The 2023 PGT PLO Series II kicked off at the PokerGO Studio from ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada with Event #1: $5,100 Pot-Limit Omaha.
Jim Collopy bagged the chip lead and holds over 37% of the chips in play as six players remain. Benjamin Juhasz, Quan Tran, Evgeni Tourevski, Mathyeu Provost, and Matthew Wantman round out the players who will return for the final day as play resumes at 12 p.m. PT on Friday, October 20 with the delayed final table stream beginning at 2 p.m. PT on PokerGO.
The 172-entrant field created a prize pool of $860,000 and the top 25 finishers earned a piece of it. Chino Rheem was the unfortunate bubble boy when he got his chips in against kings and found no help. Among those to cash were Josh Arieh (25th), Isaac Kempton (23rd), Stephanie Chung (17th), Eelis Parssinen (16th), and inaugural PGT PLO Series champion Lautaro Guerra (13th).
Collopy cemented his chip lead near the end of the night when he eliminated Jonathan Borenstein in 10th place. The chips went in the middle on the flop to create a pot that would've made either player the chipleader, and although Borenstein was a slight favorite, Collopy turned the nut flush and held to claim the massive pot.
James Chen was then eliminated in ninth place and Eliran Yamin was eliminated in eighth place, both having been the victims of unfortunate rivers. Seven players then converged on a single table and it didn't take long before Zachary Schwartz ran kings into Tourevski's aces. The runout changed nothing and the six remaining players bagged to return for the streamed final table.
Each player has locked up $43,000 but all eyes will be on the $150,500 first-place prize, 151 PGT points, and Event #1 trophy.
|1||Jim Collopy||United States||8,050,000|
|2||Evgeni Tourevski||United States||2,800,000|
|4||Matthew Wantman||United States||1,125,000|
|6||Quan Tran||United States||3,400,000|
When play resumes, there is 8:49 remaining in Level 21 with blinds at 50,000/100,000 with a 100,000 big blind ante. The button is on Jim Collopy.
Play will resume at 12 p.m. PT and the final table will be streamed on delay starting at 2 p.m. PT on PokerGO.com.
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