Benjamin Pollack & David Peters Win at US Poker Open

Events #6 and #7 (both $25,000 NLHE) have been won by Benjamin Pollack and David Peters for $416,500 and $400,000 respectively. Both tournaments also saw yet more cashes for UK pro Stephed Chidwick who finished 3rd and 2nd in events #6 and #7.

Event #6 drew 49 entries creating a $1,225,000 prize pool with 7 places playing and 6 to make the final table. Daniel Negreanu was the final table bubble boy but still earned $61,250 for his efforts.

The final table started with Stephen Chidwick on 1.348m leading the way and looking for his third straight title after winning both event #3 ($25k NL) and event #4 ($25k Mixed Game), with Pollack, Ike Haxton, and Jason Koon all sitting on over 1m chips.

Elijah Berg was first out after losing with straight over straight to Jason Koon on the 13th hand of the day ($73,500). Six hands later and Stephen Chidwick busted Brian Green with his {K-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} outdrawing short-stack Green's {A-Hearts}{2-Hearts} ($98,000). Ike Haxton was gone on hand #35 when he made top pair with {A-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} but was outkicked by Jason Koon's {A-Diamonds}{Q-Diamonds} ($122,500).

Soon after, Stephen Chidwick was crippled by a sick cooler. He thought his {A-Spades}{Q-Diamonds} was looking good on a {Q-Spades}{10-Hearts}{4-Clubs} flop only to discover Jason Koon had flopped top two pair with {Q-Hearts}{10-Diamonds}. Koon put Chidwick out of his misery soon after, taking the brit's last 100k chips with {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}. vs  {q-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} ($183,750).

chiii Above: Stephen Chidwick has been a permanent fixture at high roller final tables this week at the US Poker Open with 2 wins, a 2nd, and 3rd and a 5th place finish from 7 tournaments so far.

Koon started heads-up play with Pollack with more than a 2:1 chip lead. However, Koon lost a huge cooler of a pot when his trip Aces were beaten by Pollack whose {Q-Spades}{Q-Hearts} made a full house on the river. Koon did manage to save a few chips by folding the river after some heavy betting, but was left with under 1m chips to Pollack's 5.175m after the pot.

A few hands later and Koon open-shoved {k-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for 845,000 and Pollak called with {a-Spades}{3-Spades}. Despite flopping top pair on the {10-Clubs}{k-Spades}{7-Spades} flop, the {6-Spades} peeled off on the river to give Pollack the pot and the championship. Koon earned $269,500 as runner-up to Pollack's $416,000 as tourney champ.

US Poker Open - Event #6: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em results:

Place Player Country Prize (USD)
1 Benjamin Pollak France $416,500
2 Jason Koon United States $269,500
3 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $183,750
4 Isaac Haxton United States $122,500
5 Brian Green United States $98,000
6 Elijah Berg United States $73,500
7 Daniel Negreanu Canada $61,250

Event #7

The next $25k NL event attracted one more player meaning that 8 got paid, with Ike Haxton ($50k) taking 8th and Matt Hyman ($62,500) taking 7th, but both missed out on the final table.

Daniel Negreanu went one better this time, making the final table but ultimately busting out in 6th for $75,000. He was followed by event #5 winner Ben Tollerene who fell in 5th for $100,000, then by Keith Tilston in 4th ($125k), and Sean "Nolez7" Winter in 3rd ($175k).

Amazingly Stephen Chidwick had made it to heads-up play once again and was looking for his 3rd title having already secured his 5th cash of the series.

Chidwick started with a slight lead heads-up and eventually worked his way up to a 2:1 chip advantage before losing a monster pot after shoving preflop with {K-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} and being looked up by Peters who held the superior {A-Clubs}{9-Clubs} and duly flopped an ace to secure a 2:1 chip lead of his own. 

Peters managed to wrap up the match in fine style, allowing Chidwick to bluff off all his chips through multiple streets with {Q-Clubs}{2-Spades} while Peters sat pretty on {A-Spades}{A-Hearts} on a {8-Diamonds}{A-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} board for a flopped full house. Chidwick added another $262,000 to his huge series winnings while Peters enjoyed victory and a $400,000 payday. Chidwick now has a huge lead in the US Poker Open overall standings with $1,256,000 in winnings, with Ben Pollack in second with $554,600.

US Poker Open - Event #7: $25,000 NLH results:

Place Player Country Prize
1 David Peters United States $400,000
2 Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $262,000
3 Sean Winter United States $175,000
4 Keith Tilston United States $125,000
5 Ben Tollerene United States $100,000
6 Daniel Negreanu Canada $75,000
7 Matt Hyman United States $62,500
8 Isaac Haxton United States $50,000



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