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USPO #2 - $10,000 PLO

Level Info

Level 27
Blinds 150,000 / 300,000
Ante 300,000

Players Info

Prize Pool $640,000
USPO #2 - $10,000 PLO
Day 2 Completed

Jordan Cristos Wins 2019 USPO Event #2: $10K PLO for $179,200

Chad_Holloway • Level 27: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Jordan Cristos - Event #2 Champ
Jordan Cristos - Event #2 Champ

World Poker Tour champ Jordan Cristos began the final table of the 2019 US Poker Open Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha as the chip leader, and despite a back-and-forth heads-up match against German Manig Loeser, he wound up with all the chips.

Cristos topped a 64-entry field to win the tournament for $179,200, which along with the $27,000 he won for finishing 11th in Event #1: $10,000 NLH gives him the overall lead in the USPO points race. The ultimate winner of that race, which spans all ten tournaments, will walk away with a $100,000 bonus courtesy of PokerGO.

"It's cool. It's sweet," Cristos told USPO officials after the win. "The structure was turbo-ish and I feel like I didn't out-skill anyone here. There were 50 people in the field and I was probably the 44th best player, honestly. It feels good to come out on top though. I don't think I made many mistakes but I can't really gauge whether or not I did because I'm no PLO expert, but I won so that's good."

He continued: "I want to win the overall championship. If you do good the first two tournaments and you're leading, you might as well finish it out. There's no reason to stop now. It would be awesome to win the U.S. Poker Open. I would love to have the trophy at home to just stare at them every day for a year until it comes back again and be the U.S. Poker Open champion."

Cristos, who prior to the win had $2,329,116 in lifetime earnings, is best known for winning the 2012 WPT Legends of Poker for a career-high $613,355. Last summer, he also had a deep run in the 2018 World Series of Poker Main Event finishing in 69th place for $108,745.

USPO Event #2: $10,000 PLO Final Table Results

1Jordan CristosUnited States$179,200
2Manig LoeserGermany$128,000
3Martin ZamaniUnited States$83,200
4Adam HendrixUnited States$64,000
5Cary KatzUnited States$51,200
6Sean WinterUnited States$38,400

Final Table Action

Cristos got off to a hot start winning the first two hands and then notching the first elimination a short time later. It happened when Sean Winter, who was fresh off finishing runner-up to Stephen Chidwick in the opening event, and Cristos both had a Broadway straight plus redraw outs. Cristos hit his flush draw to improve and send Winter out in sixth place for $38,400.

Cary Katz, who the year before finished sixth in the same event, then got his chips in on a king-high flop holding aces and was up against Cristos’ bottom two pair. Cristos boated up and Katz was sent packing in fifth place for $51,200.

Immediately after, Adam Hendrix got his short stack all in preflop holding big cards in the small blind and Cristos looked him up with low cards in the big. The latter flopped bottom set and Hendrix had to settle for fourth place and $64,000 in prize money.

Cristos then dispatched an extremely short-stacked Martin Zamani in third place to set up his heads-up match against Loeser. The duo battled for longer than it took to get to heads-up play, and the chip lead changed on four occasions.

Eventually, Cristos flopped a pair with straight and flush draws against Loeser, who had two pair and an inferior flush draw. The chips went in and Cristos turned a bigger two pair. The river was a blank and Loeser, who credits fellow German poker pro Dominik Nitsche with helping him improve his game, fell in second place for $128,000.

PokerNews coverage of the 2019 USPO continues now with live updates from Event #3: $10,000 NLH, which you can follow here.

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Manig Loeser Eliminated in 2nd Place ($128,000)

Chad_Holloway • Level 27: 150,000-300,000, 300,000 ante
Manig Loeser - 2nd Place
Manig Loeser - 2nd Place

Jordan Cristos raised the pot to 750,000 with the {9-Spades}{6-Hearts}{k-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and Manig Loeser defended holding the {q-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}.

When the flop came down {q-Clubs}{5-Diamonds}{7-Clubs}, Loeser checked and Cristos bet 600,000. Loeser check-raised and got all in for 2.38 million.

Cristos was the mathematical favorite and he took a big lead when the {K-Spades} turn gave him two pair. The {8-Spades} river was no help to Loeser and he had to settle for second place and a $128,000 prize.

Jordan Cristos us 8,000,000 4,950,000
Manig Loeser de Busted

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Get to Know Sean Winter

Chad_Holloway • Level 26: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Photo: Drew Amato / Poker Central)
Photo: Drew Amato / Poker Central)

Squeezed in-between former World Series of Poker Main Event winners Greg Merson and Peter Eastgate, Sean Winter ranks 59th on the all-time money list with $11.5 million in career earnings. Can we possibly describe him as an unknown player with all that he’s accomplished? It’s hard not to, but what do you really know about Sean Winter and the best poker face in the game?

Learn more about this mysterious poker pro over on Poker Central.

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Loeser Takes It with River Lead

Chad_Holloway • Level 26: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante

Jordan Cristos limped with the {q-Clubs}{7-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds} and Manig Loeser checked his option with the {10-Clubs}{8-Hearts}{5-Hearts}{4-Diamonds}.

Loeser check-called a bet of 400,000 on the {3-Clubs}{8-Diamonds}{a-Hearts} flop and then action went check-check on the {J-Spades} turn.

When the {K-Diamonds} completed the board on the river, Loeser led out for 825,000 and Cristos folded.

Manig Loeser de 4,950,000 100,000
Jordan Cristos us 3,050,000 -100,000

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Chad_Holloway • Level 25: 75,000-150,000, 150,000 ante

Manig Loeser and Jordan Cristos continue to exchange pots with the chip lead alternating between them.

In a recent hand, Cristos limped the button with {q-Clubs}{j-Spades}{9-Hearts}{5-Spades} and Loeser called with {8-Clubs}{7-Diamonds}{4-Clubs}{3-Hearts}.

Loeser check-called a bet of 250,000 on the {j-Clubs}{6-Hearts}{2-Clubs} and then both players checked the {a-Hearts} turn as well as the {3-Diamonds} river. Cristos took it with a pair of jacks.

Manig Loeser de 4,850,000 1,225,000
Jordan Cristos us 3,150,000 -1,225,000

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