Shannon Shorr Is the New US Poker Open Event #1 Winner After a Heads-Up Battle

Ren Lin and Shannon Shorr entertained PokerGO viewers when they faced each other in a thrilling heads-up battle that finished the 2022 US Poker Open Event #1:$10,000 No-Limit Hold'em. The tournament had 93 entries and a $213,900 payday.

Joseph Cheong finished the event in sixth place and received $55,800, Erik Seidel finished in fifth place and got $74,400, while Daniel Negreanu was fourth and received $93,000. Shorr stated that the tournament was a blast, and he enjoyed participating in each event in the PokerGO Studio. Besides, the final table featured several top poker players.

Lin and Shorr Put Up a Spirited Fight

Masashi Oya had a chip lead when he entered the event's final table. Unfortunately, he got eliminated while in third place and won $111,600. Shorr had a chip advantage of almost 4:1 over Lin. But, the match turned out to be a fierce battle.

Shorr had rough luck earlier in the event when his opponent hit hand after hand and started climbing back into the tournament. The two poker players then played a thrilling pot.

The board showed {q-Diamonds}{5-Clubs}{4-Diamonds}{8-Spades}{q-Spades} while the pot had 700,000.Shorr colored with {q-Clubs}{3-Diamonds} against {q-Hearts}{5-Hearts}. He over-wagered to 850,000 after getting checked back.

Lin check-raised 4.28 million all-in. It is tricky to fold trips heads-up. So, Shorr decided to flip one chip to know whether he needs to call according to the side that it would land on. The chip landed on the side, which he called for a fold.

If it hadn't, Shorr would be left with slightly more than 2.5 million chips. But, the game was dead even.

Shorr then started leading by a huge margin. Even so, the game turned after Lin started mixing check-raise bluffs. He hit a few fortunate river cards like a hand with {k-Hearts}{6-Spades}, cracked {6-Diamonds}{5-Clubs} to win a small pot on a {2-Clubs}{8-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{5-Spades}{6-Clubs} board.

That hand gave him a 2:1 advantage, and each break appeared to turn against Shorr. Still, Lin extended his lead further after making a wise river call on the {9-Diamonds}{5-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds} board.

Shorr checked the hand on the button and wagered out 325,000 with {a-Hearts}{9-Hearts}, and a no-diamond hand. He started fighting his way into the game when Lin had a 2.5:1 chip advantage.

The Event #1 Final Table Results

  • Shannon Shorr- $213,900
  • Ren Lin-$148,800
  • Masashi Oya-$111,600
  • Daniel Negreanu-$93,000
  • Erik Seidel-$74,400
  • Joseph Cheong-$55,800

The Day's Hand

Shorr trailed by 2:1 when he got lucky and raised 75,000/150,000 blinds to 400,000 using a {k-Clubs}{2-Diamonds} button. He called from {j-Hearts}{5-Diamonds}, and the flop came out {6-Hearts}{j-Spades}{2-Clubs}. Lin got another big flop.

Action checked to the button, and it fired 250,000 with a bottom pair. Lin check-raised up to 650,000 while Shorr spotted a lucky {2-Spades} when he made a call. He later called Lin wagered out 825,000.

The pot had 3.9 million, and the river was {7-Clubs} when Lin suddenly declared "all-in." This made Shorr snap-call, and he picked a pot with 8.2 million chips that gave him a 2.5:1 lead.

Lin used {k-Hearts}{j-Hearts} to open to 425,000 while Shorr woke up with {a-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds} in a big blind and shoved all-in. His lifetime live poker tournament earnings rose to $9.7 million after he won Event #1.


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