The 2023 PokerGO Cup continued on Monday with Event #5: $15,000 No-Limit Hold'em from the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 56-entrant field is down to the final table of six players with Anthony Hu holding the chip lead with 2,885,000 in chips. Hu ended Day 1 of Event #4 as chip leader with 3,380,000 in chips before finishing runner-up. Trailing Hu is defending PokerGO Cup champion Jeremy Ausmus with 1,250,000 to be the only other player over one million in chips. Also at the final table is Aram Zobian who is chasing his second PokerGO Cup title of the series, Erik Seidel, Dylan DeStefano, and Brian Kim. The final six players are all guaranteed $50,400 in prize money, but all eyes are on the $268,800 first-place prize.
Event #5 was the first event of the series where the stakes were raised as the 56-entrant field created a prize pool of $840,000. Several new faces appeared in Event #5 including 16-time WSOP bracelet Phil Hellmuth. Hellmuth adopted Daniel Negreanu's limpin' is pimpin' strategy by doubling with pocket aces twice. Unfortunately, Hellmuth's run at winning a PokerGO Cup title would end in 15th place when his pocket aces were cracked by Bill Klein's flush.
Event #4 champion Justin Saliba, Dan Smith, Bill Klein, and Daniel Negreanu were all casualties once play was down to the final two tables, while it would be Leonard Maue eliminated on the money bubble by Hu. Current leader on PokerGO Cup standings and PGT leaderboard is Event #3 champion Ed Sebesta who bowed out in seventh place when his pocket queens were outdrawn by Hu's flush and straight draw to leave the final six.
When play resumes, the button will be on Anthony Hu and there will be 37:36 remaining in Level 14 with blinds at 15,000 / 30,000 and a 30,000 big blind ante.
Play will resume at 12 p.m. PT on Tuesday, January 17, and the final table will be streamed on delay starting at 1 p.m. PT on PokerGO.com.
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