Congratulations to Lauren Roberts, who became the first woman to win a U.S. Poker Open title when she defeated Koray Aldemir heads up in Event #3 – $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em to win $218,400 and earn 200 USPO player of the series points.
This win marks the first live tournament career win for Roberts, and she was ecstatic to take it down.
“It’s huge for me. I mean I’ve never won anything before. And so especially for women or old people and for amateurs. I love this game, I played with some phenomenal players and I learn every time I play a tournament. I happenend to run good in some of these coin flips and they can make or break a tournament.”
The day started with eight players and it was Jerry Robinson who grabbed his second cash of the 2019 USPO, busting in eighth place after which Rodger Johnson hit the rail in seventh shortly after play began. Johnson got all in against Stephen Chidwick preflop with against the of Chidwick. Johnson couldn’t catch up and busted seventh for $45,500.
Ralph Wong was next to go when he three-bet shoved with pocket threes over a rather large open from Aldemir. Aldemir had two overs and flopped a better pair to eliminate Wong in sixth. Wong won $54,600.
In possibly the most interesting hand of the tournament, Sean Winter sat in the small blind with Brandon Adams behind him. Adams had 60,000 chips and less than an ante, but Winter picked up and Aldemir shoved from the small blind. Winter couldn’t help but call and was well ahead of the of Aldemir. Winter earned 60 USPO player of the series points and is currently settled into third place in the standings.
Aldemir flopped a pair and managed to stay ahead to eliminate Winter in fifth place ($72,800). Adams hung around a little longer, actually getting his ante back when the other players folded and doubling up before finally busting in fourth place. Chidwick called Adams’ button shove with and was ahead of the held by Adams. Adams couldn’t find any help from the board and was out, taking $91,000 home with him.
Chidwick fell in third after a huge pot with Aldemir but managed to extend his overall championship lead over Jordan Cristos and Sean Winter. On the Brit’s final hand, Aldemir shoved two fours and Chidwick called with a couple overs. Aldemir came into heads up play with the lead, but Roberts earned a huge double with two pair when she led into Aldemir on the river. Aldemir shoved all in with queen-high and Roberts quickly called. The tournament only lasted only a few hands more and Roberts ended it when she made a flush on the river after flopping a pair and a flush draw.
Aldemir would eventually fall to Roberts in second place, giving her her first live tournament win and putting her in fourth place in the USPO overall standings.
About her play and ambitions this week, Roberts said, “I probably will play the $25k higher rollers, and I’ll play tomorrow depending on how I feel. There are some amazing players in here and I have no clue how to play the short deck I don’t have any illusions that I could win the overall championship. I feel like I have the capability to play well against these guys. I don’t always live up to it but I always believe that I can do it and sometimes it actually works out.”
|2019 U.S. Poker Open Event #3 Payouts|
The U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings are now as follows.
|2019 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings|
|1||Stephen Chidwick (2)||300||$329,750|
|2||Jordan Cristos (2)||240||$206,200|
|3||Sean Winter (3)||240||$267,900|
|5||Manig Loeser (2)||180||$146,200|
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Lauren Roberts doubled through Koray Aldemir to take the chip lead in heads up play. Then Aldemir busted shortly after when the two were all in preflop.
A few hands before the final hand, the board read and Roberts bet 700,000 into a pot of 2,700,000.
Aldemir held and shoved all in, putting Roberts at risk should she call. Roberts didn’t even hesitate and called with and double up to take the chip lead.
After passing a few blinds and antes back and forth, Aldemir went all in with and Roberts called with .
To say that Roberts flopped the world might be an understatement as the flop came , but Aldemir still had a chance with a gut-shot straight draw.
The turn was the and the river completed the flush with the eliminating Aldemir in second place. He will take home $159,000 for his finish.
100,000 / 200,000
Big Blind Ante
Lauren Roberts doubled through Koray Aldemir after he limped and Roberts shoved . Aldemir called.
The board ran out and Roberts doubled up.
Koray Aldemir limped with against the of Roberts in the big blind. She checked.
The flop came and Roberts checked. Aldemir bet 150,000 and Roberts called.
The turn was the , giving Roberts two pair. Both players checked and Aldemir hit the on the river for one pair. It was good enough to call when Roberts led for 325,000.
Stephen Chidwick was eliminated in third place and will take home $113,750 after he called off his stack with against a Koray Aldemir shove. Aldemir had .
Aldemir flopped a set and didn’t look back to eliminate Chidwick in third place.
75,000 / 150,000
Big Blind Ante
Brandon Adams was eliminated in fourth place, after hanging on with less than an ante he shoved his final 285,000 with from the button. Stephen Chidwick called from the small blind with . Lauren Roberts folded.
The board ran out and Chidwick won the hand, eliminating Adams in fourth place. He will take home $91,000.
Koray Aldemir shoved from the small blind with and Sean Winter called his remaining 1,970,000 from the big blind with . Meanwhile, Brandon Adams was sitting with just 60,000 behind and looking to earn a pay jump if Winter were to get eliminated.
The board ran out and Winter did indeed get eliminated in fifth place to take home $72,800 while Adams sat behind him with less than the big blind ante, which he will put in on the very next hand.
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