Daniel Negreanu made his first final table of the 2022 PokerGO Cup count. On Tuesday, the defending series champion won Event #6: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $350,000. With the victory, Negreanu is now in the top 10 of the series leaderboard and very much in contention for back-to-back titles.

Event #6: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em attracted a field of 35 entries, with Negreanu being one of them. It was the first time during the 2022 PokerGO Cup that Negreanu reached the money after he fell short in the first five tournaments of the series. He made his first cash count and came out on top of a very competitive final table.

“I’m not gonna lie, I actually genuinely have to thank Jeff Platt because after the tournament, Event #5, I was so frustrated that I was building chip stacks and dominating the early levels but didn’t have a single cash to show for it, so I was just done,” Negreanu said. “I didn’t know if I could take it anymore. I’m in the gym and Jeff texts me and says, ‘You know if you win one of these and the $50K that you can still win the PokerGO Cup.’ In my head, I was like, ‘So, you’re saying there’s a chance?’ As soon as I heard that, I thought, ‘All right, let’s do this. Let’s give it one more shot,’ and I did. It was a very different Event #6 than the first five. I had no chips and I had to rebuy, the whole deal. But who knows, the poker gods are weird.”

At the final table, Negreanu fought his way off the short stack to get himself into contention for the win. When play was four-handed, he found a key double up with ace-eight against Sean Winter’s ace-queen, spiking an eight. Coincidentally, Negreanu lost out at the final table of the 2021 PokerGO Cup $100,000 finale when his aces were cracked by Sam Soverel hitting and eight with pocket eights.

Daniel Negreanu

“It feels really good,” Negreanu said. “People who play tournament poker get this, especially live. You go through periods where you just feel like the poker gods are spitting on you, because they’ll beat you in hands in such ways, like on the river, where it’s the most emotional – and I’m an emotional guy, I don’t hide it very well. So it’s been a rough couple of years in terms of all-ins. But in these all-ins? I did great. I won with ace-eight, which was key, and you gotta do that sometimes. You see all the great players and think they’re all fantastic, but they also occasionally have to hit a three-outer in order to win.”

Negreanu came into Day 2 in fourth chip position with five players remaining. He battled his way to heads-up play against Winter and then sealed the deal to get the victory.

2022 PokerGO Cup Event #6 Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Daniel Negreanu Canada $350,000
2 Sean Winter United States $227,500
3 Vikenty Shegal United States $140,000
4 Stephen Chidwick United States $96,250
5 Brock WIlson United States $61,250

With 35 entries in 2022 PokerGO Cup Event #6: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em, a prize pool of $875,000 was up for grabs. The top five finishes placed in the money after Jeremy Ausmus bubbled the money at the end of Day 1. Despite just missing out on a cash, Ausmus still leads atop the 2022 PokerGO Cup leaderboard with 407 points.

Negreanu’s Road To Victory In Event #6

Negreanu had tried and missed in the first five events of the 2022 PokerGO Cup, failing to reach the money in each one even though he had some favorable starts.

After registration closed in Event #6, Negreanu found a double through David Coleman in Level 7 when his ace-queen made a flush to come from behind against Coleman’s ace-king. Negreanu continued to battle from there and made it to the nine-handed final table, albeit as the second shortest stack remaining.

After Jason Koon went out in ninth place, Negreanu got into a three-way confrontation with Chris Brewer and Cary Katz in Level 11. Negreanu had ace-king of clubs, Brewer had pocket tens, and Katz had pocket jacks. The money went in preflop and Negreanu flopped a king to triple up. Katz was eliminated in the hand and Brewer’s stack dented.

Brewer would later bust in seventh place to put the tournament on the money bubble. That’s when Jeremy Ausmus busted to Vikenty Shegal to end Day 1 and set Tuesday’s final table of five. Negreanu finished the day with 510,000 in chips, which was good for fourth chip position.

Brock Wilson was the first player to bust on Day 2. He had his aces cracked by Sean Winter, which allowed short stacks Negreanu and Stephen Chidwick to ladder up in the payouts. With four players left, Negreanu found two important double ups through Winter. First, Negreanu’s ace-eight beat Winter’s ace-queen, and then Negreanu’s pocket sevens held against Winter’s ten-nine.

Chidwick ended up busting in fourth place before three-handed play became anyone’s game given how close the chip stacks were. Eventually, Negreanu worked his way into the chip lead and then busted Vikenty Shegal in third place with kings versus tens. That allowed Negreanu to go heads up with Winter, with Negreanu starting out with a sizeable lead. To start heads-up play, Negreanu had 4,540,000 in chips to Winter’s 720,000 with the blinds at 25,000-50,000 with a 50,000 big blind ante.

Final Hand

When the final hand came up, it was Negreanu’s ace-jack of clubs going up against Winter’s queen-ten of clubs. Negreanu flopped an ace and faded Winter’s gutshot straight draw to win it all.

Negreanu Now Eighth On Series Leaderboard

With the victory in Event #6, Negreanu picked up 210 points for the series leaderboard. That moved Negreanu into eighth place and directly behind the winner of Event #5, Nick Petrangelo. Jeremy Ausmus still leads with 407 points, but with Event #7: $25,000 NL Hold’em and Event #8: 50,000 NL Hold’em still remaining, the PokerGO Cup championship is still anyone’s game and Negreanu is very much in contention for a back-to-back title.

“I feel great right now,” Negreanu said. “Now I’m back in it and the key is that I knew the $50K is where it’s at, so today’s event is important, obviously, but it’s really going to be about the $50K. Whoever wins this is going to have to at least cash in the $50K. If you don’t cash in the $50K, you can’t win because nobody is way ahead. That’s going to be my focus, to play as well as I can now but understanding that even if I do well the $50K is the key.”

PokerGO Cup Trophy

Also as a result of the Event #6 final table, Brock Wilson moved to second place on the series leaderboard and Sean Winter climbed into fourth.

2022 PokerGO Cup Leaderboard Top 10

Rank Player Country Points
1 Jeremy Ausmus United States 407
2 Brock Wilson United States 320
3 Cary Katz United States 294
4 Sean Winter United States 269
5 Bill Klein United States 246
6 Sean Perry United States 232
7 Nick Petrangelo United States 221
8 Daniel Negreanu Canada 210
9 Daniel Colpoys United States 200
10 Jake Daniels United States 200

As for the 2022 PokerGO Tour (PGT) leaderboard, Nick Petrangelo is still out in front, thanks to an impressive start to the 2022 PGT season. He’s trailed by Ali Imsirovic in second and Jeremy Ausmus in third.

2022 PGT Leaderboard Top 10

Rank Player Country Points
1 Nick Petrangelo United States 1,066
2 Ali Imsirovic Bosnia & Herzegovina 432
3 Jeremy Ausmus United States 407
4 Michael Wang United States 394
5 Sean Winter United States 352
6 Jonathan Jaffe United States 344
7 Bill Klein United States 336
8 Joseph Cheong United States 324
9 Sean Perry United States 323
10 Daniel Colpoys United States 321

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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