A record-breaking 95 entries were made in event no. 1 of the 2021 U.S. Poker Open, a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament held at the PokerGO studio at Aria in Las Vegas.
After two days of play, it was Texas poker pro Jake Daniels who came away with the victory, along with $218,500 of the $950,000 prize pool.
This was Daniels’ third final table of the year, and continues the hot streak he started in December of 2019 with a win at the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic. Last year, he picked up victories at the Aria Winter High Roller Series, as well as the L.A. Poker Classic High Roller before the live tournament circuit was shut down. He now has nearly $1.6 million in career tournament earnings.
In order to claim the title, Daniels had to overcome a tough final table that included high rollers Sergi Reixach and Barry Hutter, Card Player columnist Steve Zolotow, 2018 USPO champion Stephen Chidwick, and day 1 chip leader Dan Shak.
Daniels knocked out Chidwick in fourth place, before Shak busted Hutter to set up a heads-up showdown. Shak held a nearly 2:1 chip lead to start, but a cooler when both players made straights flipped the advantage to Daniels.
It wasn’t long after that when Daniels was able to close out the match and secure the title.
Here are the final table results.
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