Lockdown dragged on for a year and a half, and all poker action moved online. The WPT at partypoker or 888poker, the EPT at PokerStars, or even the WSOP at GGPOKEROK no longer surprises anyone. Expensive streaks went one after another, and their flow stopped only recently – online regulars were able to breathe out. Instead of them, high rollers from offline “go to work”. The first major series for them – US Poker Open with buy-ins of $ 10,000.
US Poker Open: quick reference
- Takes place from 3 to 14 June
- 12 tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $ 10K to $ 50K
- Disciplines NLHE, PLO, short deck, 8 games and Big Bet Mix (rotation NLHE / PLO / NL 2-7 Single Draw)
- All Live Events at PokerGO
- The best player in the series will receive a special trophy and $ 50,000
The series is annual, but due to COVID-19 in 2020, it did not take place. The organizers did not want to, or did not find partners to transfer the game online.
US Poker Open 2021 Schedule
|June 3||# 1 $ 10,000 NLHE|
|June 4th||# 2 $ 10,000 PLO|
|June 5th||# 3 $ 10,000 NLHE|
|June 6th||#4 $10,000 Big Bet Mix|
|June 7||#5 $10,000 8-Game|
|June 8||# 6 $ 10,000 NLHE|
|the 9th of June||# 7 $ 10,000 NLHE|
|June 10th||# 8 $ 10,000 PLO|
|June 11th||# 9 $ 10,000 NLHE|
|12 June||# 10 $ 10,000 Shortdeck|
|June 13||# 11 $ 25,000 NLHE|
|June 14||# 12 $ 50,000 NLHE|
The first US Poker Open 2021 tournament becomes the largest in the history of the series
And the American won it Jake Daniels (Jacob Daniels), who regularly participates in USPO events.
The $ 10K NLHE tournament attracted 95 entries and became the largest in the history of the series. Daniels earned $ 218,500 for first place – almost the largest prize in his career (he won $ 281K in the WPT High Roller event).
The opening event featured many internationally renowned high rollers including Alex Foxen, Nick Petrangelo and Daniel Negreanu… The latter, by the way, turned out to be unusually harsh in photographs. Looking ahead, let’s say that Daniel played the first three events and flew everywhere a couple of places before the money.
In heads-up, the future winner met with the famous “businessman” Dan Shak (Dan Shak) – He kind of calls himself an amateur poker, but at the same time has been playing high roller events for over a decade. And Shaq had a chip advantage.
Sam Soverell won the # 2 Omaha event
American Sam Soverel received $ 175,500 to win the 65-entry event, beating “reigning champion” Jordan Cristos. Soverel now has $ 14.8M in career prize money.
The American started the final game as a huge chip leader – there were about half of all the chips behind his box, while most of his opponents were sitting with stacks of 15 big blinds. As a result, Soverel knocked out four out of five opponents.
Former WSOP ME Champion wins # 3 event
Joe McKinney (Joe McKeehen) is the most non-media character in the world of poker, even though he was the 2015 WSOP Main Event champion. He loathes journalists and has made it public on more than one occasion.
McKean has over $ 17.5M in offline prize money according to hendonmob, and he does not plan to stop there.
Today, the American won the third no-limit hold’em USPO event and won $ 200,200. The scenario was roughly the same as in the Omaha tournament – McKean started with a chipack and knocked out three of six opponents, including Jake Schindler, Ali Imsirovich and two-time WSOP champion Steve Zolotow.
At the end of three tournaments, the top 3 lines of the USPO leaderboard are occupied by three winners. The first place is held by Jake Daniels, since the opening tournament has collected significantly more entries, the second is McKean, the third is Soverel.