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Poker Masters Champ Ali Imsirovic Wins US Poker Open $25,000 Event for $442,500

Poker Masters Champ Ali Imsirovic Wins US Poker Open $25,000 Event for $442,500

Last September, 24-year-old Ali Imsirovic won back-to-back events at the 2018 Poker Masters on his way to capturing the overall series championship and prestigious purple jacket. After taking the past couple months off from the game, he returned to the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas and claimed another title.

This time he beat a 59-entry field to win the 2019 US Poker Open Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $442,500, the fourth-largest score of his burgeoning career.

"I'm much less risk-averse than other players and I'm more aggressive, so I might make fewer final tables but when I do I usually have a lot of chips and perhaps a little better chance of getting the win," Imsirovic said after the win. "Today just went so fast. As first the two short stacks doubled up but then I had back-to-back bust outs against Nick Petrangelo and Dan Shak, and the heads up with Cary didn't last too long either. If he had doubled up, however, we might've been here a while longer."

US Poker Open Event #5: $25,000 NLH Final Table Results

1Ali ImsirovicUnited States$442,500
2Cary KatzUnited States$295,000
3Dan ShakUnited States$206,500
4Nick PetrangeloUnited States$147,500
5Kristen BicknellCanada$118,000
6Joseph CappelloUnited States$88,500

US Poker Open Event #5 Final Table Action

Imsirovic began the final table as chip leader, and it took him approximately two hours to close things out. First, Nick Petrangelo got things started by eliminating the short-stacked Joe Cappello, who saw his big slick straightened out by king-jack all in preflop.

Dan Shak then won a race with pocket nines against queen-jack to dispatch Kristen Bicknell in fifth place, and a short time later Nick Petrangelo ran pocket jacks smack dab into Imsirovic’s two black aces. The rockets held and Imsirovic pulled out to a massive lead.

When Dan Shak jammed two pair with an inferior flush draw into Imsirovic, who had trips with a better flush draw, it set up a heads-up match with the latter holding a 10:1 lead over Cary Katz.

2019 US Poker Open
Cary Katz and Ali Imsirovic heads up

In the final hand of the tournament, Katz check-raised all in after flopping a flush drawn, and Imsirovic called with middle pair. Katz turned more outs by turning a small pair, but he missed when an offsuit eight bricked the river. Katz, who earlier in the series finished fifth in Event #2: $10K PLO for $51,200, had to settle for second place and $295,000 in prize money.

2019 U.S. Poker Open Standings

PositionPlayerCountryCashesPointsPrize Money
1Sean WinterUnited States4440$419,900
2Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom3340$354,950
3Jordan CristosUnited States2240$206,200
4Ali ImsirovicUnited States1200$442,500
5Cary KatzUnited States2200$346,200
6Lauren RobertsUnited States1200$218,400
7Manig LoeserGermany2180$146,200
8Dan ShakUnited States2140$232,100
9Koray AldemirGermany1140$159,200
10David PetersUnited States1140$100,800

PokerNews coverage of the 2019 USPO continues now with live updates from Event #6: $25,000 PLO, which you can follow here.

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