Aram Zobian Wins
Aram Zobian won the 2024 U.S. Poker Open for over $616,000 in prize money across four cashes and a single outright win.

The eighth and final event of the 2024 U.S. Poker produced great drama as Stephen Chidwick took the most lucrative title of the series and PokerStake player Aram Zobian was crowned the overall Championship winner in Las Vegas. With Zobian’s only remaining challenger at the start of the final table busting in seventh place, the American knew that meant he was the winner of the Golden Eagle trophy and $25,000 PGT Passport as a just reward for a stunning series.

Kristen Foxen Bubbles Final Event

Costing $25,000 to play, the final event of the series was populated by 52 entries, producing a prizepool of $1.3 million. Only eight players would be paid, with some greats of the game just missing out. Nick Schulman (12th) was dominated to defeat, while David Peters (11th) lost a flip before Sam Laskowitz got very unlucky to miss out for nothing in 10th place.

All-in with QhQc, Laskowitz was well clear of David Coleman who had shoved with Ac5c before Laskowitz correctly called off his stack. The board of Js8d3d4h2d was as cruel as it was possible to be, as Laskowitz to a triple-runner straight from the final card of the flop.

Kristen Foxen bubbled the final event of the 2024 U.S. Poker Open in a largely forgettable series for the Foxens. Having doubled through the eventual winner Stephen Chidwick, Foxen’s attempt to repeat the trick saw her head to the rail in ninth place. All-in with AhTh she called off her stack from the big blind after Chidwick had shoved from the button with KsJh. Foxen was ahead but that all changed as the JdTd2c6s4s board sent her home and boosted Chidwick’s hopes of victory in the process.

Coleman Shot Down by Chewy’s Rockets

With eight hopefuls left, the player who min-cashed was David Coleman. Falling away as a challenger to Zobian’s crown, Coleman shoved with 7h7c and was snapped off by Andrew ‘Chewy’ Lichtenberger with AsAd. The flop of 9c8d6h actually gave Coleman some hope but it was a false dawn, a Ks and Jd river rounding out the board to send him to the rail with $52,000.

That was the end of Day 1 in the event, with Jesse Lonis the only player still able to stop Zobian at this stage. Lonis would need the outright win and hope that Zobian couldn’t make it to fifth place, however, and with both players the lowest two chipcounts, it was going to be a tense opening to the final day. It didn’t take long for Zobian to start celebrating. Lonis shoved from the button with Jc8c and Chidwick called with the dominating KcJd. Lonis needed a lot of help and didn’t get a scrap of it from the Ac5h2hJh6s board as he left for $52,000 in seventh place and Aram Zobian raised his arms to the air in relief at a monumental victory, his first in a major PGT live series such as this.

Aram Zobian
Aram Zobian may have finished sixth in the final event of the 2024 US Poker Open but that was enough to grab victory after a stunning series for the American.

Now no longer at risk of losing his Championship title, the Golden Eagle trophy and the attendant $25,000 PGT Passport, Zobian could make a move. His first was his last as he moved all-in with As3d and Chidwick made the fateful call again, this time with ThTd. A safe board of 9c8d3sKh]Qc played out for the British player and Zobian headed home with another cash, this time worth $78,000.

In winning the PGT U.S. Poker Open, Zobian had cashed four times, each time available to buy a part of on PokerStake. Racking up an incredible 616 PGT Points during the series, Zobian had one outright win from those four cashes and scored $613,540 in total – a tremendous return for buy-ins totalling less than $100,000.

Chidwick Seals Memorable Victory

After Cary Katz lost with KdQh to Chidwick’s Tc9c, the writing looked to be on the wall for the final event champion and so it proved. Katz left with another great result of $104,000, before Dan ‘Cowboy’ Smith busted for $130,000 in fourth. Smith lost when dominated with Ad[9d shot down by Brandon Wittmeyer’s AhTd, a ten arriving on the river for good measure as play moved three-handed.

Out in third was the popular professional Wittmeyer. All-in for 1.2 million with TcTs, he lost to Chidwick’s AsKc as  a flop of KdQd8c was followed by a turn of 7d and a thoroughly underwhelming 4h river. Cashing for $182,000, Wittmeyer could be very proud of his run, but it was Chidwick (5.7m) who went in the final duel with a big advantage, ‘Chewy’ having just 2.7 million chips to start the last battle of the event.

Heads-up was not a long. Drawn-out affair. Chewy took an initial lead but Chidwick won the crucial all-in, with over 98% of the chips in play when he called Chewy’s four-bet shove. The British player had AsKs while Chewy’s ThTc needed to hold. The flop of 9s6c6h was safe but a Ad on the turn left Chewy needing a miracle and it never came on the 7c river. Chewy’s cash of $273,000 was not inconsiderable, but Chidwick it was who won the top prize of $429,000 for his fourth cash of the series, the same as Zobian. Chidwick’s were worth a little less, however, so his 427 PGT Points earned him second place on the final leaderboard and a take-home series total of $597,850.

2024 U.S. Poker Open Event #8 $25,200 NLHE Final Table Results:
Place Player Country Prize
1st Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $429,000
2nd Andrew Lichtenberger United States $273,000
3rd Brandon Wittmeyer United States $182,000
4th Dan Smith United States $130,000
5th Cary Katz United States $104,000
6th Aram Zobian United States $78,000
7th Jesse Lonis United States $52,000
8th David Coleman United States $52,000
Stephen Chidwick Event #8 2024 USPO
British poker end boss Stephen Chidwick won Event #8 of the 2024 USPO for $429,000 in Las Vegas.