Ren Lin Bags $231,000 in U.S. Poker Open $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Tournament

Ren Lin had a great week at ARIA Resort & Casino's PokerGO Studio last week since he reached three final tables. The Georgia player finished as a runner-up in the PokerGO Tour (PGT) Pot-Limit Omaha $25,000 buy-in tournament on March 19 winning $352,750.

Lin later won $52,500 after finishing seventh in the $10,500 buy-in kickoff event at the U.S. Poker Open (USPO). He later won $231,000 in Event No.2: $10,500 NLH event. The poker pro beat 105 entrants in the tournament to win the first-place prize and his maiden PGT title.

Reports state that Lin earned $636,250 in last week's events. He has played in eight final tables so far this year.

Lin is the leading player in the USPO Player of the Series standings. The recent $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em event lasted for two days.

Seven players remained in the event late on Day 1, Nate Silver having the largest stack. Lin was the third player when the action kicked off on Day 2.

What Did the Final Table Qualifiers Win?

  1. Ren Lin-$231,000; 600 POY points and 231 PGT points
  2. Jose Barbero-$168,000; 500 POY points and 168 PGT points
  3. Robert Chorlian-$126,000; 400 POY points and 126 PGT points
  4. Nate Silver-$99,750; 300 POY points and 100 PGT points
  5. Aram Zobian- $78,750; 250 POY points and 79 PGT points
  6. Erik Seidel- $63,000; 200 POY points and 63 PGT points
  7. Steven Veneziano- $52,500; 150 POY points and 53 PGT points

The Final Day's Highlights

Silver extended his stack lead early on Day 2 using A-Q suited to hold Steven Veneziano's A-9 suited. The former busted the latter in seventh place with $52,500.

Seidel flopped an ace as Lin revealed a seven before improving on the river to a full house. The former exited the tournament in sixth place and increased his poker career earnings to almost $44 million.

Aram Zobian left the table in fifth place after Silver's pocket queens defeated his pocket eights. None of them improved and Zobian's run ended, this being his fifth PGT payout this year. He is fifth in the 2023 PGT leaderboard.

Lin and Silver had the biggest stacks when four players remained at the table. They suddenly got involved in a big pot that sent Silver packing in fourth place. Lin wagered 250,000 chips in a 700,000 pot at the QClub Suit10Diamond Suit8Heart Suit7Diamond Suit board and Silver made an 850,000 raise.

The former made a 3.8 million chips all-in move and the latter used 8Club Suit7Club Suit for sevens and eights. Lin held 9Heart Suit6Club Suit to get a ten-high straight. He dragged the 8.3 million pot leaving Silver with less than two big blinds.

Robert Chorlain had the smallest stack before three-handed action kicked off. He used Q-9 to make a more than 15 big blinds open-shove from a small blind.

Lin used A-K to call and busted Chorlain in the third position. Barbero finished second with $168,000 and Lin won the title.


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