Sean Winter beat David Peters heads-up to win Event #4 of the 2019 US Poker Open. (Drew Amato / Poker Central)

The 2019 U.S. Poker Open has really been about two names so far; Stephen Chidwick and Sean Winter. Chidwick got things off to a strong start by winning Event #1, while Winter had made every final table but hadn’t picked up a win.

That all changed Sunday night when Winter beat David Peters heads up to win $151,200 and his first USPO title in the $10,000 Short Deck event.

Final Table Payouts

1. Sean Winter – $151,200
2. David Peters – $100,800
3. Seth Davies – $67,200
4. Ben Lamb – $42,000
5. Ben Yu – $33,600
6. Stephen Chidwick – $25,200

Chidwick also made the final table but started the day with the second shortest stack ahead of only Ben Lamb. Two double ups allowed Lamb to avoid elimination, whereas Chidwick wasn’t so fortunate. Four players limped in front Chidwick before the 2018 US Poker Open champion moved all in for 725,000 with the AsQc. Seth Davies and Ben Yu both folded their hands but Winter called with the KcKh. The flop came JsTd6d to give Chidwick outs to Broadway. The 6s turn left Chidwick drawing only to one of three aces. The river was the Kd to give Winter a full house and eliminate Chidwick in sixth place.

It took 45 minutes before another player hit the rail. From under the gun, Yu moved all in for 655,000 with the KcQc and only Davies decided to look him up, calling with the Ac8h. The board ran out Jc7h6h9h6s to completely miss Yu and eliminate him in fifth place.

Lamb managed to last just one more hour before falling in fourth place. Winter limped with the KcKh again before Lamb moved all in for 1,780,000 with the QhJc. Winter called and then watched the AdJs7sKs8s runout secure Lamb’s fourth-place finish.

Winter picked up yet another victim 45 minutes later. Davies limped with the AdJd before Winter moved all in from the button with the Jc9c. Davies called off his last 3,525,000. The Js9h6h put Davies in dire straits and the Kh turn and 7d river both failed to save him from a third-place result.

Thanks to the three players he had eliminated, Winter started heads-up play with a nearly 3-1 chip lead over Peters. It took almost exactly an hour for Winter to put the finishing touches on his first USPO title. Winter shoved all in with the Kc9c and Peters called all in with the Jd9s. The AcKs9d flop gave Winter two pair. The turn was the Th to give Peters outs to a straight. The river was the As and Peters was eliminated in second place.

The win gives Winter a total of four straight final table appearances in the 2019 USPO. He also has a second-place finish, a sixth-place finish, and a fifth-place finish. Those results and this victory moved Winter to the top spot on the overall 2019 USPO leaderboard through four events.

USPO Top 10 After Event #4

1. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440
2. Stephen Chidwick 3 $354,950 340
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. David Peters 1 $100,800 140
8. Seth Davies 2 $94,500 140
9. Joseph Cheong 1 $112,500 100
10. Martin Zamani 1 $83,200 100


The final table for Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Monday.

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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