The first-ever U.S. Poker Open was dubbed the “first leg of the PokerGO High Roller Triple Crown” and after the world’s best players came together for the eight-event series, the USPO lived up to that billing. Players from around the world converged in Las Vegas for 11 days of high stakes action, including events not regularly seen on the High Roller circuit. In total, over $8 million was up for grabs during the U.S. Poker Open and when the dust settled, Stephen Chidwick was crowned USPO Champion.
While Chidwick was in the USPO winner’s circle more than once, Justin Bonomo opened the series with a win. The current GPI Player of the Year took down the first $10,000 High Roller and then Mike Gorodinsky won the first non-No Limit Hold’em event of the USPO. The WSOP bracelet winner emerged victorious in the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, at a final table that featured Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe and three-time World Poker Tour winner Anthony Zinno.
The USPO then broke for Super Bowl Sunday and when play resumed, it was The Stephen Chidwick Show. The British High Roller won back-to-back $25,000 buy-in events, including the USPO Mixed Game Championship. He also navigated his way to two more final tables, including a runner-up finish in the final $25,000 High Roller of the series, that was won by David Peters. France’s Benjamin Pollak took down the other $25,000 event that Chidwick final tabled, while Ben Tollerene bested a stacked field to win the second $10,000 High Roller of the series.
Thanks to his stellar finishes prior to the USPO $50,000 Main Event, Chidwick had locked up the overall series title before that final table had even come together. In the end, equities trader Keith Tilston topped a final table that included Jake Schindler, Daniel Negrean, Tom Marchese, and Dan Smith to take home the final event of the series and a $660,000 payday.
While Chidwick’s competitors were out of touching distance on the USPO Championship standings for nearly the entire series, U.S. Poker Open event replays are just a touch away. Relive the entire eight-event series, with over 40 hours of feature and final table coverage, exclusively on PokerGO.