Historic Moment For U.S. Poker Open: First Female Wins The Title

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Lauren Roberts beats all her opponents at the U.S. Poker Open #3 and becomes the first female to take the USPO title, Poker Central reports. She wins over $200,000 and bursts in the race for the best player of the tournament.

On Sunday, Roberts wrote a new chapter in the USPO history by outplaying eight poker players in the Event #3 — $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em. The win allowed the woman to take home $218,400 and 200 HYRO (High Roller of the Year) points, as well as increased her chances of winning the $100,000 U.S. Poker Open Championship.

Poker Lauren RobertsThis is the first time Roberts wins a poker tournament, and before that, her biggest achievement was an eight-place in the World Poker Tour Five Diamond Main Event in 2017, which brought her $153,590.

Roberts was restrained in her statements and named the victory “good coin flips,” which helped her succeed in the tournament. She also gave credit to her opponents, referring to them as “phenomenal players.”

The 54-year-old faced 91 entries during the two-day USPO #3, and at the final table, she defeated German player Koray Aldemir, who is currently ranked 73rd in the Global Poker Index. The third place went to the 2018 USPO Champion Stephen Chidwick, who amassed more than $1.2 million over the course of the tournament.

By becoming the first in the USPO Event #3 and earning 200 points, Roberts moves to the fourth position in the championship standings. Her closest competitors to be named U.S. Poker Open Champion are Sean Winter (240 points), Jordan Cristos (240 points), and Stephen Chidwick (300 points).

USPO 2019 is a 10-series poker event which runs until February 23 at ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. The tournament includes games such as No-Limit Hold’em (NLH), Pot-Limit Omaha, Short Deck Poker, and Mixed Game with a minimum buy-in of $10,000. The main event, which starts on February 22, will be a $100,000 pot NLH. The player who accumulates the most HYRO points during the series will win the title of U.S. Poker Open Championship and a cash award of $100,000.

Even though Roberts’ accomplishment in poker is worthy of acclaim, she still needs a great deal of work to do to catch up with top female poker players like Vanessa Selbst and Annie Duke — both managed to triumph in poker championships and earn more than $1.5 million.

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