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.
Sunday features a day off from the USPO action while the players enjoy the Super Bowl. The poker picks back up on Monday with the final table of the USPO #03 – $25K NLH event and Day 1 of the $25,000 Mixed Game Championship.