Sean Winter Defeats Stephen Chidwick to Win USPO Event #12: $50K NLHE ($756,000)

Sean Winter

Sean Winter notched the largest single prize in the 2021 U.S. Poker Open (USPO) after defeating a star-studded field of 42 entries to win the USPO Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino for $756,000.

Winter was near the top of the chip counts throughout the final table which he began with the chip lead and eliminated an impressive final two players in Stephen Chidwick and Jason Koon en route to the title.

This was the second big PokerGO Tour title this year for Winter as back in March, he came out on top of a field of 48 entries in the PokerGO High Roller Event #4: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $408,000.

USPO Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

1Sean WinterUnited States$756,000
2Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom$504,000
3Jason KoonUnited States$336,000
4Jonathan LittleUnited States$231,000
5Sam SoverelUnited States$168,000
6Bill KleinUnited States$105,000

Final Table Action

While Winter began the final table with the chip lead, all eyes were on the short-stacked Sam Soverel early in the action as he was the only player that could possibly dethrone David Peters as the U.S. Poker Open Champion.

Odds were against Soverel as he needed an outright victory to win the Golden Eagle trophy and they became even slimmer after he was left with just a handful of big blinds after doubling up Koon.

The drama ended soon enough. Soverel was able to ladder up after Winter eliminated Bill Klein (sixth - $105,000) before hitting the rail in fifth place for $168,000 when his ace-three didn't hold against Chidwick's queen-eight. History was made with defending U.S. Poker Open champion Peters clinched the 2021 title thus becoming the first two-time champion.

Chidwick was back at it again in a big hand against Jonathan Little to give him more than half the chips in play with three players left. Little called a raise preflop with ten-eight suited before he check-jammed an eight-high flop. Chidwick called with king-eight and Little hit the rail in fourth place for $231,000 with his kicker problems not being resolved on neither the turn nor the river.

Winter chipped up during three-handed play and had a small chip advantage during heads-up play after his cowboys held against ace-queen to eliminate Koon (third - $336,000).

Stacks were close to even when the final hand began with Chidwick opening the button with queen-four and Winter defending his big blind with ten-six suited. Winter check-called a bet after improving to a pair on the jack-six-deuce flop. A queen on the turn gave Chidwick top pair and Winter check-called a bigger bet by his opponent. Winter checked again after improving to two pair with a ten spiking the river. Chidwick jammed and settled for the runner-up prize of $504,000 after Winter snap-called.

David Peters Wins 2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship

David Peters
David Peters wins the 2021 USPO Leaderboard

Defending U.S. Poker champion David Peters has done it again by also winning the title in 2021. The festival began slowly for Peters but he stormed ahead and won three events in the second half of the schedule to win the coveted Golden Eagle trophy, a $50,000 cash prize, and, of course, the honor of becoming the first two-time U.S. Poker Open champion.

1David Peters64634$832,950
2Sean Winter48412$785,700
3Ali Imsirovic48315$482,000
4Stephen Chidwick42703$628,700
5Dan Shak37104$459,750
6Jake Daniels32312$391,000
7Sam Soverel31614$382,300
8Andrew Lichtenberger30803$308,000
9Joe McKeehen30212$302,200
10Steve Zolotow28903$289,000

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2021 U.S. Poker Open Results

The 2021 U.S. Poker Open awarded more than $11 million in prize pools across a dozen events. Peters was the only player to win multiple titles by impressively winning three events on his way to back-to-back USPO championships.

Other big names also had their day in the sun after winning big events including Jake Daniels, Joe McKeehen, John Riordan, Joey Weissman, Jared Bleznick, Ali Imsirovic, and Sean Winter.

EventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerCountryPrize
Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em95$950,000Jake DanielsUnited States$218,500
Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha65$650,000Sam SoverelUnited States$175,000
Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em77$770,000Joe McKeehenUnited States$200,200
Event #4: $10,000 Big Bet Mix48$480,000John RiordanUnited States$163,200
Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em85$850,000Joey WeissmanUnited States$204,000
Event #6: $10,000 8-Game68$680,000Eli ElezraUnited States$183,600
Event #7: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em99$990,000David PetersUnited States$217,800
Event #8: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha63$630,000Jared BleznickUnited States$189,000
Event #9: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em99$990,000Ali ImsirovicBosnia and Herzegovina$217,800
Event #10: $10,000 Short Deck27$270,000David PetersUnited States$124,200
Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em69$1,725,000David PetersUnited States$465,750
Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em42$2,100,000Sean WinterUnited States$756,000

*Images courtesy of Poker Central

  • Sean Winter defeated Stephen Chidwick heads-up to win the single biggest prize of the 2021 U.S. Poker Open.

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