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2019 USPO $25,000 8-Game Mix Championship: Nick Schulman Earns His First USPO Title For $270,000

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22   //    25 Feb 2019, 13:04 IST

Nick Schulman

Nick Schulman is a regular, but a different kind. He’s a frequent commentator on PokerGo but on the 21st of February, we saw him competing in the 2019 US Poker Open Event #8: $25,000 8-Game Mix Championship. This tournament attracted 20 entries where some of the best-mixed game specialists came down to play. Schulman earned his first USPO title for $270,000 in prize money.

Schulman On His Win

He talked about his win in front of the USPO officials – “It feels damn good. There's nothing like winning a tournament, regardless of the field size. It feels great and getting a clear first is exciting.” Presently, Schulman sits in 3rd place in the overall 2019 USPO championship and is within striking distance of both Sean Winter and Stephen Chidwick.

Schulman previously finished 5th in the 2019 USPO Event #7: $25,000 NLH for $120,000 and is a two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner in the $10,000 No-Limit 2-7 Lowball Championship.

Schulman added – “I'm wound up for the $50k and $100k, those events speak for themselves. We'll see how this $50k goes and then we'll see if I'll play the $100k. You gotta be pumped up to play with these wizards."

Event #8: $25,000 8-Game Mix Final Table Results

Top 3
Top 3

Final Table Action

The four-handed final table returned to action on the money bubble i.e. one out of the four would leave without winning a single penny while the rest would be guaranteed an $80,000 minimum payday. Brandom Adams being the chip leader was seemingly safe along with Schulman who had the second biggest chip stack, more than twice as much as the short-stacked Randy Ohel and Chris Vitch.

Ohel came down to 4th place in a round of Stud 8. He committed with a small pair and failed to get there against Schulman, who had to small pair. Adams took care of Vitch in a round of 2-7 Triple Draw. Later Vitch took home $80,000 for his third-place finish, immediately after.

Heads-up play began relatively even and the duo would swap the lead on a few occasions. Odds were ever in Schulman’s favor when Adams overbet bluffed the turn in a round of no-limit hold’em. Schulman had both a flush and open-ended straight draw and check-jammed, which prompted Adams to fold.

Schulman whittled away at Adams’ stack before Adam had to take a stand in limit hold’em with nine-deuce. He was up against king-ten and failed to improve sending him out the door, acquiring a 2nd place for $150,000.

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Here's a look at the overall 2019 USPO points race:

2019 USPO Overall Point Standings

Final Table Standings
Final Table Standings

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