The prestigious US Poker Open (USPO) made a comeback for its 2nd annual edition at ARIA, Las Veags. The USPO 2019 series kicked off on 13th February with Event #1 – $10k NLHE, won by UK’s Stephen Chidwick. Chidwick made his 3rd USPO title win, after having won back-to-back titles in the inaugural edition last year.
Another one of the UPSO events, the Event #5 $25k NLHE is now in the books too. The winner to ship the 5th title of 2019 USPO was Ali Imsirovic, who took home $442,500 (~INR 3.16 Crores) yesterday, 18th February, making his 4th largest live score.
24-year old Imsirovic, originally from Bosnia & Herzegovina but now residing in US, overcame the 59-entry field in the tournament to secure his victory. He has numerous accomplishments to his name in the past. He won consecutive Poker Masters titles in September last year, winning $25k and $50k NLHEs in the 2018 Poker Masters series and making his biggest live cash in the latter for $799k. He won the iconic Poker Masters Purple Jacket too.
He likes to play high-stakes and has finished 7th in the 2018 SHR Bowl last December for 540k. A month before that, he finished 3rd in 2018 partypoker Caribbean Poker Party SHR for $400k. He has strong feats to his name in 2018 and he’ll be hoping to continue this trend for the rest of the year as well.
Heads-up saw well-known US pro Cary Katz pitted against Imsirovic. The final hand of the tournament saw Katz check-raise all-in after flopping a flush draw, holding Kc 5c. Imsirovic was with 9c 6s and made Sixes after tanking for a bit. The turn of 5d gave Katz a few more outs but the 8h river bricked, and Katz had to settle for 2nd place and $295k cash prize.
Final Table Pay-outs:
Brandon Adams, Chris Hunichen and Justin Bonomo filled the 7th, 8th and 9th position respectively out of the top 9 paid places. The next event in the line-up, $25k PLO event had also started on yesterday. Stephen Chidwick is leading in chip counts as the only player with over 2 million chips and has great odds with him to ship it.
He has secured at least $58.5k in the tournament, which is his 4th FT finish in 2019 USPO. Others to make it to the FT are Anthony Zinno, Tom Marchese, Sean Rafael, Ben Lamb and Cary Katz. Some of the notables who were left out in the tournament were 2018 GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen, Erik Seidel and Run It Once founder Phil Galfond.
Final Table Chip Counts:
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