Dylan Weisman came into the Event #2 final table fifth out of sixth in chips, but after a big hero call five-handed, he found himself with a chip lead he would not relinquish en route to the title and $240,300 first-place prize. 

With Byron Kaverman sitting with just over five million chips and the rest of the table covered, he moved all in from the cutoff. Weisman, sitting second in chips with just over two million chips, and Mike Watson in the big blind with just eleven bigs, used a time extension before he called for his tournament life. 

Kaverman held queen-nine of hearts and was up against Weisman's pocket nines. A nine in the window gave Weisman a commanding lead, and when he faded Kaverman's turned flush draw, he found himself with the chip lead. 

Weisman's run good would continue a few hands later when the start of day chip leader Watson found himself all in with king-jack against Weisman's king-three. A three on the flop sealed Watson's fate, and he was out the door in fifth place for $62,500. 

Kaverman would then find himself on the right end of Lady Luck when his king-seven ran down the king-queen of Anthony Hu four-handed. A queen on the flop gave Hu a commanding lead, but Kaverman hit runner-runner to make a nine-high straight on the river and send Hu to the payout desk to collect his $80,100 prize. 

The three-handed play was a slugfest between the two chip leaders as Weisman and Kaverman fought back and forth before Weisman's well-timed river shove against Daniel Smiljkovic gave him a needed cushion as the band began to tune their instruments. 

With the stage set, Kaverman opened the button to 200,000, and Dylan Weisman quickly moved all in from the small blind, having both players covered. Smiljkovic folded from the big blind with just 925,000 behind, and Kaverman called tabling ace-queen of hearts against Weisman's ten-nine of diamonds for a six million chip pot. 

The flop fell jack-eight-seven, and Weisman immediately took the lead with his straight, leaving Kaverman faced with another slim window to stay alive. A turn ten cracked the door open for Kaverman, but a duck on the river left him with dust as he crashed out in third place for $111,250. 

Weisman took a ten-to-one chip lead into heads-up play and, despite a Smiljkovic double on the first hand, made quick work of the German pro, finishing him off two hands later when ace-jack held to send Smiljkovic out the door in second place for $155,750. 

David Coleman started the day as the short stack, and the current 2024 PGT points leader would go no further as his day was done early when his king-queen ran into Smiljkovic's ace-queen as he collected the $44,500 sixth place prize and with it, the 44 points to pad his points lead. 

Event #2: $10,100 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Payouts

Place Name Country PGT Points Payout
1st Dylan Weisman United States 240 $240,300
2nd Daniel Smiljkovic Germany 156 $155,750
3rd Byron Kaverman United States 111 $111,250
4th Anthony Hu United States 80 $80,100
5th Mike Watson United States 62 $62,300
6th David Coleman United States 45 $44,500

Weisman Moves Into the Lead for the $25,000 PGT Passport Bonus

With the win, Weisman now sits atop the 2024 PokerGO Cup leaderboard with 240 points through two events, 98 points clear of Event #1 winner David Peters. Runner-up Smiljkovic sits in second with 156 points, while third-place finisher Kaverman sits in fourth with 111 points, with everyone chasing the added $25,000 PGT Passport for player of the series. 

Joris Ruijs (11th) and Brain Lou (12th) sit just outside the top ten on the leaderboard, but both picked up their second cash of the series, which bodes well for the pair as at least two cashes are needed to qualify for the added prize money. 

With six events still to be played, it is genuinely still anyone's race for the PokerGO Cup. The action continues with Event #3: $10,100 No-Limit Hold'em, with the final table airing on PokerGO.com starting at 1:00 p.m. PT on January 29th. To follow the action for day one of this event, visit https://www.pgt.com/live-reporting/pokergo-cup-2024/event-3-10100-nolimit-holdem

Two more $10,100 buy-ins are left on the schedule on January 29th and January 30th before the action picks up, with two $15,100 buy-ins on January 31st and February 1st, while the $25,200 Main Event gets underway on February 2nd with the PGT live reporting team on-site to provide live updates on all the action. 

2024 PokerGO Cup Leaderboard - Top Ten

Rank Player Points Wins Cashes Winnings
1 Dylan Weisman 240 1 1 $240,300
2 Daniel Smiljkovic 156 0 1 $155,750
3 David Peters 142 1 1 $141,525
4 Byron Kaverman 111 0 1 $111,250
5 Mark Ioli 89 0 1 $88,800
6 Anthony Hu 80 0 1 $80,100
7 Shawn Daniels 64 0 1 $63,825
8 Mike Watson 62 0 1 $62,300
9 Fabian Quoss 50 0 1 $49,950
10 David Coleman 45 0 1 $44,500

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