Sean Winter notched the largest single prize in the 2021 U.S. Poker Open (USPO) after defeating a star-studded field of 42 entries to win the USPO Event #12: $50 000 No-Limit Hold’em at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino for $756 000.
Winter was near the top of the chip counts throughout the final table which he began with the chip lead and eliminated an impressive final two players in Stephen Chidwick and Jason Koon en route to the title.
This was the second big PokerGO Tour title this year for Winter as back in March, he came out on top of a field of 48 entries in the PokerGO High Roller Event #4: $25 000 No-Limit Hold’em for $408 000.
Winter chipped up during three-handed play and had a small chip advantage during heads-up play after his cowboys held against ace-queen to eliminate Koon (third – $336 000). Stacks were close to even when the final hand began with Chidwick opening the button with queen-four and Winter defending his big blind with ten-six suited. Winter check-called a bet after improving to a pair on the jack-six-deuce flop. A queen on the turn gave Chidwick top pair and Winter check-called a bigger bet by his opponent. Winter checked again after improving to two pair with a ten spiking the river. Chidwick jammed and settled for the runner-up prize of $504 000 after Winter snap-called.
Defending U.S. Poker champion David Peters has done it again by also winning the title in 2021. The festival began slowly for Peters but he stormed ahead and won three events in the second half of the schedule to win the coveted Golden Eagle trophy, a $50 000 cash prize, and, of course, the honor of becoming the first two-time U.S. Poker Open champion.
|1||Sean Winter||United States||$756,000|
|2||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$504,000|
|3||Jason Koon||United States||$336,000|
|4||Jonathan Little||United States||$231,000|
|5||Sam Soverel||United States||$168,000|
|6||Bill Klein||United States||$105,000|