Tilston wins US Poker Open Main Event

The inaugural US Poker Open Championship is over, and it proved to be a huge success.  The series of tournaments wrapped up following the completion of the $50,000 NLHE Main Event, which saw Keith Tilston outlast a highly competitive field to take first place.  With the win, Tilston pocketed $600,000 and the honor of being the first Main Event winner of the Open, and accumulated more than $1 million in the US Open.

A total of 33 players gathered around the felt for the event and by the time the third and final day kicked off, only five remained.  Tilston held the largest stack with 2.27 million chips, double that of Daniel Negreanu’s 1.14 million.  Jake Schindler, Tom Marchese and Dan Smith completed the final table field with 669,000, 564,000 and 299,000, respectively.  Smith would be the first to go after losing all his chips with a flopped two pair when Tilston picked up a straight on the turn.  Marchese then got sent packing by Negreanu, who would fall to Schindler next.  The result was a Tilston-Schindler duel that saw Tilston maintaining the advantage throughout the action.

In the last hand of the game, Schindler would try to complete an open-ended straight draw against Tilston’s King-high flush draw.  Schindler wasn’t able to connect, but Tilston picked up his flush on the river and consummated his victory.  Schindler was awarded $429,000 as runner-up.  

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