The U.S. Poker Open was Phil Hellmuth’s first major tournament win, and it ended in a dramatic fashion.

A historic moment for the PokerGO Tour will be marked by Phil Hellmuth’s first victory on the Circuit in the U.S. Poker Open in 2023.

As only events with a $10,000+ buy-in from the festival of festivals qualify for the PGT, Phil had lost four heads-up matches on the circuit, two in the previous U.S. Poker Open and two at the WSOP.

A fitting game was found for this momentous occasion.

Day 1 ended with a larger-than-usual seven finalists, but the FT was over in a flash.

Despite Darren Elias’s fall from second in chips to seventh place, the gang managed to stay together and celebrate his fourth World Poker Tour victory.

Once the most dangerous player in the game flopped and Event #4 champion Allan Lee received a bye, the storyline of the game’s commentators was limited to watching what Phil Hellmuth, who was doomed to smash into Jeremy Ausmus in the last act, could accomplish.

The shortstacks were no match for this fight, which culminated in a magnificent hand that will be included in year-end summaries and producer advertisements for years to come.

Ausmus got things started by winning the 100,000-blind with a queen of clubs against QT. Phil folded his 62 of clubs before the ante was made. The flop of T45 all clubs looked great to both of them.

Ausmus made a half-pot wager on top pair and a flush draw. Hellmuth didn’t waste any time trying to cover up his flush, raising to 500,000, and Ausmus called with an all-in bet of 40 big blinds. Ausmus had a better hand than Hellmuth before the turn, which was a club, but Hellmuth improved his hand. Three of a kind straight!

Poker player Phil Hellmuth won $211,200.

$149,600 paid to Jeremy Ausmus

$105,600 for Jesse Lonis.

$188,000 for George Wolff

70,400 USD to Aram Oganyan

Alan Le – $52,800

$44,000 for Darren Elias.

Therefore, there will be just four players remaining at the final table in Event #6 PLO $15k.

The tournament’s progression, particularly towards the bubble, was familiar despite the new format and increased buy-in. Once again, Daniel Negreanu ran out of rewards at the final minute, but this time it was Japanese player Masashi Oya who had the misfortune of being the last to run out of cash.

As players like Jim Collopy, Chris Brewer, and Erik Seidel ended their final table participation out of sight of the cameras, the resumption of play will feature a rematch between Wynn Millions runner-up Isaac Kempton and the possibility of a comeback by Ben Lamb.

3,000,000 for Isaac Kempton

Shuda, Gregory 2,510,000

1.22 million by Martin Zamani

820,000 Ben Lamb


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