Event no. 5 of the 2021 U.S. Poker Open attracted a discipline of 85 whole entries, constructing a prize pool of $850,000 within the $10,000 buy-in no-limit maintain’em event. The prime 13 finishers made the cash on this occasion, with the most important lower going to eventual champion Joey Weissman. The Las Vegas resident earned $204,000 and his first stay poker event title of the yr because the champion of this occasion.
This was the fourth-largest rating of Weissman’s profession, and it elevated his lifetime stay event earnings to greater than $3.7 million. His prime money got here when he defeated discipline of 1,607 entrants in a 2012 World Series of Poker $2,500 buy-in no-limit maintain’em occasion to earn $694,609 and his first WSOP gold bracelet.
In addition to the title and the cash, Weissman was additionally awarded 480 Card Player Player of the Year factors for his victory on this occasion. This was his fourth POY-qualified ultimate desk end of the yr, together with a runner-up exhibiting within the Wynn Spring Classic $1,600 buy-in essential occasion for $230,090 and 800 factors. With 1,500 factors and $501,990 in year-to-date earnings, Weissman now sits in twenty first place in 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.
This victory was Weissman’s first money of the U.S. Poker Open, and his second excessive curler rating of 2021 that noticed him earn PokerGo Tour rankings points. The inaugural operating of this high-stakes tour is monitoring ends in a whole bunch of occasions with buy-ins of $10,000 or increased. He earned 204 rankings factors for this win, which was sufficient to maneuver him into third within the USPO standings and twenty fourth place within the PokerGo Tour leaderboard.
The ultimate day of this occasion started with Cary Katz within the chip lead among the many ultimate seven, with Weissman amongst a trio of gamers who have been all intently bunched collectively within the battle for second place, becoming a member of Alaskan poker professional Adam Hendrix and three-time WSOP bracelet winner and 2015 world champion Joe McKeehen.
Spanish poker professional Vicent Bosca was the primary to fall, with Brock Wilson’s A-Q beating out his Q-J to ship him packing in seventh place ($42,500). Despite Wilson’s win in that hand, he was additionally quickly on the rail as the primary of a number of gamers to be eradicated by a surging Hendrix. Wilson took residence $51,000 for his sixth-place end on this occasion.
Hendrix then knocked out Frank Funaro (fifth – $68,000) and start-of-day chief Cary Katz (4th – $85,000) to take greater than 70 % of the chips in play into three-handed motion with McKeehen and Weissman. McKeehen shoved his final 11 huge blinds from the small blind holding Q3 and Hendrix known as with Ok9. Neither participant improved by the river and McKeehen was eradicated in third place, incomes $102,000 and 102 USPO tour factors. McKeehen overtook the lead within the sequence standings in consequence, having gained occasion no. 3 just some days earlier for $200,200 and 200 rankings factors. He now has 302 factors for the sequence and $302,200 in earnings. His 526 PokerGO Tour factors are sufficient to maneuver him into seventh place on that leaderboard.
McKeehen additionally earned 320 Card Player POY factors for his newest deep run. He has now made 4 POY-qualified ultimate tables in 2021, together with his USPO win, a runner-up end within the World Poker Tour Venetian and a win in a excessive curler occasion on the Wynn Spring Classic. With 2,740 whole factors and $1,018,260 in year-to-date earnings, McKeehen now sits in 4th place within the POY race.
Hendrix took greater than a 5:1 chip lead into heads-up play with Weissman after his elimination spree. Weissman started to rapidly flip issues round with a streak of his personal, securing a number of double-ups, ultimately profitable a race with A-Ok in opposition to Hendrix’s pocket eights to overhaul the lead. He prolonged that benefit even additional by selecting off a bluff from Hendrix, who was left with crumbs when his missed flush draw acquired appeared up by Weissman’s second pair.
Hendrix managed a pair double-ups of his personal, however within the ultimate hand his AJ failed to carry up in opposition to the Q2 that Weissman shoved with from the button. The board ran out 85493 and Weissman made a flush to safe the pot and the title. Hendrix earned $144,500 because the runner-up finisher.
Here is a take a look at the payouts and rankings factors awarded on the ultimate desk:
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