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The fourth final table was the charm for Sean Winter!
After making final tables in the first three events of the 2019 US Poker Open – his best finish up to that point was runner-up to Stephen Chidwick in Event #1: $10,000 NLH – Winter was at it again as one of the final six in Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck.
It’s a game stripped of twos, threes, fours, and fives. A game where aces double as fives and flushes beat full houses. Winter didn’t have much experience with the game and had to contend with an all-star lineup, including Chidwick, but it didn’t matter as he ultimately emerged victorious in the 42-entry field.
"Three of the tournaments I knew how to play the games, this one I was just trying to figure it out on the fly,” Winter told Maria Ho in his winner interview.
Winter was also awarded 200 points in the 2019 US Poker Open Championship race to vault ahead of Chidwick.
“Everything is just flowing well. I’m focused, feeling mentally strong and I’m getting lucky in the right spots and getting away with things in others," Winter told USPO officials. “I probably need another first or second place because I think Stevie is going to do well the rest of the series. I haven’t really put much thought into it until this point and I might need 600 points to win this thing.”
He added: “Right now, I don’t really want to do anything else but play these events. When you’ve got a nice hot streak going you just want to keep it going. This is the most fun poker gets.”
Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck Final Table Results
|1||Sean Winter||United States||$151,200|
|2||David Peters||United States||$100,800|
|3||Seth Davies||United States||$67,200|
|4||Ben Lamb||United States||$42,000|
|5||Ben Yu||United States||$33,600|
|6||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$25,200|
Final Table Action
Chidwick, who was making his third final table appearance of the series, was actually the first to fall after he shoved his short stack over four limps holding ace-queen. Unfortunately for him, Winter had limped with kings and held after making the call.
Ben Yu then shoved with king-queen suited and failed to get there against Seth Davies’ ace-eight, and a short time later the start-of-the-day short stack, Ben Lamb, bowed out after shoving queen-jack and getting called by Winter, who had once again limped with kings.
Three-handed play lasted for a while before Davies got it all in with ace-jack suited and was up against Winter’s jack-nine suited. Winter flopped two pair and that was all she wrote for Davies, who earned $67,200 for finishing in third place.
David Peters, who began the final table as chip leader, got an early double in the heads-up match to even the stacks, but despite his best efforts, Winter pulled out to another lead. That is when Winter jammed with king-nine suited and Peters opted to call off with jack-nine. Winter flopped two pair and Peters had to settle for second place as $100,800 in prize money.
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Sean Winter moved all in and David Peters opted to call off for 2.41 million from the button.
The flop gave Winter two pair, but the turn gave Peters a straight draw. Unfortunately for him it the river was the and Peters was sent to the rail in second place.
Sean Winter raised to 800,000 holding the and David Peters called with his .
Winter fired out 850,000 on the flop and Peters called.
When the turn gave Winter a straight, he jammed and Peters folded his pair with flush draw.
Button Ante: 200,000
David Peters limped with the and called when Sean Winter, who held the , raised to 525,000.
Peters then check-called a bet of 475,000 on the flop and the appeared on the turn to give both players a straight (remember aces also play as fives in short deck).
It went check-check and the completed the board on the river. Peters, who missed a flush draw, led out for 700K and Winter, who had extended his lead in the hands leading up to this one, quickly called.
Chop it up!
Sean Winter limped with the and snap-called when David Peters raised all in for 3.04 million holding the .
The flop made things interesting by giving Winter top set and Peters a flush draw. Remember in short deck a flush beats a flush.
The turn was of no consequence, but the river was as Peters got there with a flush.
Button Ante: 160,000
Squeezed in-between former World Series of Poker Main Event winners Greg Merson and Peter Eastgate, Sean Winter ranks 59th on the all-time money list with $11.5 million in career earnings. Can we possibly describe him as an unknown player with all that he’s accomplished? It’s hard not to, but what do you really know about Sean Winter and the best poker face in the game?
The final two players are now on a short break.