Jared Bleznick topped a 38-entry field in the largest buy-in pot-limit Omaha tournament in poker history on Wednesday, winning the inaugural Super High Roller Bowl PLO for $1,292,000.
Bleznick was one of seven players returning for the final day of play. He led the field after Day 1 and then came into the final table on Day 3 second in chips behind only Isaac Haxton. The final table was a long one, lasting more than 14 hours, and it was truly one to remember. After a handful of lead changes that saw Bleznick, Haxton, and Stephen Chidwick out in front at different portions of the final table, Bleznick was able to reach heads-up play against Haxton, stretch out a big lead, and then seal the deal.
|1st||Jared Bleznick||United States||$1,292,000||400|
|2nd||Isaac Haxton||United States||$836,000||251|
|3rd||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$570,000||171|
|4th||Isaac Kempton||United States||$418,000||125|
|5th||Aaron Katz||United States||$304,000||91|
|6th||Frank Crivello||United States||$228,000||68|
|7th||Chino Rheem||United States||$152,000||46|
Bleznick started three-handed play with more than 7,000,000 in his chip stack after he eliminated Isaac Kempton in fourth place for $418,000. After that, Bleznick appeared poised to take down the largest buy-in PLO tournament to date in poker history, but Stephen Chidwick and Isaac Haxton never went away.
Chidwick was the first to draw blood when he scored a double up through Bleznick. Chidwick's kings held against Bleznick's open-ended straight draw, and then all three players sat with nearly identical stacks. Chidwick kept the pressure on, and he too would run his chip stack all the way to the 7,000,000-chip mark. It was then that Chidwick, the 2023 Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner, moved into pole position in the hunt for the Super High Roller Bowl PLO title.
After players returned from break to start Level 19, it was Haxton's turn to make a run. First, he scored a double through Chidwick. Then, the deck found Haxton again and again as he won pot after pot. By the end of the level, Haxton held a 3-to-1 chip advantage against both opponents.
Another 75 minutes passed and Chidwick found himself all in for his last 2,000,000 holding a gut shot against Bleznick's pair of kings. The turn gave Bleznick Broadway and sent Chidwick packing. Chicwick earned a $570,000 payday for his third-place finish.
With the elimination, Bleznick and Haxton were heads up and separated by just over 2,000,000 in chips. It was the Day 1 chip leaser (Bleznick) against the Day 2 chip leader (Haxton) for the title.
Bleznick won early to wrestle the chip lead away from Haxton, but once again, the deck turned in Haxton's favor and he began picking up pot after pot, growing his chip lead and eventually eclipsing the 8,000,000-chip mark.
Haxton, the Super High Roller Bowl VIII champion from just a few weeks ago, seemed poised to capture his third overall Super High Roller Bowl title when he found himself with aces against the rundown of Bleznick for the tournament title. Bleznick ended up turning two pair to crack Haxton's aces and swap chip positions between the two. This time, the deck stayed in Bleznick's favor and he never gave up the lead.
Just over 14 hours after play began for the final day, Haxton found himself with an overpair to the board and, this time, his queens were up against Bleznick's pair and a gutter ball. Bleznick's pair turned into trip nines on the turn, and then the river landed a meaningless ace to give the sports card entrepreneur the prestigious title. Haxton headed to the payout desk to collect his $836,000 second-place prize.
Also busting in the money at the final table of Super High Roller Bowl PLO was Aaron Katz picking up the largest cash of his career with a fifth-place finish good for $304,000, Frank Crivello finishing in sixth place for $228,000, and PGT Mixed Game Series II series champion Chino Rheem placing seventh for $152,000.
Although Isaac Haxton fell short of his third Super High Roller Bowl victory, he added enough PGT points by reaching the Super High Roller Bowl: Pot-Limit Omaha final table to move into first place on the PGT leaderboard. That puts Haxton ahead of Daniel Weinman, who was the PGT points leader entering the Super High Roller Bowl PLO event. Stephen Chidwick remained in fourth place on the PGT leaderboard but his third-place finish in the event helped him extend the gap over Steven Jones behind him. Chino Rheem climbed his way into 29th place on the PGT leaderboard, moving ahead of Daniel Negreanu.
Isaac Kempton now sits just outside the top 40 of the PGT leaderboard. He's in 44th place with 805 PGT points. Bleznick jumped up to 74th place with 535 PGT points.
|1st||Isaac Haxton||United States||2,548||4||9||$6,911,195|
|2nd||Daniel Weinman||United States||2,300||1||1||$12,100,000|
|3rd||Chris Brewer||United States||2,185||2||19||$6,976,335|
|4th||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||2,077||2||12||$3,591,277|
|5th||Steven Jones||United States||1,700||0||1||$6,500,000|
|6th||Sam Soverel||United States||1,602||2||18||$1,928,537|
|7th||Alex Foxen||United States||1,509||1||16||$2,025,424|
|8th||Adam Walton||United States||1,500||0||1||$4,000,000|
|9th||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||1,477||0||17||$2,218,803|
The player to finish atop the PGT leaderboard at the end of the 2023 season will be crowned the PGT Player of the Year and win a $50,000 bonus, plus that player will qualify for the season-ending PGT Championship $1,000,000 freeroll with the most starting chips. The top 40 players as ranked by the PGT leaderboard qualify for the PGT Championship.
Connect with PokerGO.com on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. Watch daily poker clips on the PokerGO YouTube channel. Join the conversation on the PokerGO Discord server. You can save $20 off an annual subscription to PokerGO.com by using the code “PGT2023” at checkout.