The US Poker Open has become one of the more popular events on the circuit, and it's one of the marquee events on the PokrGo Tour this year. The Aria Casino in Las Vegas has become the crossroads of high roller affairs, and it hosted the latest tournament series featuring some of the top players in the world, who converged on Las Vegas in the last week of March to go swimming with sharks.
The first four events are in the books, and you'll probably notice some familiar names who were the last player standing in these high balla events.
Cards went in the air for the opening event over the weekend. US Poker Open Event #1 $10,000 NL attracted 105 runners and a prize pool worth $1.05 million. Only the top 15 places paid out. Among those who cashed in the first event included Daniel Negreanu, Martin Zamani, Eric Baldwin, Aram Zobian, Rob Mariano, Alex Foxen, Darren Elias, Joao Simano, and Ren Lin.
Event #1 final table of six included Jonathan Little, Nacho Barbero, Matt McEwan, Andre Moreno, Justin Young, and Joey Weissman. Wiseman and Young jousted in a heads-up duel to determine the first winner. When the dust settled, Young headed to the rail in second place, which paid out $168,000. Weisman won Event #1 and banked $231,000 and 231 leader board points.
Event #2 $10,000 NL attracted 105 runners and a prize pool just over a cool million with $1.005 million. The top 15 places paid out once again. Those who cashed, but missed the final six, included Sam Soverel, Justin Zaki, Matt McEwan, Dan Colpoys, Adam Hendrix, Joao Simao, Sean Winter, Brock Wilson, and Steven Veneziano.
The final table for Event #2 included Erik Seidel, Nate Silver, Robert Chorlian, Aram Zobian, Nacho Barbero, and Ren Lin. Silver held his own and finished in fourth place, which paid out $99,750. Nacho has been on a heater in 2023, and he narrowly missed a victory when he finished in second place for $168,000. Ren Lin edged out Nacho in a heads-up battle, and Lin banked $231,000 for first place. He also scooped up 231 points.
Event #3 was another $10,000 NL affair. It attracted only 93 runners, who generated a prize pool worth $930,000. Only the top 14 places paid out. The players who missed the final six but cashed included Martin Zamani, Alex Foxen, Phil Hellmuth, Steve Z, Joey Weissman, Erik Seidel, Calvin Lee, and Aram Oganyan.
The final table in Event #3 included Nacho Barbero, Kristen Foxen, Daniel Colpoys, Brandon Wilson, Chris Brewer, and Sam Soverel. Nacho finished in sixth place, which was good for 56 more points. Brewer and Soverel were the final two standing, but Brewer busted in second place. Soverel banked $214k for the victory and he snatched up 214 points.
The fourth event switched from NLH to PLO. Event #4 $10,000 PLO attracted 77 entrants and a prize pool worth $770,000. The top 11 places paid out with $200K set aside to the champion. Among the notable players who cashed in the PLO event included Steve Z, Peng Shan, Sean Winter, Ben Lamb, and Edgardo Rosario Figueroa.
The final table in Event #4 included Masa Oya, Danjan Radanov, Daniel Negreanu, Dylan Weisman, Ronald Keijzer, and Allan Le. Kid Poker hit the bricks in fourth place, which paid out $77K. Weisman busted in third place, which set up a heads-up throwdown between Ronald Keijzer and Allan Le. When the dust settled, Le was the last player standing in PLO. Keijzer earned a runner-up payout of $146K, and Le banked $200,200 plus 200 points on the leader board.
Through the first four events, Ren Lin sits atop the 2023 US Poker Open Leaderboard with 310 PGT Points. Lin has one win and three cashes, and he's gunning for the coveted golden eagle trophy. Nacho Barbero cashed three times and had two final tables this week, which is why he's second overall with 303 points. Joey Weissman has two cashes and one win, and he's third overall with 259 points.