The 2023 PokerGO Cup continued on Thursday with the marquee Event #8: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 26-entrant field in the series finale is down to the final four players and Isaac Haxton is in the lead with 1,965,000 in chips. Cary Katz (1,645,000), Daniel Colpoys (1,035,000), and Sean Winter (555,000) round out the remaining players.
Haxton picked up his first cash of the series, while Katz claimed his fifth cash. Colpoys is coming off a runner-up finish in Event #7 and will look to one-up that, while Winter is hoping to repeat his performance from the Event #1 final table where he went from short-stack to winner. With the final event of the series concluding, time will soon tell who will follow in the footsteps of 2021 PokerGO Cup champion Daniel Negreanu and 2022 PokerGO Cup champion Jeremy Ausmus.
Katz, Colpoys, and Winter are all in contention for the PokerGO Cup overall series title which comes with a $50,000 championship bonus. They each need to win this final tournament to claim the series title, although Katz could also claim it with a runner-up finish if Haxton were to finish first. Currently, Anthony Hu sits atop the leaderboard and will be sweating the result to see who will be crowned the 2023 PokerGO Cup champion.
Hu was looking to add to his point total to close out the series title himself, but he was knocked out in ninth place when he was rivered by Masashi Oya. The eight remaining players from there converged on a single table and Jason Koon was the next elimination in eighth place. Oya then lost a massive pot which propelled Haxton to the top of the chip standings, and the Japanese player was soon the next to make his exit in seventh.
Six-handed play lasted for about an hour-and-a-half before a short-stacked Freddy Deeb was eliminated in sixth. Brian Kim then became the short stack at the table, and when he found no help after running into Katz's aces, he was gone in fifth, the bubble was burst, and the four remaining players bagged to return for the streamed final table.
The remaining players have each locked up $130,000, but all eyes will be on the $598,000 first-place prize, trophy, and 359 PGT points which come with the title of Event #8 champion.
|1||Sean Winter||United States||555,000|
|2||Isaac Haxton||United States||1,965,000|
|3||Daniel Colpoys||United States||1,035,000|
|4||Cary Katz||United States||1,645,000|
When play resumes, Sean Winter will be on the button, there will be a dead small blind, and Isaac Haxton will be in the big blind. There will be 46:31 remaining in Level 11 with blinds at 10,000 / 15,000 and a 15,000 big blind ante.
Play will resume at 2 p.m. PT on Friday, January 20, and the final table will be streamed on delay starting at 3 p.m. PT on PokerGO.com.
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