Soverel and McKeehen Secure USPO Titles

Sam Soverel becomes a USPO pot-limit Omaha champion

Sam Soverel and Joe McKeehen both secured U.S. Poker Open (USPO) titles over the weekend. Soverel triumphed in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event while McKeehen helped himself to the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em top prize.

Sixty-five players bought into the USPO Event #2: $10,000 PLO, and only six reached the final table. Soverel entered the final table in a commanding position thanks to holding 3.5 million of the 8 million chips in play.

Matthew Ploff busted in sixth place when his single-suited kings lost to the single-suited aces of Jordan Cristos. Maxx Coleman did not last much longer, busting at the hands of Soveral. Coleman got his stack in with Jx-Tx-9x-3x on a Jx-8x-4x flop only for Soverel to look him up with Kx-Kx-Tx-9x.

Soverel busted Dylan Weisman in fourth some two hours after Coleman departed.

Marc Brody was a short stack with only four big blinds when he crashed out in third. Brody committed the last of his chips with Ax-Tx-9x-7x and Cristos called with Kx-9x-8x-4x. The board improved Cristos to a full house, and heads-up was set.

Soverel held a 2:1 chip lead going into heads-up and it proved too substantial for Cristos to bridge. Cristos opened with Ax-Jx-4x-2x and Soverel called with Tx-9x-7x-4x with two diamonds An Ax-9x-7x flop saw Soverel check-call a 400,000 bet. The 7x turn improved Soverel to trip sevens. Soverel check-called Cristos’ shove and became the USPO PL Omaha champion.

USPO Event #2: $10,000 PLO Final Table Results

Place Player Prize Championship Points
1 Sam Soverel $175,500 176
2 Jordan Cristos $130,000 130
3 Marc Brody $84,500 85
4 Dylan Wiesman $65,000 65
5 Maxx Coleman $52,000 52
6 Matthew Ploof $39,000 39

Former World Series of Poker Main Event winner Joe McKeehen added a USPO title to his already impressive resume this weekend. McKeehen came out on top of a 77-strong field in the USPO Event #3: $10,000 NLHE.

McKeehen took his seat at the seven-handed final table as the chip leader and emerged a worthy winner. He first sent Barry Hutter to the rail in sixth before busting Justin Saliba in fifth.

The former WSOP Main Event champion took a short break from his role of executioner to allow Ali Imsirovic to dispatch Jake Schindler in fifth. Schindler’s jack-nine proved no match for Imsirovic’s ace-ten.

Steve Zolotow crashed out in fourth and secured a $77,000 payout, the last prize not to be six figures. The two-time WSOP champion Zolotow’s stack was a meager couple of blinds. He shipped them into the middle with the lowly nine-five, and lost to McKeehen’s king-eight.

Third and second place were decided in the same thrilling final hand. Imsirovic lost all but a single big blind to Ray Qartomy. The very next hand saw McKeehen open with jacks, Qartomy three-bet all-in with pocket fives, and Imsirovic toss in his last big blind. McKeehen improved to quad jacks to bust both opponents, and lock up his first USPO title.

USPO Event #3: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Final Table Results

Place Player Prize Championship Points
1 Joe McKeehen $200,200 200
2 Ray Qartomy $146,300 146
3 Ali Imsirovic $100,100 100
4 Steve Zolotow $77,000 77
5 Jake Schindler $61,600 62
6 Justin Saliba $46,200 46
7 Barry Hutter $38,50000 39

2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings

Event #1 champion Jake Daniels is the man to catch in the overall rankings. Whoever finishes at the top of the pile wins a custom trophy plus $50,000 cash. Only three of the scheduled eight events are completed, so there is a long way to go.


Place Player Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1 Jake Daniels 219 1 1 $218,500
2 Joe McKeehen 200 1 1 $200,200
3 Sam Soverel 195 1 2 $194,500
4 Steve Zolotow 153 0 2 $153,000
5 Barry Hutter 153 0 2 $152,500
6 Dan Shak 152 0 1 $152,000
7 Ray Qartomy 146 0 1 $146,300
8 Jordan Cristos 130 0 1 $130,000
9 Ali Imsirovic 100 0 1 $100,100
10 Stephen Chidwick 95 0 1 $95,000

Matthew Pitt

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