U.S. Poker Open hits final stretch

Geoff Fisk
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Posted on: June 14, 2021 6:21 pm EDT

$50,000 Main Event begins today; leaderboard championship still up for grabs

Two championships remain to be decided at the 2021 U.S. Poker Open, with several big storylines coming to a close over the course of the next two days.

The 12-event series finishes up with the two biggest events on the schedule. Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, sees the six-handed final table play out today.

Also kicking off at the PokerGO Studio today is Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em. That tournament features the largest buy-in of any tournament in the series, and essentially functions as the U.S. Poker Open Main Event.

The first of four 2021 majors on the PokerGO Tour drew poker’s finest to the tables throughout the two-week high-stakes circuit. With 10 of 12 tournaments completed, the U.S. Poker Open leaderboard standings look like this:

2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings (through 10 events)

PlacePlayer NameSeries PointsEarnings
1Ali Imsirovic483$482,000
2David Peters367$367,200
3Andrew Lichtenberger308$308,000
4Joe McKeehen302$302,200
5Steve Zolotow289$289,000
6Cary Katz270$270,100
7Dan Shak236$235,500
8Maxx Coleman231$230,800
9Jake Daniels219$218,500
10Alex Foxen224$223,300

Imsirovic on pace to win the 2021 U.S. Poker Open Leaderboard championship

It’s still mathematically possible for someone to catch Ali Imsirovic in the U.S. Poker Open Leaderboard standings, but the 25-year-old phenom looks like a good bet to win this year’s Golden Eagle trophy.

Imsirovic built a commanding lead in the standings with a pair of big finishes over the weekend. Imsirovic took down Event #9: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em, winning $217,800.

Event #9 also saw deep runs from Andrew Lichtenberger (2nd – $158,400), PokerGO founder Cary Katz (3rd – $118,800), and Americas Cardroom Team Pro Vanessa Kade (4th – $94,050).

Event #10: $10,000 Short Deck saw Imsirovic almost win back-to-back U.S. Poker Open events. David Peters topped the field in the only Short Deck event of the series, securing a $124,200 payday. Imsirovic (2nd – $75,600) still added a five-figure payout and second-place leaderboard points for the Event #10 finish.

With the Event #11 final table and Event #12 two-day tournament yet to be played, the 2021 U.S. Poker Open Leaderboard stands as follows:

U.S. Poker Open winners (through 10 events)

TournamentWinnerRunner-UpFirst-Place Prize
Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’emJake DanielsDan Shak$218,500
Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit OmahaSam SoverelJordan Cristos$175,500
Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’emJoe McKeehenRay Qartomy$200,200
Event #4: $10,000 Big Bet MixJohn RiordanSean Perry$163,200
Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’emJoey WeissmanAdam Hendrix$204,400
Event #6: $10,000 8-GameEli ElezraSteve Zolotow$169,600
Event #7: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’emDavid PetersJared Jaffee$217,800
Event #8: $10,000 Pot-Limit OmahaJared BleznickMaxx Coleman$189,000
Event #9: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’emAli ImsirovicAndrew Lichtenberger$217,800
Event #10: $10,000 Short DeckDavid PetersAli Imsirovic$124,200

Imsirovic’s U.S. Poker Open results put his career live earnings over the $11.4 million mark. He’s no stranger to series championships in PokerGO majors, surging to stardom after winning the 2018 Poker Masters purple jacket.

If Imsirovic finishes out of the money in Event #12, however, those trailing him on the leaderboard could catapult into a Golden Eagle trophy win at this year’s U.S. Poker Open.

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