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U.S. Poker Open 2019

Event #8 – $25,000 8-Game Mix


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25,000 USD

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500,000 USD

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Nick Schulman Wins Event #8 – $25,000 8-Game Mix ($270,000)

Nick Schulman wins the 2019 U.S. Poker Open Mixed Game Championship.

Nick Schulman won Event #8 – $25,000 8-game mix for $270,000, defeating a field of 20 entries and eventually defeating Brandon Adams heads up.

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.

Tournaments are a fun break from the cash game grind. I really enjoy tournaments.

U.S. Poker Open Event #8 Payouts
Name Points Cash
1 Nick Schulman 350 $270,000
2 Brandon Adams 245 $150,000
3 Chris Vitch 175 $80,000

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
Name Points Cash
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
9 Ali Imsirovic 200 $442,500
10 Ben Yu (3) 200 $262,800

Watch all the final streams of the U.S. Poker Open exclusively on PokerGO. You can also follow the updates for Event #9 – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em in our Live Reporting.

Attention All Players: ARIA to Host $10k Satellite for U.S. Poker Open $100,000 Main Event

The 2019 U.S. Poker Open is rapidly approaching its epic finale with the $50,000 No Limit Holdem event kicking off today followed by the $100,000 No Limit Hold’em Main Event on Friday. Tonight at 8:00 pm local Las Vegas, ARIA is putting on a $10,000+$200 satellite for this event inside the PokerGO Studio, and here’s all you need to know.

Hosted inside the PokerGO Studio, this satellite will award one seat for every 10 entries and prize money that doesn’t result in a seat will be paid as one sum to the highest finisher that didn’t get a $100,000 seat. Seats won are non-transferrable, non-refundable and have no cash value.

Players that win their way into the U.S. Poker Open Event #10 $100,000 Main Event will be automatically registered and their chips will be in play from the start of the event at 2:00 pm PT on Friday.

This event will be played with a big-blind ante and players start with 125,000 chips. Unlimited re-entries are available through the first eight 20-minute levels after which there will be a 10-minute break. This event has a 20-second shot clock along with two 60-second time extensions.

The blind structure for this event is as follows.

U.S. Poker Open $100k Satellite Structure
Level BB Ante Small Blind Big Blind
1 1,000 500 1,000
2 1,500 1,000 1,500
3 2,000 1,000 2,000
4 2,000 1,000 2,000
5 3,000 1,500 3,000
6 3,000 1,500 3,000
7 4,000 2,000 4,000
8 5,000 2,500 5,000
9 6,000 3,000 6,000
10 8,000 4,000 8,000
11 10,000 5,000 10,000
12 12,000 6,000 12,000
13 15,000 10,000 15,000
14 20,000 10,000 20,000
15 25,000 15,000 25,000
16 30,000 15,000 30,000
17 40,000 20,000 40,000
18 50,000 25,000 50,000
19 60,000 30,000 60,000
20 80,000 40,000 80,000
21 100,000 50,000 100,000
22 120,000 60,000 120,000
23 150,000 75,000 150,000

Coverage of the U.S. Poker Open continues on Poker Central and PokerGO today. Event #9 – $50,000 No Limit Hold’em event can be followed in the Live Reporting as well as on the Early Action PokerGO stream at 8:00 pm ET.

Brandon Adams Eliminated in 2nd Place ($150,000)

Limit Hold’em

Brandon Adams was very short and raised all but 5,000 holding . Schulman reraised to get both players all in with Adams at risk. Schulman had .

The board ran out and Adams was eliminated in second place. Adams had a big lead and started the day as chip leader. He takes home $150,000 for his second-place finish here in Event #8.

Player   Chips Change
Nick Schulman 2,500,000 200,000
Brandon Adams Busted -200,000

Adams Left Short When Schulman Makes a Better Nine


Nick Schulman:
Brandon Adams:

Nick Schulman was the bring in and Brandon Adams completed. Schulman called. Schulman led on fourth when Adams hit a queen and Adams called.

Schulman hit a ten on fifth and checked. Adams bet. Schulman called and Adams hit a king on sixth, while Schulman hit a three. Schulman bet and Adams called.

Schulman check-called on seventh and showed a nine-perfect to leave Adams with only 200,000.



Player   Chips Change
Nick Schulman 2,300,000 460,000
Brandon Adams 200,000 -460,000

Schulman Jams After Adams Overbets the Pot

Brandon Adams raised on the button with and Nick Schulman called with .

The flop came and Schulman checked. Adams bet 110,000 and Schulman called.

The turn was the , giving Schulman a flush draw to go with his open-ended straight draw.

Schulman checked and Adams bet 480,000 into a pot of about 350,000. Schulman quickly went all in and Adams folded, leaving himself with 660,000 behind.

Player   Chips Change
Nick Schulman 1,840,000 465,000
Brandon Adams 660,000 -465,000

Adams Wins After Four Bets Pre, Schulman Catches a Bluff

Brandon Adams raised preflop and Nick Schulman three-bet. Adams made it four bets to go and Schulman called.

The flop came and Schulman check-called a bet from Adams.

The turn was the and both players checked. The river was the and both players checked again.

Adams won the hand showing .

Then Schulman picked off a river bet from Adams with a pair of kings on a double-paired board and retook the lead.

Player   Chips Change
Nick Schulman 1,375,000 10,000
Brandon Adams 1,125,000 -10,000


Level 19

Limits: 50,000 / 100,000
Big Bet Blinds: 15,000 / 25,000 / 25,000-big blind ante

Schulman Takes the Chip Lead In 2-7 Triple Draw

2-7 Triple Draw

Brandon Adams raised the button and Nick Schulman called from the big blind.

Schulman drew two and Adams drew three. Schulman bet and Adams raised. Schulman three-bet and Adams called.

Schulman stood pat and Adams drew one. Schulman bet and Adams called.

Schulman stood pat on the final draw and Adams drew one. He paired his six, holding .

Both players checked on the river and Schulman won the pot with .

Player   Chips Change
Nick Schulman 1,365,000 280,000
Brandon Adams 1,135,000 -280,000

Chris Vitch Eliminated in 3rd Place ($80,000)

2-7 Triple Draw

Chris Vitch raised and Brandon Adams defended from the big blind.

Adams drew two cards and Vitch took one on the button.

Adams checked. Vitch bet holding .

Adams called and drew one in front of Vitch who stood pat.

Adams made a nine, holding and check-raised Vitch to get his remaining 15,000 into the pot.

Adams stood pat in front of Vitch and Vitch took his full time before standing pat as well and hitting the rail in third place. He will take home $80,000.

Player   Chips Change
Brandon Adams 1,415,000 413,000
Nick Schulman 1,085,000 -39,000
Chris Vitch Busted -375,000


Level 18

Limits: 40,000 / 80,000 Big Bet Blinds: 10,000 / 20,000 / 20,000-big blind ante
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