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2019 US Poker Open

USPO #8 - $25,000 8-Game Mix
Jours 2
Event Info

2019 US Poker Open

Main Gagnante
Event Info
Info Niveau
25,000 / 50,000

Nick Schulman Wins 2019 USPO Event #8: $25,000 8-Game Mix Championship for $270,000

Niveau 20 : 25,000/50,000, 50,000 ante
Nick Schulman - Champion
Nick Schulman - Champion

Nick Schulman is a frequent commentator on PokerGO, but on Thursday night he was on the other side of the lens competing in the 2019 U.S. Poker Open Event #8: $25,000 8-Game Mix Championship. The tournament attracted 20 entries including some of the world’s best mixed-game specialist.

When it comes to mixed games, Schulman not only competes against the best but more than holds his own as evidenced by capturing his first USPO title, good for $270,000.

"It feels damn good," Schulman told USPO officials after the win. "There's nothing like winning a tournament, regardless of the field size. It feels great and getting a clear first is exciting."

Schulman now sits in third place in the overall 2019 USPO overall championship and is within striking distance of both Sean Winter and Stephen Chidwick.

Schulman, a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship, previously finished fifth in the 2019 USPO Event #7: $25,000 NLH for $120,000.

"I'm wound up for the $50k and $100k, those events speak for themselves," he added. "We'll see how this $50k goes and then we'll see if I'll play the $100k. You gotta be pumped up to play with these wizards."

Event #8: $25,000 8-Game Mix Final Table Results

1Nick SchulmanUnited States$270,000
2Brandon AdamsUnited States$150,000
3Chris VitchUnited States$80,000

Final Table Action

The final four players returned to action on the money bubble, meaning one of them would leave empty handed while the other three would be guaranteed an $80,000 minimum payday. As the chip leader Brandon Adams was seemingly safe, as was Schulman second in chips with more than twice as much as the short-stacked Randy Ohel and Chris Vitch.

Ultimately it was Ohel who fell in fourth place in a round of Stud 8. He committed with a small pair and failed to get there against Schulman, who had to small pair. Not long after, Adams took care of Vitch in a round of 2-7 Triple Draw. Vitch made a {9-}{8-}{7-}{5-}{3-} low but Adams had just enough to beat him with {9-}{7-}{6-}{3-}{2-}. Vitch took home $80,000 for his third-place finish.

Heads-up play began relatively even and the duo would swap the lead on a few occasions. Things swung in Schulman’s favor when Adams overbet bluffed the turn in a round of no-limit hold’em. Schulman had both a flush and open-ended straight draw and check-jammed, which prompted Adams to fold.

From there, Schulman whittled away at Adams’ stack before the latter had to take a stand in limit hold’em with nine-deuce. He was up against king-ten and failed to improve sending him out the door in second place for $150,000.

PokerNews coverage of the 2019 USPO continues now with updates from Event #9: $50,000 NLH, which you can follow by clicking here.

With two events remaining here's a look at the overall 2019 USPO points race.

1Stephen Chidwick4540$705,950
2Sean Winter4440$419,900
3Nick Schulman2410$390,000
4Brandon Adams3365$314,750
5Cary Katz3340$580,200
6Bryn Kenney2240$477,000
7Lauren Roberts2240$263,400
8Jordan Cristos2240$206,200
9Ali Imsirovic1200$442,500
10Ben Yu3200$262,800

Remember, you can watch all USPO final tables exclusively on PokerGO. Subscribe to PokerGO for just $10 a month or $99 a year to watch nine straight days of U.S. Poker Open final table action plus PokerGO’s full catalog of programming.

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Brandon Adams Eliminated in 2nd Place ($150,000)

Niveau 20 : 25,000/50,000, 50,000 ante
Brandon Adams - 2nd Place
Brandon Adams - 2nd Place

Limit Hold'em:

Brandon Adams was down to 105,000 when he raised to 100,000 from the button. Nick Schulman raised and Adams called off his last 5K chip.

Adams: {9-Diamonds}{2-Spades}
Schulman: {k-Hearts}{10-Clubs}

Adams was behind and looking for some help, but it didn't come as the board ran out a dry {4-Diamonds}{6-Spades}{j-Diamonds}{j-Hearts}{7-Hearts}.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
2,500,000 200,000
WSOP 4X Winner
WPT 2X Winner
Brandon Adams us
Brandon Adams

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Chris Vitch Eliminated in 3rd Place ($80,000)

Niveau 18 : 15,000/30,000, 30,000 ante
Chris Vitch - 3rd Place
Chris Vitch - 3rd Place

2-7 Triple Draw:

The short-stacked Chris Vitch was on the button and raised to 80,000, which Brandon Adams called from the big.

Adams drew two and Vitch one. Adams then check-called a 40,000 bet and drew one while Vitch stood pat.

Adams checked for the second time and Vitch bet 80,000, leaving himself just 15,000 behind. Adams check-raised and Vitch called off. Adams then stood pat.

"Well, I've got a problem," said Vitch. He took his time before ultimately staying pat with {9-}{8-}{7-}{5-}{3-}. Unfortunately for him, it was no good as Adams held {9-}{7-}{6-}{3-}{2-}.

The final two are now on a short break as the tournament staff prepares for heads-up play.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Brandon Adams us
Brandon Adams
1,415,000 425,000
Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
1,085,000 -130,000
WSOP 4X Winner
WPT 2X Winner
Chris Vitch us
Chris Vitch

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Randy Ohel Bubbles Event #8: $25K 8-Game Mix

Niveau 17
Randy Ohel
Randy Ohel

Stud 8:

Brandon Adams: {8-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} /{5-Spades}{4-Spades}{10-Hearts} fold
Randy Ohel: {6-Spades}{6-Clubs} / {a-Clubs}{q-Diamonds}{j-Spades}{3-Clubs} / {2-Spades}
Nick Schulman: {7-Clubs}{5-Hearts} / {4-Clubs}{7-Spades}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds} / {8-Hearts}

Picking up the action on fourth street, Nick Schulman bet 30,000 and Randy Ohel burned a time extension before opting to raise to 60,000, which left him just 1,000 back. Both Adams and Schulman called, and then the former folded to a 60,000 bet from the latter on fifth street.

The hands were turned up and Ohel was looking to improve. He failed to do so on sixth, and Schulman was kind enough to show him seventh straight away to see if he was even drawing live. Ohel was but failed to get there as he peeled a useless deuce.

With that, Ohel leaves empty handed while the other three players are now in the money.

Joueur Jetons Progression
Nick Schulman us
Nick Schulman
1,072,000 397,000
WSOP 4X Winner
WPT 2X Winner
Randy Ohel us
Randy Ohel
WSOP 1X Winner

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Who Will Take Down the USPO Event #8: $25,000 8-Game Mix Title? Live Stream at at 2:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. ET.

Nick Schulman begins second in chips.
Nick Schulman begins second in chips.

What began with 20 entrants in the 2019 US Poker Open Event #8: $25,000 8-Game Mix is now down to the final four. With only three getting paid, one more will leave emptyhanded.

Mix game regulars Chris Vitch, Randy Ohel, and Nick Schulman will all be in final table action today; however, they all trail Brandon Adams, who begins with the chip lead. Adams is not known specifically as a mixed-games specialist, but he's definitely a well-rounded player who can play all of the games with some degree of proficiency. Adams has multiple six-figure scores both in no-limit hold'em and mixed games.

Here's a look at how the final four stack up:

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Randy Ohel239,000
2Brandon Adams1,217,000
3Chris Vitch280,000
4Nick Schulman765,000

Action will kick off at 1 p.m. local time on the money bubble. The next player to go out will miss out on $80,000. Of course, the eventual winner of the event will walk away with $270,000 and all the players will be eyeing that.

The live stream of the event will be available on PokerGo starting at 2 p.m. Remember, you can watch all USPO final tables exclusively on PokerGO. Subscribe to PokerGO for just $10 a month or $99 a year to watch nine straight days of U.S. Poker Open final table action plus PokerGO’s full catalog of programming.

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