PokerGO Tour Leaderboard captain Ali Imsirovic is now also on top of the U.S. Poker Open Championship leaderboard after winning the U.S. Poker Open Event #9: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $217,800 at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort and Casino for his fourth cash this festival.
Imsirovic faced Andrew Lichtenberger heads-up and an epic back-and-forth battle ensued with the winner guaranteed the top spot on the U.S. Poker Open Championship, with Imsirovic ultimately coming out on top. Saturday’s victory marks the sixth title for Ismirovic in PokerGO Tour high roller events this year alone, reaffirming his status as one of poker’s top tournament players.
The event itself drew 99 entries, tieing a festival record just set a few days ago when David Peters finished on top of a field of 99 entries to win Event #7: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $217,800.
Lichtenberg held more than half the chips in play during three-handed action but stacks were relatively close to even after Imsirovic eliminated a short-stacked Katz in third place for $118,800 when his queen-jack suited held against nine-trey suited.
The lead bounced back and forth between the final two players before Imsirovic stormed ahead and Lichtenberger was suddenly left with a small stack of 7.5 big blinds. Lichtenberger then jammed king-jack. Imsirovic quickly considered whether to play his jack-six before he made the call and it appeared that Lichtenberger still had some fight left. However, Imsirovic was laughing after a six spiked the turn to give him a pair and Lichtenberger had to settle for the healthy runner-up prize of $217,800 after he couldn’t get a save on the river.
|1||Ali Imsirovic||Bosnia and Herzegovina||$217,800|
|2||Andrew Lichtenberger||United States||$158,400|
|3||Cary Katz||United States||$118,800|
|5||Erik Seidel||United States||$74,250|
|6||Thomas Winters||United States||$59,400|
|7||Jake Schindler||United States||$49,500|