Adam Hendrix came in the final table of Event #4: $15,100 Pot-Limit Omaha third in chips but after eliminating half the final table, emerged victorious to capture the trophy and $172,710 first place prize and $152,000 in bounties to drive his total payout for the first-place finish to $324,710.
The play started with a bang as the start of the day, chip leader Daniel Geeng eliminated Joni Jouhkimainen minutes into the stream when his flopped pair bested Joukimainen's flopped flush draw. A king on the river gave Geeng two pair, and Joukimainen headed to the payout desk to collect his $54,540 sixth-place prize plus $15,000 in counties along the way.
Hendrix would score his first elimination of the day when he flopped a full house against Daniel Negreanu's flopped trip threes. Negreanu had outs to a better full house, but when the turn and river didn't connect, Negreanu headed to the payout desk to collect his $68,175 fifth-place prize plus $27,000 in bounties.
Christian Heich was sitting with just over 12 big blinds when Negreanu went crashing from the tournament, and after the ladder, the German pro could climb no further, falling in fourth place for $86,355 plus another $45,000 in bounties when Geeng's flopped two pair bested his single pair.
Three-handed play quickly tightened as each player clung to their chips and as each pot became more of a walk than a sprint, and when the pace of play finally quickened, the United Kingdom's Richard Gryko couldn't keep up.
With Gryko and Hendrix sitting nearly dead even in chips, Hendrix raised the small blind to 180,000 and faced a three-bet of 540,000 from Gryko in the big blind.
Hendrix called as the dealer spread the board, and the action checked through. The turn hit the felt, and Hendrix checked. Gryko bet 350,000, Hendrix raised the pot, and Gryko moved all in for 2.295 total. Hendrix called.
Hendrix had flopped a king-high straight and tuned broadway, leaving Gryko and his turned set needing a board pair to survive. The river failed to improve Gryko, and he exited the tournament area in third place for $109,080 plus $9,000 in bounties while Hendrix and Geeng sat dead even in chips to start heads-up play.
The pace of play quickly escalated as the levels were cut from 40 minutes to 20 minutes with heads-up play, and although Geeng would draw first blood and take the chip lead, it would be Hendrix who would finally pull away.
After flopping broadway against Geeng's turned two pair to double into a nearly two-to-one chip lead, Hendrix kept the pressure on, but ultimately, the deck did the heavy lifting.
Hendrix potted the button to 900,000 in the tournament's final hand, and Geeng called. The flop fell , and action was checked through to the turn, which saw Geeng bet 900,000. Hendrix called.
The river completed the board, and Geeng moved all in for 1.98 million, as Hendrix snap-called. Geeng tabled for top full house, but when Hendrix tabled for quad fives, Geeng could do nothing but shake his head and head to the payout desk to collect his $172,710 second place prize plus $148,000 in bounties.
The win also marks Hendrix's fourth career PGT title after taking home trophies during the 2021 and 2022 Poker Masters and the 2022 U.S. Poker Open.
|1st||Adam Hendrix||United States||$172,710||$152,000||200|
|2nd||Daniel Geeng||United States||$172,710||$148,000||145|
|3rd||Richard Gryko||United Kingdom||$109,080||$9,000||109|
The 101-entrant field created a total prize pool of $1,515,000. $606,000 of it went to the bounty prize pool, while $909,000 went to the regular prize pool, of which the top 15 finishers earned a piece.
Arthur Morris was the untimely bubble boy when he got the last of his chips in the middle, holding aces against Sam Soverel. Soverel spiked a ten-high straight on the river rivered a straight, and Morris exited.
Soverel (7th), Florian Langmann (9th), Martin Carnero (12th), and Michael Duek (13th) all picked up their first cashes of the series, while Maxx Coleman (10th) and Roger Teska (15th) each picked up their second cashes.
Ronald Keijzer (11th) picked up his third cash of the series to move his point total to 83 through four events, but the Dutch pro sits just outside the top ten in 14th place.
Event #2 champion Eelis Parssinen continued his run of dominance to kickoff PGT PLO Series II as the Finnish pro secured his fourth cash in as many events, falling in 14th place to pick up an additional $18,180 in prize money and 18 PGT points but dropped from second to third on the overall series leaderboard with 236 points.
Event #2 runner-up Allan Le secured his third cash of the series, finishing in eighth place and picking up 36 PGT points, but also dropped one spot on the leaderboard, falling from sixth to seventh.
After finishing in third place at back-to-back final tables during Events #3 and #4, Gryko now sits in second place on the overall leaderboard with 246 points, just behind Event #3 champion Stephen Hubbard, who leads the way with 262 points.
Hendrix moves into a tie for the number four spot with his win in Event #4 as he sits level with Vasil Medarov at 200 points. Event #4 runner-up Geeng secured his third cash of the series and currently sits in sixth place with 188 points.
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