Phil Hellmuth Hits Straight Flush to Win US Poker Open Title!

March 31, 2023
Andrew Burnett

Phil Hellmuth bagged his maiden PokerGO Tour title last night by turning a straight flush to defeat Jeremy Ausmus heads-up to take down US Poker Open event #5 for $211,200...

It was back to No Limit Hold’em after a day at the PLO tables, and the 88 entries produced an $880k prizepool, with 13 players set to share the cash.
The money bubble burst when England’s online legend, Chris Moorman, got the last of his stack in against Cherish Andrews...

Moorman: A♥ K♥
Andrews: 9♠ 9♣

Board: 8♠ 6♦ 3♣ 6♣ Q♥

That meant yet another cash for the 2022 GPI Female Player of the Year, Andrews on a recent run that includes two big wins at the Wynn Millions and WPT World Championships.

She would eventually fall in 9th spot to Jeremy Ausmus, getting it in good only for Ausmus to flop a Broadway straight.

The final table not only included Ausmus and Hellmuth, but also event 4 winner Allan Le, showing he could play the two-card game as well as his favourite PLO.

His run at back-to-back trophies failed when he couldn’t win a race for his tournament life against Hellmuth...

Hellmuth: 7♦ 7♣
Le: A♣ Q♣

Board: 9♥ 8♠ 2♣ J♣ K♦

The deck was hitting the Poker Brat smack bang in the face as he then proceeded to bust Oganyan, Wolff and Lonis in succession to get himself heads-up against Ausmus.

The final hand was one worthy of a trophy, Hellmuth’s first in the PokerGO Studio...

Final results


Phil Hellmuth



Jeremy Ausmus



Jesse Lonis



George Wolff



Aram Oganyan



Allan Le



Darren Elias



David Stamm



Cherish Andrews


After his victory, Hellmuth explained: “It's nice, you know after last year. Last year I had two seconds and a fourth in the U.S. Poker Open. I don't play that many tournaments here, but if you look at like the last ten tournaments I played here at the studio, it's pretty crazy. I think I have four final tables in ten events. Now people are gonna say that's not true but it's pretty easy to check.”

He also revealed that his “White Magic” is what separates him from the younger, modern-day poker player: “I have something. I have this thing called reading ability. And a lot of the younger generation doesn't understand that.
“They see me make these plays and they're like, 'That's a bad play. That's a bad play.' But if you know that they can't call then I feel like it's a great play. Sometimes they don't give me enough credit, so it's kind of nice.”

The final word, however, should probably go to his vanquished heads-up opponent, Jeremy Ausmus...

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