It got here all the way down to a conflict between 2016 European Poker Tour Dublin champion Dzmitry Urbanovich and six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu within the $10,200 eight-game combine match on the 2023 PGT Mixed Games II competition. After an hour-long battle, it was Urbanovich who got here away with the title and the highest prize of $179,200.
This was the ninth-largest recorded rating of Urbanovich’s profession. It elevated his lifetime earnings to almost $7.4 million.
The Polish poker professional additionally earned 300 Card Player Player of the Year factors for what was his fourth final-table displaying of 2023. This was his first money of the collection, however the 179 PokerGO Tour factors he secured have been enough to maneuver him into third place within the festival-long factors race.
Negreanu took dwelling $117,600 because the runner-up. He additionally locked up 250 POY factors for his eleventh final-table end of the yr. With 2,424 factors and greater than $840,000 in to-date POY earnings, the two-time POY award winner is now sitting simply exterior the highest 100 within the 2023 POY rankings introduced by Global Poker. Negreanu additionally climbed to twenty eighth within the year-long PGT standings, with 22 certified cashes for practically $1.2 million within the high-stakes centric race.
The Poker Hall of Fame member and two-time World Poker Tour champion grew his profession earnings to $50,487,491 with this most up-to-date deep run. He presently occupies the fifth-place spot on poker’s all-time cash record as considered one of solely a handful of gamers to have surpassed the $50 million mark.
This match performed out over the course of two days contained in the PokerGO Studio inside ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. By the tip of day 1, the bubble had burst and bracelet winner Dylan Linde (eighth), bracelet winner Andrew Kelsall (seventh), and six-time bracelet winner John Hennigan (sixth) had been eradicated.
Three-time WPT champion and four-time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno (fifth – $44,800) was the primary to fall on day 2, getting the final of his brief stack in preflop with pocket aces in pot-limit Omaha. Arthur Morris made two pair together with his double-suited three-broadway holding to slim the sector to 4. Max Hoffman was the subsequent to hit the rail, together with his pocket kings being cracked by the A-8 suited of Urbanovich. Hoffman was awarded $56,000 for his fourth-place displaying.
Morris misplaced a few large pots throughout a spherical of Omaha eight-or-better to search out himself on the ropes. He was in the end scooped in one other hand of the identical sport by Negreanu, heading dwelling with $78,400 after he was unable to finest kings up for the excessive and 6-5-4-2-A for the low. This was Morris’ fifth remaining desk of the yr, together with a runner-up displaying within the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha occasion on the WSOP for a career-best $809,167 payday.
Heads-up play started with Urbanovich and Negreanu on even footing. Negreanu edged out in entrance throughout a spherical of stud, solely to have Urbanovich flip issues round in pot-limit Omaha. The remaining hand of the match got here in the identical sport. Urbanovich raised from the button with Q765 and Negreanu known as with QJ86. The flop got here down Q43 and Negreanu check-called Urbanovich’s continuation guess. The flip introduced the 8 to provide Negreanu high two pair. He guess the pot and Urbanovich raised all-in together with his high pair and wrap straight draw. Negreany known as and the river introduced the two, enhancing Urbanovich to a six-high straight to earn him the pot and the title.
Here is a have a look at the payouts and rankings factors awarded on the remaining desk:
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