Joe McKeehen won the third event of the U.S. Poker Open, thus claiming the title and $200,200. This is Mckeehen’s second title of the year. He has 10 million in tournament cashes since 2015. McKeehen defeated 77 other players to claim his latest victory in a 10 million no-limit hold ’em event.
This win earned him 420 points, enough to put him in fifth place in the Card Player Player of the year standings. Before winning this event, McKeehen had finished as runner-up at the $5,000 buy-in WPT Venetian main event and won at the $10,000 Wynn Spring Classic.
However, even with his recent victories, this was no easy win. McKeehen had to contend with Justin Saliba, Steve Zolotow, Jake Schindler, Ali Imsirovic, Barry Hutter, Ray Qartomy, and Andrew Lichtenberger, all at the final table. This was the second final table appearance for both Zolotow and Hutter. But, McKeehen got quads in the final hand and achieved a double knockout securing his title.