Keith Tilston Wins Us Poker Open Main Event For $600,000

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Keith Tilston Wins Us Poker Open Main Event For $600,000

The inaugural US Open Poker Championships came to a close last night with Keith Tilston overcoming a mega-talented field to take down the $50k buy-in Main Event for $600,000.

The main event attracted 33 entries which had played down to the final 5 before the start of the third and final day. Keith Tilston started the day with a huge chip advantage over second placed Daniel Negreanu (2.273m to 1.146m) with Jake Schindler (669,000), Tom Marchese (564,000), and Dan Smith (299,000) bringing up the rear.

Dan Smith fell to Tilston on just the second hand of the day after committing his chips with a flopped two pair on a {a-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{8-Clubs}{q-Hearts} board. Tilston made the call with {q-Diamonds}{9-Spades}. The {10-Clubs} river completed Tilston’s straight and sent Smith home in 5th, good for $132,000.

It took another hour and a quarter for the next elimination and it was Tom Marchese who left in 4th, the same position he’d started the day in. By this time down to just a few big blinds Marchese pushed with {a-Clubs}{4-Clubs} over Daniel Negreanu’s limped {9-Hearts}{8-Diamonds}. Negreanu made the call and after making two pairs on the turn he sent Marchese packing in 4th ($165,000).

Negreanu himself was next to fall, committing his stack with a pair of 9’s, only for Jake Schindler to make the call with {10-Spades}{10-Diamonds}. A blank board consigned Negreanu to the rail where he collected $264,000.

Despite drawing a little closer in chips to Tilston during heads-up play, Schindler never managed to get ahead of the man who led from start to finish and eventually Tilston let Schindler hang himself. After betting heavily on a {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}{6-Spades}{2-Clubs} board with {8-Spades}{7-Hearts} for an open-ended straight draw, Schindler bluff-jammed his remaining 1.1m on the {2-Hearts} river. Having been dealt {k-Hearts}{4-Hearts} and made a rivered flush, it was an easy call for Tilston to win the tournament. Schindler earned $429,000 as runner-up while Tiltston took $600k and the Main Event title.

This win pushed Tiltston’s series winnings over thr $1m mark with $1,047,100, although the UK’s Stephen Chidwick had already secured the overall championship before the Main Event ended after two wins, a second and third, and a fifth place finish enabled him to cash for a total of $1,256,650.

Final Table Results: US Poker Open $50k Main Event

Place Player Country Prize (USD)
1st Keith Tilston United States $660,000
2nd Jake Schindler United States $429,000
3rd Daniel Negreanu Canada $264,000
4th Tom Marchese United States $165,000
5th Dan Smith United States $132,000