Lauren Roberts finally wins her first major tournament title. Stephen Chidwick and Sean Winter make final tables AGAIN at the US Poker Open. And the Phil Ivey edge-sorting scandal might be heading to the silver screen. Find all those stories and more in this – the weekend edition of the Hit and Run.

Lauren Roberts Finds Victory in US Poker Open Event #3

Lauren Roberts became the first woman to ever win a U.S. Poker Open event this weekend when she toppled a pro-heavy field to win Event #3, the $10,000 NLHE event. Roberts earned $218,400 for the victory after she was able to defeat Koray Aldemir heads-up for the title.

Eight players began the day including, Stephen Chidwick and Sean Winter, who are currently battling hard for the overall points lead.

Winter and Chidwick would ultimately bow out in 5th and 3rd, respectively, while USPO beast Brandon Adams finished in 4th.

Heads-up began with Aldemir holding a commanding chip lead, but Roberts was able to choose her spots well for a couple well-timed double ups before finally winning the whole thing with Ace-Four.

Roberts was obviously elated with the win saying afterward, “It’s huge for me. I mean I’ve never won anything before. And so especially for women or old people and for amateurs. I love this game, I played with some phenomenal players and I learn every time I play a tournament. I happened to run good in some of these coin flips and they can make or break a tournament.”

Here are the official payouts according to Poker Central:

The lucky 13


Congrats to Roberts and all the other big winners!

Winter and Chidwick Can’t Be Stopped

The other story going into Saturday’s final table and now even Sunday’s is the absurd run that both Stephen Chidwick and Sean Winter are both on. Sunday’s Event #4, the $10K Short Deck event will feature both Winter and Chidwick AGAIN.

Let’s recap – that’s four events and and four final tables for Winer and four events and three final tables (and one title) for Chidwick. And in fields consisting mostly of pros, those stats are truly impressive.

The short deck final table on Sunday will see both players near the bottom as David Peters, Seth Davies, and Ben Yu sit atop the chip counts. But short deck is a high variance game and anything can happen. We’ll keep you up to date all this week on how Chidwick and Winter are doing in this race.

Here’s the official points standings going into Sunday:

The best of the best

Quick Hitters

-Friday night also saw a brand new winner take home his very first USPO crown. Jordan Cristos overcame a field of 64 entries to win the $10,000 PLO tournament for a cool $179,200. Cristos defeated an obviously stacked final table that included Manig Loeser (2nd), Cary Katz (5th), and Sean Winter (6th).

-Our friends over at have a nice entry talking about the recent Rewards changes over at PokerStars. It’s certainly ruffled the feathers of a number of famous pros as Sean Chaffin reports.

-And if strategy is more your bag, baby, then the folks over at the OG CardPlayer have a nice article on suited connectors. The article talks about common mistakes to avoid with hands that look sexy but can get you in big trouble.

-Over at Robbie has a nice entry about his adventures during a weekend when his wife was out of town in NYC. It’s a great story that many of us can relate to about getting in some quality time at the felt and with friends. Check out his home game adventures here.

-This week is still all about the US Poker Open. And several times a week Drew Amato is showcasing his photography in his “Through the Lens” series. One of his most recent articles focuses on the incredible run Sean Winter is having in this year’s tournament.

-And finally, is the Phil Ivey saga going to be made into an actual film? Several news sources are reporting that the film rights have been purchased about the edge-sorting scandal involving Ivey and Cheung Yin “Kelly” Sun. Evidently Ivanhoe Pictures, the same company that produced ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is looking to turn the tale into a major motion picture. PokerNews has the complete story.

Best Poker Videos on YouTube

-The Run It Once guys took a little break from strategy and Q and A’s this week to showcase a video from famed mindset coach Tommy Angelo. In this video Tommy talks about “medding” – a term he coined for all things self-awareness.


-Meanwhile, former PokerStars pro Jamie Staples is putting together yet another deep run on PokerStars. Just how far does he go?


-Finally, everyone’s favorite former PokerNews host Kristy Arnett has a great video on her YouTube channel about the struggles of playing scared, and how we need to remind ourselves to always be confident and aggressive. Special guest appearance by Lynn Gilmartin.


That’s all for this week! Keep coming back every day to PartTimePoker for your daily updates on all the action in the poker world.


Keith Woernle is a writer, comedian, and semi-pro poker player based out of New Jersey. He was a producer for season 10 of the World Poker Tour. Keith won a WSOP circuit ring in 2011. He likes poker a lot. Follow or contact him on Twitter @WoernlePoker

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