Scott Stewart wins 2021 Winter Open $2,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event

Scott Stewart, a five-time WSOP Circuit gold ring winner, won the 2021 Winter Open $2,000 buy-in no-limit hold ’em main event for $177,817.

The tournament attracted 510 entries and had a massive prize pool of $918,000 with 64 players finishing in the money. Stewart now has over $2.4 million in career tournament winnings.

In fact, this was the third biggest live tournament winning for Stewart his biggest tournament cash being the 13-th place finish in the 2017 WSOP main event for $535,000.

The 2021 Winter Open $2,000 buy-in no-limit hold ’em main event ran through two days on Jan 29, 30, and 31. The first day (Jan 29 and 30) saw a flurry of eliminations with only 78 players proceeding to day 2.

The race to finish in the money during the second day was nothing short of electrifying with big names failing to make the final table.

A one-time bracelet winner, Justin Liberto, was among the notable names that fell early after finishing 62nd for $3,213. John Dolan, a 2010 WSOP main event final “tablelist”, finished 46th ($4,131) while a WSOP bracelet winner Jame Calderaro finished 16th for $9,364.

Scott Stewart Wins Final Table

The final table was made up of Stewart, Matt Mauldin, Chuck Tabor, Barbara Rogers, Luan Nguyen, Thud McNulty, Christopher Perry, and Kenneth Stacy. At this point, each player was guaranteed to walk home with at least $22,491.

When the final table action began, Mauldin held a slight chip lead, followed closely by Stacy and Stewart.

Stewart started hot and it did not take long before he eliminated the first player, Barbara Rogers.

Chuck Tabor and Luan Nguyen’s attempts to double up in three-way pot were cut shot by Mauldin and they were sent to the rails. Tabor and Nguyen finished 7th and 6th for $28,917 and $37,454 respectively.

With five players remaining, the action started heating up and McNulty was the next player to bust. McNulty’s Q-4 was no match for Stewarts’s pocket sevens after the latter flopped a set. McNulty won $49,113.

In the four-handed play, Mauldin stepped up and eliminated both Chris Perry and Ken Stacy in fourth and third place respectively. Perry won $65, 178 while Stacy earned $87,394.

During the final hand, Stewart had already built a 5:1 chip lead. Mauldin moved all in from the button with A-8(offsuit) and Stewart promptly called with pocket nines. The board rang out Q-Q-7-5-J. Mauldin did not make a higher pair and hence he lost the pot and was eliminated in second place for $118,422.

Final Table Summary

Place Player Earnings
1 Scott Stewart $177,817
2 Matt Mauldin $118,422
3 Kenneth Stacy $87,394
4 Christopher Perry $65,178
5 Thad McNulty $49,113
6 Luan Nguyen $37,454
7 Chuck Tabor $28,917
8 Barbara Rogers $22,491


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