Before the last two events of the 2022 U.S. Poker Open, it didn't look like Sean Winter was a serious contender to win the series championship, but he did it. After failing to cash in the first 10 events of the series, Winter stormed to the top of the leaderboard by winning the final two events.
After he won Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $440,000, Winter reached the final table of Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Winter needed a victory to take off the Golden Eagle Trophy from Tamon Nakamura’s hands, and he pulled it off, defeating Nakamura’s good friend, Masashi Oya, in heads-up play to win the finale for $756,000 and become 2022 U.S. Poker Open champion.
Winter had previously finished runner-up in the U.S. Poker Open in each of the last two editions the series was held. Both times, David Peters won the series championship and Winter finished second. Not only did Winter take home the 60-pound Golden Eagle Trophy, but he was awarded the series’ $50,000 Championship Bonus. All told, Winter won $1,246,000 at the 2022 U.S. Poker Open.
Entering the final day of play, Nakamura had the points lead and was hoping to hold on to the top spot. Nakamura needed to fade Winter and Shannon Shorr, who could both overtake him if things broke right. Shorr went out in fifth place, leaving just Winter left to win it all. To do so, Winter needed first place and only first place. Winter pulled it off and became the 2022 U.S. Poker Open champion.
“Everyone was having a phenomenal series,” Winter said. “Hats off to Tamon Nakamura. At the start of yesterday’s tournament, I had to be one percent to win, less? I don’t know. I wasn’t even thinking about having a shot at all.”
What’s more, Winter has now gone back to back in the final event of the U.S. Poker Open. In the 2021 series, he topped the field of 42 entries to win $756,000.
2022 U.S. POKER OPEN EVENT #12 RESULTS
|1||Sean Winter||United States||$756,000|
|3||Zhuang Ruan||United States||$336,000|
|4||Vikenty Shegal||United States||$231,000|
|5||Shannon Shorr||United States||$168,000|
|6||Dan Smith||United States||$105,000|
2022 U.S. POKER OPEN LEADERBOARD TOP 10
|1||Sean Winter||United States||718|
|3||Alex Foxen||United States||488|
|4||Chino Rheem||United States||481|
|5||Phil Hellmuth||United States||464|
|6||Shannon Shorr||United States||441|
|7||Erik Seidel||United States||428|
|8||Dylan Weisman||United States||414|
|10||Adam Hendrix||United States||356|