Day 2 Completed
|Blinds||40,000 / 80,000|
Day 2 Completed
This afternoon at the 2018 US Poker Open #02 - Pot-Limit Omaha final table, Mike Gorodinsky put on a performance for the ages. Gorodinsky eliminated all five of his opponents as he steamrolled his way to the title and a top prize of $179,200.
"You feel pretty good about having a mountain of chips," Gorodinsky said after the match. "I was prepared but also feeling pretty good." When asked if his win today was more about the cards he got rather than how he played Gorodinsky's reply was simple; "I feel like I played fine but it's hard to complain when you have a set every hand."
Richard Kirsch, who came into the final table as the chipleader but ultimately was Gorodinsky's last victim had some kind words for the champion. "Mike played really great. He ran good too, and that's, you know, the combination to winning. So hats off to him. He played really great."
Final Table Results:
|1||Mike Gorodinsky||United States||$179,200|
|2||Richard Kirsch||United States||$128,000|
|4||Anthony Zinno||United States||$64,000|
|6||Cary Katz||United States||$38,400|
Play went on six-handed for the latter part of four levels before Cary Katz put himself at risk against Gorodinsky. Katz got it in on the flop with the best hand but Gorodinsky outdrew him on the turn and sent the Poker Central founder to the rail in sixth place.
Another almost three levels went by before the next casualty succumbed to Gorodinsky. By this time, Gorodinsky was crushing the field having more than two times the amount of chips than his four opponents combined.
After losing a huge cooler to Kirsch, Andjelko Andrejevic was left with crumbs and Gorodinsky was more than happy to sweep them up sending the most experienced live PLO player to the showers.
Coming in as the shortest stack, Anthony Zinno fought hard all day but was never able to get anything going and he too was unable to get the best of Gorodinsky. Just a couple moments later, Rainer Kempe doubled up Kirsch and Gorodinsky swooped in to clean up the mess once again.
"Gordo" held a nine-to-one chip advantage over Kirsch when they got heads up and just a few hands later the two got it in. Kirsch knew he was in trouble right away seeing his draws dominated by his opponent and Gorodinsky was able to seal the deal.
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Mike Gorodinsky limped in with the and called a pot bet from Richard Kirsch holding the .
As soon as the flop swept out, Kirsch moved all-in and Gorodinsky quickly called.
Gorodinsky was ahead and would stay ahead through the turn and river — — improving to a straight and eliminated his final opponent to claim the victory in the second event of the US Poker Open.
Kirsch received $128,000 for his runner-up finish while Gorodinsky banks $179,200 for the win.
As Anthony Zinno exited, Rainer Kempe was under the gun (cutoff) and potted to 240,000. Richard Kirsch defended his big blind before shoving his last 205,000 on the flop. Kempe called right away.
Kirsch had a straight and a flush draw and he connected on the turn, leaving Kempe drawing dead. Kempe was crippled to just 45,000 and he wouldn't recover.
His shrapnel went in with and both of Kempe's opponents tried to score his knockout. Gorodinsky held and Kirsch had .
The board was checked through and Gorodinsky scooped the pot. Kempe, who entered the day second in chips, converted his field position into a bronze medal worth $83,200.
Mike Gorodinsky bet pot with the , making it 240,000 to go and Anthony Zinno called in the big blind holding the .
The flop came down and Gorodinsky bet pot again and Zinno called to put himself at risk.
Gorodinsky made his straight with the on the river leaving Zinno drawing dead and the meaningless on the river sealed Zinno's fate.
Zinno takes home $64,000 for his fourth-place effort.
Mike Gorodinsky limped from the small blind with and Anthony Zinno potted out of the big blind with . Gorodinsky, however, has been flawless all day and he was ready to go for it. He re-potted to 720,000, almost covering Zinno's stack. Zinno gave it some thought before folding.
Anthony Zinno opened with a pot-sized bet of 280,000 with the and Richard Kirsch called in the small blind with the Kirsch .
The flop fanned out and Zinno moved all in getting a quick call from Kirsch.
The gave Zinno a heart draw that was completed when the fell on the river.
Mike Gorodinsky raised to 200,000 and small blind Andjelko Andrejevic called for his last 75,000. The cards were turned up.
The board ran to eliminate Andrejevic in fifth place for $51,200.
Richard Kirsch opened to 280,000 with the under the gun and Andjelko Andrejevic looked down at the in the big blind. Andrejevic required two timebank chips before moving all in and Kirsch called putting himself at risk.
Andrejevic nailed the flop, making a set and putting Kirsch in rough shape. The on the turn left Kirsch drawing to only an ace and as luck would have it, the peeled off on the river and Andrejevic was left with less than one big blind.