Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||7,000 / 14,000|
Day 3 Completed
The inaugural US Poker Open tournament series has come to a close with Keith Tilston taking down Event #8: $50,000 No Limit Hold'em Main Event. Tilston took down a rival in Jake Schindler to pocket $660,000 and finish the overall series in second place.
A bit of an unknown player coming into the US Poker Open, Tilston will now walk away with a bit more respect from his peers. When asked what the respect of top pros means to him, Tilston said, “It means a ton. All these guys are pretty much the best players in the world. I feel I played pretty well but you have to get lucky to beat these guys.”
He cashed in four different events and tallied a total of $1,047,100 over the course of the week. That nearly matched his career earnings prior and you will likely see a bit more of this American poker player.
The same can't be said for the high-stakes tournament regular, Schindler, who has earned over $16.6 million in his career. He is well known by the poker community and also put together an impressive week, reaching three final tables and earning a total of $693,400.
Final Table Results
|1st||Keith Tilston||United States||$660,000|
|2nd||Jake Schindler||United States||$429,000|
|4th||Tom Marchese||United States||$165,000|
|5th||Dan Smith||United States||$132,000|
The final table kicked off with just five players returning to the felt and they were all guaranteed to be in the money. Tilston came into the day as the chip leader and showed no signs of relinquishing that label. He collided with Dan Smith on just the second hand of the day where Smith was all in with two pair against Tilston's one pair and straight draw. The river completed the straight for Tilston and Smith was awarded a min-cash.
Tom Marchese was left on the short stack but failed to get anything going his way. A key moment came when Marchese went for a three-barrel bluff against Daniel Negreanu for the majority of his chips. Negreanu picked him off and would go on to bust Marchese in the next hand.
When three-handed play began, Tilston held a three-to-one chip lead over both Schindler and Negreanu, but it would be the shorter-stacks that would clash. Not long after the first break of the day, Negreanu picked up pocket nines on the button against the pocket tens of Schindler in the small blind. The two players got all of their chips in the middle preflop and Negreanu was unable to find any help on the board of .
Negreanu wished his two competitors good luck and hinted it could be a long battle. "You guys might be here for a while." That left Tilston and Schindler to battle heads-up with $660,000 going to the winner. They would enter heads-up play with over 350 big blinds in play.
Tilston took a three-to-two chip lead into heads-up play but it was Schindler who started off by narrowing the gap. Both players were extremely deep and poised to have a long battle. Small pots were exchanged in the opening hands until Tilston started to gather some momentum.
It was a series of semi-bluffs and made hands that started to increase Tilston's lead which resulted in a dramatic finish. In the last hand of the day, Tilston flopped the nut flush draw with on an board. Schindler inflated the pot with his open-ended straight draw holding but was unable to connect when the and completed the board. Schindler made an all in bluff on the river and Tilston picked him off to claim the first-place prize.
US Poker Open Champion
It was another successful tournament series at the Aria Resort and Casino with eight tournaments held over the course of 11 days. The US Poker Open had a unique texture to it with a couple of different tournament formats. The buy-ins ranged from $10,000 - $50,000 and introduced a Pot Limit Omaha tournament and a Mixed Game Championship. The player who accumulated the most amount of earnings throughout the series would be crowned the champion and take home the coveted trophy.
The week belonged to one player by the name of Stephen Chidwick. With a total of four final tables, Chidwick amassed a whopping $1,256,650 to become the first ever US Poker Open Champion. Along the way, Chidwick was victorious in two of the $25,000 events and put a lock on the title after Day 1 of the final event.
That puts a wrap on another event here at the Aria Resort and Casino. The PokerNews live reporting team was pleased to bring you all of the coverage throughout the entire series.
Hand 65: Keith Tilston raised to 40,000 on the button with and Jake Schindler called holding . It was an action flop of and Schindler checked to Tilston who continued for 35,000. Schindler check-raised to 140,000 and Tilston made the call.
The turn brought the and Schindler led out for another 280,000. Tilston stuck around to see the complete his flush on the river. Schindler was left with just eight-high and piled his remaining 1.1 million chips into the middle. Tilston looked back at his cards and then quickly made the call, ending this heads-up battle rather quickly.
Hand 63: Keith Tilston just called with on the button and Jake Schindler raised to 84,000 with in the big blind. Tilston called to see a flop of and Schindler continued for 50,000. Tilston picked up a flush draw made the call as the landed on the turn. Schindler checked this time and Tilston seized the opportunity to bet 125,000. Schindler decided to send his ace-high into the muck and Tilston stretched out his lead.
Hand 64: Schindler limped in with on the button and Tilston checked his option with . Tilston checked to Schindler who bet 28,000 with top pair. Tilston called with bottom pair and spiked the on the turn. He started with another check and Schindler checked behind. The paired the board on the river and Tilston led out for 150,000. Schindler made the call and Tilston showed him the bad news.
Hand 58: Jake Schindler popped it up with the and Keith Tilston defended his big blind with the . A flop fanned out and Schindler continued for 30,000 and folded when Tilston check-raised to 90,000.
Hand 59: Tilston limped with the [ah3h and Schindler checked his . Tilston took it down with a bet on the flop.
Hand 60: Schindler raised it up to 45,000 with the and Tilston defended with the . The flop came down and Tilston check-called a bet of 40,000 from Schindler.
The hit the turn and two checks brought the on the river. Tilston bet 65,000 and Schindler's cards flew into the muck.
Hand 61: Peaking at the , Tilston opened to 40,000 and Schindler made the call with the . Both players checked a flop seeing the on the turn.
Tilston bet 55,000 and Schindler check-raised to 190,000, winning the pot.
Hand 62: Schindler limped with the and Tilston made it 60,000 with the . Schindler called to see a flop.
Two checks brought the on the turn and Tilston fired a bet worth 75,000 getting Schindler to fold.
Hand 53: Keith Tilston limped in with on the button and Jake Schindler raised it up to 84,000 with in the big blind. Tilston made the call and the flop came . Schindler led out for 60,000 and Tilston called with his bottom pair. The turn brought the and both players checked to the on the river. Schindler led out for 240,000 and that forced Tilston to lay down the winner.
Hand 54: Schindler opened to 45,000 on the button with and Tilston just called with in the big blind. Both players checked the flop of and the landed on the turn. Two more checks and the paired both players on the river. Tilston led out for 150,000 and Schindler paid off with the worse kicker.
Hand 55: Tilston open-folded on the button and Schindler received a walk.
Hand 56: Schindler limped in with and Tilston checked the . The flop came and Tilston checked after whiffing the flop. Schindler fired 14,000 and Tilston folded.
Hand 57: Tilston raised this time with to 32,000 and Schindler defended with . The flop came and both players checked to the on the turn. Schindler checked again and Tilston bet 30,000. Schindler laid his hand down and Tilston won a small pot.
Hand 48: jake Schindler limped in the small blind with the and Keith Tilston checked his option with the . The two checked down a board and Tilston took it down with a bet of 15,000 on the river.
Hand 49: Tilston opened with the and Schindler three-bet to 130,000 with the . Tilston folded.
Hand 50: Schindler picked up the and made it 45,000, taking down the pot.
Hand 51: Tilston opened to 28,000 with the and Schindler called with the . A flop saw Tilston bet 20,000 and Schindler check-call. Schindler checked again when the hit the turn and Tilston checked as well bringing the on the river.
Two more checks sent the pot to Schindler.
Hand 52: Schindler limped on the small blind with the and Tilston bumped it up with the getting a quick lay down from Schindler.
Hand 43: Keith Tilston mucked the on the button.
Hand 44: Jake Schindler limped the button with and Tilston checked in the big blind. The flop came and Tilston check-folded to a bet of 28,000 from Schindler.
Hand 45: Tilston raised to 30,000 on the button with and Schindler called holding . The flop fell and Schindler checked his rags to Tilston who continued for 20,000. Schindler instantly mucked and Tilston earned a pot.
Hand 46: Schindler limped in with and Tilston checked his in the big blind. The flop came and Tilston led out for 30,000. Schindler just called with top pair and the landed on the turn. Tilston fired another 65,000 which was followed by a call by Schindler. The completed the board and both players checked. Schindler tabled his cards and took down the pot with a pair of queens.
Hand 47: Tilston limped on the button with and Schindler raised it up to 90,000 with . Tilston dumped his rags into the muck and Schindler scooped the pot.
Hand 42: Daniel Negreanu looked down at the and raised it up to 35,000 on the button. Jake Schindler picked up a pair of his own and three-bet to 140,000 with the .
Negreanu four-bet jammed and Schindler called to put Negreanu at risk.
No help would come on the board and Negreanu was sent to the rail in third place for $264,000.