Jonathan Little came into the day middle of the pack in chips, but after bidding his time through the first three eliminations, he knocked off the final three players to secure his first PGT title and the $229,500 first-place prize in Event #3: $10,100 No-Limit Hold'em.
The day began with several doubles from short stacks, and Daniel Negreanu was the unfortunate casualty, going from second in chips to the short stack in the first level of play. Roughly two hours after Negreanu's day began, he was the first person out the door when his pocket fives were outflopped by the queen-ten of Alex Foxen, sending him out the door in seventh place for $34,000.
Brock Wilson started the day as the short stack, but after a pair of doubles early gave him the ladder over Negreanu his tournament run good would end when his queen-ten could not run down by Dan Shak's pocket fives. Shak had Wilson covered by just 10,000 chips, leaving Wilson with nothing to do but shake his head and collect his $42,500 sixth-place prize.
Three hands later, Daniel Weinand's day was through when his turn semi-bluff ran square into Foxen's pocket queens in a blind vs blind battle. After calling a raise pre-flop and a continuation bet on a flop of , Weinand checked the turn, prompting Foxen to fire again for 320,000. Weinand check-raised to 780,000, Foxen moved all in, and Weinand tossed in his last 605,000 with just . The river bricked, and Weinand was out the door in fifth place for $59,500.
After playing seven-handed for under two hours, three players went out the door in six hands, leaving Little as the short stack with work to be done. He immediately found a double with ace-ten through start-of-day chip leader Jesse Lonis' king-queen.
Lonis' day went from bad to worse a few hands later when his ace jack failed to hold against Little's king queen in a three million chip pot, and he was left holding just four big blinds when the dust settled. Lonis' final table run came to a merciful end on the next hand when Little's pocket tens bested his jack-six to send him to the payout desk in fourth place for $76,500.
Three-handed action started with Foxen holding just a single big blind chip lead over Little and just a five big blind chip lead over Shak and quickly found himself trading places with Shak when his ill-timed river bluff was picked off by Shak turned pair of nines for his third double through Foxen on the day.
However, Foxen would find his revenge when he found himself in a flip for his tournament life with pocket fours against Shak's ace-ten of hearts. Shak flopped a two-way straight draw and turned the nut flush draw as he found himself with 21 outs to send Foxen to the rail, but when the river paired the board, he went from having the world to having just five big blinds.
Little would then put an end to Shak's day and solidify the chip lead going into heads-up play when his ace-jack outflopped Shak's queen-eight, sending the businessman out the door in third place for $106,250.
Foxen would briefly pull even with Little as heads-up play began, but things quickly began moving in Little's favor when the blinds increased to 100,000/200,000. Little took out Foxen's first leg when his ace-six held against Foxen's king-jack to cross the eight million chip mark.
Foxen briefly found life when his turned full house got paid on the river as he looked to claw back into the match. But with just 13 big blinds to his disposal, he found himself all in with king-duece and was dominated against Little's king-ten. The board ran out eight-high, Foxen found himself outkicked, and he was out the door in second place for $148,750.
Event #3: $10,100 No-Limit Hold'em was the smallest field thus far in the 2024 PokerGO Cup, attracting 85 entrants and creating a prize pool of 850,000. The top thirteen players finished in the money and earned the coveted PGT points, with Ed Sebesta the unfortunate bubble in Event #3 when Wilson's turned flush did in his flopped pair of queens.
The win secured Little his second cash of the 2024 PokerGO Cup, and thanks to that seventh-place finish in Event #1, he now sits atop the leaderboard with 252 points through three events. Runner-up Foxen also secured his second cash of the series and now sits in third place with 185 points. Also finding their second cashes of the series were Jeremy Becker (13th) and Stoyan Madanzhiev (12th), but the pair is still well outside the top ten.
Shak and Jesse Lonis, who now sit in seventh and tenth place on the leaderboard, respectively, vaulted their way into the top ten with their performances but still have work to do to get to the top. Brian Luo secured his third cash in as many events but without a final table to show for his impressive early run. He currently sits just outside the top ten in twelfth place with 64 points.
Five events remain in the 2024 PokerGO Cup, and you can catch all the tournament action as the PGT live reporting team has got you covered, starting with Event #4: $10,100 No-Limit Hold'em. Follow along as they play down to a final table at https://www.pgt.com/live-reporting/pokergo-cup-2024/event-4-10100-nolimit-holdem.
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