Andrew Lichtenberger's 36th birthday was one to remember, as he bested a field of 85 entries to win Event #5 for $204,000.

Lichtenberger came into the final table fourth in chips and held steady while players busted around him. No double-ups were needed for him as he gradually chipped up throughout. It wasn't until three players remained that Lichtenberger scored his first knockout, getting it in with pocket threes against Daniel Lazrus' pocket sixes. A three found the flop and the stage was set for heads-up play.

Beginning with more than a 2-to-1 chip lead against Brian Kim, it wasn't long before the cards were on their backs. Lichtenberger was behind again, this time with ace-six against Kim's ace-queen, but the birthday rungood was real as Lichtenberger paired his six on the turn to close it out.

2023 Poker Masters Event #5 Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Andrew Lichtenberger United States $204,000
2nd Brian Kim United States $144,500
3rd Daniel Lazrus United States $102,000
4th Niko Koop Germany $85,000
5th Brock Wilson United States $68,000
6th Koray Aldemir Germany $51,000
7th Matt Bond United States $42,500
8th Shannon Shorr United States $34,000
9th Ariel Mantel Argentina $34,000
10th Ren Lin China $25,500
11th Chance Kornuth United States $25,500
12th Alex Foxen United States $17,000
13th Jesse Lonis United States $17,000

Koray Aldemir was the first to fall at the final table, committing his final few big blinds with king-jack against start-of-day chip leader Daniel Lazrus' eight-seven suited. Lazrus flopped the world with an open-ended straight draw and flush draw before he rivered a pair to send Aldemir out in sixth place.

Brock Wilson was the next to go after getting into a three-way all-in with ace-seven suited. Wilson had the worst of it, trailing Kim's pocket tens and Lazrus' ace-king. Not enough help came for Wilson and he was out in fifth place.

Niko Koop fell in fourth place after calling all on the river with two pair. Brian Kim, however, had rivered a full house to bust Koop. The three-handed battle lasted a little while, but ultimately it was Lazrus who bowed out when his pocket sixes failed to hold against Lichtenberger's pocket threes.

The ensuing heads-up match was brief, as both players picked up an ace. Kim wound up all in with ace-queen against Lichtenberger's ace-six, but a six on the turn gave Lichtenberger the win. With his victory, Lichtenberger jumped to third on the Poker Masters Leaderboard.

2023 Poker Masters Leaderboard Top 10

Place Player Wins Cashes Winnings Points
1st Vladas Tamasauskas 2 3 $506,400 506
2nd Ren Lin 0 3 $298,800 299
3rd Andrew Lichtenberger 1 3 $265,700 266
4th Darren Elias 1 2 $259,500 259
5th Chino Rheem 1 1 $218,400 218
6th Brock Wilson 0 3 $194,600 194
7th Aram Zobian 0 1 $171,000 171
8th Eric Baldwin 0 1 $155,200 155
9th Jonathan Little 0 1 $154,700 155
10th Alex Foxen 0 3 $152,500 153

The 2023 Poker Masters series continues through September 26. The series consists of 10 high-stakes poker tournaments, culminating in the $50,000 NL Hold'em finale. The player to accumulate the most PGT leaderboard points during the series will be crowned Poker Masters champion, winning the Purple Jacket and $50,000 championship bonus. For full schedule details, visit pgt.com/schedule.

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