WSOP Super Circuit Online Series 2021 NJCOOP 2021 MISCOOP partypoker Sunday LIVE
$3,000 Main Event ($500K GTD)
Days:

Event Info

Prize Pool $781,746
Players 294

Level Info

Level 30
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 200,000

Players Info - Day 3

Players Left 1
Entries 8
$3,000 Main Event ($500K GTD)
Day 3 Completed

Matthew Sesso Scoops the $189,965 First-Place Prize at the 2020 Potomac Winter Poker Open Main Event

poolshir • Level 30: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Matthew Sesso wins the 2020 Potomac Winter Poker Open Main Event
Matthew Sesso wins the 2020 Potomac Winter Poker Open Main Event

After just over seven hours of play on the final day of the 2020 Potomac Winter Poker Open $3,000 Main Event, it was Matthew Sesso who would walk away from the final table with the trophy and his biggest live tournament cash ever for $189,965. He defeated the 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion, Joe McKeehen heads-up after a battle of almost 2.5 hours. The inaugural event attracted 294 entries over three starting days with 30 getting paid.

The local favorite, Sesso, has been playing for almost ten years but is predominantly a cash game player. The 34-year old chopped an event here in Maryland a month ago for $54,418 and scored his biggest cash ever when he finished in sixth place for $108,028 in Las Vegas last June.

“I normally play cash but I got the bug now. I am going to play more tournaments after all this. I will go to Las Vegas for the summer to play. I’ll play at Borgata in Florida as I have family there,” Sesso commented after the win. “Maybe I’ll play more of the East Coast Poker Tour too,” he added when he found out the next ECPT event will be the Borgata Spring Poker Open.

Matthew Sesso wins the 2020 Potomac Winter Poker Open Main Event
Matthew Sesso wins the 2020 Potomac Winter Poker Open Main Event

2020 Potomac Winter Poker Open $3,000 Main Event Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Matthew SessoUnited States$189,965
2Joe McKeehenUnited States$115,698
3Ulises RomanUnited States$84,038
4Glenn ChernigoffUnited States$64,885
5Alison LeslieUnited States$46,905
6Jeromy BittanUnited States$35,179
7David OlshanUnited States$27,361
8Jeff EsterlingUnited States$21,498
9Galen HallUnited States$15,635

From Eight to Five Players

Today started with a change of scenery as the final table was set up in the High Limit Poker Room instead of the MGM Grand Ballroom of the MGM National Harbor. With the sounds of the busy poker room surrounding the eight remaining players, things kicked off at 1 p.m. local time. David Olshan doubled up immediately through Jeff Esterling who was first to leave the final table when he ran his ace-ten into the ace-seven of Glenn Chernigoff. A seven on the flop gave the latter the upper hand and even though Esterling picked up a gutshot to a straight on the turn. It didn’t come on the river for Esterling to bust.

Olshan was next to go a few minutes later when he got his chips in with queen-jack and was called by Ulises Roman who held five-trey. The five on the flop and the trey on the turn sealed the deal. Jeromy Bittan lost a big chunk of his stack to Chernigoff in two hands and ended up calling for his last 15 big blinds with ace-king after Sesso had shoved with jack-nine. A jack on the flop sent Bittan home in sixth place while Sesso propelled into the chip lead.

Alison Leslie
Alison Leslie Lewis finished in fifth place for $46,905

The Battle to the Win

After the first break, McKeehen doubled through Chernigoff with ace-king and flopped two pair against the tens of the latter to take the chip lead. Alison Leslie Lewis finished in fifth place when Chernigoff rivered a pair against her ace-jack but he then busted in fourth when his king-ten couldn’t beat McKeehen’s higher flush than on the board.

The chips then went back and forth for a while but in the end, it was Roman who was to get eliminated in third place when he flopped a pair of eights and check-shoved into Sesso’s pocket tens. When heads-up play started, there wasn’t much difference between the two, but Sesso increased the chip lead when he caught McKeehen twice with the better hand.

McKeehen got down to 22 big blinds and then doubled up with king-deuce against Sesso’s ace-ten by rivering the full house. He then doubled again to get back to even when he flopped two pair and held against Sesso’s flush draw. But 15 minutes later it was all over. McKeehen four-bet shoved with pocket treys and was called by Sesso who had him covered by a mere 65,000 in chips while holding pocket eights. The snowmen held throughout the board for Sesso to become the champion with a hand fitting to the winter theme.

This concludes the PokerNews coverage for the first event of the brand-new East Coast Poker Tour. The next event of this exciting tour will take place at the Borgata in Atlantic City from April 7-24 and we will be there to bring you all the action! Thank you for following the updates.

Joe McKeehen
Joe McKeehen finished in second place for $115,698

Tags: Alison LeslieDavid OlshanGlenn ChernigoffJeff EsterlingJeromy BittanJoe McKeehenMatthew SessoUlises Roman

Joe McKeehen Eliminated in 2nd Place ($115,698)

poolshir • Level 30: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Joe McKeehen
Joe McKeehen

Joe McKeehen raised to 450,000 from the button and Matthew Sesso three-bet to 1,400,000. McKeehen responded with a shove and Sesso snap-called with a similar stack.

Joe McKeehen: {3-Hearts}{3-Diamonds}
Matthew Sesso: {8-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}

The board ran out {9-Spades}{6-Hearts}{7-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{9-Diamonds} for Sesso to hold with the higher pocket pair for the higher full house.

Both stacks were counted, Sesso had 7,285,000 while McKeehen had 7,220,000 behind for Sesso to have him narrowly covered to send the 2015 WSOP Main Event Champion to the payout desk to collect $115,698 for finishing in 2nd place.

Sesso scores his biggest live cash ever for $189,965 after three days of play. A full recap of today's action is to follow.

Matthew Sesso US 14,705,000 7,470,000
Joe McKeehen us Busted

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Back to Even-Ish

poolshir • Level 30: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Joe McKeehen
Joe McKeehen

Matthew Sesso limped in on the button and Joe McKeehen opted to check.

The flop came {10-Clubs}{9-Clubs}{4-Hearts}, McKeehen checked, Sesso bet 200,000, McKeehen raised to 650,000, and Sesso shoved which McKeehen snap-called for the 3,485,000 he had behind.

Joe McKeehen: {10-Hearts}{4-Spades}
Matthew Sesso: {j-Clubs}{5-Clubs}

McKeehen had flopped two pair while Sesso was sitting on the flush draw.

The rest of the board was completed with the {5-Diamonds} on the turn and the {a-Diamonds} on the river for McKeehen to double up.

Joe McKeehen us 7,470,000 3,870,000
Matthew Sesso US 7,235,000 -3,870,000

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Level:
30
Blinds:
100,000/200,000
Ante:
200,000

McKeehen Shoves on Sesso

poolshir • Level 29: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

Joe McKeehen limped in on the button and Matthew Sesso opted to check.

The flop came {10-Diamonds}{2-Clubs}{4-Hearts}, Sesso bet 200,000 and McKeehen called.

They both checked through the {4-Clubs} on the turn to the {9-Clubs} on the river. Sesso bet 400,000 and McKeehen shoved for Sesso to immediately fold.

Matthew Sesso US 11,105,000 -1,225,000
Joe McKeehen us 3,600,000 1,225,000

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McKeehen Folds to a Shove

poolshir • Level 29: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante

Joe McKeehen limped in on the button and Matthew Sesso opted to check.

They both checked through the {7-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{3-Diamonds} flop to the {7-Hearts} on the turn. Sesso check-called the 200,000 bet of McKeehen.

The river completed the board with the {q-Clubs}, Sesso check-shoved on the 480,000 of McKeehen. McKeehen considered it for a bit but opted to fold.

Matthew Sesso US 12,330,000 915,000
Joe McKeehen us 2,375,000 -915,000

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McKeehen Doubles Up

poolshir • Level 29: 80,000-160,000, 160,000 ante
Joe McKeehen
Joe McKeehen

Joe McKeehen shoved from the button for 1,565,000 and Matthew Sesso called.

Joe McKeehen: {k-Spades}{2-Spades}
Matthew Sesso: {a-Clubs}{10-Hearts}

The board ran out {4-Spades}{5-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{k-Clubs} for McKeehen to river the full house to stay alive and double up.

Matthew Sesso US 11,415,000 -590,000
Joe McKeehen us 3,290,000 590,000

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Level:
29
Blinds:
80,000/160,000
Ante:
160,000

Sesso Has the Most Chips

poolshir • Level 28: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

Joe McKeehen raised to 300,000 from the button and Matthew Sesso called.

They both checked through the {3-Clubs}{5-Hearts}{7-Diamonds} flop to the {2-Hearts} on the turn. Sesso bet 500,000 which McKeehen called.

The river completed the board with the {k-Diamonds} and Sesso bet 800,000. McKeehen called but mucked when Sesso tabled the {a-Hearts}{7-Hearts} for the pauir of sevens.

Matthew Sesso US 12,005,000 3,710,000
Joe McKeehen us 2,700,000 -3,710,000

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