Vanessa Kade’s U.S. Poker Open $25,000 NLH run ends in fifth place

Geoff Fisk
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Posted on: June 15, 2021 6:58 pm EDT

ACR Team Pro finished PokerGO Tour major with two final table appearances

What else will Vanessa Kade accomplish in her career-best year of 2021? The latest in a series of major poker accomplishments for Kade this year came to an end on Monday at one of the most prestigious live tournament series in the world.

Kade finished fifth in U.S. Poker Open Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, taking home a $138,000 payday. The finish marked the second final table run for Kade at the 2021 U.S. Poker Open.

The Americas Cardroom Team Pro also ran deep in Event #9: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Kade finished fourth in that event, earning $94,050.

The two U.S. Open finishes now stand as Kade’s two biggest cashes on the live tournament felt. Her online resume includes her career-best score in any poker format, which came in a win in the PokerStars Sunday Million 15th Anniversary Event.

Kade took down that tournament in March, winning $1,514,920. Just days before that, the Canadian pro signed on as ACR’s newest Team Pro.

Her debut on the high-roller circuit ended in major success, as Kade navigated through some of the toughest fields imaginable for the pair of cashes at the 2021 U.S. Poker Open.

U.S. Poker Open Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em final table results

PlacePlayer NamePrize
1David Peters$465,750
2Ivan Zufic$345,000
3Dan Shak$224,250
4Jake Daniels$172,500
5Vanessa Kade$138,000
6Frank Funaro$103,500

David Peters on pace for back-to-back U.S. Poker Open Leaderboard titles

The last time the U.S. Poker Open ran live at PokerGO Studio was in February 2019. David Peters won the overall Player of the Series award from that festival.

COVID-19 postponed the next edition of the U.S. Poker Open to more than two years later. The same name appears at the top of the series leaderboard, however, with just one tournament remaining to be played.

Peters won Event #11, taking down a $465,750 payday. That marks the biggest first-place prize awarded from any of the first 11 events of the series.

The victory gives Peters his third win at the 2021 U.S. Poker Open. The elite high-stakes players also took wins in Event #7: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em, as well as Event #10: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Short Deck.

Peters also cashed in Event #8: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. His mastery across multiple poker variants has yielded perhaps the most dominant performance in the history of the U.S. Poker Open.

Through 11 events, the U.S. Poker Open Leaderboard standings look like this:

2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings (through 11 events)

PlacePlayer NameSeries PointsEarnings
1David Peters646$832,950
2Ali Imsirovic483$482,000
3Dan Shak371$459,750
4Jake Daniels323$391,000
5Andrew Lichtenberger308$308,000
6Joe McKeehen302$302,200
7Steve Zolotow289$289,000
8Cary Katz270$270,100
9Ivan Zufic266$404,400
10John Riordan253$273,550

Only Sam Soverel can still mathematically overtake Peters for the 2021 U.S. Poker Open Leaderboard title. Soverel goes into today’s final table at Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em sixth in the chip counts at the six-handed final table.

Soverel needs to win Event #12 to clinch the leaderboard championship. Anything short of a first-place finish for Soverel will clinch the series championship for Peters.

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