Down to the wire
It all came down to the wire in the PokerGO Cup as Brock Wilson went heads-up versus Sean Perry in Event #8. Perry held a 7:1 chip lead but should Wilson come back, he would clinch the PokerGO Cup in a dramatic fashion.
Clubhouse leader Jeremy Ausmus could only spectate, having been eliminated in third. A questionable ICM all-in call versus Perry with Ace-deuce didn’t go his way with three left.
Perry’s pocket jacks held versus Wilson’s King-Queen
In the end, a big flip decided matters in Event #8 and the overall standings. Perry’s pocket jacks held versus Wilson’s King-Queen and that was all she wrote.
Ausmus finished with 658 points after a win, a runner-up finish, and two thirds, enough to hold off Wilson who had two seconds, a fifth, and a sixth. Perry was the only player to win multiple events. Meanwhile, events #5, #6, and #7 were won by Nick Petrangelo, Daniel Negreanu, and Ali Imsirovic, respectively.
Petrangelo ships Event #5
A few weeks ago, Nick Petrangelo dominated the Stairway To Millions series, winning twice and cashing four times for more than $1.8m. On Monday, he continued his hot streak with a victory in the 41-runner PokerGO Cup Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $369,000.
The final table proved a star-studded affair with high stakes beasts Darren Elias, Ali Imsirovic, Sean Winter, and Nick Schulman all in attendance. It was however the businessman, philanthropist, and poker enthusiast Bill Klein who got heads-up, ultimately succumbing to the indefatigable Petrangelo.
Petrangelo has won nearly $5.6m in live tournaments
Since September 2021, Petrangelo has won nearly $5.6m in live tournaments, getting heads-up nine times and winning five. Only Michael Addamo has more winnings in that period. He was quick to acknowledge his good run in a post-match interview:
“Everything has been working out. I’m running great, winning all-ins, and getting hands at the right times. Sometimes you get around the bubble when you have a lot of chips and you lose a couple of hands, but it’s been the opposite for me when I go deep and everything just goes well.”
Event #5 Final Table Results
1st: Nick Petrangelo – $369,000
2nd: Bill Klein – $246,000
3rd: Nick Schulman – $164,000
4th: Sean Winter – $112,750
5th: Ali Imsirovic – $82,000
6th: Darren Elias – $51,250
Negreanu in the black in Event #6
Negreanu had bemoaned his bad luck coming into this event but with this result he finally got himself into the black, facing stiff opposition. Event #6: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em attracted an elite field of 35 entries but when the dust settled, it was ‘The Kid Poker’ who got the touch.
Event #6 Final Table Results
1st: Daniel Negreanu – $350,000
2nd: Sean Winter – $227,500
3rd: Vikenty Shegal – $140,000
4th: Stephen Chidwick – $96,250
5th: Brock Wilson – $61,250
Imsirovic adds yet another PokerGO title in Event #7
Ali Imsirovic is an unstoppable force in the PokerGO studio and on Wednesday, he added yet another title. In total, 43 titans of the game showed up for Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em but in the end, Imsirovic walked away with the $365,500 first prize.
Imsirovic was the chip-leader at the start of the final table and he proved once again what a tough front-runner he is, carving his way past Darren Elias, Cary Katz, and Nick Schulman to get three-handed with Jeremy Ausmus and Sam Soverel.
Imsirovic then made short work of Soverel
Ausmus bust in third for $161,250 and a crucial points boost to stay top of the PokerGO Cup Leaderboard. Imsirovic then made short work of Soverel to take his place in the winner’s circle.
Event #7 Final Table Results
1st: Ali Imsirovic – $365,600
2nd: Sam Soverel – $236,500
3rd: Jeremy Ausmus – $161,250
4th: Nick Schulman – $118,250
5th: Cary Katz – $86,000
6th: Darren Elias – $64,500
7th: Roger Sippl – $43,000
Perry claims his career biggest score in Event #8
Sean Perry exploded onto the high-stakes poker scene in the last few years, moving up the stakes exceedingly quickly. On Thursday, he took down the big one in the PokerGO Cup.
Topping a field of 32 entrants in Event #8: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em, he claimed his second title at the eight-tournament festival, winning $640,000 in prize money, the largest score of his career.
While he didn’t manage to bring home the PokerGO Cup this time, the valuable points he accumulated throughout the festival also count towards the PokerGO Tour title. A jubilant Perry was asked in the post-match interview if he is in pursuit of that crown:
“You better believe it, for sure I am. I took some time off at the beginning of this year, I missed a bunch of events, but this win has me motivated and they have something to fear.”
Event #8 Final Table Results
1st: Sean Perry – $640,000
2nd: Brock Wilson – $416,000
3rd: Jeremy Ausmus – $256,000
4th: Nick Schulman – $176,000
5th: Daniel Negreanu – $112,000
Victory by Ausmus-is
Jeremy Ausmus is the 2022 PokerGO Cup champion, having performed incredibly over the course of the eight-event series, ultimately cashing half of the tournaments for $824,500 in prize money. He also received the $50,000 championship bonus.
I barely eeked it out”
A keen railer of the last heads-up contest, he stood beside Perry for the final showdown. In his post-match interview, he pointed out just how close it was in the end:
“It was a big sweat to win this. Everyone coming into the final table could’ve won it and I barely eeked it out… It’s a lot of fun. The extra $50K that’s given is awesome. It’s just really cool.”