Daniel Negreanu is back inside the top 21 of the PokerGO Tour (PGT) leaderboard following a fourth-place finish in Event #8: €25,000 No-Limit Hold'em Platinum High Roller at WSOP Europe at King's Casino in Rozvadov, Czech Republic. With the finish, Negreanu picked up 88 PGT points and a cash worth €146,370.
The result bumped Negreanu up to 1,525 PGT points on the season and moved him into 20th place. Being inside the top 21 is important because the top 21 players on the PGT leaderboard qualify for the season-ending PGT Championship that will be played as a $500,000 winner-take-all freeroll.
Negreanu was well outside of the top 21 for much of the 2022 PGT season. After his Super High Roller Bowl VII victory, he jumped up to 21st place. Other players earned results after Negreanu's SHRB VII win that pushed Negreanu just outside of the top 21 and now he's back inside the top 21 with this fourth-place finish at WSOP Europe.
The €25,000 NL Hold'em Platinum High Roller was the first of three WSOP Europe events that qualify for the PGT, so Negreanu and others will have two more chances in Rozvadov to score valuable PGT leaderboard points. Event #11: €50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Diamond High Roller and Event #12: €10,350 Main Event are the two remaining events that qualify for the PGT, and they're big ones.
The finish marked Negreanu's 219th WSOP cash, 21st international WSOP cash, 49th WSOP final table, and 110th no-limit hold'em WSOP cash.
The winner of the 2022 WSOP Europe €25,000 NL Hold'em Platinum High Roller was Paul Phua. He won €482,433 and added 289 PGT leaderboard points. Phua is now 13th on the leaderboard with 1,899 points on the season. Espen Jorstad, winner of the 2022 WSOP Main Event, finished ninth in this event and earned 27 points for the PGT leaderboard. He currently has 2,219 on the season and is in seventh place on the PGT leaderboard.
Note: PokerGO Tour leaderboard is accurate at the date of this article.
The 2022 PGT season will culminate in the season-ending PGT Championship, which is a $500,000 winner-take-all tournament. The top 21 players on the PGT leaderboard at the end of regular-season events qualify for the PGT Championship. The winner of the 2022 PGT Championship will be crowned this season's champion and take home half a million dollars in prize money.
Starting stacks in the PGT Championship will be based on the number of points earned by a player during the regular season.
Next up for the PokerGO Tour is Event #11: €50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Diamond High Roller at WSOP Europe, followed by the WSOP Europe €10,350 Main Event.
After things conclude in Europe, the final batch of PGT events will take place in Las Vegas with a group of ARIA High Roller tournaments and the WPT World Championship at Wynn.