USPO #3 - $10,000 NLH

Event Info

Buy-in $10,000
Players 91

Level Info

Level 26
Blinds 100,000 / 200,000
Ante 200,000
USPO #3 - $10,000 NLH
Day 2 Completed

Lauren Roberts Wins Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em ($218,400)

mnuwwarah • Level 26: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
Lauren Roberts - Champion
Lauren Roberts - Champion

Lauren Roberts became the first female champion in the U.S. Poker Open's brief history, making a large comeback heads up to beat Koray Aldemir and get through a 91-entry field in Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em.

It's the first live victory in poker for Roberts, and the $218,400 she won represents the high roller vet's biggest cash.

"I love the game, I'm passionate about it," she said afterwards in an interview with Poker Central's Maria Ho. "I hope to compete, and I was fortunate today."

She continued: "It's huge for me. I mean I've never won anything before. And so especially for women or old people and for amateurs. I love this game, I played with some phenomenal players and I learn every time I play a tournament. I happened to run good in some of these coin flips and they can make or break a tournament."

About her play and ambitions this week, Roberts told USPO officials, "I probably will play the $25k higher rollers, and I'll play tomorrow depending on how I feel. There are some amazing players in here and I have no clue how to play the short deck I don't have any illusions that I could win the overall championship. I feel like I have the capability to play well against these guys. I don't always live up to it but I always believe that I can do it and sometimes it actually works out."

Official Final Table Results

PlacePlayerHome CountryPrize
1Lauren RobertsUSA$218,400
2Koray AldemirGermany$159,250
3Stephen ChidwickUK$113,750
4Brandon AdamsUSA$91,000
5Sean WinterUSA$72,800
6Ralph WongUSA$54,600
7Rodger JohnsonUSA$45,500

Roberts spent much of Day 2 as one of the shorter stacks, while Sean Winter and Stephen Chidwick dominated play early on. Meanwhile, short stacks Rodger Johnson and Ralph Wong were the first two to bust at the official final table.

Aldemir changed the course of the tournament with a huge double when Winter ripped over his open with ace-jack suited only to run into two aces held by the German. Winter would then finish in fifth, allowing Brandon Adams to limp up a ladder with less than a big blind, when ace-king couldn't hold against Aldemir's eight-three offsuit.

Aldemir and Chidwick then played a huge flip that looked likely to decide the tournament, which was won by Aldemir when he flopped a set of fours.

Roberts was down 8.5 million to 3 million at 75,000/150,000/150,000 against her vastly more experienced foe, but she went from nine big blinds to tournament winner in a shockingly fast turnaround after blinds went up.

First, Roberts doubled king-queen against queen-jack, fading a flopped open-ended straight draw. Then, she checked top pair and turned aces up. Aldemir called a turn bet and then shoved over a river bet with just queen-high after missing a straight draw and a non-live flush draw. Roberts called right away and suddenly had a huge lead.

Aldemir busted moments later, and Roberts seemed as surprised as she was happy.

"I was ready to just concede," she said with a breathless laugh.

"I was up against the best players in the world," she said to Ho a few minutes later. "So, I'm amazed that it's actually happening."

PokerNews coverage of the 2019 USPO continues now with live updates from Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck, which you can follow here.

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Roberts Catches a Huge Bluff

mnuwwarah • Level 26: 100,000-200,000, 200,000 ante
2019 US Poker Open
2019 US Poker Open

Koray Aldemir completed with {q-Clubs}{4-Spades} and Lauren Roberts made it 500,000 with {a-Hearts}{10-Spades}.

Roberts checked the {3-Spades}{5-Spades}{10-Clubs} and Aldemir checked it back. The turn was an {a-Spades} and Roberts bet 500,000. Aldemir called and the river was the {j-Hearts}. Roberts bet 800,000 and Aldemir shoved. Roberts quickly called for what looked like about 3.6 million and Aldemir had to ship over a huge double.

Lauren Roberts us
Lauren Roberts
us 9,500,000 5,650,000
Koray Aldemir de
Koray Aldemir
de 1,875,000 -5,650,000

Tags: Koray AldemirLauren Roberts