Schulman entered the day in second place with four remaining but managed to overtake Adams and eventually defeat him. Adams took home $150,000 for his second-place finish.
“It feels damn good,” Nick Schulman said with a big smile after taking the event down.
“Smooth,” is how Schulman described his experience in this tournament from the Day 1 grind through until his win today.
“There’s nothing like winning a tournament, regardless of the field size. It feels great and getting a clear first is exciting.”
There were two key hands that led to Schulman’s victory heads up. The first was a No-Limit Hold’em hand where Adams overbet the pot on the turn and got jammed on by Schulman who had a combo draw. Adams folded to the shove.
Then the two played a Razz hand to seventh and both made a nine-low. Schulman had a nine-perfect and got almost max value from Adams. It wasn’t too long after that that Schulman took down the Event #8 title and moved into third place in the overall U.S. Poker Open standings.
The action started today four-handed and Randy Ohel was the first player to be eliminated. He hit the rail in fourth place, which was good for the stone bubble. Ohel started with a pair of sixes and an ace in Stud Hi-Lo but eventually lost to two pair from Schulman.
Then Adams eliminated Chris Vitch to get heads up. Adams made a and check-raised Vitch putting him all in with one draw remaining. Vitch decided not to break his and was eliminated in third place, taking home $80,000.
The final hand wasn’t much of a decision after Adams got a little more than one big bet in with nine-high against Schulman who’s king-ten came out on top to seal the deal.
“I’m wound up for the $50k and $100k, those events speak for themselves. We’ll see how this $50k goes and then we’ll see if I’ll play the $100k. You gotta be pumped up to play with these wizards,” Schulman said, looking ahead at what’s still to come at the U.S. Poker Open.
|U.S. Poker Open Event #8 Payouts|
There are two events remaining for players to earn points toward the overall USPO standings and the $100,000 added prize. Stephen Chidwick (540 points) leads, with Sean Winter (440 points), and now Nick Schulman (410) just behind him.
|2019 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings|
|1||Stephen Chidwick (4)||540||$705,950|
|2||Sean Winter (4)||440||$419,900|
|3||Nick Schulman (2)||410||$390,000|
|4||Brandon Adams (3)||365||$314,750|
|5||Cary Katz (3)||340||$580,200|
|6||Bryn Kenney (2)||240||$477,000|
|7||Lauren Roberts (2)||240||$263,400|
|8||Jordan Cristos (2)||240||$206,200|
|10||Ben Yu (3)||200||$262,800|