Lauren Roberts flexed her poker chops on her way to winning 2019 US Poker Open Event #3. (Drew Amato / Poker Central)

Lauren Roberts overcame a final table full of end bosses to win Event #3 of the 2019 US Poker Open and a career-best tournament score of $218,400.

Roberts outlasted the likes of Sean Winter, Brandon Adams, and Stephen Chidwick before overcoming a 3-1 chip deficit to beat Koray Aldemir heads-up for the win.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Lauren Roberts – $218,400
  2. Koray Aldemir – $159,250
  3. Stephen Chidwick – $113,750
  4. Brandon Adams – $91,000
  5. Sean Winter – $72,800
  6. Ralph Wong – $54,600
  7. Rodger Johnson – $45,500

Within minutes of the official seven-handed final table beginning, Chidwick went to work. Rodger Johnson was down to just over six big blinds and moved all in with the QcJh. Chidwick called with the AhJd. The board ran out AcQh4h4s4d to eliminate Johnson in seventh place.

It took more than an hour before another player was sent packing. Aldemir raised to 750,000 with the KdQh before Ralph Wong moved all in with the 3c3s. Aldemir called and the KcJh7d flop moved Aldemir in front. He stayed there through the 9h turn and Ah river and Wong was out in sixth place.

Ten minutes later, Aldemir scored an important double up against Winter, who was chip leader at the time. Aldemir raised to 210,000 with the AcAh and Winter jammed from the button with the AsJs. Aldemir survived the runout to double into the lead.

Winter lasted just over an hour on the short stack. Action folded to Aldemir the big blind and he moved all with the 8s3d and Winter called with the AcKd. The 8d6c2h flop gave Aldemir top pair and Winter could only watch as the Jd turn and 4h river ended his tournament with a fifth-place finish.

Adams got down to his last 2.5 big blinds and couldn’t find a double up to stay alive. Adams moved all in for 285,000 with the Kd8d from the button before Chidwick called with the Ac3c from the small blind. The Ts7d2h flop left Adams with options but the As turn took them all away. The meaningless river was the Jd and Adams was out in fourth.

Despite picking up that elimination, Chidwick found himself in a spot he couldn’t escape from. Roberts folded her button, Aldemir moved all in with the 4h4h and Chidwick called all for 3,010,000 with the KdQh. The Ah5c4s flop gave Aldemir a set. The 8h turn ended any hope for Chidwick and he was eliminated in third place. This finish was Chidwick’s seventh career USPO cash in just 11 events.

Aldemir began heads-up play with nearly 75% of the chips in play, but through 45 minutes of play, Roberts flipped the script after scoring a double up with the KsQc against the QdJd. She then picked off a bluff on a Tc5s3sAsJh board with the AhTs to double into the lead for the first time. Two minutes later, Roberts finished Aldemir off. Aldemir moved all in for 9.5 big blinds with the Qc3h and Roberts called with the Ac4d. The board ran out 6c4c2c6s8c to give Roberts the nut flush and the title.

USPO Top 10 After Event #3

1. Stephen Chidwick 2 $329,750 300
2. Sean Winter 3 $268,200 240
3. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240
4. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200
5. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180
6. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140
7. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100
8. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100
9. Brandon Adams 1 $91,000 80
10. Joseph Cappello 1 $90,000 80


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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