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David Coleman Wins U.S. Poker Open Event For His Fourth PokerGO Title of 2024

30-Year-Old Poker Pro Now Leads Both Card Player Player of the Year and PGT Season-Long Points Races

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David Coleman first cashed on the live circuit in the spring of 2010. By the end of 2023, he had managed to accrue multiple millions in recorded tournament earnings, but had not yet managed to capture on title in the live arena. That streak ended just a week into 2024 when he took down the Card Player Poker Tour Venetian $1,600 main event for $115,989. Since then, Coleman has been on an absolute tear. He has won four PokerGO Tour titles in the interim, with his most recent victory coming in event no. 4 at the U.S. Poker Open. The 30-year-old poker pro based out of Las Vegas defeated a field of 83 entries in the $10,100 buy-in tournament to earn $202,300, bringing his career earnings to more than $5.4 million.

Coleman has cashed for more than $1.7 million this year alone, with 14 in-the-money finishes and five total titles. With 3,806 Card Player Player of the Year points, he sits atop the 2024 POY leaderboard presented by Global Poker. He also now holds the top spot in the PGT seasonal rankings with 1,228 points earned across eight qualified cashes.

This was Coleman’s second cash of the series, having also placed fifth in USPO event no. 3. He currently trails only Jesse Lonis in the series-long points race.

Coleman came into the second and final day of this event as the chip leader among the seven contenders who survived day 1 action. He added to his lead by eliminating two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner John Riordan (7th – $33,200) and two-time World Poker Tour champion Jonathan Little (6th – $41,500).

Phil HellmuthPhil Hellmuth was the next player to fall at the final table. The 17-time bracelet winner’s final four big blinds went in with pocket sevens racing against the Q-9 of two-time bracelet winner Shannon Shorr, who made jacks and nines to win the pot.

Bracelet winner Dylan Weisman was the next to clash with the surging Shorr. He got all-in with A-9 trailing A-K and was unable to come from behind. He earned $78,850 as the fourth-place finisher. This was his 10th in-the-money finish of the season in a PGT event, with three titles won along the way. He now sits just 102 PGT points behind Coleman in that season-long points race.

Aram Zobian was well position to double up when he got all-in with pocket queens against the pocket tens of Shorr, but the board brought a four flush in diamonds to end Zobian’s tournament in third place ($107,900). The bracelet winner now has more than $6.1 million in career earnings after this latest deep run.

Heads-up play began with Shorr holding 7,525,000 to Coleman’s 2,850,000. The final two hashed out a deal that redistributed the prize money a bit. Coleman soon doubled up twice, then won a big pot without showdown to overtake the lead. The final hand of the tournament began with a limp from Shorr on the button with 10Diamond Suit8Heart Suit. Coleman checked in the big blind with KSpade SuitJSpade Suit. The flop came down 8Spade Suit7Spade Suit3Spade Suit and Coleman checked with his flopped flush. Shorr bet 450,000 with top pair and Coleman called. The 3Heart Suit on the turn drew another check from Coleman. Shorr moved all-in for 2,200,000 and Coleman snap called. The 9Club Suit on the end locked up the pot and the title for Coleman, sending Shorr home with $179,500 as the runner-up. Shorr’s career earnings grew to nearly $13.3 million after the hand.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 David Coleman $202,300 480 232
2 Shannon Shorr $179,500 400 149
3 Aram Zobian $107,900 320 108
4 Dylan Weisman $78,850 240 79
5 Phil Hellmuth $58,100 200 58
6 Jonathan Little $41,500 160 42
7 John Riordan $33,200 120 33

Photo credit: PokerGO / Antonio Abrego.