While it won’t be the biggest event in terms of prize pool at the U.S. Poker Open, the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship might been the most anticipated event leading up to the start of the USPO. The eight-variant tournament was expected to draw some of the world’s best players and Event #4’s final table was set to be the first high stakes mixed game event broadcast on PokerGO. The player pool didn’t disappoint and finally, the wait is over.
The $25,000 Mixed Game Championship final table is live on PokerGO and another U.S. Poker Open champion will be crowned within the next few hours. Isaac Haxton holds the final table chip lead, but one of the biggest names in poker returns on the opposite end of the leaderboard. The Event #4 short stack belongs to Phil Hellmuth, who hopes to quickly get back into contention when play resumes at 4:00 PM ET.
Stephen Chidwick is also in contention, but for more than just the Event #4 title. Chidwick leads the USPO Championship standings after three events and will increase his advantage today. Benjamin Pollak and Dan Shak could fight their way into contention with strong Event #4 cashes to add to their USPO accounts. Chris Vitch rounds out the lineup and while he may not have made many headlines leading to the final table, the two-time bracelet winner could arguably be the best all-around player remaining.
The $25,000 Mixed Game Championship final table seat draw, along with the player’s chip counts, is provided below:
- Benjamin Pollak – 656,000
- Chris Vitch – 1,399,000
- Isaac Haxton – 2,317,000
- Stephen Chidwick – 1,080,000
- Phil Hellmuth – 372,000
- Dan Shak – 926,000
The final six will play for just under $1 million at the Event #4 final table. As mentioned earlier today, Stephen Chidwick will remain at the top of the USPO Championship standings regardless of where he finishes, while the rest of the top-five is up for grabs. Daniel Negreanu will enter the midway point of the series in the top-five, after he finished 3rd in Event #3 and min-cashed Event #4.
A list of the remaining Event #4 payouts is provided below:
If Stephen Chidwick makes a deep run at the Event #4 final table, everyone will be chasing him heading into the homestretch of the series. That stretch includes three big buy-in No Limit Hold’em events and the USPO $50,000 NLH Main Event, which begins Friday. Before we look ahead to the rest of the U.S. Poker Open though, Event #4 must play to a winner.
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