Chino Rheem's hot PGT stretch continued on Saturday at the PokerGO Studio when he won PGT Mixed Games II Event #2: $10,200 Big Bet Mix for $171,000. Rheem topped a tough field of 57 entries to get the win and has had quite the run of results in the last three weeks in Las Vegas.
|1st||Chino Rheem||United States||$171,000||171|
|3rd||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$79,800||80|
|4th||John Hennigan||United States||$57,000||57|
|5th||Ben Yu||United States||$45,600||46|
|6th||Adam Friedman||United States||$34,200||34|
|7th||Dan Shak||United States||$28,500||29|
|8th||Nick Schulman||United States||$22,800||23|
|9th||Arthur Morris||United States||$17,100||17|
"I love playing with all of these guys," Rheem said. "You feel like a family here. I’m very close to a lot of these players here. The camaraderie is just great, and the staff does a good job and runs really good tournaments."
Rheem came into the final day of play second in chips, but things were closely contested. Rheem busted Adam Friedman in sixth place, Ben Yu in fifth place, and Stephen Chidwick in third place on his way to getting heads up with Andres Korn. Korn started the heads-up match with the lead, but Rheem stormed back to take the lead and then finish the deal after some pot-limit Omaha hi-lo action.
To go along with his win, Rheem has a fourth-place finish in Event #1: $10,200 H.O.R.S.E. at PGT Mixed Games II. The results have him at the top of the series leaderboard and make him the frontrunner to win the series title and $25,000 championship bonus.
"Let’s just keep it real, it’s a really nice feeling," Rheem said of being atop the series leaderboard. "I’m obviously trying to play much better and running really, really good here in this studio. I love playing in the studio. Things are going really well, and I’ll take it."
In the first two events of PGT Mixed Games II, Rheem has one win, two cashes, $243,000 in prize money won, and 243 PGT leaderboard points.
Speaking of the PGT leaderboard, the addition of 171 points for winning Event #2 at PGT MIxed Games II pushed Rheem into the top 40 of the 2023 PGT leaderboard. That's important because the top 40 of the PGT leaderboard qualify for the season-ending PGT Championship that has a $1,000,000 freeroll.
"I just hope to qualify for it by the end of the year, obviously," Rheem said. "I’m just happy to be in the top 40 right now and hopefully things just keep going well."
During the second half of the 2023 PGT season, Rheem won $602,650 during the 2023 Poker Masters and has already tallied $243,000 from the start of the 2023 PGT MIxed Games II series. This PGT season, Rheem is up to two wins, 10 cashes, and $954,193 in winnings.
You can view the full and up-to-date PGT leaderboard at pgt.com/leaderboard.
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