2021 U. S. Poker Open Occasion #1 – Dan Shak Leads Closing Desk in First $10K Occasion


“Common” event poker is slowly starting to make its method again into motion (the World Poker Tour’s first occasion for Season XIX begins in a few weeks), however the “excessive rollers” have been extraordinarily lively. The ARIA Excessive Rollers Sequence has held a number of occasions, however this week marked the beginning of a whole sequence. The 2021 U. S. Poker Open is underway in Las Vegas, with Dan Shak seizing the lead on the ultimate desk of the primary $10,000 occasion within the sequence.

Almost A Million-Greenback Prize Pool

The U. S. Poker Open, shuttered in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing shutdown, was anticipated to carry the crème of the poker world and it didn’t disappoint. Maybe as a result of that they had been sitting round for a 12 months with no poker, it appeared everybody had the $10K required for Occasion #1 (and perhaps even the re-entry purchase in that the gamers may use). However when it’s the finest on this planet on the felt, you’d higher carry your recreation and, from the beginning, a number of gamers did.

The playing cards hit the air within the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas at midday and the gamers have been prepared for motion. Eight tables with seven gamers every began off the occasion and people numbers swelled by way of the late registration/re-entry interval. By the tip of that timeframe, 95 entries have been within the books, constructing a prize pool simply shy of the million-dollar mark ($950,000, to be precise) and guaranteeing the ultimate 14 gamers of a payday for the day.

To say there was not a weak desk within the PokerGO Studios could be an enormous understatement. Former U. S. Poker Open champions Stephen Chidwick (2018) and David Peters (2019) have been in attendance, with “excessive curler” regulars equivalent to Ali Imsirovic (presently main the “Excessive Rollers” Participant of the 12 months race), Cary Katz, Sam Soveral, Daniel Negreanu and Jeremy Ausmus all in attendance. With 125,000 in chips at their disposal (and an extra 125K in the event that they rebought), they wasted little time attending to motion.

Jonathan Little made some attention-grabbing strikes early on, and so they weren’t working for him. In a hand in opposition to Frank Funaro, Little known as a Funaro all-in on the river with 10-A-6-2-4 exhibiting on the board. Funaro confirmed Huge Slick to Little, which bested no matter Little had. Left with solely 31K after that beating, Little would get the final of his chips to the middle with pocket Kings, however James Anderson’s pocket Aces coolered him; a re-entry didn’t do the trick both, leaving Little lamenting his day on the felt.

Shak Surges to Lead, Chidwick in Pursuit

As soon as the ultimate 14 gamers have been decided, Dan Shak was a great distance down the leaderboard. In actual fact, he solely held 745,000 in chips, trying up at such gamers as Stephen Chidwick, Barry Hutter and Sergi Reixach, and that was at his personal speedy desk. Shak began a surge at this level, nevertheless, which he would journey all the way in which to the chip lead by the tip of the night time.

Shak would first get a bit more healthy after doubling up by way of Johan Guilbert and cracking the million-chip mark. Shak would end the job by eliminating Guilbert a number of fingers later, turning journeys in opposition to Guilbert’s open ended straight draw to do the deed. When Shak took out Aram Zobian in eighth place, his pocket Aces besting the Okay♦ Q♦ of Zobian, to surge to the lead of the ultimate desk:

1. Dan Shak, 2.57 million
2. Jake Daniels, 2.12 million
3. Steve Zolotow, 2.1 million
4. Tim McDermott, 1.565 million
5. Sergi Reixach, 1.44 million
6. Stephen Chidwick, 1.085 million
7. Barry Hutter, 985,000

The ultimate desk of Occasion #1 will start at 1PM (Pacific Time) and PokerGO would be the dwelling of the streaming feed for the occasion. For individuals who aren’t collaborating on this finale, Occasion #2 of the U. S. Poker Open, the $10,000 Pot Restrict Omaha event, may even be in motion. For the following 10 days, the eyes of the poker world shall be on the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas because the 2021 U. S. Poker Open performs out.

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