2021 World Series of Poker 2021 MSPT Venetian

Ali Imsirovic Catapults into USPO Lead after Winning Event #9: $10K NLHE ($217,800)

Ali Imsirovic

PokerGO Tour Leaderboard captain Ali Imsirovic is now also on top of the U.S. Poker Open Championship leaderboard after winning the U.S. Poker Open Event #9: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $217,800 at the PokerGO Studio at the ARIA Resort and Casino for his fourth cash this festival.

Imsirovic faced Andrew Lichtenberger heads-up and an epic back-and-forth battle ensued with the winner guaranteed the top spot on the U.S. Poker Open Championship, with Imsirovic ultimately coming out on top. Saturday's victory marks the sixth title for Ismirovic in PokerGO Tour high roller events this year alone, reaffirming his status as one of poker's top tournament players.

The event itself drew 99 entries, tieing a festival record just set a few days ago when David Peters finished on top of a field of 99 entries to win Event #7: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $217,800.

U.S. Poker Open Event #9: $10,000 NLHE Final Table Payouts

PlaceNameCountryPrize
1Ali ImsirovicBosnia and Herzegovina$217,800
2Andrew LichtenbergerUnited States$158,400
3Cary KatzUnited States$118,800
4Vanessa KadeCanada$94,050
5Erik SeidelUnited States$74,250
6Thomas WintersUnited States$59,400
7Jake SchindlerUnited States$49,500

Event #9 Final Table Recap

Imsirovic entered the final table with nearly half the chips in play and was miles ahead of his nearest competitors in Vanessa Kade, Cary Katz, Erik Seidel, and Lichtenberger.

Katz eliminated the short-stacked Thomas Winters (sixth - $59,400) and Jake Schindler (seventh - $49,500) before also ousting eight-time WSOP bracelet winner and Poker Hall of Fame member Seidel (fifth - $74,250) when his jacks won a flip against ace-queen.

Kade found herself short on chips before she was eliminated in fourth place for $94,050 on a rollercoaster of a hand. Lichtenberger jammed with ace-five and was called by Kade with king-queen suited. Kade flopped top pair and faded a blank on the turn before Lichtenberger hit his three-outer with an ace coming on the river to improve to a better pair than Kade.

Lichtenberg held more than half the chips in play during three-handed action but stacks were relatively close to even after Imsirovic eliminated a short-stacked Katz in third place for $118,800 when his queen-jack suited held against nine-trey suited.

The lead bounced back and forth between the final two players before Imsirovic stormed ahead and Lichtenberger was suddenly left with a small stack of 7.5 big blinds. Lichtenberger then jammed king-jack. Imsirovic quickly considered whether to play his jack-six before he made the call and it appeared that Lichtenberger still had some fight left.

However, Imsirovic was laughing after a six spiked the turn to give him a pair and Lichtenberger had to settle for the healthy runner-up prize of $217,800 after he couldn't get a save on the river.

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David Peters Leads Final Four in USPO Event #10: $10,000 Short Deck

David Peters
David Peters leads the final 4 in Event #10

Event #7 winner David Peters is in prime position to become the first two-time winner during the 2021 U.S. Poker Open after bagging nearly two-thirds of the chips in play in the U.S. Poker Open Event #10: $10,000 Short Deck with a stack of 5,370,000 heading into Sunday's four-player final table.

PokerGO and Poker Central founder Cary Katz and Imsirovic both advanced to the final four in the middle of the pack. Both players late registered after podium finishes in Event #9 with Katz taking third place for $118,800 and Imsirovic winning the event for $217,800.

The relatively unknown Thomas Kysar also advanced but has his work cut out for him as he will enter with the shortest stack of 360,000.

Event #10: $10,000 Short Deck Final Table Seat Draw

SeatNameCountryChip CountBig Blind Antes
1Ali ImsirovicBosnia and Herzegovina1,060,00071
2David PetersUnited States5,370,000358
3Cary KatzUnited States1,310,00087
4Thomas KysarUnited States360,00024

Final Table Payouts

Event #10 attracted 27 entries to generate a $270,000 prize pool. All returning players are guaranteed at least a $27,000 payout with the eventual winner slated to take home the $124,200 top prize.

PlacePrize
1$124,200
2$75,600
3$43,200
4$27,000

2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings

Ali Imsirovic
Ali Imsirovic leads the 2021 USPO Leaderboard

After winning Event #9 for his fourth cash this festival, the 2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner Imsirovic found himself in a familiar spot as the leader of the 2021 U.S. Poker Open Championship Standings.

Meanwhile, Event #9 runner-up Lichtenberger catapulted into second place on the leaderboard thanks to three strong finishes this festival including a third-place performance in Event #7.

USPO Event #3 champion Joe McKeehen slid into third place with Steve Zolotow and Event #7 winner David Peters rounding out the top five spots in the Championship Standings.

RankPlayerPointsWinsCashesEarnings
1Ali Imsirovic40614$406,400
2Andrew Lichtenberger30803$308,000
3Joe McKeehen30212$302,200
4Steve Zolotow28903$289,000
5David Peters24312$243,000
6Dan Shak23603$235,500
7Maxx Coleman23103$230,800
8Cary Katz22703$226,900
9Alex Foxen22304$223,300
10John Riordan22213$221,800

2021 U.S. Poker Open Results

EventEntriesPrize PoolWinnerCountryPrize
Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em95$950,000Jake DanielsUnited States$218,500
Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha65$650,000Sam SoverelUnited States$175,000
Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em77$770,000Joe McKeehenUnited States$200,200
Event #4: $10,000 Big Bet Mix48$480,000John RiordanUnited States$163,200
Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em85$850,000Joey WeissmanUnited States$204,000
Event #6: $10,000 8-Game68$680,000Eli ElezraUnited States$183,600
Event #7: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em99$990,000David PetersUnited States$217,800
Event #9: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em99$990,000Ali ImsirovicBosnia and Herzegovina$217,800

*Images courtesy of Poker Central

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