Martin Zamani beat 36 opponents and won the 2023 U.S. Poker Open (USPO) $50,000 buy-in no-limit Hold'em finale. He received $666,000.
Still, the poker pro is leading on the leaderboard with the highest number of series points which can help him win the USPO championship. If this happens, he will win an extra $50,000 and a golden eagle trophy.
The recent tournament was Zamani's second largest score after the $895,110 he won in the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 buy-in high roller. He has almost $5.2 million in poker tournament cashes so far.
Zamani has made the highest payout than other USPO series participants as he has $835,800 in total earnings after cashing four times. He finished 14th in two starting tournaments in the series and finished third in Event No.6 earning $130,200.
The player has amassed 570 PokerGO Tour (PGT) points in the festival which helped him defeat Ren Lin by 105 points in the standings. The latter made four cashes and won one title. He would have been the new USPO series winner if Zamani lost the heads-up battle to Nick Petrangelo.
The recent USPO event lasted for two days at ARIA Resort & Casino's PokerGO Studio. Andrew Lichtenberger busted the money bubble late on Day 1.
What Were the Final Table's Prizes and Points?
- Martin Zamani-$666,000; 408 POY points and 400 PGT points
- Nick Petrangelo-$444,000; 340 POY points and 266 GT points
- Jeremy Ausmus-$296,000; 272 POY points and 178 PGT points
- Justin Bonomo-$203,500; 204 POY points and 122 PGT points
- Dan Smith-$148,000; 170 POY points and 89 PGT points
- Chris Brewer-$92,500; 136 POY points and 56 PGT points
Day 2 Highlights
Six players formed the final table, Justin Bonomo holding the largest stack. Chris Brewer and Dan Smith were the table's shortest stacks. But, Brewer was the first to get in a tricky spot after going all-in.
He called after Zamani used pocket aces to move all-in. The board didn't help Brewer and he exited in the sixth position. Smith followed him in fifth place. He used JSpade SuitJDiamond Suit on the button to three-bet shove when Jeremy Ausmus used 8Heart Suit8Spade Suit to raise from the cutoff.
Zamani used QDiamond SuitQClub Suit in the big blind to reshove denying Ausmus the pot. Zamani got the pot and straight after the AClub Suit on the river completed his draw, sending Smith packing.
Bonomo led the four-handed play for a while before Zamani collected more chips. The latter got the nut flush draw and top pair of aces after a AClub Suit9Spade Suit3Spade Suit flop as the QHeart Suit on the river eliminated Bonomo in fourth place.
Zamani won the pot after a 10Club Suit7Diamond Suit6Diamond Suit4Club Suit5Diamond Suit board that ended Ausmus' run in third place. The latter's elimination set up a heads-up match between Petrangelo and Zamani. But, a KDiamond Suit10Diamond Suit3Club Suit4Diamond SuitJDiamond Suit runout earned Zamani a pair of kings, and the title as Petrangelo finished second with $444,000.