Keith Tilston Leads USPO $50,000 Main Event Final Table

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The U.S. Poker Open is near its conclusion and a herd of poker’s best battled on PokerGO for their spot at tomorrow’s final table. Brian Rast opened Day 2 with the chip lead out of the 13 competitors remaining and spent most of his time on the outer table.

The feature table is where the heat turned up the highest with action hands taking place by the orbit. Daniel Negreanu headlined the group with Tom Marchese, Event #5 winner Ben Tollerene, and Cary Katz joining him.

Negreanu picked up chips throughout the final table playdown period and earned a vast majority of his units in a confrontation against Tollerene. The flop put the first nail in the coffin for Tollerene and by the river, the end result was inevitable.

Tollerene’s elimination coincided with Bryn Kenney busting on the outer table. From there, the final table was brought together with seven players vying for five spots.

Rast was on the short end coming into the unofficial final table and bubbled the five-player money perimeter. Katz exited just before Rast with Negreanu taking the last of his chips. Katz ends his USPO series with three cashes.

Negreanu starts tomorrow’s official final table second in chips but cannot catch Stephen Chidwick for the title of USPO Champion. Chidwick clinched the crown before Day 2 started as the result of his two wins and five final table appearances.

PokerCentral’s Remko Rinkema caught up with Chidwick to talk about his USPO performance and prestigious win.

The final table is set with Tilston leading a talented group. The battle to become the USPO Main Event Champion starts Sunday at 4:00 pm ET on PokerGO. Bragging rights, prestige, and $660,000 are on the line when play opens tomorrow.

Subscribe now to PokerGO to watch the finale to the first-ever U.S. Poker Open. The full list of Event #8 payouts is below.

  1. $660,000
  2. $429,000
  3. $264,000
  4. $165,000
  5. $132,000