Sam Laskowitz got here into the 2022 World Series of Poker with zero stay poker event cashes to his identify. His first was practically a bracelet victory, as he completed second from a area of 13,565 within the $400 Colossus for $256,170. Since then, Laskowitz has recorded 31 extra in-the-money finishes, successful two titles and cashing for an additional $1.1 million alongside the best way.
The New York resident’s newest deep run noticed him outlast a area of 150 entries that turned out for the 2023 PokerStars North American Poker Tour Las Vegas $5,300 buy-in no-limit maintain’em excessive curler at Resorts World, incomes $180,850 for the win.
“It makes me feel like I belong and that I can play at this level and succeed,” Laskowitz informed PokerNews stay reporters after popping out on prime.
This was Laskowitz’s tenth final-table end of 2023, with each of his profession titles coming thus far this yr. His first noticed him finest a area of 1,361 entries in a $2,200 thriller bounty occasion in The Return Poker Championship at Borgata only a few days into the yr. His win on the NAPT noticed him take residence 576 Card Player Player of the Year factors, bringing his complete to three,477. As a end result, he now sits in 56th place within the 2023 POY standings offered by Global Poker.
The prime 20 finishers made the cash on this occasion, with a min-cash being good for $9,320. The event performed out over the course of three days at Resorts World Las Vegas. By the top of day 2, simply six contenders remained, with two-time bracelet winner and up to date NAPT Las Vegas $10,300 excessive curler champion Jesse Lonis within the lead and Laskowitz scorching on his heels.
Lonis scored the primary knockout of the day, choosing up pocket jacks towards the pocket sevens of Alex Condon (sixth – $36,745) and holding. Two-time bracelet winner Shannon Shorr fared higher with pocket sevens, successful an all-in towards short-stack John Andress (fifth – $47,770) to slender the sector to 4.
Two-time bracelet winner and 2022 Card Player Poker Tour Venetian principal occasion champion John Riordan was the subsequent to hit the rail, along with his prime pair of nines on the flop failing to return from behind towards the overpair of Lonis, who had once more been dealt pocket jacks. Riordan pocketed $62,105 for his fourth-place end.
Lonis fell out of the lead throughout three-handed play, ultimately sliding to the underside of the leaderboard. He ultimately referred to as off his stack with A6 from the small blind dealing with a button shove for Laskowitz, who had A2. Laskowitz flopped adeuce and rivered a 3rd for journeys, which had been good for the pot. Lonis earned $80,740 and 384 POY factors for his twelfth final-table end of the yr. He now sits in nineteenth place on the POY leaderboard in consequence, with 4 titles received and 4,831 complete factors earned.
Heads-up play started with Laskowitz holding roughly a 4:1 chip lead over Shorr. It didn’t take lengthy for him to transform that benefit into the title.
In the ultimate hand, Shorr open-shoved from the button for 1,120,000 (simply over 9 large blinds) with Q10 and Laskowitz referred to as with Okay10. The board ran out A8568 and Shorr was eradicated in second place. He earned $113,030 because the runner-up, growing his profession earnings to $12.7 million within the course of. With one POY-qualified win and eight such remaining tables in 2023, Shorr is now the 51st-ranked POY contender.
Here is a take a look at the payouts and POY factors awarded on the remaining desk:
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