After making all four 2019 U.S. Poker Open final tables, including a runner-up finish, Sean Winter won Event #4 – $10,000 Short Deck. Winter defeated David Peters heads up and is now the overall leader in the USPO standings.
Sounding slightly befuddled mixed with exhaustion and excitement, Winter said after his win, “Everything is just flowing well. I’m focused, feeling mentally strong and I’m getting lucky in the right spots and getting away with things in others.”
Winter has previously stated he thinks Stephen Chidwick is still the favorite to win the added $100,000 and the USPO overall title, considering Chidwick’s mixed-game prowess. The mixed-game tournament was one of the events Chidwick won during his 2018 USPO Championship quest.
“I probably need another first or second place because I think Stevie is going to do well the rest of the series. I haven’t really put much thought into it until this point and I might need 600 points to win this thing.”
As for this event, Winter defeated Peters in a rather one-sided heads up match, with the exception of a Peters double up. Peters entered the day as the chip leader and took home $100,800 for his second place finish in his first 2019 USPO final table appearance. Winter knocked him out when he flopped two pair and Peters was drawing almost dead, needing running jacks or broadway cards to stay in the tournament.
Chidwick also made this final table, but finished sixth ($25,200) and gave Winter the chance to move from third to first place in the USPO overall standings. It was actually Winter who eliminated Chidwick when Winter limped with kings and Chidwich shoved with . Winter rivered a full house and sent Chidwick to the rail.
Ben Lamb managed to build a stack after entering the day as the shorty. He was eliminated in fourth place ($42,000) when Winter limped with kings again and Lamb shoved [QkJc]. Lamb could catch up and Winter eliminated another player on his way to the eventual victory.
Davies fell in third place, limping and calling a shove from Winter with . Winter flopped two pair and stayed ahead to send Davies home with third-place money ($67,200).
The heads up portion of the tournament didn’t last much longer and Winter capped off his fourth consecutive final table with a win. The payouts of Event #4 are as follows.
|2019 U.S. Poker Open Event #4 Payouts|
Sean Winter now leads the overall standings by a healthy margin over Stephen Chidwick with other event winners Jordan Cristos and Lauren Roberts just one more big run away from contending for the top spot.
“Right now, I don’t really want to do anything else but play these events. When you’ve got a nice hot streak going you just want to keep it going. This is the most fun poker gets.”
|2019 U.S Poker Open Championship Standing After Event #4|
|1||Sean Winter (4)||440||$419,900|
|2||Stephen Chidwick (3)||340||$354,950|
|3||Jordan Cristos (2)||240||$206,200|
|5||Manig Loeser (2)||180||$146,200|
|8||Seth Davies (2)||140||$94,500|
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David Peters was eliminated in second place and will take home $100,800 for his finish. Peters managed to double during heads up and crack the aces of Sean Winter, but Winter continued to press his advantage and gain an even bigger lead.
A few hands before the final hand, the board read and Sean Winter raised all in to put David Peters all in when he shoved with . Peters folded and Winter left Peters with 2,810,000 behind.
The final hand saw Winter shoved with and Peters call with .
The board ran out and Peters was eliminated. Winter, who was already in the lead on the U.S. Poker Open leaderboard, took home the Event #4 title and the 200 points to extend his lead over defending champion Stephen Chidwick.
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Sean Winter started to widen the gap between him and David Peters in heads up play, but Peters got a little back when both players limped preflop.
The flop came and Winter checked. Peters bet 165,000 with . Winter called with .
The turn was the and Winter checked again. Peters bet 640,000 and Winter mucked.
Sean Winter limped with and David Peters shoved his last 3,400,000 with and Winter called.
The board ran out and Peters doubled up with a flush.
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Seth Davies limped with and Sean Winter raised all in with , having Davies covered. Davies called putting himself at risk but held the best hand.
The board ran out and Winter flopped two pair to take the lead. He held on and eliminated Davies in third place giving Winter the top spot in the USPO overall standings and giving Davies $67,200 in winnings.
Sean Winter opened to 400,000 with and Seth Davies called on the button with .
The flop came and both players checked.
Both players checked through the turn and the river and Davies collected the pot on the completed board.
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