Joe McKeehen has managed to top the US Poker Open Event #3 and win a total of $200,200 as the main prize. The third event of the popular land-based real money poker tournament featured a $10,000 buy-in and the format was no-limit hold’em. McKeehen started the final table as the chip leader and managed to hold it that way all the way through, emerging a winner in the end.
McKeehen is currently considered one of the most popular and talented poker players in the world. He had managed to amass more than $17 million in live tournament prizes and has won three World Series of Poker gold bracelets, with one of them being the Main Event bracelet from 2015 when McKeehen won a total of $7,683,346 as the main prize.
The final table of the USPO Event #3 was held at the PokerGO Studio that’s part of the ARIA Resort & Casino. All players with the appropriate subscription were able to watch the live broadcast of the final table action. Speaking of the final table, let’s see how the action unfolded in the remainder of our USPO Event #3 preview.
USPO Event #3 Recap | The Final Table Overview
The final table started with McKeehen having a huge chip size, but he was closely tailed by Ali Imsirovic, another popular poker player. The stacks were overall shallow, with the average size being just 23 big blinds.
The first player to hit the rail was Barry Hutter, who ended with a total of $38,500 in his pocket. Hutter also made a notable appearance at Event #1, where he ended up third for $114,000. He fell victim to McKeehen, who called Hutter’s jack-ten shove with cowboys and eliminated him in the seventh position.
The next one to leave the game was Justin Saliba, who earned $46,200 in sixth place. He was already short-stacked and jammed with king-five suited from the small blind, but McKeehen followed him with jack-nine and the help of the community cards.
The fifth place was reserved for Jake Schindler, who was the only player not eliminated by McKeehen at the final table. His final opponent was Ali Imsirovic, who managed to take him out with ace-ten suited against jack-nine suited. Schindler won a total of $61,600 for his effort.
Steve Zolotow was the next one in line to hit the rail, winning $77,000 as a prize. He failed to improve his nine-five suited against king-eight that McKeehen had in his hand.
Ray Qartomy managed to double up against Ali Imsirovic, leaving him to just one big blind. The Bosnian poker player soon had to hit the rail in third place, winning a total of $100,100.
The heads-up battle took place between Ray Qartomy and Joe McKeehen, both very experienced and successful players. McKeehen had most of the chips in his stack, so the heads-up didn’t last for a long time, and Qartomy had to settle for the second place and the consolation prize of $146,300.
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