Through the Lens: Winter Has Arrived, Cristos Strikes Gold

Four cards, final table streaks, and firsts from the floor of the U.S. Poker Open

The U.S. Poker Open is under a "Winter Weather Advisory" thanks to back-to-back-to-back final table runs from Sean Winter. (Photos: Drew Amato / Poker Central)

Sean Winter, remember the name. Day 3 of the USPO was a Winter affair and the young pro has shined bright through the first few days in the PokerGO Studio. He opened the series with a 2nd place finish in Event #1 and then Winter final tabled Event #2. Winter was eliminated early during Friday’s $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha final table, before Vegas pro Jordan Cristos took home the title. Undeterred, Winter has gone one to make his third final table in a row. Winter comes into the Event # $10,000 No Limit Hold’em final table second in chips, trailing defending USPO Champion Stephen Chidwick. 

Jordan Cristos, winner of the Event #2 at the 2019 U.S. Poker Open.
Jordan Cristos, winner of the Event #2 at the 2019 U.S. Poker Open. Cristos announced in an interview afterwards he felt he was one of the least experienced PLO players in the field. Read more about Cristos win right here
Stephen Chidwick leads Event 3 heading into today’s final table. After relinquishing the USPO points lead to Jordan Cristos yesterday, a strong score puts Chidwick on top. The defending champion will look to distance himself today, but he’ll have his work cut out as the Event 3 final is stacked!
Today marks three straight final tables for Sean Winter. He will come into today’s final table second in chips, only trailing points leader Stephen Chidwick. Will Winter make the leap to High Roller Triple Crown stardom with a win today? Read the full Sean Winter interview with Remko Rinkema right here. 
Rounding out the final table lineup today is Lauren Roberts. Through the early portion of the U.S. Poker Open, Roberts, Kristen Bicknell, and Kristina Holst, along with PokerGO’s own Maria Ho, have led the female charge. Roberts is the first of those players to make a PokerGO final table, coming in 6th of 8 in Event #3.