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The ongoing US Poker Open (USPO) has seen an action-packed run of tournaments over the past week. Even as the series has another five days to go, the biggest buy-in event of the poker fest i.e. Event #5- $25,000 NLHE crowned a champion on Monday. Outlasting the field of 59 runners was Ali Imsirovic (cover image), who defeated Dan Shak heads-up to win $442,000 and his first major title of the year!
For Imsirovic, this win represents his fourth largest career score till date. The 24-year old posted eight six-figure scores last year. After a rocking head start (2018 PCA, $10,150 NLHE $160,050) Imsirovic’s second big score came in April at the 2019 Borgata Spring Poker Open ($2,700 NLHE Main Event -$246,066). He kept picking up scores all through last year but Imsirovicfinally hit the mother load in September when he dominated the 2018 Poker Masters. Imsirovic captured not one but two tournaments ($26K NLHE – $462,000, 2$52K NLHE – $799,000) at the series, an achievement that won him the coveted Poker Masters Purple Jacket.
With another big win under his belt; Imsirovic looks all geared up for yet another great year ahead!
The 2019 USPO is currently underway at the PokerGO studio near the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. A total of 59 entries in the event meant that the total prize pool reached $1,475,000.
Imsirovic was at the helm of things right from the start. Shortly after the first break on Day 1, he picked up momentum where he eliminated Daniel Weinand. He also scooped a large side pot off Brandon Adams.
Jake Schindler exited on the money bubble at 10th place, whiskers short of the unofficial final table. Schindler found himself at risk after he moved all in with ace-queen against Imsirovic’s ace-ten that improved to a pair after a ten appeared on the flop.
With Schindler’s elimination, each of the nine remaining finalists was guaranteed at least $44,250. Three more players exited within the next hour, narrowing the field down to the final six finishers, who bagged up for the day.
After collecting another monster pot against Adams on the last hand of Day 1, Imsirovic grabbed an overwhelming chip lead with 2,505,000 in the bag.
Final Table Chip Counts
The final day featured a star-studded final table including the likes of High Roller specialist Nick Petrangelo and Cary Katz all in contention for the title. Imsirovic kept up his upward drive by claiming the title in just two hours.
Final Table Recap
Joseph Cappello and Kristen Bicknell were the first one`s out from the final table and hit the rail in sixth and fifth place respectively.
Following them to the rail was Nick Petrangelo who ran his pocket jacks into Imsirovic’s pocket aces. The rockets held and with Petrangelo out in fourth place, Imsirovic extended his lead.
Three-handed play then saw Imsirovic open-raising UTG. Dan Shak defended his small blind to see the flop open . Shak checked and Imsirovic led out for 75,000. Shak made the call and bet 150,000 on the turn prompting Imsirovicto raise it to 550,000. Shak quickly moved all in for 1.92 Million and snap came the call from Imsirovic.
Shak’s two pair and weaker flush draw had a lot of catching up to do to Imsirovic’s set and king-high flush draw. The on the river did little to further Shak`s cause and he hit the rail at third place.
Coming into the heads-up play, Imsirovic held a commanding ten-to-one lead over Kary Katz and all it took him was one hand to win the title. On the final hand of the tournament, Imsirovic open-raised for 180,000 from the button holding the and Katz defended with . Katz checked his flush draw on the flop and Imsirovic made a c-bet of 140,000. Katz check-raised all in for 1.07 Million and Imsirovic made the call. The turn got Katz a few outs but the sealed his fate, crowning Imsirovic as the champion and just like that the 2018 Purple Jacket winner claimed his first major title of the year!
Final Table Results (USD)
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