the PokerGO Tour It was first introduced in 2021. The high-stakes-focused tour was extremely successful in its initial run and has continued to generate impressive growth in its second year. 2022 PGT The season featured 175 events, with 24,998 total entries and over $426 million in prize money awarded along the way. This season concluded with the first ever race of the PGT championship, A $500,000 winner-take-all free tournament.
The event saw the best 21 of the final PGT He is invited to participate in the final showdown. Another unique wrinkle to this event is that the initial stacks of chips are determined by the final match of the players who qualify PGT point totals. For example, top-rated Stephen Chedwick’s 3,412 points saw him start with 342,000 points, while Penny Glaser, who qualified thanks to a second-place finish WPT World Championship Just one day before this event, he started with 165,000 points thanks to 1,646 points. Full list of finalists PGT Leaderboards for 2022 can be found on the tour site.
After two days of action, Jason Kuhn emerged victorious, taking home the trophy and first prize of half a million dollars. The 37-year-old professional poker player now has over $41.9 million in lifetime tournament winnings to his name, which puts him in seventh place. card player Money list at all times.
This win came just a few weeks after Kon was defeated at all World Series of Poker Phil Hellmuth’s largest bracelet leader High stakes duel So far, with $1.6 million at stake.
“It’s always nice. I run somehow hot at the end of the year. Do you remember the WPT At Bellagio when they had 25k and she won back-to-back in late December? “It was very hot in December,” Kun said. PGT correspondents. “I don’t know if it’s Christmas time or what, but it’s beautiful.”
Koon came in PGT championship With the third largest heap thanks to another strong year on the live high roller circuit. Koon has cashed in 18 times PGT events, while winning three titles and accumulating over $6.7 million in qualifying earnings along the way. The $500,000 win was his fourth biggest of the year. His highest paycheck came in 2022 when he stopped a €150,000 short group buy event at Triton Madrid Series Festival in the amount of $1,837,500. The victory saw Cone set the record for most Triton titles, joining Mikita Padziakowski with four wins on the High-Stakes Tour.
Koon may have started the event in third place, but he finished day one as the net chip leader with approximately 57 percent of the total chips in play and only six contenders.
“Almost every time, unless it’s a complete dream, you come to a final table and have all the chips but at some point, generally, the stacks of chips will converge and change hands, and you’ll always lose the lead in chips,” Koon said. That’s why when I used to hear People say, “It’s your career to lose,” I said, “Guys, I’ve got 57 percent of the chips and there’s six people here who are the best players in the world. This is not my ride to lose. I’ll win it maybe half the time or whatever. I just hugged it, then I looked up and there was basically 100 big blinds in play with three hands. I knew I wasn’t the chip leader so I would do what I could and go from there. I took some beats and then made some hands, and there I am.”
World Poker Tour Player of the Year Chad Ivislag was first down on the second day, with his fumbled flush to Conn’s top flush. 2022 PGT Player of the Year Stephen Chedwick soon followed when his K-10 was unable to beat Q-8 of Koon. Chedwick pushed four large curtains out of the pieces. Kon called in from the big blind, knocked out two, and held from there to narrow the field to four.
Glaser’s run ended when his KQ outfit was unable to come from behind against the fit A-4 of Shaun Winter. Glaser fumbled the straight par, but Winter’s top pair held out across the river to see him go into a three-run with the second-largest combination.
Koon and Winter clashed several times during the next phase of play, with Winter mostly coming out on top. Kuhn then briefly slid into third place behind AK was beaten by a.3 Nick Pettrangelo: Two-time All-Star Preflop.
Cone was soon able to get back to second as he tripled his ride on the queens and triples from Petrangelo. Then pre-flip a coin with a head-up setup, with Pocket Winter’s six outperforming Petrangelo’s K-10.
The final showdown began, with the title and $500,000 hanging in the balance, with Winter holding 2,035,000 against Kon’s 1,185,000. The pair battled for about two hours. Fairly early on, Koon doubled with a pair turning two edging Winter’s flopped top pair. His river push was called to see him take better than 3:1 per minute.
Winter battled all the way back to the lead, but his final time at the top was short-lived. Koon wins a big pot with full aces defeating Winter’s tie-breaker, who summons the river with the king high to go with the couple on board.
By the time the last hand was dealt, Koon’s lead had grown to over 6:1. Koon raised enough on the button to put Winter all-in. Winter called with J8 He controlled 108 because, but 106533 Run out gave Kun scores and three times to win.
Winter, who had 20 PGT Sent cash and win three titles in 2022, empty-handed in this winner-takes-all tournament.
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