Former WSOP Main Event Champion Joe McKeehen Claims U.S. Poker Open Title

The warm touch proceeds for Joe McKeehen, who took down event no. 3 of the UNITED STATE Poker Open Up on Sunday, gaining his 2nd title of the year and $200,200.

The Philadelphia native is making the case that he’s one of the most achieved former WSOP champ in the modern age, with greater than $10 million in competition cashes considering that removing the 2015 main event for $7,683,346.

His most current success came a field of 77 gamers in the $10,000 no-limit hold ’em event, making him 420 Card Player of the Year factors and moving him into fifth location in the standings.

McKeehen gained his third career bracelet at the 2020 WSOP Online series, and he returned to live online poker this year with a runner-up finish at the $5,000 buy-in WPT Venetian centerpiece for $491,960, and a win at the $10,000 Wynn Spring Classic for $224,100.

In order to safeguard the title, McKeehen needed to overcome a difficult final table that consisted of Andrew Lichtenberger (8th), Barry Hutter (7th), Justin Saliba (6th), Jake Schindler (fifth), Steve Zolotow (4th), Ali Imsirovic (third), and Ray Qartomy (2nd).

On the last hand, both Imsirovic as well as Qartomy were done in against McKeehen’s pocket jacks, and the board brought the remaining two jacks to offer McKeehen quads and the dual ko.

Both Hutter as well as Zolotow were making their second final table appearance of the series. Hutter took third in event no. 1, while Zolotow finished fifth.

Ali Imsirovic

Johan Guilbert had a chance to cash for a 3rd time, having completed in tenth place in both of the initial 2 occasions, but he busted on the money bubble in 12th area. The Frenchman was looking excellent to make it three for 3 till he ran his pocket kings into the pocket aces of Imsirovic to be sent out to the rail emptyhanded.

Mentioning Imsirovic, the 26-year-old continues to crush the money player circuit. He has now last tabled 13 events to go along with five victories in 2021, all with buy-ins of $10,000 or higher.

He currently has $2.1 million in cash money this year, bringing his lifetime overall to $11.5 million. Imsirovic gotten another 280 POY points, giving him 2,988 as well as moving him into second area in general behind Qing Liu. He additionally banked 100 PokerGO Tour points, a race he is controling currently.

Here are the final table results.

Place Player Payout POY Points PokerGO Tour
1 Joe McKeehen $200,200 420 200
2 Ray Qartomy $146,300 350 146
3 Ali Imsirovic $100,100 280 100
4 Steve Zolotow $77,000 210 77
5 Jake Schindler $61,600 175 62
6 Justin Saliba $46,200 140 46
7 Barry Hutter $38,500 105 39
8 Andrew Lichtenberger $30,800 70 31

The U.S. Casino Poker Open is a 12-event series held between June 3-14 at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

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