Ali Imsirovic returned to the PokerGO Tour (PGT) winner’s circle on Wednesday, capturing first place in Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2022 PokerGO Cup. Imsirovic entered the final day with the chip lead and rode that chip lead to victory, taking home $365,500 in prize money.

Imsirovic topped a field of 43 entries to win Event #7. He defeated Sam Soverel in heads-up play. In addition to the title and prize money, Imsirovic earned 219 points for the PokerGO Cup leaderboard and improved his standing to fourth place with 300 points total.

2022 PokerGO Cup Event #7 Results

Place Player Country Prize
1 Ali Imsirovic Bosnia & Herzegovina $365,500
2 Sam Soverel United States $236,500
3 Jeremy Ausmus United States $161,250
4 Nick Schulman United States $118,250
5 Cary Katz United States $86,000
6 Darren Elias United States $64,500
7 Roger Sippl United States $43,000

Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em attracted a field of 43 entries and created a prize pool of $1,075,000. The top seven pots finished in the money, with Roger Sippl taking seventh place.

How Imsirovic Won Event #7

Following the close of registration, Imsirovic hit the million-chip mark when he knocked out Nick Petrangelo in Level 9. Imsirovic had ace-four of hearts and made a full house against Petrangelo’s pocket twos. Later in the same level, Imsirovic busted Alex Foxen.

When the final nine players joined to a single table, Imsirovic was second in chips behind Sam Soverel. Then, Nick Schulman busted Sergi Reixach in ninth place before Imsirovic took the chip lead. Imsirovic then extended his lead, but Soverel fought back to retake the top spot.

Finishing on the bubble was Jason Koon, and he was eliminated by Imsirovic. Koon had pocket queens and ran them into Imsirovic’s pocket kings to bust. Imsirovic then knocked out Roger Sippl in seventh place to end play for the day.

Entering Day 2, Imsirovic had 2,670,000 in chips and a sizeable lead. Soverel was second with 1,560,000 and no one else had over 775,000 in chips.

First to bust at the final table was Darren Elias, and he went out to Imsirovic. Elias had pocket eights and lost to Imsirovic’s king-queen of spades. After that, Cary Katz busted to Imsirovic, with Imsirovic holding ace-king and Katz holding king-ten.

Hitting the rail in fourth place was Schulman, busting to current PokerGO Cup series leaderboard frontrunner Jeremy Ausmus. Ausmus rivered a queen with queen-nine against Schulman’s ace-five.

Ausmus’ run ended up coming to a halt in third place. As many before him, Ausmus also busted to Imsirovic. On the button and with a commanding chip lead, Imsirovic raised with ace-seven to put both of his opponents all in. Ausmus was in the small blind and called all in for 615,000 with ace-king. Soverel folded ace-seven from the big blind, leaving Ausmus to battle with Imsirovic for his tournament life. Despite having the dominating hand, Ausmus lost out when Imsirovic flopped a pair of sevens and held.

Going into heads-up play, Imsirovic had a big lead with 5,420,000 to Soverel’s 1,030,000. Although Soverel did manage to win a couple of big pots and get into the chip lead, the heads-up match ultimately went Imsirovic’s way.

Soverel worked his way to 3,420,000 when the following hand came up at the 30,000-60,000 level with a 60,000 big blind ante.

Soverel raised to 175,000 on the button and Imsirovic made the call to see the flop come six-two-two. Imsirovic checked and Soverel fired 75,000. Imsirovic check-raised to 350,000 and Soverel made the call to see an ace hit the turn. Imsirovic fired 700,000 and Soverel called. The river was a ten and Imsirovic moved all in for 1,870,000. Soverel made the call with ace-queen for two pair but saw the bad news when Imsirovic tabled king-two for trip deuces. That left Soverel with just 210,000 in chips and he was eliminated shortly thereafter.

On the final hand, Imsirovic’s nine-four beat Soverel’s ace-two to give Imsirovic the victory.

Ausmus Maintains PokerGO Cup Lead, Imsirovic Now Fourth

With a third-place finish in Event #7, Jeremy Ausmus improved to 504 points on the 2022 PokerGO Cup leaderboard. He remains in the lead, but there are still plenty of players in contention heading into Event #8: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em. Through seven events Ausmus has three cashes and one victory.

Cary Katz improved to second place with 346 points total, and Ali Imsirovic climbed to fourth place with 300 points.

2022 PokerGO Cup Leaderboard Top 10

Rank Player Country Points
1 Jeremy Ausmus United States 504
2 Cary Katz United States 346
3 Brock Wilson United States 320
4 Ali Imsirovic Bosnia & Herzegovina 300
5 Sean Winter United States 269
6 Bill Klein United States 246
7 Darren Elias United States 234
8 Sean Perry United States 232
9 Nick Petrangelo United States 221
10 Daniel Negreanu Canada 210

At the top of the 2022 PokerGO Tour (PGT) leaderboard, Nick Petrangelo remains, but both Ali Imsirovic and Jeremy Ausmus have closed the gap with their finishes in Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2022 PokerGO Cup.

2022 PGT Leaderboard Top 10

Rank Player Country Points
1 Nick Petrangelo United States 1,066
2 Ali Imsirovic Bosnia & Herzegovina 651
3 Jeremy Ausmus United States 504
4 Michael Wang United States 394
5 Sean Winter United States 352
6 Cary Katz United States 346
7 Jonathan Jaffe United States 344
8 Bill Klein United States 336
9 Joseph Cheong United States 324
10 Sean Perry United States 323

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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