Nick Schulman
Nick Schulman captures the title and $270,000 in Event #8 of the 2019 US Poker Open (photo: Drew Amato/Poker Central)

The eighth event of the 2019 US Poker Open is in the books, with Nick Schulman winning the $25,000 8-Game Mix tournament for a score of $270,000. Schulman defeated Brandon Adams in heads-up play to take the title and also earned 350 points in the USPO Championship race.

Final Table Results

1. Nick Schulman – $270,000
2. Brandon Adams – $150,000
3. Chris Vitch – $80,000

The event attracted 20 entries to the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with only the top three spots set to reach the money. After the first day of action on Wednesday, just four players remained for Thursday’s finale. That meant one more player had to go home empty-handed. That player turned out to be Randy Ohel, who came into Thursday with the shortest stack and was quickly sent packing in a hand of seven-card stud hi-lo.

With three players left in the money, Adams had the chip lead, Schulman was in second, and then Chris Vitch was in a distant third place. Vitch was soon knocked out in third place in a hand of 2-7 triple draw.

On his final hand, Vitch had bet and called all in after he was check-raised by Adams before the third draw. Adams stood pat, leaving Vitch to a decision. After taking his time, Vitch eventually decided to stand pat as well, holding 9x8x7x5x3x. His hand wasn’t good against the 9x7x6x3x2x of Adams and he was out in third for an $80,000 payday.

Knocking out Vitch allowed Adams to enter heads-up play with the chip lead over Schulman. The two were playing for a difference of $120,000 in prize money, the title, and the winner’s share of points.

Although Adams began with the chip lead, Schulman quickly battled back and moved into the lead. Schulman won a pretty good-sized pot in Omaha hi-lo, scooped a big batch of chips when Adams tried to bluff him in a hand of no-limit hold’em, and then knocked Adams down further in the razz round. After all of that, Adams was left with just a few bets and the rest of his chips found the middle shortly thereafter.

The final hand took place during the limit hold’em round, with Adams starting with just 105,000 in chips. He raised from the button to 100,000, Schulman reraised to put Adams all in, and Adams called with the 9d2s. Schulman had the KhTc. The flop, turn, and river ran out Jd6s4dJh7h to eliminate Adams in second place.

Adams earned $150,000 and 245 points for his runner-up finish. It was his third cash of the 2019 USPO and moved him to fourth on the overall leaderboard.

Schulman scored a winning prize of $270,000 and 350 points. It was his second in-the-money finish of the 2019 USPO and he moved to third on the USPO’s overall leaderboard.

USPO Top 10 After Event #8

1. Stephen Chidwick 4 $705,950 540
2. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440
3. Nick Schulman 2 $390,000 410
4. Brandon Adams 3 $314,750 365
5. Cary Katz 3 $580,200 340
6. Bryn Kenney 2 $477,000 240
7. Lauren Roberts 2 $263,400 240
8. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240
9. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200
10. Ben Yu 3 $262,800 200


The final table for Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Friday.

USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO

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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