It’s been a good start to the year for Daniel Colpoys. After picking up a $200,000 score in Florida in January, Colpoys became the first winner from the 2022 PokerGO Cup series. Colpoys topped a field of 77 entries to win Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $200,200.

Colpoys’ last live tournament victory, according to HendonMob.com, was back in 2014, so it’s been several years since he tasted the winner’s circle. Colpoys said after the win that he hasn’t played much live poker in recent years but is starting to get into the mix a bit more. The pandemic stalled his plans to play live when there weren’t many live tournaments running, but he’s been hitting the live scene a bit harder since things returned.

“I feel like I’m doing some things well,” Colpoys said of his game. “Just trying to get better.”

Colpoys came into the final day third in chips, but he was virtually tied with Darren Elias, and everyone was trailing the big chip leader, Andrew Lichtenberger. Lichtenberger was the one Colpoys ultimately found himself heads up with, with Colpoys coming out on top to get the victory.

“I was kind of handcuffed at the start, and then I got some momentum and ran pretty well,” Colpoys said. “I’m happy to take it down. I respect a lot of the guys there. It was nice.”

2022 PokerGO Cup Event #1 Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Daniel Colpoys United States $200,200
2 Andrew Lichtenberger United States $146,300
3 Darren Elias United States $100,100
4 Matthew Wantman United States $77,000
5 Scott Ball United States $61,600
6 Michael Lang United States $46,200

Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em kicked off the 2022 PokerGO Cup series with a field of 77 entries and a prize pool of $770,000. The top 11 places finished in the money. The players to cash also earned PokerGO Tour leaderboard points.

Colpoys’ Road To Victory

In Level 9 on Day 1, Colpoys picked up pocket jacks and knocked out Vikenty Shegal, who was holding pocket tens. That pushed Colpoys’ stack to more than 500,000 in chips. From there, he added some more and went into the final table of nine with a stack of almost 800,000.

After Cary Katz busted in ninth and Jake Schindler went out in eighth, Colpoys doubled through Shannon Shorr with seven players remaining. Again, Colpoys had pocket jacks. This time, he was flipping with Shorr’s ace-king and his jacks held up.

Shorr would later go out in seventh place, and it was Colpoys who knocked him out. Coincidentally, Colpoys had pocket jacks once again. He took his jacks up against Shorr’s nines and won to lock in the final table of six and finish Day 1 with a stack of 1,710,000. That put Colpoys third behind Andrew Lichtenberger with 3,850,000 and Darren Elias with 1,740,000.

Winning with pocket jacks stayed a theme for Colpoys at Thursday’s final table. He picked up two red jacks to knock out Michael Lang in sixth place, holding against Lang’s ace-queen. After Lang’s exit, Scott Ball busted in fifth place to Elias.

Colpoys was the one who finished off Matthew Wantman in fourth place when his ace-king held against Wantman’s queen-ten, and then he knocked out Elias in third place with king-ten against king-eight.

Entering heads-up play against Lichtenberger, Colpoys had the chip lead with 5,700,000. Lichtenberger had 3,925,000.

The battle between the two wasn’t a quick one, and it also didn’t involve too many fireworks until the final hand came up. With Colpoys up to 7,000,000 in chips at the 75,000/150,000 level with a 150,000 big blind ante, he picked up pocket nines and went up against Lichtenberger’s ace-four of clubs. Lichtenberger was on the button and limped in. Colpoys raised to 475,000. Lichtenberger made the call to see a queen-five-three flop that contained one club. Colpoys bet 225,000 and Lichtenberger called. The turn was an ace and Colpoys checked. Lichtenberger fired 450,000 and Colpoys made the call. The river was a nine, giving Colpoys a set. He checked and Lichtenberger fired all in for 1,480,000. Colpoys quickly called to deliver Lichtenberger with the bad news.

In addition to picking up $200,200 in prize money, Colpoys earned 200 points for the PokerGO Cup and PGT leaderboards. The winner of the 2022 PokerGO Cup leaderboard will take home a $50,000 prize.

2022 PokerGO Cup Leaderboard Top 10

Rank Player Country Points
1 Daniel Colpoys United States 200
2 Andrew Lichtenberger United States 146
3 Darren Elias United States 100
4 Matthew Wantman United States 77
5 Scott Ball United States 62
6 Michael Lang United States 46
7 Shannon Shorr United States 39
8 Jake Schindler United States 31
9 Cary Katz United States 23
10 Jesse Lonis United States 23

On the 2022 PGT leaderboard, Colpoys now has 321 points and sits in sixth place. Nick Petrangelo remains in the lead with 845 points.

2022 PGT Leaderboard Top 10

Rank Player Country Points
1 Nick Petrangelo United States 845
2 Michael Wang United States 354
3 Ali Imsirovic Bosnia & Herzegovina 351
4 Jonathan Jaffe United States 344
5 Joseph Cheong United States 324
6 Daniel Colpoys United States 321
7 Punnat Punsri Thailand 251
8 Alex Foxen United States 251
9 Jake Schindler United States 228
10 Chris Brewer United States 190

View the full PGT leaderboard.

2022 PokerGO Cup Schedule

Date Event Buy-In Starting Stack Re-entry
Feb. 2 Event #1: No-Limit Hold’em $10,000 125,000 Double
Feb. 3 Event #2: No-Limit Hold’em $10,000 125,000 Double
Feb. 4 Event #3: No-Limit Hold’em $10,000 125,000 Double
Feb. 5 Event #4: No-Limit Hold’em $15,000 125,000 Double
Feb. 6 Event #5: No-Limit Hold’em $25,000 150,000 Double
Feb. 7 Event #6: No-Limit Hold’em $25,000 150,000 Double
Feb. 8 Event #7: No-Limit Hold’em $25,000 150,000 Double
Feb. 9 Event #8: No-Limit Hold’em $50,000 200,000 Single

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