself on the outside looking in, finishing as the bubble boy for $61,250. Final Table Results Benjamin Pollak - $416,500 Jason Koon - $269,500 Stephen Chidwick - $183,750 Isaac Haxton - $112,500 Brian Green - $98,000 Elijah Berg - $73,500 Event #7 - $25,000 No Limit Hold’em Even though it was David Peters who took down Event #7, all the talk was about the fact that Stephen Chidwick, once again, made his way to a final table. Peters may have won the event for $400,000, besting the 50 total runners, but Chidwick virtually put the inaugural USPO title out of reach with his runner-up finish for $262,000. Tilston, Tollerene and Negreanu all made the Event #7 final table, and all had incredible results throughout the series, but the run of Chidwick had become the focal point of the series. It was going to take a big win by one of Chidwick’s challengers in the final event to have a shot at catching him for the title. Final Table Results David Peters - $400,000 Stephen Chidwick - $262,000 Sean Winter - $175,000 Keith Tilston - $125,000 Ben Tollerene - $100,000 Daniel Negreanu - $75,000 Event #8 - $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event With only 33 runnings posting the $50,000 buy-in, even though the eventual winner would take home $660,000 - there was no catching Chidwick. So by the end of registration for the event, everyone in the field knew they were playing for second place at best. The winner of the Main Event was Keith Tilston who defeated Jake Schindler as the final two. Daniel Negreanu, Thomas Marchese and “Cowboy” Dan Smith rounded out the final five who made it into the money. Final Table Results Keith Tilston - $660,000 jake Schindler - $429,000 Daniel Negreanu - $264,000 Tomas Marchese - $165,000 Dan Smith - $132,000 In the end, Chidwick found his way into the money in five out of the eight contests. He won two, back to back, and had a runner-up finish. The USPO Champion accumulated over $1.25 million in earnings during the course of the series, pushing him to over $11 million in career live earnings to go along with his over $5 million of career online winnings.
  4. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. This week on The Fives, Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters talk all about the Run It Once launch and what just might be in store for the Phil Galfond-backed online poker site. For the third week in a row, the field in the Sunday Million dropped and the guys discuss what it might take for PokerStars to return the event to a $215 buy-in and restore some of the glory on the event. Other topics covered this week include the release of dates for WSOP Europe, the lack of hype for the upcoming U.S. Poker Open and give an update on the latest Phil Ivey news - spoiler alert, it's not great. <p style="text-align: center;"><strong>Subscribe</strong>: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fives/id1221471287?mt=2">Apple Podcasts</a> <strong>*</strong> <a href="https://play.google.com/music/listen?u=0#/ps/Ibohw4jpnetjmxbziu5ifwmted4">Google Podcasts</a> <strong>*</strong> <a href="https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/pocketfives/the-fives">Stitcher</a></p>
  5. Lauren Roberts overcame a final table full of end bosses to win Event #3 of the 2019 US Poker Open and a career-best tournament score of $218,400. Roberts outlasted the likes of Sean Winter, Brandon Adams, and Stephen Chidwick before overcoming a 3-1 chip deficit to beat Koray Aldemir heads-up for the win. Final Table Payouts Lauren Roberts - $218,400 Koray Aldemir - $159,250 Stephen Chidwick - $113,750 Brandon Adams - $91,000 Sean Winter - $72,800 Ralph Wong - $54,600 Rodger Johnson - $45,500 Within minutes of the official seven-handed final table beginning, Chidwick went to work. Rodger Johnson was down to just over six big blinds and moved all in with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"]. Chidwick called with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="4d"] to eliminate Johnson in seventh place. It took more than an hour before another player was sent packing. Aldemir raised to 750,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"] before Ralph Wong moved all in with the [poker card="3c"][poker card="3s"]. Aldemir called and the [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"][poker card="7d"] flop moved Aldemir in front. He stayed there through the [poker card="9h"] turn and [poker card="ah"] river and Wong was out in sixth place. Ten minutes later, Aldemir scored an important double up against Winter, who was chip leader at the time. Aldemir raised to 210,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] and Winter jammed from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="js"]. Aldemir survived the runout to double into the lead. Winter lasted just over an hour on the short stack. Action folded to Aldemir the big blind and he moved all with the [poker card="8s"][poker card="3d"] and Winter called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2h"] flop gave Aldemir top pair and Winter could only watch as the [poker card="jd"] turn and [poker card="4h"] river ended his tournament with a fifth-place finish. Adams got down to his last 2.5 big blinds and couldn't find a double up to stay alive. Adams moved all in for 285,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="8d"] from the button before Chidwick called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="3c"] from the small blind. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="7d"][poker card="2h"] flop left Adams with options but the [poker card="as"] turn took them all away. The meaningless river was the [poker card="jd"] and Adams was out in fourth. Despite picking up that elimination, Chidwick found himself in a spot he couldn't escape from. Roberts folded her button, Aldemir moved all in with the [poker card="4h"][poker card="4h"] and Chidwick called all for 3,010,000 with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Aldemir a set. The [poker card="8h"] turn ended any hope for Chidwick and he was eliminated in third place. This finish was Chidwick's seventh career USPO cash in just 11 events. Aldemir began heads-up play with nearly 75% of the chips in play, but through 45 minutes of play, Roberts flipped the script after scoring a double up with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"] against the [poker card="qd"][poker card="jd"]. She then picked off a bluff on a [poker card="tc"][poker card="5s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="as"][poker card="jh"] board with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="ts"] to double into the lead for the first time. Two minutes later, Roberts finished Aldemir off. Aldemir moved all in for 9.5 big blinds with the [poker card="qc"][poker card="3h"] and Roberts called with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="4d"]. The board ran out [poker card="6c"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="8c"] to give Roberts the nut flush and the title. USPO Top 10 After Event #3 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 2 $329,750 300 2. Sean Winter 3 $268,200 240 3. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 4. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 5. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 6. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140 7. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 8. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100 9. Brandon Adams 1 $91,000 80 10. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80   The final table for Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Saturday. 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. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  6. David Peters, one of the game's top tournament poker players, emerged victorious atop the 33-entry field in the 2019 US Poker Open $100,000 Main Event. Peters was the last man standing from an elite field of players and claimed the $1.32 million first-place prize. With the victory, Peters grabbed 350 points at surged to the top of the US Poker Open Championship leaderboard, beating out Sean Winter by just 10 points to win the overall title and an additional $100,000 in prize money. Final Table Results David Peters - $1,320,000 Chris Hunichen - $858,000 Keith Tilston - $528,000 Martin Zamani - $330,000 Ryan Riess - $264,000 To claim the overall USPO Championship, Peters cashed three times in the high-stakes series. He placed second in Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck for $100,800 and fifth in Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $164,000 ahead of his Main Event victory. All told, Peters earned $1.584 million from his three USPO cashes this year and $1.684 million total when you include the $100,000 championship prize. Peters entered the final day fourth in chips with nine players remaining in the $100,000 Main Event. Leading the way was Chris Hunichen, and Keith Tilston, last year's USPO Main Event winner, was in second. Only the top five places were set to reach the money, but that wasn't the story. Sean Winter entered the 2019 USPO Main Event as the leaderboard frontrunner. He'd need to cash and fade Nick Schulman. If he failed to cash, Winter would be sweating both Schulman and Peters if they were still in. First to bust was Schulman, though, knocking him out of contention for the USPO Championship. He entered the day as the shortest stack and couldn't make anything happen on the final day. Schulman was eliminated in ninth place by Hunichen. With Schulman's bust, all Winter needed to do was cash and he'd lock up the overall USPO title. If he didn't cash, Peters could overtake him by the narrow margin of 10 points if Peters were to win the event. As it turned out, Winter went bust in eighth place when his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="tc"] couldn't win a flip against Tilston's [poker card="5s"][poker card="5d"]. That left Winter without a payday in the $100,000 buy-in Main Event and sitting and waiting to see how Peters would perform. Peters got a boost when he knocked out Jason Koon in seventh place, and then Ryan Riess took out Justin Bonomo in sixth place to send the final five players into the money. After Bonomo's bust, Peters found a double through Hunichen and found himself sitting second in chips heading into a break. Falling in fifth was Riess. He went out at the hands of Tilston and took home $264,000 for his efforts. It was then Martin Zamani hitting the rail in fourth for $330,000. Zamani was also knocked out by Tilston, as the 2018 USPO Main Event winner stretched his lead. After Zamani busted, Peters played an incredibly important pot with his tournament life on the line. He was all in preflop with the [poker card="Kd"][poker card="Qc"] against Tilston, who had the [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Not only was Peters sweating his tournament life in the 2019 USPO Main Event, but Winter had a lot on the line, too. Peters flopped a queen and held from there to score a big double and move into the chip lead. From that point on, Peters never relinquished the lead. He busted Tilston in third place with his [poker card="Ac"][poker card="6c"] held up against Tilston's [poker card="Kc"][poker card="Qs"] and took a chip lead of 4.855 million to 1.745 million into heads-up play against Hunichen. Heads-up play didn't last long. Just a few hands in, Hunichen limped the button with the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="8c"] at blinds of 40,000-80,000 with an 80,000 big blind ante. Peters raised out of the big bling to 320,000 with the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9c"]. Hunichen responded by three-bet jamming for 2.65 million and Peters quickly made the call. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jc"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="Ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] and that was the end of the line for Hunichen, who earned $858,000 for his runner-up performance. USPO Final Standings PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. David Peters 3 $747,400 550 2. Sean Winter 5 $705,950 540 3. Stephen Chidwick 4 $390,000 540 4. Nick Schulman 2 $314,750 410 5. Brandon Adams 3 $897,200 365 6. Koray Aldemir 2 $580,200 340 7. Cary Katz 3 $477,000 340 8. Chris Hunichen 2 $263,400 285 9. Martin Zamani 3 $206,200 280 10. Keith Tilston 2 $442,500 255 2019 US Poker Open Event Recaps Stephen Chidwick Wins US Poker Open Event #1 for $216K Jordan Cristos Takes Down US Poker Open Event #2 for $179K Lauren Roberts Comes From Behind to Win US Poker Open Event #3 Sean Winter Wins U.S. Poker Open Short Deck Event for $151K Ali Imsirovic Cruises To Victory in US Poker Open Event #5 Stephen Chidwick Wins Second 2019 USPO Event; Now Leads USPO Race Bryn Kenney Crushes US Poker Open Event #7 For $450,000 Nick Schulman Wins 2019 US Poker Open 8-Game Mix Title Koray Aldemir Tops Ryan Riess to Win US Poker Open Event #9, $738K
  7. The eighth event of the 2019 US Poker Open is in the books, with Nick Schulman winning the $25,000 8-Game Mix tournament for a score of $270,000. Schulman defeated Brandon Adams in heads-up play to take the title and also earned 350 points in the USPO Championship race. Final Table Results 1. Nick Schulman - $270,000 2. Brandon Adams - $150,000 3. Chris Vitch - $80,000 The event attracted 20 entries to the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with only the top three spots set to reach the money. After the first day of action on Wednesday, just four players remained for Thursday’s finale. That meant one more player had to go home empty-handed. That player turned out to be Randy Ohel, who came into Thursday with the shortest stack and was quickly sent packing in a hand of seven-card stud hi-lo. With three players left in the money, Adams had the chip lead, Schulman was in second, and then Chris Vitch was in a distant third place. Vitch was soon knocked out in third place in a hand of 2-7 triple draw. On his final hand, Vitch had bet and called all in after he was check-raised by Adams before the third draw. Adams stood pat, leaving Vitch to a decision. After taking his time, Vitch eventually decided to stand pat as well, holding [poker card="9x"][poker card="8x"][poker card="7x"][poker card="5x"][poker card="3x"]. His hand wasn’t good against the [poker card="9x"][poker card="7x"][poker card="6x"][poker card="3x"][poker card="2x"] of Adams and he was out in third for an $80,000 payday. Knocking out Vitch allowed Adams to enter heads-up play with the chip lead over Schulman. The two were playing for a difference of $120,000 in prize money, the title, and the winner’s share of points. Although Adams began with the chip lead, Schulman quickly battled back and moved into the lead. Schulman won a pretty good-sized pot in Omaha hi-lo, scooped a big batch of chips when Adams tried to bluff him in a hand of no-limit hold’em, and then knocked Adams down further in the razz round. After all of that, Adams was left with just a few bets and the rest of his chips found the middle shortly thereafter. The final hand took place during the limit hold’em round, with Adams starting with just 105,000 in chips. He raised from the button to 100,000, Schulman reraised to put Adams all in, and Adams called with the [poker card="9d"][poker card="2s"]. Schulman had the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Tc"]. The flop, turn, and river ran out [poker card="Jd"][poker card="6s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="Jh"][poker card="7h"] to eliminate Adams in second place. Adams earned $150,000 and 245 points for his runner-up finish. It was his third cash of the 2019 USPO and moved him to fourth on the overall leaderboard. Schulman scored a winning prize of $270,000 and 350 points. It was his second in-the-money finish of the 2019 USPO and he moved to third on the USPO’s overall leaderboard. USPO Top 10 After Event #8 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 2. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 3. Nick Schulman 2 $390,000 410 4. Brandon Adams 3 $314,750 365 5. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 6. Bryn Kenney 2 $477,000 240 7. Lauren Roberts 2 $263,400 240 8. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 9. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200 10. Ben Yu 3 $262,800 200   The final table for Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Friday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 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. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  8. It's getting to the point where Stephen Chidwick winning a U.S. Poker Open event isn't news. Tuesday night in Las Vegas the British poker pro picked up his fourth career USPO title, beating Cary Katz heads up to win Event #6, the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event. It's his second USPO win in 2019 giving him two wins in each year the tournament series has existed. Chidwick, who won the USPO title last season, now leads the overall standings this year with just four events remaining. Chidwick started Tuesday's final table with the chip lead and, along with Anthony Zinno, was one of just two players with a seven-figure stack. While Chidwick continued to build early, Zinno was less fortunate. After a little more than an hour of play, Zinno was down to just 365,000 and found himself tangling with Katz. Chidwick raised to 90,000 and Katz called before Zinno moved all in from the button. Chidwick folded and Katz called, tabling [poker card="qc"][poker card="jc"][poker card="th"][poker card="5c"]. Zinno was ahead with [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"][poker card="jh"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"] flop was a relatively safe one for Zinno. The [poker card="2c"] turn gave Katz a flush draw which came in on the [poker card="7c"] river to eliminate Zinno in sixth place. Chidwick then put his big stack to work 20 minutes to send Sean Rafael to the rail. Chidwick opened to 90,000 before Rafael made it 290,000. Chidwick called and the two players saw a [poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="6d"] flop. Rafael bet 155,000 all in and Chidwick called. Rafael tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="ts"] but Chidwick showed [poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"] for trips. Neither the [poker card="3h"] turn or [poker card="qh"] river were any help and Rafael was out in fifth. Katz then picked up another elimination just 30 minutes later. Katz limped his button, Ben Lamb completed from the small blind and Tom Marchese checked his option. The [poker card="as"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"] flop got Lamb bet pot. Marchese folded but Katz repotted and Lamb called all in. Katz turned over [poker card="ac"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"] while Lamb was drawing with [poker card="kh"][poker card="9d"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="5h"] turn was no help for Lamb and after the [poker card="8h"] river failed to complete his draw, Lamb was eliminated in fourth place. Marchese actually started the day as the shortest stack but managed to outlast three other players before meeting his fate. Katz completed from the button and Marchese raised to 240,000 from the small blind. Chidwick folded and Katz called. After the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="4c"] flop, Marchese bet 600,000 and Katz responded by repotting and Marchese called his last 240,000. Marchese tabled [poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="js"][poker card="5s"] while Katz was drawing wiht [poker card="kc"][poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"][poker card="3c"]. The [sc] ended all the drama, completing Katz's flush draw. The meaningless river was the [poker card="6c"] and Marchese was out in third. Thanks to those last two eliminations, Katz began heads up play with 65% of the chips in play. Chidwick and Katz played heads-up for nearly two hours with the lead being traded back and forth before Chidwick finally put a cap on another USPO win. Down to just 3.5 big blinds, Katz moved all in for 410,000 after Chidwick had opened with a pot-size bet of 360,000. Chidwick called and turned up [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="4h"] which put him behind Katz' [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"][poker card="js"][poker card="3d"]. The [poker card="ts"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5d"][poker card="6c"] gave Chidwick a wheel and eliminate Katz. Final Table Payouts Stephen Chidwick - $351,000 Cary Katz - $234,000 Tom Marchese - $156,000 Ben Lamb - $97,500 Sean Rafael - $78,000 Anthony Zinno - $58,500 Chidwick now has four USPO wins and nine final tables over 14 events stretching the last two years. He now sits atop the USPO leaderboard and is 100 points clear of his nearest competitor, Sean Winter. USPO Top 10 After Event #6 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540 2. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 3. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340 4. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 5. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200 6. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 7. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 8. Ben Lamb 2 $146,200 160 9. Dan Shak 2 $232,100 140 10. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140   The final table for Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em takes place on Wednesday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 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. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  9. Chalk up another win for Bryn Kenney in 2019. This time, there was no deal to be made as Kenney knocked out four of his final five opponents en route to a lightning-fast victory in the US Poker Open Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold’em for $450,000. The 60-entry field was narrowed down to a high-rolling who’s who final table of six. Kenney and Ben Yu were among the chip leaders however, there were four other formidable players in Nick Petrangelo, Keith Tilston, Nick Schulman and, eventual runner-up, Jake Schindler, who were all capable of coming from behind. Final Table Payouts 1. Bryn Kenney - $450,000 2. Jake Schindler - $300,000 3. Ben Yu – $210,000 4. Keith Tilston - $150,000 5. Nick Schulman - $120,000 6. Nick Petrangelo - $90,000 It only took a few hands before the bustouts began. The action folded to Nick Petrangelo in the small blind and he jammed with his remaining 13 big blinds holding [poker card="jc"][poker card="6c"]. Kenney, sitting in the big blind, ended up making the call holding [poker card="kc"][poker card="8h"]. The flop came [poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"][poker card="4s"] giving Petrangelo additional outs with a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="kh"] on the turn put Kenney even further ahead in the hand. The [poker card="3c"]river ended Petrangelo’s run in Event #7 for $90,000. Roughly ten minutes later, Nick Schulman was all in for his tournament life. From the button, Schulman open-shoved his 12 big blind stack with [poker card="qh"][poker card="td"]. Then, from the small blind, Keith Tilston reshoved over the top with [poker card="ac"][poker card="8d"]. Ben Yu got out of the way and, with the cards on their backs, the duo saw a flop of [poker card="ah"][poker card="qs"][poker card="7h"] providing both players a pair. The [poker card="kd"] turn gave Schulman a few more outs to the straight but the [poker card="8s"] river was no help the PokerGO commentator. Schulman finished in fifth place for $120,000, his second recorded cash of 2019. Even though he had just busted Schulman, Tiltson wasn’t long for this final table. Kenney, having both blinds covered, open-shoved from the button with [poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"]. Tilston, in the big blind, ended up making the call with [poker card="as"][poker card="jc"], putting his tournament at stake. The flop came [poker card="2c"][poker card="ts"][poker card="kc"] providing Tilston some additional gutshot outs but the [poker card="7d"] fell on the turn and the [poker card="td"] on the river, giving the hand to Kenney's pocket threes. Tilston bowed out in fourth place for $150,000. It marks his fifth lifetime cash at the USPO. Ben Yu, who entered the day as the final table chip leader, clashed with Kenney in a huge hand which, in the end, left Yu crippled. Only a few hands after that confrontation, Kenney finished the job. Yu, with less than three big blinds, stuck it in from the small blind with [poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] and Kenney snap called holding the [poker card="qs"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="3c"][poker card="4s"][poker card="kh"][poker card="as"][poker card="9s"] giving Kenney the flush and ending Yu’s run in third place. Yu picked up $210,000 for his efforts, his third cash of the 2019 USPO series. Kenney held a massive chip lead headed into heads up play, but Schindler started chipping away at it by winning the first few hands. However, as he had for the entirety of this brief final table, Kenney ended up on top in the most important hand. Kenney limped the button with the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"] and Schindler shipped his [poker card="ac"][poker card="7d"] which Kenney quickly called. The flop [poker card="2d"][poker card="9c"][poker card="kh"] flop put Kenney in the lead. The turn came the [poker card="2h"] and the river the [poker card="8s"] securing the win for Kenney and providing Schindler the runner-up result and $300,000 in prize money. Kenney, the Aussie Millions Main Event winner, takes home $450,000 for the victory, sending his lifetime career live earnings north of $27,000,000. The final table for Event #8: $25,000 8 Game Mix takes place on Thursday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 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. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  10. I would like nothing more than to see the game of poker and this industry thrive unimaginably. I also believe the Global Poker Awards, which were previously two distinctions, the American Poker Awards and European Poker Awards, are good for the industry. That belief is becoming less and less so each year. I've always touted the importance of this ceremony to celebrate the industry and accomplishments within. Quite honestly, it's getting to the point where one could make the argument the awards aren't good for poker because some of the nominees and even some of the categories are so far off the mark. If you're like me and believe the awards can help push poker in the right direction, then we're going to need to change how we do things and try a bit harder. I'm well aware the Global Poker Awards aren't going to spark the next poker boom, but they're a piece of the puzzle that can increase the industry's legitimacy. For an industry that is constantly clawing and scratching for every inch of legitimacy it can get, this is important. When the nomination list goes out, do those that receive it take the adequate time to best make their selections? The answer to that question can't possibly be yes. I've talked to enough people to surmise that there's too many with representative votes who aren't holding up their end of the bargain. Of course, this is a shared responsibility between the Global Poker Index and those on the nomination panel. The GPI needs to put standard over inclusion, but ultimately, most of the nomination panel isn't putting in the time and effort the privilege should require. The nomination panel isn't helping if, every single year when it's time for the awards, too many are half-assing it through the process, voting for friends and co-workers simply because of relationship, and not putting in the time it takes to make the best decisions. It's kind of like poker in a lot of ways. Are the voters in it to simply splash around a little in the game and be considered a "known" person in the industry, or do they want to actually put in the effort it takes for this to mean something? Improve the Process This year's nomination panel was pegged at more than 130 members, according to the GPI. That's too many by about 120. I get it, the awards are now global so you're going to need a greater representation from across the globe, but the lobbying for friends and coworkers is blatantly obvious and the lack of knowledge is highly evident. This is where the GPI needs to step in and make a change. Again, we need to emphasize that the awards are a standard of achievement, not a popular participation trophy. Instead of having a huge nomination panel, form a committee and give them real responsibilities. I'd suggest a committee of 10-12 people, and I'd make it an interview process for a person to be accepted to the committee. We can start by having each media outlet nominate one person to possibly be on the committee. Poker media members should, in theory, be the ones with the best grasp on all things poker across the globe. We should want those with the most expansive knowledge on the committee, but we'll certainly need to vet them. Each person nominated to be a part of the committee would be interviewed by the GPI and either accepted or refused. Think of it like a job interview and the GPI is hiring, just for a gig with no pay. If you'd like to be on the committee but having to go through an interview process is something that you balk at, you're not someone who deserves to have representative votes. Of course, we would have to trust that the GPI would pick the best individuals for the committee. I would also suggest that if this is a route taken, the GPI consider a relevancy factor with each committee member and candidate. Meaning, the person must still have relevancy within the industry. Another requirement for being on the committee would be that you absolutely must be present for all meetings, and for the final committee gathering to determine the award winners. There would be several rounds of discussion and voting. Again, this speaks to one's level of commitment. Part of the problem with how it's done now is that you have more than 130 members on the nomination panel who determine the finalists and then a much smaller group of about 10 hand-picked jury members who determine the winners. The way it is, the jury is left to pick from the bunch they're given, rather than go through a few rounds of discussion, vetting, and voting to determine the best winner. Look at what happened a couple of years ago with Breakout Player of the Year. Nick Petrangelo arguably should've won Breakout Player of the Year for 2015, but he didn't even make the list of finalists. Having a committee of the same people who go through the process from start to finish would pay big dividends here. The committee wouldn't, and shouldn't, be all media, though. I would suggest including players or general industry members, but ones that aren't strongly tied to one organization. Again, each candidate would need to be vetted and accepted. With general industry members, it can be difficult for a person working for one organization on a daily basis to have the required knowledge outside of their organization. Not that this is their fault, it's just the nature of how things work. Each year, I would repeat this entire process, giving seniority, based on performance, to those on the committee the year before. I'd also suggest having alternates on standby should anything extreme cause need for a replacement on the committee. Alternates would go through a similar process as other committee members. Better Categories These are the poker awards, right? Why aren’t we giving out an award for Online Poker Operator of the Year, Live Poker Operator of the Year, or Poker Media Outlet of the Year? It seems silly to not award those. The Tournament Performance of the Year award has to go. If we keep it, can we all just agree to award it to the WSOP Main Event champion every year? There is no greater tournament performance each year than grinding through that monstrosity of a poker tournament, competing against really good players in the best-structured tournament in the world for a massive amount of time. Remove Moment of the Year. Half of the things that get listed here aren't "moments" and this award blends too much with Tournament Performance of the Year. In its place, I'd suggest we add in Hand of the Year. In the current digital age and the age of social media, so many great hands see the light of day in consumable content. The content is also easily shareable, which helps promote the awards and generate buzz. Hand of the Year is also a great way to add in a fan vote. Ditch Poker Journalist of the Year. I'd suggest we go back to Media Person of the Year, if anything, and then if we want to further celebrate the media, we do so with individual awards such as Photo of the Year, Story of the Year, and Feature Video of the Year. There are enough great pieces of content to fill these respective categories. Industry Person of the Year needs a new name. I understand what's meant to be done with this award, but doesn’t "industry" implies anyone in the industry can win? Rename this to represent what it is really meant to do, Poker Executive of the Year. With Breakout Player of the Year, the GPI could implement a "breakout factor" for each player to help everyone out. I doubt everyone with a vote is grinding through Hendon Mob. The GPI knows how much a player climbs in the GPI from year to year and the award can be more on-brand if that's what the nominations are based on. Start Earlier Whatever causes these awards to become a thing a month before they happen needs to stop. Give everyone more time to think about the awards, dive into researching what should win and what shouldn't, and pump up the various elements such as the content pieces, tournament performances, and players. We also need to move the awards so that they take place earlier in the year. The awards this year aren't taking place until early April. That's the fourth month of the year. People can't remember what happened last week, let alone 4-16 months ago. The awards being held closer to the start of the year would keep the previous year, which is what we're supposed to be celebrating, fresher in everyone's minds. If the awards are going to be partnered with Poker Central and PokerGO for future years, it seems like a no-brainer to hold the awards would be at the front or back end of the US Poker Open that takes place at the beginning of February. PokerGO could host the awards in the PokerGO Studio either the day before or the day after the US Poker Open festival. If it's before, there's additional content to showcase during the festival. If it's after, you can spend the week hyping up the awards to generate a larger audience for them. Or, maybe we could just hand out participation ribbons ever year? The views and opinions expressed in this Op-Ed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of PocketFives or other staff.
  11. February may seem like forever ago, but it wasn't too long ago that the second month of 2018 saw the names of Chris 'moorman1' Moorman, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, and Viktor 'isildur1' Blom capture the headlines. Below are PocketFives' top five stories from February 2018, plus a look back at the February's Monthly PLB winner. MILESTONES: Chris 'moorman1' Moorman Earns 27th Triple Crown Chris 'moorman1' Moorman is online poker’s leading all-time money earner with, at time of writing, $15.595 million in online tournament winnings. In February 2018, Moorman captured headlines when he won his record 27th PocketFives Triple Crown. Moorman achieved the feat when he scored first place in tournaments from three different sites in back-to-back-to-back days. Moorman then went on to win two more in 2018 and bring his industry-leading total to 29. READ: MILESTONES: Chris 'moorman1' Moorman Earns 27th Triple Crown Stephen Chidwick Wins Inaugural U.S. Poker Open Title The poker world was treated to the first-ever U.S. Poker Open in February 2018. The eight-tournament high-roller series took place at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. An elite group of poker's best were in competition across the eight events, including Daniel Negreanu, Phil Hellmuth, Justin Bonomo, Dan Smith, and Jason Koon. In addition to individual tournament scores for large sums of money, each player was looking to become the first overall U.S. Poker Open champion. At its completion, Stephen 'stevie444' Chidwick had cashed in four of the eight events to win more than $1.25 million combined and be crowned U.S. Poker Open champion. READ: Stephen Chidwick Wins Inaugural U.S. Poker Open Title WPT: Mike Leah Wins Fallsview Classic for First WPT Title The World Poker Tour once again made its seasonal stop at Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, back in February. With it came a record-breaking field of 517 entries for the event and a final table that included one staunch Canadian grinder, Mike 'goleafsgoeh' Leah, looking for his first WPT title. Leah entered the final day of play ranked third in chips among the remaining 20 players. From there, he went on to claim victory and his first World Poker Tour title worth C$451,821 ($359,001). READ: Mike Leah Wins Fallsview Classic for First WPT Title Viktor Blom Stages Huge Comeback to Win partypoker MILLIONS Germany If 2018 was the year of anything, it's likely the year of partypoker. The online poker giant’s live tournament offering, partypokerLIVE, delivered enormous prize pool upon enormous prize pool all across the globe, including February's partypoker MILLIONS Germany in Rozvadov. That's where Viktor 'isildur1' Blom grabbed the title worth €1 million, but not without having to overcome a greater than 6-to-1 chip deficit during heads-up play against Pavel Plesuv. READ: Viktor Blom Stages Huge Comeback to Win partypoker MILLIONS Germany Leon Tsoukernik's Counterclaim Against Matt Kirk Dismissed Speaking of Rozvadov, King's Casino owner Leon Tsoukernik was back in the headlines in February with another episode involving his dispute with high-stakes poker pro "Aussie" Matt Kirk. Three months prior, in November, Tsoukernik filed a counterclaim for $10 million in damages. That was followed by Kirk's lawyers filing a motion to dismiss. At the end of February 2018, a Las Vegas judge dismissed Tsoukernik’s counterclaim it what appears to have ended a highly publicized legal tug o' war. READ: Leon Tsoukernik's Counterclaim Against Matt Kirk Dismissed 'European' Wins February Monthly PLB Title With 4,133.54 points, 'European' won the Monthly PLB title for February. 'European' booked 48 cashes in February, including scores of $86,000 for 707.11 points, $58,160 for 584.38 points, $56,975 for 463.68 points, $49,574 for 383.28 points, and $46,418 for 415.33 points. The $86,000 win for 'European' came in the $530 buy-in partypoker Powerfest #46-M: $500K Gtd NLH under the username 'JHelppi' when he outlasted a field of 979 entries.
  12. The 2019 U.S. Poker Open has really been about two names so far; Stephen Chidwick and Sean Winter. Chidwick got things off to a strong start by winning Event #1, while Winter had made every final table but hadn't picked up a win. That all changed Sunday night when Winter beat David Peters heads up to win $151,200 and his first USPO title in the $10,000 Short Deck event. Final Table Payouts 1. Sean Winter - $151,200 2. David Peters - $100,800 3. Seth Davies - $67,200 4. Ben Lamb - $42,000 5. Ben Yu - $33,600 6. Stephen Chidwick - $25,200 Chidwick also made the final table but started the day with the second shortest stack ahead of only Ben Lamb. Two double ups allowed Lamb to avoid elimination, whereas Chidwick wasn't so fortunate. Four players limped in front Chidwick before the 2018 US Poker Open champion moved all in for 725,000 with the [poker card="as"][poker card="qc"]. Seth Davies and Ben Yu both folded their hands but Winter called with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"]. The flop came [poker card="js"][poker card="td"][poker card="6d"] to give Chidwick outs to Broadway. The [poker card="6s"] turn left Chidwick drawing only to one of three aces. The river was the [poker card="kd"] to give Winter a full house and eliminate Chidwick in sixth place. It took 45 minutes before another player hit the rail. From under the gun, Yu moved all in for 655,000 with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="qc"] and only Davies decided to look him up, calling with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="8h"]. The board ran out [poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="6h"][poker card="9h"][poker card="6s"] to completely miss Yu and eliminate him in fifth place. Lamb managed to last just one more hour before falling in fourth place. Winter limped with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] again before Lamb moved all in for 1,780,000 with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"]. Winter called and then watched the [poker card="ad"][poker card="js"][poker card="7s"][poker card="ks"][poker card="8s"] runout secure Lamb's fourth-place finish. Winter picked up yet another victim 45 minutes later. Davies limped with the [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"] before Winter moved all in from the button with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"]. Davies called off his last 3,525,000. The [poker card="js"][poker card="9h"][poker card="6h"] put Davies in dire straits and the [poker card="kh"] turn and [poker card="7d"] river both failed to save him from a third-place result. Thanks to the three players he had eliminated, Winter started heads-up play with a nearly 3-1 chip lead over Peters. It took almost exactly an hour for Winter to put the finishing touches on his first USPO title. Winter shoved all in with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="9c"] and Peters called all in with the [poker card="jd"][poker card="9s"]. The [poker card="ac"][poker card="ks"][poker card="9d"] flop gave Winter two pair. The turn was the [poker card="th"] to give Peters outs to a straight. The river was the [poker card="as"] and Peters was eliminated in second place. The win gives Winter a total of four straight final table appearances in the 2019 USPO. He also has a second-place finish, a sixth-place finish, and a fifth-place finish. Those results and this victory moved Winter to the top spot on the overall 2019 USPO leaderboard through four events. USPO Top 10 After Event #4 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. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 5. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 6. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140 7. David Peters 1 $100,800 140 8. Seth Davies 2 $94,500 140 9. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 10. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100   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. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  13. 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 [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"] before Cappello moved all in for 175,000 from the small blind with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"]. Petrangelo called and then Cappello watched the [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7h"][poker card="kc"][poker card="as"] 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 [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"] before Dan Shak moved all in over the top with the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"] and Imsirovic folded his big blind. The [poker card="6h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3s"] flop kept Shak ahead and after the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="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 [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"], Cary Katz folded his small blind and Petrangelo moved all in for 1,160,000 with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. Imsirovic snap-called. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6d"] flop gave both players a set and the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="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 [poker card="ks"][poker card="3d"] and Shak called from the small blind with the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"]. The flop came [poker card="9s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"] and Shak check-called a bet of 75,000 from Imsirovic. The turn was the [poker card="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 [poker card="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 [poker card="qs"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2c"] flop, Katz check-raised all in for 1,107,000 and Imsirovic called. Katz turned over the [poker card="kc"][poker card="5c"] for a flush draw and Imsirovic showed the [poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] for middle pair. The [poker card="5d"] turn paired Katz but the [poker card="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. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  14. Hosted by PocketFives President and Editor in Chief Lance Bradley and poker writer Matt Clark, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and interview players and industry leaders. Lance and Matt are all over the hottest topics this week, including the fallout from Mike Leah's World Poker Tour victory. They're also diving in on the faux-controversy over Phil Hellmuth failing to leaving a tip for his Uber driver and are gushing over the success that Stephen Chidwick enjoyed at the 2018 U.S. Poker Open. They also talk about the opening days of the partypoker Millions Germany and the long-awaited return of Patrik Antonius to the winner's circle. DOWNLOAD THIS EPISODE IN ITUNES GET THIS EPISODE ON STITCHER
  15. Running February 1-9, Poker Central presents the US Poker Open, a series of made-for-streaming high-roller events. The ARIA Resort and Casino is set to host eight events of intense high stakes action that pits the best in the world (and those that have the cash to challenge them) in a series of tournaments that include the disciplines of No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and an Eight-Game Mix event. A high stakes pro looking to play every event is going to need to have a healthy amount of cash on hand as the total for just firing a single bullet in each event will run $180,000. The scheduled breakdown of events includes two $10,000 No Limit Hold’em contests, three $25,000 No Limit Hold’em, one $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha, the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event. All of the events are single re-entry. The majority of the No Limit Hold’em tournaments, as well as the lone Pot Limit Omaha tournament, are scheduled to run for two days. The Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event are slated for three days. The Mixed Game Championship features a bevy of games that audiences aren’t used to seeing broadcast including Limit Hold’em, 2-7 Lowball Triple Draw, Omaha Hi-Lo 8 or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Hi-Lo 8 or Better as well as mainstays No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. Much like the Poker Masters, where a tailored Purple Jacket was presented to the winner, the inaugural USPO comes with a special trophy that will be bestowed upon the player who performs the best over the course of the series. The best part for poker fans is that the entire slate of events will be available for viewing on PokerGO. Veteran poker announcer Ali Nejad will be joined by World Series of Poker Main Event final table participant Jeremy Ausmus in calling all of the action. Every final table will be live-streamed and both the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship and the $50,000 Main Event will be shown from Day 2 through the crowning of a winner. As to who will show up to claim the newly made trophy that’s anyone’s guess, but a few players are speaking up and throwing their hat in the ring. Poker Central ambassador Daniel Negreanu is looking to play all the events, even offering another “must-win” prop bet of $50,000 against all comers. One of those who may take him up on the offer is Phil Hellmuth who is currently in Los Angeles shooting segments of “The Raw Deal” for the World Poker Tour. He's just a private plane ride away from Las Vegas. The GPI American Player of the Year Bryn Kenney took to Twitter looking to bet on himself to win the trophy. Adrian Mateos, coming off his runner-up finish in the $25,500 Lucky Hearts Poker Open High Roller, has also confirmed he’ll be firing in some events including the Main Event. While attendance for any poker events is never assured, other possible (and perhaps, likely) attendees include Nick Schulman, since he’s not in the broadcast booth. Also perhaps a trio of partypoker ambassadors in Jason Koon, Isaac Haxton and Fedor Holz. The Aria is an Uber ride away for Las Vegas residents Brian Rast, Tom Marchese, and Andrew Robl if they are in town. It’s also likely that viewers will the chance to see some of brave “businessmen” taking their shots including PokerStars PCA High Roller Champion Cary Katz, Lauren Roberts and Streamboat captain Bill Perkins. While the cards are in the air on February 1, viewers will get their chance to watch it all go down starting on Feb 2 with the final table of Event #1. US Poker Open Schedule of Events February 1 - $10,000 No Limit Hold'em February 2 - $10,000 Pot Limit Hold'em February 3 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em February 5 - $25,000 Mixed Game Championship February 6 - $10,000 No Limit Hold'em February 7 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em February 8 - $25,000 No Limit Hold'em February 9 - $50,000 No Limit Hold'em MAIN EVENT
  16. The 2019 US Poker Open continued on Friday at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with the conclusion of Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. American Jordan Cristos entered the final table with a commanding chip lead and proceeded to eliminate each of his final five opponents en route to claiming the $179,200 first-place prize and rocketing to the early lead in the USPO Championship standings. Final Table Results 1. Jordan Cristos - $179,200 2. Manig Loeser - $128,000 3. Martin Zamani - $83,200 4. Adam Hendrix - $64,000 5. Cary Katz - $51,200 6. Sean Winter - $38,400 From the original field of 64, the final six, which included Aussie Million $100,000 Challenge winner Cary Katz and USPO Event #1 runner-up Sean Winter, took their seats on the live-streamed final table to play down to a winner. It didn’t take long for the first elimination of the final table. Roughly 15 minutes into the day, Cristos put his chip lead to work. He opened on the button with the [poker card="kc"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"] and Winter defended his big blind with the [poker card="kh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7h"]. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="js"]. Winter bet out, prompting a raise from Cristos. Winter made the call with his tournament at risk. The [poker card="qc"] gave both players a straight, but Cristos had a redraw to the spade flush while Winter had a redraw to a full house. The [poker card="qs"] brought the flush in for Cristos and he eliminated Winter in sixth place for $38,400. Winter improved to a two-day USPO total of $195,900 and 180 points. Cristos claimed his second victim 45 minutes later. A short-stacked Katz raised from the button with the [poker card="as"][poker card="ad"][poker card="kc"][poker card="tc"] and was called by Cristos holding the [poker card="th"][poker card="6c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3s"]. The flop came [poker card="5c"][poker card="6s"][poker card="kd"] and Cristos bet his flopped two pair enough to put Katz at risk. Katz called with his aces and the turn was the [poker card="6d"] to give Cristos a full house. Katz needed one of the last two aces in the deck to survive but the [poker card="2d"] hit the river instead. The Poker Central founder finished in fifth for $51,200. Minutes later, it was Adam Hendrix’s turn to battle Cristos. Hendrix raised his [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6s"] from the small blind only to be re-raised by Cristos from the big blind with the [poker card="8d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="3c"]. Hendrix called with his tournament on the line and with the cards on their backs, the pair saw a flop of [poker card="3d"][poker card="9h"][poker card="kh"]. Cristos flopped a set which held through the [poker card="6h"] turn and the [poker card="ad"] river. Hendrix wrapped Event #2 in fourth place for $64,000. The rapid bustouts continued moments later when Cristos raised his [poker card="ts"][poker card="7c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="5d"] from the small blind into Martin Zamani’s big blind. Zamani made the call with the [poker card="9s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3h"][poker card="2c"]and the flop fell [poker card="jc"][poker card="7h"][poker card="7d"], again giving Cristos the best hand with trip sevens. The board was completed with the [poker card="jd"] and [poker card="6h"]. Zamani hit the rail in third place and added $83,200 to his more than $1.3 million in career tournament earnings. Cristos took a healthy chip lead into his heads-up play with Germany’s Manig Loeser. However, during the more than two-hour battle, Loeser wrestled the chip lead away. The pair passed the lead back and forth until Cristos finally managed to get the best of Loeser. The final hand saw Cristos raise holding the [poker card="9s"][poker card="6h"][poker card="kc"][poker card="5c"] and Loeser defended with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="7d"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"]. The flop fell [poker card="qc"][poker card="5d"][poker card="7c"] and Loeser checked to Cristos, who put in a bet. Loeser check-raised with his two pair and the pair got all the chips in the middle. The turn was the [poker card="ks"], giving Cristos a bigger two pair, and the [poker card="8s"] river completed the tournament. Loeser was eliminated as the runner-up, settling for second place and collecting $128,000 for his efforts. Cristos wins his first USPO event and the $179,200 first-place prize. This comes on the heels of his 11th-place finish in Event #1, where he earned $27,000. Together, his 2019 USPO earnings have helped propel him to over $2.5 million in career live earnings and the current leader in the quest for the 2019 USPO Championship. USPO Top 10 After Event #2 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 2. Stephen Chidwick 1 $216,000 200 3. Sean Winter 2 $195,400 180 4. Manig Loeser 1 $128,000 140 5. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 6. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100 7. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80 8. Adam Hendrix 1 $64,000 80 9. Lazaro Hernandez 1 $72,000 60 10. Cary Katz 1 $51,200 60   The final table for Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Saturday. 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. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  17. 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 [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] and Orsino made the call from the big blind with the [poker card="qd"][poker card="tc"]. The flop of [poker card="ad"][poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"] 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 [poker card="7c"] and the river was the [poker card="9s"], 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 [poker card="ad"][poker card="ts"] on the button, Hernandez pushed all in and was called by Chidwick in the small blind with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"]. Dominated, Hernandez was going to need some help to survive but the [poker card="4d"][poker card="2c"][poker card="6h"] provided very little. The turn was the [poker card="qh"], leaving Hernandez looking for one of the remaining tens. The river was the [poker card="3c"] 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 [poker card="ah"][poker card="qc"]. 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 [poker card="ac"][poker card="2h"] and, once again, Chidwick was there in the small blind, making a call with the dominating hand of the [poker card="ah"][poker card="4d"]. Although many boards might facilitate a chop, the [poker card="6h"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] flop put Chidwick way ahead. The [poker card="8c"] turn gave Cappello flush outs, but the [poker card="kh"] 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 [poker card="as"][poker card="kd"] and Cheong three-bet shipped all in with the [poker card="ah"][poker card="2h"]. Chidwick made the call, again dominating his opponent. The flop came [poker card="ad"][poker card="qh"][poker card="6c"], the [poker card="3c"] turn took away any chance of running hearts for Cheong, and the [poker card="5c"] 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 [poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] and Winter put in a raise with the [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"]. Chidwick made the call and the pair saw a flop of [poker card="9s"][poker card="6c"][poker card="ks"]. Winter continued and Chidwick, with a gutshot straight draw, made the call. Then the [poker card="8s"] 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 [poker card="3h"] 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 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Stephen Chidwick 1 $216,000 200 2. Sean Winter 1 $157,000 140 3. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100 4. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80 5. Lazaro Hernandez 1 $72,000 60 6. Joseph Orsino 1 $54,000 40 7. Jerry Robinson 1 $45,000 40 8. Maxx Coleman 1 $36,000 40 9. Jake Schindler 1 $27,000 40 10. Bryn Kenney 1 $27,000 40 The final table for Event #2: $10,000 PLO will take place on Friday. 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. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  18. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Is David Peters the best No Limit Hold'em tournament player in the world right now? What does his win in the US Poker Open put him in the pantheon of today's best? Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters talk all about that while recapping the USPO action with an idea on how to make it just a little bit better next year. Other topics this week include the now complete 2019 World Series of Poker schedule, some discussion of the structures for some of the smaller buy-in WSOP events, Phil Hellmuth's chances at winning an Omaha bracelet this year and a recap of Sunday's online poker action including yet another drop in the Sunday Million field size. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
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