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USPO #9 - $50,000 NLH

Level Info

Level 24
Blinds 60,000 / 120,000
Ante 120,000
USPO #9 - $50,000 NLH
Day 2 Completed

Koray Aldemir Wins 2019 USPO Event #9: $50K NLH for $738K; Sean Winter Takes Overall Points Lead

Chad_Holloway • Level 24: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante
Koray Aldemir - Champion
Koray Aldemir - Champion

One week ago, Koray Aldemir nearly won a 2019 U.S. Poker Open tournament but came up one spot short when he finished runner-up to Lauren Roberts in Event #3: $10,000 NLH for $159,250. He found some redemption in the penultimate event of the series by topping a 41-entry field to win Event #9: $50,000 NLH for $738,000.

It was also a bit of redemption from last September’s Poker Masters when he finished runner-up to Ali Imsirovic in Event #6: $50,000 NLH. Aldemir earned $517,000 in that event.

“This feels great, honestly. I had a lot of second and third finishes in the last year and winning one feels great," Aldemir said after his win. “Playing these high rollers is the best thing in poker for me. I have a lot of fun playing these things. Sometimes I take a break from poker, but when I do play I just love competing with the best.”

In other news, Sean Winter had 440 points on the 2019 USPO leaderboard entering the Event #9: $50,000 NLH final table. Thanks to a third-place finish, he earned 100 points to tie Stephen Chidwick on top with 540 points. However, Winter has cashed for more in the first nine events, which gives him the tiebreaker. Still, there’s one more event to go, so all signs point to it coming down to the wire.

Event #9: $50,000 NLH Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Koray AldemirGermany$738,000
2Ryan RiessUnited States$492,000
3Sean WinterUnited States$328,000
4Alex FoxenUnited States$205,000
5David PetersUnited States$164,000
6Seth DaviesUnited States$123,000

Final Table Action

Things got off to a quick start when Seth Davies jammed the hijack holding ace-queen of diamonds and Foxen woke up with the same hand in the big, albeit in clubs. The latter flopped a Royal Flush draw, and while he didn’t hit poker’s top hand, he did find another club on the river to send Davies out the door in sixth place for $123,000.

Soon after, Foxen dispatched David Peters in fifth place when his Big Slick won a flip against pocket eights, and then a marathon four-handed match ensued where a dozen straight all-in-and-a-call hands resulted in 11 short stack doubles and one chop.

Eventually, the blinds and antes got big and Foxen got his stack all in preflop with ace-eight suited only to run it smack dab into 2013 World Series of Poker Main Event champ Ryan Riess’ ace-nine suited. The better ace won and Foxen finished in fourth place for $205,000.

Winter, who was at his fifth final table of the 2019 USPO, missed out on his second win – he previously took down Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck for $151,200 – when his jack-nine failed to get there against Riess’ Big Slick.

While he didn’t notch any of the eliminations up to that point, Aldemir got the one that mattered. He began heads-up play with a lead over Riess and set about whittling him down. In what would be the final hand of the tournament, Riess jammed with king-seven and Aldemir woke up with king-queen. It held and Riess had to settle for second place and a $492,000 consolation prize.

Because of this win, Aldemir is in real contention for the U.S. Poker Open Championship as the $100,000 Main Event is now underway.

Here's how things look on the overall leaderboard after the conclusion of Event #9:

PlacePlayerCashesPointsWinnings
1Sean Winter5540$747,900*
2Stephen Chidwick4540$705,950
3Nick Schulman2410$390,000
4Brandon Adams3365$314,750
5Koray Aldemir2340$897,200
6Cary Katz3340$580,200
7Bryn Kenney2240$477,000
8Lauren Roberts2240$263,400
9Jordan Cristos2240$206,200
10Ali Imsirovic1200$442,500
11David Peters2200$264,800
12Ben Yu3200$262,800

*Winter holds the tiebreaker by virtue of having won more money over the course of the series.

“The leader board is very exciting, I wish more tournament series and casinos would do that," said Aldemir. "I think that it brings out more players to participate and I think that it’s also just a lot of fun to play in it.”

PokerNews coverage of the 2019 USPO continues now with updates from Event #10: $100,000 Main, which you can follow by clicking here.

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Hand #99 of the Final Table

Chad_Holloway • Level 24: 60,000-120,000, 120,000 ante

Koray Aldemir limped with the {j-Spades}{3-Clubs} and Ryan Riess checked his option holding the {q-Clubs}{10-Hearts}. Both players checked the {k-Clubs}{6-Spades}{7-Diamonds} flop and then Riess check-called a bet of 180,000 on the {j-Hearts} turn with his open ender.

Riess checked after missing on the {k-Spades} river and folded to a bet of 540,000 from Aldemir.

Koray Aldemir de 4,020,000 420,000
Ryan Riess us 2,130,000 -470,000

Tags: Ryan RiessKoray Aldemir

Level:
24
Blinds:
60,000/120,000
Ante:
120,000

Break Time

Chad_Holloway • Level 23: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante

The final two players are now on a short break while the tournament staff sets up for heads-up play.

Sean Winter Eliminated in 3rd Place ($328,000)

Chad_Holloway • Level 23: 50,000-100,000, 100,000 ante
Sean Winter - 3rd Place
Sean Winter - 3rd Place

Sean Winter raised the button to 430,000 and then called off for 860,000 total when Ryan Riess jammed from the button.

Winter: {j-Spades}{9-Spades}
Riess: {a-Diamonds}{k-Clubs}

The {3-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{10-Hearts} flop gave both players a straight draw, but neither would hit as the turn came the {4-Clubs} followed by the {4-Spades} on the river. Riess' ace-high was good and Winter was sent to the rail, albeit with the overall points lead in the 2019 USPO Player of the Series race with just one event to go.

Koray Aldemir de 3,600,000 10,000
Ryan Riess us 2,600,000 950,000
Sean Winter us Busted

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