Dan Shak Leads Star-Studded Final Table in U.S. Poker Open Event #1: $10,000 NLHE

Dan Shak

Dan Shak leads the final seven players in USPO Event #1: $10,000 No Limit Hold'em after bagging a chip-leading stack of 2,570,000 in chips.

Shak, who needs little introduction with nearly $11 million in live tournament earnings, was near the top of the chips counts near the end of the day. According to the Poker Central blog, Shak cemented his table captain status heading into the final table after he eliminated Aram Zobian in eighth place on the final table bubble.

Jake Daniels (2,120,000), and Steve Zolotow (2,100,000) were the only other players besides Shak to bag more than 2 million into the final table.

Joining this trio at the final table will be Tim McDermott (1,565,000), Sergi Reixach (1,440,000), Stephen Chidwick (1,085,000), and Barry Hutter (985,000).

Final Table Seat Draw

SeatNameCountryChip Count
1Sergi ReixachSpain1,440,000
2Barry HutterUnited States985,000
3Jake DanielsUnited States2,120,000
4Steve ZolotowUnited States2,100,000
5Dan ShakUnited States2,570,000
6Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom1,085,000
7Tim McDermottUnited States1,565,000

Action of the Day

The opening event attracted 95 entries to generate a $950,000 prize pool with 14 players getting paid at least a min-cash of $19,000.

The money broke in a three-way hand where Alex Foxen had committed his short stack with king-queen suited and was up against Chidwick's eights and Zobian's ace-nine. It appeared that Foxen would triple his stack after his queen connected on the flop to give him the top pair. However, a pair of runners came on the turn and river to give Chidwick a straight to bubble Foxen.

Sam Soverel, John Riordan, and Junichi Nakanowatari all finished in 12th to 14th places for a min-cash. Johan Guilbert and Bin Duan were the next two players to go in 10th to 11th places for a pay jump of $28,500.

Shannon Shorr was ousted by Chidwick in ninth place for $38,000 when his jack-nine suited didn't get there against king-ten suited and the day ended after Shak eliminated Zobian in eighth place for the same amount.

Aram Zobian
Aram Zobian bubbles final table in Event #1

Where to Watch the Final Table?

The final seven players will return to the PokerGo Studios on June 4 with the action expected to begin at 3 p.m. EDT. PokerGO will live stream what promises to be some of the most exciting poker action of the year beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.

Remember, an annual subscription to PokerGO costs $99.99, but you can save $20 off by using promo code “USPO21” at checkout. Sign up by going here.

Final Table Payouts

All returning players are guaranteed at least a $47,500 payout with the eventual winner slated to take home a whopping $218,500 top prize.


*Images courtesy of Poker Central

  • Dan Shak ended Day 1 of the U.S. Poker Open Event #1 with the chip lead after ousting Aram Zobian on the final table bubble.

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