2018 US Poker Open

USPO #02 – $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha
Day: 1
Event Info

2018 US Poker Open

Final Results
Winner
Winning Hand
a1077
Event Info
Buy-in
$10,000
Prize Pool
$640,000
Entries
64
Level Info
Level
23
Blinds
40,000 / 80,000
Ante
0

USPO #02 – $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha

Day 1 Completed

Richard Kirsch Holds Massive Lead as the $10,000 PLO Reaches Final Table

Level 16 : 10,000/20,000, 0 ante
Richard Kirsch
Richard Kirsch

The final table of the 2018 US Poker Open #02 $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha is set. Just six players remain after a 17 level Day 1 which saw 64 entries piled up. Leading the pack is American Richard Kirsch but an elite field stands in his way.

Final Table Line-Up:

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Mike GorodinskyUnited States1,275,000
2Cary KatzUnited States770,000
3Anthony ZinnoUnited States580,000
4Andjelko AndrejevicSerbia1,405,000
5Richard KirschUnited States2,530,000
6Rainer KempeGermany1,440,000

Kirsch held the chip lead for the latter part of Day 1 but saw a huge spike in his stack on the final hand of the night. Kirsch collided with Dan Shak and the two found themselves in a ridiculous cooler spot. Kirsch called a big three-bet preflop from Shak with kings to Shak's aces. After a dry flop fell, Kirsch immediately bet pot and Shak inst-shoved getting a snap-call from Kirsch. A more than 2 million chip pot was formed, over 25% of the chips in play, and Kirsch spiked a straight on the turn to eliminate Shak on the official final table bubble.

Day 1 kicked off at 2 PM local time inside the Aria Resort & Casino. The likes of Daniel Negreanu, Bryn Kenney, Justin Bonomo, Stephen Chidwick, Brian Rast, and Erik Seidel all tested their luck but didn't have the right ingredients to make a deep run.

Just the top 10 spots made the money and after leading the field for most of the day, a cruel cooler left Sam Soverel in the danger zone and the man that iced him, Mike Gorodinsky, returned for the rest of Soverel's stack moments later.

Ben Yu (10th - $19,200), Joshua Ladines (9th - $19,200), and Benjamin Pollak (8th - $25,600) were the only players other than Shak to leave with some consolation, though with the re-entries, none of them would feel much better than the rest.

Here's what the finalists have left to fight for:

PlacePrize
1$179,200
2$128,000
3$83,200
4$64,000
5$51,200
6$38,400

The final table is set to kick off around noon local time on Saturday afternoon and the stream will begin on PokerGo at 1 PM (4 PM EST). Follow along with the action here on the blog as it plays out on stream all the way down until a champion is crowned.

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Tags: Anthony ZinnoBenjamin PollakBenjamin YuBrian RastBryn KenneyCary KatzDan ShakDaniel NegreanuErik SeidelJoshua LadinesJustin BonomoMike GorodinskyRainer KempeRichard KirschSam SoverelStephen Chidwick

Dan Shak Eliminated in 7th Place ($32,000)

Level 16 : 10,000/20,000, 0 ante
Dan Shak
Dan Shak

A preflop three-bet by Dan Shak to 260,000 was called by the original opener Richard Kirsch. The flop came down {8-Spades}{4-Hearts}{3-Clubs} and Kirsch announced "pot", making the bet 555,000. Shak quickly moved all-in for 190,000 more and Kirsch snap-called to put him at risk.

Dan Shak: {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}{7-Spades}{6-Hearts}
Richard Kirsch: {k-Spades}{k-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{2-Clubs}

Shak was ahead with his aces but Kirsch had some big outs. The {6-Diamonds} on the turn quickly turned the tables giving Kirsch a straight and the {2-Spades} didn't improve Shak's hand as he bubbled the official final table, leaving with $32,000 and a bad beat.

Player Chips Progress
Richard Kirsch us
Richard Kirsch
2,500,000 1,150,000
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
Busted

Tags: Dan ShakRichard Kirsch

Final Table Redraw

Level 16 : 10,000/20,000, 0 ante
SeatPlayerChip Count
1Mike Gorodinsky1,500,000
2Cary Katz730,000
3Anthony Zinno630,000
4Andjelko Andrejevic1,400,000
5Richard Kirsch1,350,000
6Rainer Kempe1,350,000
7Dan Shak1,020,000
Player Chips Progress
Mike Gorodinsky us
Mike Gorodinsky
1,500,000 100,000
WSOP 3X Winner
Andjelko Andrejevic rs
Andjelko Andrejevic
1,400,000
WPT 1X Winner
Richard Kirsch us
Richard Kirsch
1,350,000 -350,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
1,350,000 150,000
Dan Shak us
Dan Shak
1,020,000 100,000
Cary Katz us
Cary Katz
730,000 5,000
Anthony Zinno us
Anthony Zinno
630,000 80,000
WSOP 4X Winner
WPT 3X Winner

Benjamin Pollak Eliminated in 8th place ($25,600)

Level 16 : 10,000/20,000, 0 ante
Ben Pollak
Ben Pollak

While the dust was still in the air surrounding Joshua Ladines elimination, Benjamin Pollak saw his run come to an end as well.

We didn't catch the action but Pollak fell to Andjelko Andrejevic and Andrejevic filled us in on the hand.

Pollak had {a-}{j-}{10-}{4-} against Andrejevic's {a-}{10-}{9-}{5-}. The board ran out {4-Spades}{9-Hearts}{8-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}{3-Spades} and Pollak fell in 8th place earning a score of $25,600.

Player Chips Progress
Andjelko Andrejevic rs
Andjelko Andrejevic
1,400,000 380,000
WPT 1X Winner
Benjamin Pollak fr
Benjamin Pollak
Busted

Tags: Andy AndrejevicBenjamin Pollak

Joshua Ladines Eliminated in 9th Place ($19,200)

Level 16 : 10,000/20,000, 0 ante
Joshua Ladines
Joshua Ladines

Looking down at a {4-Hearts}{a-Hearts}{j-Clubs} flop, Joshua Ladines bet 30,000 into a pot of 50,000. Rainer Kempe raised to 85,000 and back-to-back pot bets between the two saw both player's cards on their backs with Ladines at risk.

Joshua Ladines: {a-Clubs}{6-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{j-Spades}
Rainer Kempe: {a-Diamonds}{a-Spades}{5-Spades}{4-Clubs}

Ladines was drawing slim and found no help from the {9-Clubs}{8-Diamonds} run out. Ladines banked $19,200.

Player Chips Progress
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
1,200,000 690,000
Joshua Ladines us
Joshua Ladines
Busted

Tags: Rainer KempeJoshua Ladines

Katz Doubles Through Andrejevic

Level 16 : 10,000/20,000, 0 ante

There was 120,000 in the pot when Andjelko Andrejevic bet 100,000 on the turn of a {7-Clubs}{j-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} board. Cary Katz had checked and announced he was all in for 305,000. Andrejevic obliged putting Katz at risk.

Cary Katz: {q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{6-Hearts}{a-Spades}
Andjelko Andrejevic: {a-Diamonds}{q-Hearts}{7-Diamonds}{3-Spades}

The {j-Hearts} completed the board and Katz scored the double up with a full house.

Player Chips Progress
Andjelko Andrejevic rs
Andjelko Andrejevic
1,020,000 -180,000
WPT 1X Winner
Cary Katz us
Cary Katz
725,000 300,000

Tags: Andy AndrejevicCary Katz