Ed Sebesta is the Event #3 champion at the 2023 PokerGO Cup. Sebesta topped a field of 90 entries to take home the tournament’s $216,000 first-place prize.

Now in his 70s, Sebesta is retired and playing poker as a hobby. The hobby comes with a greater cause, as Sebesta donates his winnings to the Holy Cross in honor of his son, a priest, who passed away in 2012 as the result of a brain tumor.

When play got down to heads-up action, it was Sebesta against Nick Schulman. Sebesta had the lead to start the heads-up match and never gave it up, going on to eliminate Schulman in second place and grab the trophy, which was welcomed by a round of applause from all players in the PokerGO Studio.

With the win, Sebesta moved into a first-place tie with Sean Winter on the top of the PokerGO Cup leaderboard. Both have 216 points.

2023 PokerGO Cup Event #3 Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Ed Sebesta United States $216,000
2nd Nick Schulman United States $153,000
3rd Philip Shing United States $108,000
4th Cary Katz United States $90,000
5th Adrian Mateos Spain $72,000
6th Kristen Foxen Canada $54,000
7th Christopher Frank Germany $45,000
8th Farid Jattin Colombia $36,000
9th Ethan Yau United States $36,000
10th Robert Chorlian United States $27,000
11th Andrew Lichtenberger United States $27,000
12th Nick Petrangelo United States $18,000
13th Sergio Fernandez Spain $18,000

Saturday’s final table started with a bang, as Kristen Foxen was eliminated on the first hand of the day. She got all in from the small blind with pocket jacks against Cary Katz’s pocket eights in the big blind. Katz ran out a diamond flush to bust Foxen in sixth place.

Adrian Mateos was the next player to bust, and, like Foxen, he also got unlucky to bust. Philip Shing had moved all in from the small blind with ace-eight, and Mateos found pocket tens in the big blind. Mateos called, but Shing flopped an ace and that was the end of the road for the Spaniard.

Cary Katz was back at the final table of a 2023 PokerGO Cup event for a second time this series after cashing in his third event. Katz check-raised all in on the flop with a flush draw, Ed Sebesta called with top pair, and Katz didn’t hit. Katz finished with a payday of $90,000 and 90 leaderboard points.

Start-of-day chip leader Shing went out next. His pocket fives ran into the pocket jacks of Sebesta, and that set up heads-up play between Sebesta and Nick Schulman. To start the match, Sebesta had 9,000,000 in chips to Schulman’s 2,250,000.

Schulman did what he could to pull the stacks closer to even, but in the end his ace-seven couldn’t hold against Sebesta’s king-nine. Sebesta had jammed preflop from the button for effectively 3,275,000 with the blinds at 75,000-125,000 with a 125,000 big blind ante. Schulman called all in with ace-seven. Sebesta’s king-nine hit a king on the turn to win it all.

2023 PokerGO Cup Leaderboard Top 10

Place Player Wins Cashes Winnings Points
T-1st Ed Sebesta 1 1 $216,000 216
T-1st Sean Winter 1 1 $216,000 216
3rd Aram Zobian 1 1 $207,500 208
4th Cary Katz 0 3 $166,800 167
5th Kristen Foxen 0 2 $153,600 154
T-6th Alex Foxen 0 1 $153,000 153
T-6th Nick Schulman 0 1 $153,000 153
8th Punnat Punsri 0 1 $149,400 149
9th Adrian Mateos 0 2 $144,000 144
T-10th Joseph Cheong 0 1 $108,000 108
T-10th Philip Shing 0 1 $108,000 108

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