Eng Owns U.S. Poker Championship
We can think of one guy who is pretty pleased with the way the U.S. Poker Championship is going at the Taj Mahal. And that’s pro Gordon Eng, who just picked up his third event win at the championship Tuesday.
Eng won $9,177 in a $360 buy-in No Limit event that drew 73 entries. Earlier, he had back-to-back event wins in the first week of the tournament winning $8,624 and $8,171back to back. Ok, those aren’t massive wins, but it does bring him to just under $26K for the championship, more than enough to have a few great meals at Il Mulino.
In this event, Eng was left head to head with Mike Nickerson of Niantic Conn., who appears to have played regularly at the U.S.P.C. since at least 2005.
On the final hand, a flop came out of 8,9 of diamonds, queen of spades. Both players check and a five of spades comes on the turn.
Eng bets 30K, Nickerson raises 70K, Eng goes all in (with the chip lead) and Nickerson calls.
Nickerson shows five spades, eight clubs for two pair. Eng has 10 diamond, Jack clubs for a queen high straight (which he got on the flop). The river doesn’t fill out a boat for Nickerson (four of hearts) and Eng wins. Nickerson gets $5,099.
According to the Taj Mahal, Eng hasn’t played another event since his previous wins, so clearly, this guy is white hot and apparently, three for three.
This win should put Eng over $700,000 in tournament earnings.