Sean Perry (2,780,000) holds 43% of the chips in play and takes the chip lead into the final table as Event #8: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em is down to the final five. Joining Perry at the final table are Brock Wilson (1,225,000), defending PokerGO Cup Champion Daniel Negreanu (1,075,000), Nick Schulman (700,000), and current PokerGO Cup points leader Jeremy Ausmus (640,000).
Perry took the chip lead late in level nine when he eliminated Nick Petrangelo in 12th place in over a 1.6 million chip pot. Petrangelo four-bet all-in for approximately 800,000 from the big blind only to get snap-called by Perry in the small blind holding ace-king. An ace on the flop was no help to Petrangelo, and Perry held the better kicker to take the chip lead and never look back.
The 32-entrant field in Event #8 created a prize pool of $1,600,000, and the final five have all locked up a cash of at least $112,000, with the winner taking home $640,000. In addition to the cash, all five players are still mathematically alive to win the 2022 PokerGO Cup, thanks to the 384 points up top.
Ausmus sits in prime position to dethrone Negreanu as the current points leader needs a second place or higher finish to lock up the cup but is currently the short stack with just 640,000, good for 21 big blinds. Schulman and Negreanu must win the event to claim the prize, and Ausmus can finish no higher than fifth. Perry needs a win and Ausmus to finish no higher than fourth. Wilson needs a win and to play anyone other than Ausmus heads up to keep his hopes of the PokerGO Cup alive.
For the second day in a row, Jason Koon found himself all-in on the money bubble, but unlike the day before, when Koon ran queens into kings, he found himself in a flip for his tournament life, holding pocket fours against the ace-seven of Negreanu. The flop and turn kept Koon in front, but when the river landed, the ace of clubs Negreanu made the higher pair to eliminate Koon and send the players to the money and a bag.
Other notables to make a deep run but failed to find a cash included Alex Foxen in 7th, Sean Winter in 8th, Thomas Winters in 9th, Sam Soverel in 10th, and Darren Elias in 11th.
Event #8: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final Table
When play resumes, Level 14 will continue with 33:30 remaining and the button is in seat 4 and there is a dead small blind.
The final five players will return to the PokerGO Studio on Thursday, February 10, at 1 p.m. PT with the final table airing on PokerGO.com at 2 p.m. PT.