Sean Winter Wins U.S. Poker Open Title
Sean Winter has won the 2022 U.S. Poker Open championship after finishing runner-up to David Peters the last two years. This was Winter’s first PokerGO Tour (PGT) series win, and following his two back-to-back wins in the final two events, Winters climbed into fourth overall on the PGT leaderboard.
2022 PokerGO Tour Leaderboard Top 10 (as of March 29)
- Isaac Kempton – 1,375 points
- Ali Imsirovic – 1,369 points
- Tony Sinishtaj – 1,250 points
- Sean Winter – 1,217 points
- Sean Perry – 1,147 points
- Nick Petrangelo – 1,119 points
- Jeremy Ausmus – 1,059 points
- Alex Foxen – 986 points
- Alex Livingston – 886 points
- Cary Katz – 845 points
Winter won the final two events of the U.S. Poker Open, which were his first victories for 2022, and his third and fourth on the PokerGO Tour since it began in 2021. Winter won Event #11: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $440,000 and Event #12: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $756,000.
The series didn’t start well for Winter as he didn’t cash in the first ten events, but the swift turnaround vaulted him to hoisting the Golden Eagle Trophy and $50,000 championship bonus.
Winter fought off Japan’s Tamon Nakamura, who is an early candidate for Global Poker Awards Breakout Player of the Year, as he won Event #4: $10,000 Big Bet Mix and Event #6: $15,000 8-Game and cashed an additional four times at the 2022 U.S. Poker Open. Nakamura was on the sidelines watching the entire final table as he cheered for his friend Masashi Oya to win the finale to ensure a double victory for Japan. Although Nakamura inevitably finished in second place on the U.S. Poker Open leaderboard, he will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with on the PGT for the rest of 2022.
Isaac Kempton and Ali Imsirovic Hold Top Spots on PGT Leaderboard
Following his second-place finish in the Wynn Millions Main Event, Isaac Kempton reached the final table in two Pot-Limit Omaha events to move into the top spot on the PGT leaderboard with 1,375 points.
Like in 2021, when he was crowned the 2021 PokerGO Tour Champion, Ali Imsirovic is the runaway statistics leader so far in 2022, having won four PGT events and cashed 12 times. Only Sean Perry, Alex Foxen, Cary Katz, and Winter have double-digit cashes, while Nick Petrangelo sits with three PGT event wins. Petrangelo has the most winnings with $2,189,800 to be ahead of Imsirovic, who has $1,855,100 in winnings.
What’s Next on the PokerGO Tour?
The next series on the PokerGO Tour will be held at the Merit Royal Hotel Casino & Spa in North Cyprus from April 2-15, with 15 events and buy-ins ranging from $25,000 to $250,000. The marquee event will be the $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl Europe beginning on April 13, and another $10 million prize pool is expected.
Super High Roller Bowl Europe and select Super High Roller Series Europe final tables will be available on PokerGO’s YouTube channel.