Lonis Cashes In at U.S. Poker Open

Jesse Lonis has had a successful career playing live poker, and he recently had another big win at the U.S. Poker Open. This event was held at the PokerGO Studio at the Aria Casino and it was a part of the ongoing PokerGO Tour in the United States. 

Lonis has won more than $8 million playing live poker throughout his career, and he is even closer to $9 million after winning event number two in this event. This was a no-limit hold’em tournament that required a $10,100 buy-in from the 99 players that entered. 

Like most events on the PokerGO Tour, this was a two-day event, but only the top eight players advanced to the final day. Lonis had a massive chip lead when the final day started, but it wasn’t always a guarantee that he would walk away with the cash. 

The two-time bracelet winner did eventually take control of this event yet again and brought home $252,450 with the big win. He also moved up to second place in the Card Player Player of the Year race, and there is enough time for him to take control of that race as well.

Lonis had to compete with a number of other great players in this event, and he proved that he is one of the best players in the world. Since there are still some other events coming on the U.S. Poker Open, Lonis is expected to at least be at more final tables. 

A Look at the Leaderboard

While Lonis took home the biggest prize of the night, there were other poker players that had a nice payday as well. Aram Zobian ended up finishing in second place in this event, and he never really had a shot in heads-up play. 

Zobian took home over $163,000 by picking up that second place finish, but that was a much smaller payday than earning the number one spot. Kristina Holst won over $113,000 by finishing in third place, and she also claimed 360 POY points. 

Here is a look at the other players in the top seven and the amount of money that was won:

  • Rodger Johnson $89,100
  • Joey Weissman $64,350
  • Victoria Livschitz $49,500
  • Sean Winter $39,600

A Quick Battle

The first full day of action during event two of the U.S. Poker Open lasted a long time, but that wasn’t the case with the second day. There were just eight players competing on the final day, and it was Lonis that was doing a great job of eliminating players. 

Kristina Holst actually took over the chip lead after winning a few big hands in a row, but Lonis got it back by taking big stacks from opposing players. Zobian was sort of just lurking in the background, and that did allow him to at least get to heads up play.

That heads up play didn’t last long as Zobian was forced to go all-in and Lonis had a much better hand to end the event. 


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