Eli Elezra takes down U.S. Poker Open $10,000 8-Game

Eli Elezra takes down U.S. Poker Open $10,000 8-Game
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Geoff Fisk
Posted on: June 10, 2021 09:03 PDT

The $169,600 payday is Elezra’s career-high for any mixed-game tournament

Eli Elezra showed that he still has it Wednesday night, and the poker legend put his well-rounded set of poker skills on display at the U.S. Poker Open.

Elezra came away with the win in U.S. Poker Open Event #6: $10,000 8-Game, clinching a $169,600 payday at the PokerGO Studio. The $10,000 8-Game Mix event featured a field of 68 players, most of which came into the tournament with their own legendary resumes in the field of mixed-game poker.

Now 60 years old, Elezra just added another major title to his resume. The four-time WSOP bracelet winner can now claim a U.S. Poker Open title alongside his long list of poker accomplishments.

Elezra outlasted Steve Zolotow (2nd - $150,000) in the heads-up match for the title. The two longtime players agreed to a heads-up deal that saw both players take a $150,000 payout before heads-up play. The deal included an additional $19,600 for the winner, with Elezra clinching that added prize.

U.S. Poker Open Event #6: $10,000 8-Game final table results

Place Player Name Prize
1 Eli Elezra $169,600*
2 Steve Zolotow $150,000*
3 Daniel Negreanu $88,400
4 Richard Sklar $68,000
5 Erik Sagstrom $54,400
6 Nick Guagenti $40,800
7 David “ODB” Baker $34,000
8 Mike Gorodinsky $27,200
9 Mike Wattel $27,200
10 Alan Richardson $20,400

Where does Wednesday’s win rank among Elezra’s accomplishments?

Elezra’s presence in tournament poker spans multiple eras, with results that go all the way back to 1996 according to the Hendon Mob database. The Israeli-born player struck a ubiquitous figure on the poker television shows of the 2000s, making Elezra one of the icons of the poker boom era.

Some of Elezra’s greatest poker accomplishments, however, have come in recent years. Elezra is always a threat in just about any game variant at each year’s World Series of Poker, including the mixed-game format on display in U.S. Poker Open Event #6.

Wednesday’s victory marks Elezra’s biggest career cash in any mixed-game tournament. His previous best came at the 2008 WSOP $10,000 World Championship 8-Game, with Elezra finishing fifth for $108,288.

The U.S. Poker Open win pushes Elezra’s career live earnings to just under the $4 million mark. His heads-up opponent, Zolotow, made his third final table in the first six events at the 2021 U.S. Poker Open.

The second-place finish puts Zolotow just behind Joe McKeehen in the 2021 U.S. Poker Open Leaderboard standings. Here’s a look at the winner and the runner up from each of the first six events n the series so far:

U.S. Poker Open winners (through six events)

Tournament Winner Runner-Up First-Place Prize
Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Jake Daniels Dan Shak $218,500
Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Sam Soverel Jordan Cristos $175,500
Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Joe McKeehen Ray Qartomy $200,200
Event #4: $10,000 Big Bet Mix John Riordan Sean Perry $163,200
Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Joey Weissman Adam Hendrix $204,400
Event #6: $10,000 8-Game Eli Elezra Steve Zolotow $169,600

Six more tournaments remain in the 2021 U.S. Poker Open. Event #7: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em, played down to a final table last night, with the remaining eight players reconvening at the PokerGO Studio today and playing down to a champion.

Andrew Lichtenberger leads the field going into today’s final table. The U.S. Poker Open continues through next week, with the series finale, Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em, playing out on June 14-15.

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