Sean Winter entered the final table of 2023 PokerGO Cup Event #1: $10,000 NL Hold’em as the short stack with seven players remaining. Not only was Winter short, but he came into the final day of play with just seven big blinds in his stack. Winter spun up his stack, flipped his way into the chip lead, and never looked back. In the end, he topped Alex Foxen in heads-up play to win the first event of the 2023 PokerGO Cup series.

Winter walked away with a $216,000 first-place prize and assumed the top spot on the 2023 PokerGO Cup leaderboard, making him the frontrunner to become this year’s PokerGO Cup champion.

2023 PokerGO Cup Event #1 Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Sean Winter United States $216,000
2nd Alex Foxen United States $153,000
3rd Joseph Cheong United States $108,000
4th David Peters United States $90,000
5th Adrian Mateos Spain $72,000
6th Orpen Kisacikoglu Turkey $54,000
7th Anthony Hu United States $45,000
8th Justin Young United States $36,000
9th Dorian Pavon Venezuela $36,000
10th Cary Katz United States $27,000
11th Martin Stausholm Denmark $27,000
12th Daniel Negreanu Canada $18,000
13th Dylan Linde United States $18,000

Anthony Hu was the first player to bust on the day, and he ran ace-queen into the pocket kings of Alex Foxen. After Hu’s seventh-place bust, Orpen Kisacikoglu was eliminated in sixth place. He ran pocket jacks into Sean Winter’s aces.

Five-handed play last for quite a bit of time and the stacks were swinging. It was during five-handed play that Foxen made an incredible hero call with ace high on a queen-six-five-two-two board against Adrian Mateos. Mateos had just nine high. Mateos was very short after that hand but spun his stack back up. Ultimately, Mateos’ comeback was cut short when he went out in fifth place.

David Peters began the day as the chip leader, but it just wasn’t his day. Nothing seemed to go right for Peters and it resulted in a fourth-place finish for $90,000.

Joseph Cheong finished in third place after fighting hard all day and consistently being one of the shorter stacks at the final table. His king-jack couldn’t beat the ace-four of diamonds for Winter and it was time for heads-up play.

Heads-up play saw Winter’s 7,900,000 lead Foxen’s 3,350,000 in chips. Winter clipped Foxen early, Foxen doubled back up, but then it ended shortly thereafter when Winter shoved on Foxen with trip kings and got called by worse.

2023 PokerGO Cup Leaderboard Top 10

Place Player Wins Cashes Winnings Points
1st Sean Winter 1 1 $216,000 216
2nd Alex Foxen 0 1 $153,000 153
3rd Joseph Cheong 0 1 $108,000 108
4th David Peters 0 1 $90,000 90
5th Adrian Mateos 0 1 $72,000 72
6th Orpen Kisacikoglu 0 1 $54,000 54
7th Anthony Hu 0 1 $45,000 45
8th Justin Young 0 1 $36,000 36
9th Dorian Pavon 0 1 $36,000 36
10th Cary Katz 0 1 $27,000 27

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