Phil Hellmuth Wins U.S. Poker Open Event #5: $10,000 NLH for $211K w/ Straight Flush

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Phil Hellmuth has continually proven his doubters wrong in tournament play, and again did so on Wednesday afternoon when he took down the PokerGO Tour (PGT) U.S. Poker Open Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $211,200.

The 16-time World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet winner, arguably the best tournament player ever, defeated Jeremy Ausmus, one of the top high rollers in the game today, heads-up to ship the trophy. In doing so, he hit $28,660,000 in career live tournament cashes, according to Hendon Mob.

The live USPO follows the U.S. Poker Open Online that was held on Global Poker last August and September.

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Ausmus Vs. Hellmuth Part II

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Phil Hellmuth

This wasn't the first time the two finalists battled heads-up for a major poker tournament title. At the 2021 WSOP, Ausmus denied the "Poker Brat" his 17th bracelet in the $50,000 Pot-Limit Omaha High Roller. On that day, Ausmus won his third bracelet and has tacked on two more since.

But on Wednesday, Hellmuth got a bit of revenge for the 2021 loss. His heads-up opponent received $149,600 as a consolation prize. On the final hand, with Hellmuth at slightly under a 2-1 chip lead and holding {6-Clubs}{2-Clubs}, he saw a flop in a preflop-raised pot of {10-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{5-Clubs} for a flush.

Ausmus also flopped a monster with {q-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}, giving him top pair and a decent flush draw, and he bet 100,000 in position before being check-raised to 500,000. The button would then bump it up to 1,050,000 before the 1989 WSOP Main Event champion jammed all in for his opponent's final 4 million chips.

A call was made and the {3-Clubs} on the turn would give Hellmuth a straight flush, ending any possibility of a suck-out. The river card was so irrelevant that PokerGO didn't even show it.

How the Day Progressed

When Day 2 (final table) began, Ausmus held a slim lead over Hellmuth and Jesse Lonis. Aram Oganyan was in last place (seventh) but still had plenty of chips. He'd end up busting in fifth place out of 88 entrants for $70,400.

Darren Elias, the only four-time World Poker Tour (WPT) champion in history, would quickly bust at the final table, taking seventh place for $44,000.

Allen Le (sixth place for $52,800), Oganyan, and George Wolff (fourth place for $88,000) were the next three out the door.

With three players remaining and Hellmuth holding a small lead over Ausmus, Lonis moved his short stack all in with {a-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} and was called by Hellmuth's {k-Spades}{j-Diamonds}. To win tournaments, you need to win your races and 60/40s, and that is exactly what the former world champion did on this day. In this specific hand, the board would run out {k-Clubs}{q-Spades}{7-Spades}{9-Diamonds}{3-Spades}, and top pair was plenty to send Lonis home in third place ($105,600).

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Jeremy Ausmus

That brought about heads-up play with Hellmuth holding nearly a 2-1 chip advantage. Ausmus never made up much ground and was eliminated as the runner-up within approximately 20 minutes. Hellmuth won his first ever U.S. Poker Open title. Love him or hate him, he continues to crush it in live poker tournaments and has done so for more than three decades.

U.S. Poker Open Event #5 Final Table Results

 1Phil HellmuthUnited States$211,200
 2Jeremy AusmusUnited States$149,600
 3Jesse LonisUnited States$105,600
 4George WolffUnited States$88,000
 5Aram OganyanUnited States$70,400
 6Allen LeUnited States$52,800
 7Darren EliasUnited States$44,000

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2023 US Poker Open Remaining Schedule

The start of the 6th of 10 US Poker Open events began, this one a $15,000 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament that will play out its final table on Thursday. The full remaining schedule is below (each final table can be viewed on PokerGO in its entirety):

 March 29Event #6: $15,000 Pot-Limit Omaha
 March 30Event #7: $15,000 No-Limit Hold'em
 March 31Event #8: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em
 April 1Event #9: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em
 April 3Event #10: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em

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