Jordan Cristos wins 2019 USPO Event #2 for $179,200.

The 2019 US Poker Open continued on Friday at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas with the conclusion of Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha.

American Jordan Cristos entered the final table with a commanding chip lead and proceeded to eliminate each of his final five opponents en route to claiming the $179,200 first-place prize and rocketing to the early lead in the USPO Championship standings.

Final Table Results

1. Jordan Cristos – $179,200
2. Manig Loeser – $128,000
3. Martin Zamani – $83,200
4. Adam Hendrix – $64,000
5. Cary Katz – $51,200
6. Sean Winter – $38,400

From the original field of 64, the final six, which included Aussie Million $100,000 Challenge winner Cary Katz and USPO Event #1 runner-up Sean Winter, took their seats on the live-streamed final table to play down to a winner.

It didn’t take long for the first elimination of the final table. Roughly 15 minutes into the day, Cristos put his chip lead to work. He opened on the button with the KcTs8d7s and Winter defended his big blind with the KhJcTd7h. The flop came AsTcJs. Winter bet out, prompting a raise from Cristos. Winter made the call with his tournament at risk. The Qc gave both players a straight, but Cristos had a redraw to the spade flush while Winter had a redraw to a full house. The Qs brought the flush in for Cristos and he eliminated Winter in sixth place for $38,400. Winter improved to a two-day USPO total of $195,900 and 180 points.

Cristos claimed his second victim 45 minutes later. A short-stacked Katz raised from the button with the AsAdKcTc and was called by Cristos holding the Th6c5h3s. The flop came 5c6sKd and Cristos bet his flopped two pair enough to put Katz at risk. Katz called with his aces and the turn was the 6d to give Cristos a full house. Katz needed one of the last two aces in the deck to survive but the 2d hit the river instead. The Poker Central founder finished in fifth for $51,200.

Minutes later, it was Adam Hendrix’s turn to battle Cristos. Hendrix raised his AcTcJd6s from the small blind only to be re-raised by Cristos from the big blind with the 8d7s3s3c. Hendrix called with his tournament on the line and with the cards on their backs, the pair saw a flop of 3d9hKh. Cristos flopped a set which held through the 6h turn and the Ad river. Hendrix wrapped Event #2 in fourth place for $64,000.

The rapid bustouts continued moments later when Cristos raised his Ts7c5c5d from the small blind into Martin Zamani’s big blind. Zamani made the call with the 9s4s3h2cand the flop fell Jc7h7d, again giving Cristos the best hand with trip sevens. The board was completed with the Jd and 6h. Zamani hit the rail in third place and added $83,200 to his more than $1.3 million in career tournament earnings.

Cristos took a healthy chip lead into his heads-up play with Germany’s Manig Loeser. However, during the more than two-hour battle, Loeser wrestled the chip lead away. The pair passed the lead back and forth until Cristos finally managed to get the best of Loeser.

The final hand saw Cristos raise holding the 9s6hKc5c and Loeser defended with the Qd7dTc4c. The flop fell Qc5d7c and Loeser checked to Cristos, who put in a bet. Loeser check-raised with his two pair and the pair got all the chips in the middle. The turn was the Ks, giving Cristos a bigger two pair, and the 8s river completed the tournament. Loeser was eliminated as the runner-up, settling for second place and collecting $128,000 for his efforts.

Cristos wins his first USPO event and the $179,200 first-place prize. This comes on the heels of his 11th-place finish in Event #1, where he earned $27,000. Together, his 2019 USPO earnings have helped propel him to over $2.5 million in career live earnings and the current leader in the quest for the 2019 USPO Championship.

USPO Top 10 After Event #2

1. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240
2. Stephen Chidwick 1 $216,000 200
3. Sean Winter 2 $195,400 180
4. Manig Loeser 1 $128,000 140
5. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100
6. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100
7. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80
8. Adam Hendrix 1 $64,000 80
9. Lazaro Hernandez 1 $72,000 60
10. Cary Katz 1 $51,200 60


The final table for Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Saturday.

USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO

02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 5 p.m.
02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m.
02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em 5 p.m.
02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m.
02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em 5 p.m.
02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m.
02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold’em 5 p.m.
02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m.
02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Early 8 p.m.
02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final 5 p.m.
02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Early 7:30 p.m.
02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final 5 p.m.

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