The hot start to 2023 continues for Justin Saliba. Saliba won Event #4 at the 2023 PokerGO Cup for $195,000 less than two weeks after he scored more than $300,000 for a final-table finish at Borgata in Atlantic City.

Saliba came into the final day of play in fifth position with six players remaining. After Calvin Lee doubled up early, Saliba became the short stack. Saliba found a double when he cracked the pocket queens of Erik Seidel with queen-jack of hearts and maneuvered his way to the winner’s circle from there.

In the end, Saliba topped Anthony Hu in heads-up play Hu had the chip lead for the majority of the final table and began heads-up play with more than a 2-to-1 advantage, but it was Saliba who ultimately came out on top.

2023 PokerGO Cup Event #4 Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Justin Saliba United States $195,000
2nd Anthony Hu United States $140,400
3rd Adrian Mateos Spain $93,600
4th Calvin Lee United States $78,000
5th Andrew Moreno United States $62,400
6th Erik Seidel United States $46,800
7th Jeremy Ausmus United States $39,000
8th Brian Kim United States $31,200
9th Dan Shak United States $31,200
10th Nick Petrangelo United States $23,400
11th Vikenty Shegal United States $23,400
12th Dylan DeStefano United States $15,600

Erik Seidel was the first player eliminated at Monday’s final table, with the Poker Hall of Fame member going from second in chips to first out in sixth place. Nothing went Seidel’s way on the final day, including losing with pocket queens against Justin Saliba’s queen-jack of hearts. That hand left Seidel with under one big blind and he was eliminated on the next hand by chip leader Anthony Hu.

Andrew Moreno was the next player to bust. Moreno was at his second final table of the 2023 PokerGO Cup and once again took fifth place. With five players left, it was two blind-versus-blind confrontations with Adrian Mateos that did Moreno in. On the first, he shoved the small blind with ace-seven of clubs and Mateos called with ace-queen. Mateos’ hand held to give him the double. Later, Moreno shoved the small blind for just over eight big blinds with jack-seven and Mateos woke up to pocket aces in the big blind. That was the end of the line for Moreno.

Next to bust was Calvin Lee. With the blinds at 40,000-80,000, Anthony Hu moved all in from the small blind for effectively 1,310,000 against Lee’s big blind. Lee called all in with king-nine. Hu had jack-eight. Hu flopped a jack and held from there to knock out Lee in fourth place.

Spaniard Adrian Mateos was at his third final table of the 2023 PokerGO Cup. Previously, Mateos finished fifth in both Event #1 and Event #3. In Event #4, Mateos finished in third place. He called all in from the big blind with king-ten of diamonds after Justin Saliba shoved from the small blind. Saliba had king-jack and held.

Entering heads-up play, Hu had the chip lead with 6,675,000 to Saliba’s 3,075,000. With the blinds at 50,000-100,000 to start, Hu had 66.75 big blinds to Saliba’s 30.75 big blinds. Saliba consistently picked up pots to move into the lead. On the final hand, he raised all in during the 75,000-125,000 level with ace-four. Hu called off his stack of 2,500,000 with ace-seven and was in a dominating position to double up. The board ran out nine-five-two-queen-three to give Saliba a winning wheel straight.

With the victory, Saliba jumped up to fifth place on the series leaderboard, just ahead of Hu, who moved into sixth place with his result. Mateos took the top spot on the 2023 PokerGO Cup leaderboard and is now the man to catch with 238 points.

2023 PokerGO Cup Leaderboard Top 10

Place Player Wins Cashes Winnings Points
1st Adrian Mateos 0 3 $237,600 238
T-2nd Ed Sebesta 1 1 $216,000 216
T-2nd Sean Winter 1 1 $216,000 216
4th Aram Zobian 1 1 $207,500 208
5th Justin Saliba 1 1 $195,000 195
6th Anthony Hu 0 2 $185,400 185
7th Cary Katz 0 3 $166,800 167
8th Kristen Foxen 0 2 $153,600 154
T-9th Alex Foxen 0 1 $153,000 153
T-9th Nick Schulman 0 1 $153,000 153

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