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Ali Imsirovic scooped the top prize of $270,000 at the fourth and final High Roller event this week run as part of the PokerGO Tour, looking to go back-to-back after taking the overall PGT title in 2021...
The young Bosnian-American was among 20 entries to the $25k buy-in NLHE event held at the Venetian in Vegas, with Alex Foxen – who took down event 3 the previous day – and Punnat Punsri – winner of the first two events – also in the field.
There was to be no repeat win for either player, though, and nor could Chris Brewer, Barry Hutter or Cary Katz, make it to the three paid spots.
Short-stacked Sam Soverel would be the unfortunate bubble-boy, exiting in 4th place courtesy of the following hand, all the chips going in pre-flop...
Soverel: 2♥ 2♠
Oya: K♣ K♥
Board: 6♠ Q♦ 3♠ K♦ 5♠
♥ ♦ ♣ ♠
That meant a second cash for Oya, who had finished runner-up in event 2, the Japanese player another new face on the high roller scene.
He was joined on the podium by Steven Grady, the North Carolina poker amateur, restaurant owner and collegiate baseball umpire enjoying a successful week in Vegas.
It was to be another 3rd spot for Grady after the previous day’s heroics, this time hitting the rail when he ran his flopped top pair into a bigger pair in Oya’s hands.
Heads-up saw Imsirovic pull back from a 3:1 chip deficit and finally scoop the win when his river shove was called by Oya...
Imsirovic: 5♣ 3♥
Oya: Q♣ 9♠
Board: 3♦ 7♠ 5♠ Q♥ 2♦
♥ ♦ ♣ ♠
PGT $25k High Roller Final results
Next up on the PokerGO Tour is the inaugural Stairway to Millions – a series of eight events starting on January 12th with a $1k buy-in event, where every player who cashes automatically qualifies into the next event.
Players also receive a prize pool payout and each event doubles in buy-in, ending on January 19th and 20th with the $100k Main Event.