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Nick Petrangelo took down the first of the $25k buy-in events at the PokerGO Cup in Las Vegas, adding $369,000 to the almost $2million he won in last month’s PGT Stairway to Millions series...
With the buy-ins bumped up for the second half of the 8-event series, a 41-entry field assembled to fight it out for just over $1million in prizemoney, with the final table of six all making the money.
Alex Foxen, Stephen Chidwick, Sean Perry and Chris Brewer all fell on a tough day one, but it was last year’s PokerGO Cup winner, Daniel Negreanu, who seemed to be feeling it more than others.
DNegs lost a chunk of his chips to Sean Winter in the following hand...
Negreanu: 10♠ 10♥
Winter: 8♥ 8♠
Flop: 7♠ 4♠ K♥
...and by the time he bust out he was ready to vent on Twitter...
5 up, 5 down.— Daniel Negreanu (@RealKidPoker) February 7, 2022
5 events I was among the leaders then it all turned to dust without a cash.
May take the rest of the series off, I definitely lead the series in hours played without a cash by a country mile.
Day one ended when Justin Saliba burst the money bubble, and the six who came back for day two included retired businessman and poker fanatic, Bill Klein, as chip leader.
Darren Elias would fall first, the 4-time WPT champ running into Nick Schulman’s big slick in a battle of the short stacks, and then Ali Imsirovic followed quite a bit later in 5th spot.
Six-figure payouts were now guaranteed, and Sean Winter would have to be content with the 4th place cash of $112,750, doubling up his short stack then running into Petrangelo.
Schulman’s exit in 3rd was notable, if only because of the commentator’s curse, Brent Hanks saying, “Something spooky in the air with Bill standing up!” just before the fatal river card...
Nick Schulman: A♠ 7♦
Bill Klein: 8♥ 8♦
Flop: 2♠ A♥ J♦
“That’s all the luck I had,” Klein muttered as he hugged it out with the departing Schulman, and it seemed he was right. Despite putting up a tough fight against Petrangelo heads-up, the final hand would need him to find something extra...
Nick Petrangelo: A♣ 9♥
Bill Klein: Q♦ J♦
Flop: 6♥ K♠ 3♦
...and with that Petrnagello had bagged the win, $369,000, and a chunk of leaderboard points for the overall PokerGO Cup race.
The final table of event 6, the second of three $25k buy-ins, has been set and we’ll have all the best of the action for you tomorrow in our winner’s report, so be sure to check in regularly!