Samuli Sipila took a roughly two million chip advantage into heads-up play, and after surviving four consecutive and five total, Stefan Christopher doubles, managed to hang on to capture the $240,300 first place prize in Event #4: $10,100 Pot-Limit Omaha presented PLO Mastermind. 

Christopher's fourth double appeared to change the tide of the heads-up match, as he took the chip lead for the first time shortly thereafter. However, Sipila wouldn't back down from the challenge, as one hand after losing the chip lead, he scored his own double to move back in front. 

Christopher, who came into the final table with just $27,258 in career tournament earnings, showed the true heart of a champion. The PLO cash game pro immediately scored his fifth double of the tournament to pull even in chips, but with the blinds approaching 150,000/300,000 with a 300,000 big blinds ante, there were only 37 total big blinds in play. 

The final hand of the grueling two-and-a-half-hour heads-up match saw Christopher get his final two million in chips into the middle with on up against the of Sipila. 

The turn immediately improved Christopher to two pair, and he was in great shape to score his sixth double of the match. Fate had other ideas, though, as the river paired the board, giving Sipila's pocket jacks a better two pair, as Christopher could only shake his head as he walked to the payout desk to collect the $155,750 second-place prize.

Sipila, on the other hand, let out a sigh of relief as the Finish pro hoisted the trophy for his first career PGT title and the biggest tournament score of his career. 

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Sipila got the tournament to heads-up play when he eliminated start-of-day chip leader Arthur Morris in third place for $111,250 when his pocket queens held, but it was the hand before that truly crippled Morris. 

Sipila limp-potted the button after a raise from Christopher in the small blind, and Morris called from the big blind. All the money went in the middle on the flop as Morris held against the of Sipila. The turn and river failed to pair Morris, as Sipila's fours held in the massive pot before finishing the job on the next hand. 

All told, Sipila eliminated all five of his final table opponents, sending Artem Maksimov home in sixth place for $44,500, Andre Cruz in fifth place for $62,300, and Christopher Frank in fourth place for $80,100.

Event #4: $10,100 Pot-Limit Omaha Final Table Payouts

Place Name Country PGT Points $890,000
1st Samuli Sipila Finland 240 $240,300
2nd Stefan Christopher United States 156 $155,750
3rd Arthur Morris United States 111 $111,250
4th Christopher Frank Germany 80 $80,100
5th Andre Cruz Portugal 62 $62,300
6th Artem Maksimov Russia 45 $44,500

Sipila Vaults to Top of Player of the Series Leaderboard

Event #4 saw 89 entrants walk through the doors of the PokerGO Studio, creating a prize pool of $890,000 with the top 13 players finishing in the money and with 240 PGT points up top, Sipila now moves in front on Event #2, Champion Allan Le in the race for the PGT Passport. 

Le just missed out on his third cash of the series as his flopped top pair fell to Arthur Morris's running heart flush. He now sits 57 points behind Sipila. 

However, Bryce Yockey picked up his third cash of the series and now sits in a tie for fifth place with Event #3 Champion Daniel Negreanu on the overall leaderboard with 148 points. 

Event #2 runner-up Christopher scored his first cash of the series and now cracks the top four with 156 points. Third-place finisher Morris also picked up his first cash of the series and now sits in eighth place. Fourth-place finisher Christopher Frank picked up his second cash of the series but sits just outside the top ten with 90 points. 

The action continues with Event #5: $5,100 Pot-Limit Omaha Progressive Bounty, and you can catch all the action from day one here: https://www.pgt.com/live-reporting/pgt-plo-series-2024/event-5-5100-potlimit-omaha-progressive-bounty

PGT PLO Series Presented by PLO Mastermind Leaderboard

Rank Player Points Wins Cashes Winnings
1 Samuli Sipila 240 1 1 $240,300
2 Allan Le 183 1 2 $177,150
3 Eelis Parssinen 175 1 1 $131,325
4 Stefan Christopher 156 0 1 $155,750
5 Daniel Negreanu 148 1 1 $147,500
6 Bryce Yockey 148 0 3 $141,850
7 Isaac Kempton 113 0 1 $84,975
8 Arthur Morris 111 0 1 $111,250
9 Ronald Keijzer 106 0 2 $85,925
10 Anuj Agarwal 91 0 1 $91,450

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