The inaugural PGT Mixed Games is officially kicked off and Event #1: $10,300 H.O.R.S.E. was a smashing success, breaking the record for most unique entries in a PokerGO owned-and-operated event with 70 unique entries and 87 total entries.
Five remained at the end of Day 1 and leading them was Shaun Deeb who got off to a hot start early and never let off the gas. Deeb finished the day with 4,275,000 for just under a third of the chips in play. David 'ODB' Baker bagged the second largest stack of the day with 3,500,000, making a late surge at the end of the night to be second in chips. Johannes Becker (2,350,000), Andrew Yeh (1,625,000) and Nick Guagenti (1,225,000) rounded out the final table to end Day 1.
The players are all competing for the $208,800 first place prize as well as 209 PGT points which will be used to determine the PGT Mixed Games champion who will receive the PGT Trophy and a $25,000 championship bonus. PGT points will also be used for the year-long leaderboard which will qualify players to the end-of-year PGT Championship $1,000,000 freeroll.
The 87-entry field created a prize pool of $870,000 and 13 players made it into the money. It was Mike Gorodinsky who finished as the unfortunate bubble boy after a short stacked battle between himself, Alex Livingston, and Julien Martini. The three each grinded a miniscule stack, but in the end, Livingston won the key races to keep himself alive, and he eventually eliminated Gorodinsky in a hand of Stud. Among those who cashed were Daniel Negreanu (12th - $17,400), John Racener (9th - $34,800) and Phil Hui (8th - $34,800).
The final seven combined to a final table and Erik Sagstrom, who ran hot for most of the day, eventually cooled off and was eliminated in 7th in a hand of Hold'em against Shaun Deeb. Sagstrom flopped two pair, but Deeb turned a better two pair and rivered a full house to scoop the pot and send Sagstrom to the rail, collecting $43,500.
Michael Martinelli would follow shortly after in 6th. In a three-way Omaha Hi-Lo hand against Andrew Yeh and Johannes Becker, Martinelli made a backdoor flush, while Becker made a full house and scooped the pot. Martinelli earned $52,200 for his run and the final five played just a few more hands before bagging and tagging for the night.
PGT Mixed Games Event #1: $10,300 H.O.R.S.E. Final Table
|David 'ODB' Baker
When play resumes, there is one hand left in the Stud round. The button will start on Johannes Becker and players will start in Level 18 with blinds at 50,000/100,000 in the flop games, and a bring in and ante of 25,000 in the stud games with 100,000/200,000 limits.
Play will resume at 12 p.m. PT on Sunday, February 5 in the PokerGO Studio where players will play down to a winner. The PGT Live Reporting Team will provide exclusive live updates throughout the event until a winner is crowned.
Connect with PokerGO.com on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. Watch daily poker clips on the PokerGO YouTube channel. Join the conversation on the PokerGO Discord server. You can save $20 off an annual subscription to PokerGO.com by using the code “PGT2023” at checkout.