The fourth tournament of this year's US Poker Open 2022 ended with a win from Japanese player Tamon Nakamura while the Slovenian Rok Gostiša placed second and took home $111,300 in prize money, making him the leader on the Slovenian HendonMob list, where he has more than $2 million in earnings.
The $10,000 buy-in Big Bet Mix is one of two mixed game tournaments at this year's US Poker Open. The mix consisted of three games: no-limit hold’em, pot-limit Omaha, and no-limit 2-7 single draw lowball. After two days of playing, Japanese Tamon Nakamura won out of a total of 53 entries and secured his first PokerGO Tour title and $169,600 grand prize. Second place was taken by Rok Gostiša, who eliminated the poker legend Daniel Negreanu in third place, who he complained for a long time that Rok was very lucky in the 2-7 lowball game, in which he was eliminated.
At Sunday’s final table, Negreanu knocked out John Riordan in sixth place to get things started. Then it was Nakamura busting Dylan Weisman in fifth place when his ace-jack bested Weisman’s pocket fives in a hand of no-limit hold’em.
Stephen Chidwick fell short during four-handed play and was the next player to bust when Nakamura took him out in a hand of no-limit 2-7 single draw.
Negreanu had the chip lead to start three-handed play but he eventually fell short and got his money all in against Gostisa in a hand of no-limit 2-7 single draw. Negreanu was drawing two with a seven-three-two after having pitched a seven and a two away. Gostisa drew one to a ten-nine-four-three. Gostisa ripped off a five and Negreanu pulled a queen and a six. That left Negreanu with no chips and a third-place finish.
Heads-up play started with Nakamura having 4,290,000 in chips to Gostisa’s 2,340,000, and the final hand was played in NL hold’em.
With the blinds at 25,000-50,000 with a 50,000 big blind ante, Gostisa called on the button with ten-seven. Nakamura checked his option in the big blind with nine-five. The flop fell nine-five-four with all hearts and Nakamura checked. Gostisa had the ten of hearts in his hand and bet 75,000. Nakamura called to see an eight come on the turn. Nakamura checked again. Gostisa fired 300,000, and Nakamura made the call. The river was a two and Nakamura checked. With the pot at 900,000, Gostisa moved all in for 1,990,000 to put maximum pressure on Nakamura. Nakamura tanked for a bit and eventually made the call, successfully picking off Gostisa’s bluff to win the tournament.
2022 U.S. Poker Open Event #4: $10,000 Big Bet Mix
|4||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$53,000|
|5||Dylan Weisman||United States||$42,400|
|6||John Riordan||United States||$31,800|