The stakes have risen at the 2024 PokerGO Cup with Event #6: $15,100 No-Limit Hold'em taking center stage in the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 63-entrant field created a prize pool of $945,000, and just seven players remain, with Dylan DeStefano holding the chip lead.
DeStefano was one of the PGT Last Chance Dream Seat winners in early January, and he is parlaying that run good with a deep run in Event #6. DeStefano has cashed in seven PGT events in the last three months, including a PGT Last Chance victory for $195,000. A victory in this event will be DeStefano's largest career score - besting a 14th-place finish in the PSPC Players Championship for $198,800.
Joining DeStefano at the Event #6 final table on Thursday, February 1, will be David Coleman, who currently sits atop the PGT leaderboard with 635 PGT points. Coleman won two events during PGT Kickoff, and cashed two other times to leap to the top. He will enter the Event #6 final table, second overall behind DeStefano. The only other player with an above-average chip stack is Athena Cosmetics Founder & CEO Michael Brinkenhoff, who bagged 1,140,000 in chips and is cashing for the fifth time in his career on the PGT.
Previous PokerGO Cup champion Jeremy Ausmus, and Seth Davies, Justin Saliba, and Aram Zobian round out the final table. All seven remaining players have locked up $37,800 in prize money, but all eyes remain on the $302,400 first-place prize and 302 PGT points. DeStefano, Brinkenhoff, and Davies will all leap to the top of the PokerGO Cup leaderboard with a victory as this is their first cash of the series, but with Coleman, Ausmus, Saliba, and Zobian having cashed already, they have a variety of different scenarios to move up the PokerGO Cup leaderboard that Jonathan Little currently leads with 277 PGT points.
The increase in buy-in for Event #6 so a slight drop off in field size to 63 entrants, but it saw a few new faces to the series, including Dan Smith, Nick Petrangelo, and Ethan Yau. Those three would be eliminated shortly after registration closed before it was Sean Winter eliminated on the money bubble. Nick Schulman and Sam Soverel added a min-cash to their name before the final table redrew with plans to play down to the final six. A plethora of doubles kept the short stacks alive before play was halted with seven remaining.
When play resumes, there is 40:00 remaining in Level 17 with blinds at 30,000/60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante. The button is on David Coleman.
Play will resume at 12 p.m. PT and the final table will be streamed on delay starting at 1 p.m. PT on PokerGO.com.
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