Allan Le lifted the first of the 2023 US Poker Open PLO titles, seeing off a tough final table challenge that included Daniel Negreanu to pocket $200,200...
There was a healthy 77 entries to the $10k buy-in event #4 on the 10-tournament schedule at the PokerGO Studios in the Aria, with 11 spots paid and $200k up top.
First stop was the money bubble and short-stacked Joao Simao needed to dodge some outs when all-in on the flop against Le...
Simao: A♥ A♣ K♦ 8♥
Le: 10♦ 7♦ 6♥ 3♦
Flop: 8♣ 7♥ 5♥
That tied up a $23,100 cash for the remaining 11 players, with Steve Zolotow, Peng Shang and Sean Winter pocketing that sum. Only five players made it to day two, among them Daniel Negreanu, looking to add another title to his illustrious resume...
It wasn’t to be for DNegs though, busting in 4th for a $77k payday...
Weisman fell next as Le rivered a set of kings, leaving him with a chip lead over Keijzer heads-up, with more than $50k between winner and runner-up.
Curiously, Le’s brother Tommy had lost out heads-up to Keijzer in the PGT Mixed Game Series recently, so there was a touch of family honour at stake.
A tough battle ensued, but Le’s pair held on in the final hand to bag his first US Poker Open victory and a chink of points for the leaderboard race.
“Experience helps,” Le said after his victory, adding: “It definitely got rid of my jitterbugs and I just kind of did my thing.
He explained his approach to the tough final table: “You try to just stay in your lane and play your game. Don't let the smoke and mirrors distract you. Just stay in the zone.”