The $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha High Roller final table lived up to the billing with six splendid players fighting for the $1.4 million first-place prize on PokerGO. James Calderaro headlined thanks to his pursuit of a second title in this event in as many years. Shaun Deeb started play third in chips and finished with his third career World Series of Poker bracelet.

Every player at the final table was chasing their own piece of poker history. Jason Koon attempted to gain his first bracelet, Ryan Tosoc already owns a WPT title and was five players from adding a WSOP win, and Scotty Nguyen was the closest he’s been in a decade to bracelet number six.

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Deeb admittedly ran well at the final table and in the first few hands, got lucky against Calderaro. The hand put Deeb into the chip lead where he never looked back on his way to the winner’s circle.

‘Caldo’ and Deeb clashed yet again later on. Deeb got the better of Calderaro for the second time and put a pin in the hopes of Calderaro winning the $25,000 PLO High Roller for another year. One of the worst beats of the summer went against Calderaro and put Deeb that much closer to the gold.

Nguyen is never short on words and he made sure to make three-handed play as testy as possible. A staredown from Deeb brought the ire of Nguyen, who let Deeb know in his own special way his displeasure.

Ben Yu finished the job that Deeb started to send Nguyen out in third place. The elimination setup a battle between two players with the other standing in the way of another bracelet.

Deeb put the finishing touches on his masterpiece with a flourish. A classic PLO spot transpired for all of Yu’s chips with him holding the monster draw against Deeb’s aces. The board cooperated for Deeb one last time and he earned the $1.4 million first-place prize.

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