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U.S. Poker Open 2019

Event #9 – $50,000 NLH


Level 24



60,000 / 120,000

big blind ante


players remaining





50,000 USD

Prize Pool

2,050,000 USD

Starting stack


Average stack


Koray Aldemir Wins Event #9 -$50,000 No-Limit Hold’em

The Champ! Koray Aldemir wins Event #9 - $50,000 No Limit Hold'em at the 2019 US Poker Open.

Koray Aldemir, who finished runner-up to Lauren Roberts in Event #3, has won Event #9 – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em after beating 2013 Main Event Champion Ryan Riess heads up. Aldemir won $738,000 for his first-place finish and puts himself in contention for the overall USPO title with the Main Event still to go. Riess took home $492,000 for finishing in second place.

“This feels great, honestly. I had a lot of second and third finishes in the last year and winning one feels great,” Aldemir said after his win.

“Playing these high rollers is the best thing in poker for me. I have a lot of fun playing these things. Sometimes I take a break from poker, but when I do play I just love competing with the best.”

Because of this win, Aldemir is in real contention for the U.S. Poker Open Championship as the $100,000 Main Event is now underway.

“The leader board is very exciting, I wish more tournament series and casinos would do that. I think that it brings out more players to participate and I think that it’s also just a lot of fun to play in it.”

There were 41 entries in Event #9 and Aldemir was the last one standing after entering the day six-handed and trailing Sean Winter, who made his fifth final table of the 2019 USPO.

Seth Davies was the first to go in sixth place, taking home $123,000 after getting ace-queen suited all in against Alex Foxen, who also held ace-queen suited. Foxen made a flush on the river to eliminate Davies.

It's a long shot, but David Peters is still in contention for the U.S. Poker Open Championship!
It’s a long shot, but David Peters is still in contention for the U.S. Poker Open Championship!

David Peters was eliminated in fifth place and took home $164,000. Peters also fell to Foxen when the Peters four-bet shoved pocket eights into the ace-king of Foxen. Foxen flopped a pair and held the lead to send Peters to the rail.

Foxen was next to go when he three-bet shoved pocket threes into the pocket queens of Aldemir who four-bet shoved over the top. Foxen had held the chip lead, but after more than 60 hands of four-handed play that included 11 all ins and no eliminations, Foxen was eliminated in fourth and took home $205,000.

Winter fell in third and took the overall USPO lead when he did. He called a three-bet shove from Riess with and was up against .

Winter could not catch up and was eliminated in third place, taking home $328,000. Winter also tied Stephen Chidwick for the most leaderboard points in the overall USPO standings. Winter is currently in the lead because he holds the tiebreaker, which is the most money earned.

2019 U.S. Poker Open Event #9 Payouts
Player Points Cash
1 Koray Aldemir 200 $738,000
2 Ryan Riess 140 $492,000
3 Sean Winter 100 $328,000
4 Alex Foxen 80 $204,000
5 David Peters 60 $164,000
6 Seth Davies 40 $123,000

With 350 points up for grabs in the $100,000 Main Event to close out the series, these are the remaining players in contention for the $100,000 first prize and the Championship trophy.

2019 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings
Name Points Cash
1 Sean Winter (5) 540 $747,900
2 Stephen Chidwick (4) 540 $705,950
3 Nick Schulman (2) 410 $390,000
4 Brandon Adams (3) 365 $314,750
5 Koray Aldemir (2) 340 $897,200
6 Cary Katz (3) 340 $580,200
7 Bryn Kenney (2) 240 $477,000
8 Lauren Roberts (2) 240 $263,400
9 Jordan Cristos (2) 240 $206,200
10 Ali Imsirovic 200 $442,500
11 David Peters (2) 200 $264,800
12 Ben Yu (3) 200 $262,800

You can follow the updates here and check out all the coverage of the USPO on Be sure to tune into the finale of the USPO on PokerGO, with the live-streamed final table of Event #10 Saturday.

Ryan Riess Eliminated in 2nd Place ($492,000)

After losing several small pots to Koray Aldemir in the heads up match, Ryan Riess finally shoved all in with . Aldemir called with and was in a good spot to take down the Event #9 title.

The board ran out and Riess was eliminated in second place. He will take home $492,000. Aldemir improved on his runner-up finish in Event #3 with a win here in the $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em.

Player   Chips Change
Koray Aldemir 6,150,000 1,710,000
Ryan Riess Busted -1,710,000

All Aldemir Heads Up

Koray Aldemir has been cruising so far in the heads up match. Winning small pot after small pot and taking a larger lead over Ryan Riess.

Player   Chips Change
Koray Aldemir 4,440,000 420,000
Ryan Riess 1,710,000 -420,000

Chip Counts Heads Up

Player   Chips Change
Koray Aldemir 4,020,000 630,000
Ryan Riess 2,130,000 -630,000


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60,000 / 120,000

Big Blind Ante


Sean Winter Eliminated in 3rd Place ($328,000), Leads USPO Standings

Sean Winter raised with and Ryan Riess reraised, putting Winter all in and at risk with .

The board ran out and Winter was eliminated in third place. He will take home $328,000 for his finish and now leads the overall U.S. Poker Open standings.

Player   Chips Change
Koray Aldemir 3,390,000 850,000
Ryan Riess 2,760,000 1,110,000
Sean Winter Busted -910,000

Riess Doubles Through Winter

Ryan Riess shoved all in from the small blind and Sean Winter called. Riess had and Winter had .

Riess was at risk but earned the double when the board ran out and Riess won the hand with a full house.

Player   Chips Change
Ryan Riess 1,650,000 675,000
Sean Winter 910,000 -1,375,000

Winter Raises the River

Sean Winter raised to 220,000 with from the button and Ryan Riess called from the big blind with .

The flop came and both players checked. The turn was the and both players checked again.

The river was the and Riess finally bet, making it 230,000. Winter raised to 1,260,000 and Riess folded after using one time extension.

Player   Chips Change
Sean Winter 2,285,000 415,000
Ryan Riess 975,000 -715,000

Winter Doubles Through Riess

Ryan Riess raised all in with Sean Winter covered. Riess had over 2,000,000 and Winter had a little bit more than 1,000,000. Riess shoved with and Winter had .

The board ran out and Winter doubled up through Riess.

Player   Chips Change
Sean Winter 1,870,000 860,000
Ryan Riess 1,690,000 -910,000

Relive This Epic Rainer Kempe Fold vs. Fedor Holz!

It’s time to relive a great fold by Rainer Kempe from the 2016 Super High Roller Bowl final table versus Fedor Holz! We spoke to Kempe at the 2019 U.S. Poker Open about this hand and now, all these years later, the German pro has some different thoughts on how he played the hand back then.

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