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The third event of the US Poker Open (USPO), i.e. the $10K NLH, made history as it was won by Lauren Roberts (cover image) who became the first female champion of the series since its inception. Outlasting a 91-strong entry field, Roberts overcame a huge chip deficit against eventual runner-up Koray Aldemir to win her first-ever live tournament title along with a career-best live score of $218,400.
A High Roller specialist, Roberts expressed her love for poker in the post-event interview, “I love the game, I’m passionate about it. I hope to compete, and I was fortunate today.”
Talking about her win she said, “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.”
Regarding her future plans for the series she stated, “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.”
Players who finished in the money but failed to make the final table included Jerry Robinson (8th for $36,400), Alex Foxen (9th for $27,300), Seth Davies (10th for $27,300), Erik Seidel (11th for $27,300), Sean Perry (12th for $18,200) and Manig Loeser (13th for $18,200).
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Sean Winter – 4,165,000
2. Stephen Chidwick – 2,010,000
3. Lauren Roberts – 1,445,000
4. Brandon Adams – 1,190,000
5. Koray Aldemir – 1,185,000
6. Ralph Wong – 1,120,000
7. Rodger Johnson – 365,000
Final Table Recap
Rodger Johnson was the first casualty of the final table as he fell at the hands of series-openers $10K NLH winner Stephen Chidwick in seventh place. Johnson was followed to the rail by Ralph Wong who was eliminated in sixth place.
Finishing in fifth place was the man who has made a habit of making it to final table’s, Sean Winter. Featuring in his third final table of the series, Winter yet again missed the mark when his were defeated by Koray Aldemir’s which bettered to a pair of eights on the runout .
Next to go was Brandon Adams when his were bested by Chidwick’s . The board revealed and Chidwick turned top pair to eliminate Adams in fourth place.
Stephen Chidwick‘s attempt to win a second title at the series came to an end at the hands of Aldemir. Chidwick’s were no match for Aldemir’s which improved to a set of fours on the runout . The river was inconsequential as Chidwick exited in third place.
Koray Aldemir (8,450,000) had a massive chip lead heading into the heads-up battle against Lauren Roberts (2,925,000). Roberts kept her resolve steadfast and gradually chipped her way to the top. During level 26, Roberts caught a huge bluff against Aldemir which reversed the advantage in her favour. She doubled up to reach a count of 9,500,000, while Aldemir’s stack dwindled down to 1,875,000. From then on, it did not take much longer for Roberts to go in for the kill.
On the final hand of the event, Aldemir jammed with and Roberts called holding . The community cards opened and while both players picked up a clubs flush, Roberts ace-high flush won her the title, as Aldemir was relegated to the runner-up spot. Roberts not only won her career-first live tournament title at the event, but also became the first female poker player to win a USPO title, collecting a handsome $218,400 in prize money.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Lauren Roberts – $218,400
2. Koray Aldemir – $159,250
3. Stephen Chidwick – $113,750
4. Brandon Adams – $91,000
5. Sean Winter – $72,800
6. Ralph Wong – $54,600
7. Rodger Johnson – $45,500
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