Joey Weissman Mounted a Comeback for the Ages to Win USPO Event #5: $10K NLHE ($204,000)

Joey Weissman mounted a comeback for the ages as he had a short-stack most of the final table including facing an initial 6:1 chip deficit against Adam Hendrix heads-up to win the U.S. Poker Open Event #5: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em for $204,000 at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino.

Weissman entered the final table in the middle of the pack but often found himself short on chips and needed no less than five double-ups to stay alive throughout the day.

Hendrix appeared destined to win the event after holding a commanding chip lead throughout most of the final table including eliminating four of his six opponents at the official final table but things fell apart heads-up to finish runner-up for $144,500.

In other news, Joe McKeehen was also on the podium in third place for $102,000, which was more than good enough to catapult him to the top of the U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings ahead Jake Daniels, who was the leaderboard captain from the time he won the USPO Event #1: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em for $218,500.

The event itself was the second-biggest of the festival after attracting 85 entries to create an $850,000 prize pool. The final table was broadcasted to poker fans around the world at the subscription-based PokerGO.

Remember, an annual subscription to PokerGO costs $99.99, but you can save $20 off by using promo code “USPO21” at checkout. Sign up by going here.

Event #5 Final Table Results

Place Name Country Prize
1 Joey Weissman United States $204,000
2 Adam Hendrix United States $144,500
3 Joe McKeehen United States $102,000
4 Cary Katz United States $85,000
5 Frank Funaro United States $68,000
6 Brock Wilson United States $51,000
7 Vicent Bosca Spain $42,500

Event #5 Final Table Action

Poker Central and PokerGO founder Cary Katz entered the final table as the table captain with 2015 WSOP Bracelet winner Joe McKeehen, Adam Hendrix, and Joey Weissman closest on his tail. Frank Funaro, Brock Wilson, and the only player not from the United States in Spain’s Vicent Bosca all began with short stacks.

The three short-stacked players were unable to get anything going and were the first three players eliminated at the final table. Bosca was the first of the trio on the rail in seventh place for $42,500 after his queen-jack was no match against Hendrix’s ace-queen.

Wilson was the next casualty in sixth place for $51,000 on a rollercoaster of a hand. Hendrix jammed with jack-eight and was called by Wilson with ace-queen. Two queens and a king spiked the flop to improve Wilson to trips. However, it appeared nothing could go wrong for Hendrix as he managed to win the hand with minuscule odds to do so after a nine came on the turn followed by a ten on the river to complete a straight.

Shortly after Funaro three-bet jammed ace-three suited and was eliminated in fifth place for $68,000 when he didn’t get there against Hendrix’s tens.

Hendrix’s stack grew to more than double his three opponents combined during four-handed play. The two short stacks then collided with Weissman jammed his six-five suited and getting called by Katz with ace-four. A five hit the board to double up Weissman and to leave Katz with crumbs. Hendrix dusted off Katz’ stack to eliminate the start of the day chip leader in fourth place for $85,000 the next hand when his queen-deuce dominated eight-deuce.

Shortly after, Hendrix ousted McKeehen in third place for $102,000 when his queen-trey suited didn’t improve against Hendrix’s king-nine suited.

Heads-Up Action

Hendrix, who was dominating throughout the final table, began heads-up action with a nearly 6:1 chip advantage against Weissman and extended it to a more than 9:1 chip advantage before things began to fall apart.

Weissman doubled-up with king-seven against Hendrix’s six-four. The underdog then doubled-up again to nearly even his stack when his pocket rockets dominated Hendrix’s king-six to bring the stacks close to even and soon after Weissman snagged the chip lead.

Hendrix then found himself short on chips with Weissman whittling away at his stack. Weissman had a more than 4:1 chip advantage when he jammed queen-deuce suited and was called by Hendrix with ace-jack suited. Weissman improved to a flush and despite crushing throughout the final table had to settle for the healthy runner-up prize of $144,500.

David “ODB” Baker Leads Final 7 in the USPO Event #6: $10K 8-Game Mix

The USPO Event #6: $10,000 8-Game is one of the more unique events to follow during the 2021 U.S. Poker Open at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort & Casino as it features a rotation of eight games between no-limit hold’em, limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, limit Omaha hi-lo, razz, stud, stud hi-lo, and limit 2-7 triple draw.

The event proved to be popular as the 68 entries creating a $680,000 prize pool represents the largest mixed-game event in U.S. Poker Open history.

David “ODB” Baker, who won one of his two WSOP gold bracelets in the 2012 WSOP 8-Game, finds himself in a familiar spot in a mixed-game event as he leads the final seven players with a stack of 2,170,000 in chips with four-time WSOP bracelet winner Eli Elezra closest on his tail with 1,950,000 in chips.

Steve Zolotow (1,605,000) was the only other player to advance with a seven-figure stack. This is impressively the third final table for Zolotow this festival and could find himself hopping from seventh to first on the 2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings if he could manage to win the event, which boasts a huge $183,600 top prize.

Meanwhile, Sweden’s Erik Sagstrom (905,000), Nick Guagenti (895,000), GGPoker Ambassador and six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (810,000), and Richard Sklar (160,000) will all look to spin up their short stacks at the final table.

Event #6 Final Table Seat Draw

Seat Name Country Chip Count
1 Erik Sagstrom Sweden 905,000
2 Daniel Negreanu Canada 810,000
3 David “ODB” Baker United States 2,170,000
4 Steve Zolotow United States 1,605,000
5 Eli Elezra United States 1,950,000
6 Nick Guagenti United States 895,000
7 Richard Sklar United States 160,000

Action of the Day

Event #6 attracted 68 entries to generate a $680,000 prize pool with 10 players getting paid at least a min-cash of $20,400.

Mike Thorpe bubbled the event in 11th place during a round of seven-card stud after his queens in the hole were no good against Zolotow’s trip jacks.

Alan Richardson was the first player out in the money in 10th place for $20,400 in a spectacular hand for Baker. According to the Poker Central Blog, Baker three-bet jammed with rockets and improved even further to quad aces after Richardson called off with queen-ten suited.

Shortly after, Zolotow ousted Mike Wattel in ninth place for $27,200 in a hand of limit hold’em. Zolotow flopped trips with sixes while Wattel had top pair with ace-queen. The chips were in then and there and Wattel’s run in the 8-Game event ended after he was unable to get a runner-runner miracle on the turn and river.

Mike Gorodinsky was the final casualty of the day in eighth place for $27,200 in a three-way pot against Baker with tens and Elezra with ace-jack. An ace spiked the board and the final seven players bagged their chips for Wednesday’s final table.

Where to Watch the Final Table?

The final seven players will return to the PokerGo Studios on June 9 with the action expected to begin at 3 p.m. EDT. PokerGO will live stream what promises to be some of the most exciting poker action of the year beginning at 4 p.m. EDT.

Remember, an annual subscription to PokerGO costs $99.99, but you can save $20 off by using promo code “USPO21” at checkout. Sign up by going here.

Final Table Payouts

All returning players are guaranteed at least a $34,000 payout with the eventual winner slated to take home a huge $183,600 top prize.

Place Prize
1 $183,600
2 $136,000
3 $88,400
4 $68,000
5 $54,400
6 $40,800
7 $34,000

2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings

Joe McKeehen Wins USPO Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em ($200,200)
Joe McKeehen leads the 2021 USPO Leaderboard

Joe McKeehen catapulted from second to first on the 2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings after his third-place performance in Event #5.

Jake Daniels, who was leading the leaderboard during the early part of the festival after winning the opening event, slipped down into second place.

Meanwhile, after winning Event #5, Joey Weissman hopped into third place on the leaderboard with Event #2 champion Sam Soverel, Event #4 winner John Riordan, and Steve Zolotow rounding out the top five spots.

Rank Player Points Wins Cashes Earnings
1 Joe McKeehen 302 1 2 $302,200
2 Jake Daniels 219 1 1 $218,500
3 Joey Weissman 204 1 1 $204,000
4 Sam Soverel 195 1 2 $194,500
5 Dan Shak 186 0 2 $186,000
6 John Riordan 182 1 2 $182,200
7 Steve Zolotow 153 0 2 $153,000
8 Barry Hutter 153 0 2 $152,500
9 Jordan Cristos 147 0 2 $147,000
10 Ray Qartomy 146 0 1 $146,300

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  • Joey Weissman mounted an epic comeback against Adam Hendrix to win the U.S. Poker Open Event #5: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em for $204,000.

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