Weekly Poker Update: 2022 USPO Champion

Weekly Poker Update April 1 with USPO Golden Eagle Trophy
What an exciting week it has been in the world of poker. Last week, we saw a record-breaking jackpot at MGM National Harbor. This week, many players set personal bets en route to winning major tournament events. Multiple champions have been crowned in tournaments across the US. On the world stage, WPT DeepStacks Amsterdam has entered its final event.

In addition to the adrenaline rush that accompanies major poker tournaments, there have been plenty of other major announcements. One such piece of breaking news concerned the online poker market in the Wolverine state. The WSOP announced it officially launched its online poker services in Michigan.

We will break down all of the latest poker news in this week’s poker update. For more poker news, check out our news and blog sections. Check back every week right to stay up to date on the world of poker.

Sean Winter Wins 2022 US Poker Open

The US Poker Open is one of the biggest poker tournaments of the year. This year’s events took place at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The 2022 US Poker Open ran from March 16th to the 28th. Typically, the USPO has one of the highest buy-ins of any major poker tournament.

Part of the excitement of the USP is that it has a high buy-in amount. However, this year’s competition was especially thrilling due to the late comeback of Sean Winter. The runner-up in the last two USPOs, Winter finally broke through this year. Winter’s back-to-back event wins were enough to secure him the 2022 Golden Eagle trophy.

Winter was far from the favorite entering the final events of the competition. He had yet to win an event entering the second-to-last event on Saturday. Winter won event 11, a $35,000 no-limit Hold’em event. However, he was still a heavy underdog to win it all.

Entering the final event, Japan’s Tamon Nakamura was the betting favorite to be named USPO champion. The only for Winter to usurp Nakamura would be to get a first-place finish in the final event. Winter managed to pull off the victory despite entering the final table with the second smallest stack.

For winning the tournament, Winter was awarded the Golden Eagle trophy. He also earned an additional $50,000 in prize money. The final event alone earned Winter over $750,000. Winter’s total winnings from the 2022 USPO were nearly $1.2 million.

Winner Crowned at Prime Social’s Texas Poker Championship

The USPO was not the only poker tournament to conclude in the last week. In the Lone Star State, the Texas Poker Championship concluded on Wednesday. The event was held at Houston’s Prime Social and is considered one of the biggest tournaments in Texas’ history. This year’s event totaled over $4 million in prize money.

Starting back on March 10th, the 2022 Texas Poker Championship (TPC) featured a total of 21 events. The buy-in amounts ranged from as low as $250 up to $5,300 for the main event. There was a guaranteed $2 million prize pool for the main event which attracted 468 players.

Unlike other major tournaments, the 2022 TPC featured a large selection of poker games over the 21 events. Included in the tournament were 2-7 Single Draw, H.O.R.S.E., Short deck, dealers’ choice, and more.

After weeks of play, one man was able to work his way to the top. James Carroll out of Las Vegas won the $5,300 main event on Wednesday. Carroll, a former WPT champion, took home over $450,000 for winning the final table. The victory pushed Carrol over the $5 million mark for his total career earnings. He claimed victory by defeating Nicholas Howard. As the runner-up, Howard won north of $300,000 for his performance on the final table.

WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam Update

WPTDeepStacks started with a field of 757 players, however, the competition was quickly narrowed down. By day two, only 95 competitors remained alive in the tournament. Every player that made it to the second day of the tournament earned a cash prize. However, the real money comes from making the final eight.

The final table of the WPTDeepStacks Amsterdam tournament is scheduled for today. Coverage starts at noon and the first hand will be dealt at around 1 pm. Festivities for the tournament started on March 25th and will continue until tomorrow. The first round of the main event started on Tuesday. There are eight players scheduled to appear at the final table. Heading into the last event, David Hu is the chip leader.

Closeup of WPT Table

Part of Hu’s success so far has been a result of his aggressive style of play. At times, Hu’s aggressiveness has worked against him and put him in tight spots Still, Hu has stuck to his game plan and will have a massive advantage entering the final table. He has nearly an 800,000-chip lead on the next closet player.

Hu enters today’s final table with a chip count of over 5.2 million. Considered a heavy favorite to win it all, Hu is playing for a first-place prize of €130,690. If Hu pulls it off, it will be one of the biggest baches of his career so far. Regardless of where they finish, all eight players who made the final table are guaranteed to take home €16,430.

World Series of Poker Launches Online Poker in Michigan

There has also been plenty of news outside of live tournament action this week. Perhaps the biggest announcement was made by the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The poker giant announced that it officially launched its online poker site in the state of Michigan on Monday. Michigan first legalized online poker sites in January of 2021.

WSOP has been teasing a launch in the Great Lake State for over a year now. However, the launch has been delayed for unknown reasons. WSOP will try to put the issues behind them as the website is now up and running. WSOP joins PokerStars and BetMGM as legal online poker providers in the state.

The launch of WSOP MI is believed to signal that Michigan will soon allow interstate gambling. To do so, Michigan would need to join the Multi-State Internet Gaming Agreement (MSIGA). Currently, WSOP is the only provider in Michigan that also operates in the other MSIGA states. If Michigan does join the agreement, players would have significantly more people to compete against.

Joining the MSIGA would give a big boost to the Michigan online gaming market. However, even without out-of-state competition, Michigan’s online casinos are performing well. According to the state’s gaming control board, Michigan online casinos generated $122.8 million in total revenue in February. That broke the previous state record of $121.8 million set last December. Adding WSOP to the mix should help increase online gaming revenue in the Wolverine State.


Another week of exciting poker action is coming to an end. In the last week, many poker champions have been crowned. More importantly, many players have won real money playing poker. Today, the winner of WPTDeepStacks will hopefully join the list of winners so far in 2022. Check back next week for another weekly poker update.