Koray Aldemir Takes Down $50k USPO Title for $738,000

Germanys Koray Aldemir broke his US Poker Open hoodoo by taking down event 9 on the highstakes schedule, the $50k NLHE title and $738,000 his after previous runner-up spots had seen him come close, including last weeks heads-up loss to Lauren Roberts in the $10k event.

By: Andrew Burnett

With 41 entries, there was a bit pot of gold waiting to be shared out among the final six, a half-dozen that included former WSOP Main Event champ Ryan Riess as well as highstakes crushers Alex Foxen and David Peters.

Davies was first to depart on the receiving end of a small cooler seeing his AQo lose to Alex Foxen’s own suited version of the hand, a rivered flush ending his hopes – and it was Foxen who saw off Peters in 5th spot, winning a race with AK against pocket eights.

Foxen couldn’t keep up the relentless pace, however, and when he hit the rail in 4th it left Aldemir, Riess and one of the star acts of the week, Sean Winter, to fight it out for the trophy.

Sean Winter would have to settle for a $328,000 3rd spot, launching him just above Stephen Chidwick on the overall leaderboard, and when Riess was ground down heads-up it was a well-deserved victory for the German.

He stated afterwards: “This feels great, honestly. I had a lot of second and third finishes in the last year and winning one feels great," adding: “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.”

Final results

1 Koray Aldemir $738,000
2 Ryan Riess $492,000
3 Sean Winter $328,000
4 Alex Foxen $205,000
5 David Peters $164,000
6 Seth Davies $123,000



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