Ship it to Nick Petrangelo two times. It wasn't deja vu, but Nick Petrangelo took down back-to-back events at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas including the anchor event at the first ever Stairway to Millions series, which was a part of the new season of the PokerGo Tour.
The 2022 PGT kicked off in early January with the Venetian High Roller series before the Aria hosted the Stairway to Millions. It was a slick new series with escalating buy-ins where every player who cashed earned a freeroll into the next event which was typically doubled the previous buy-in. The first event began with a $1K buy-in and the final event had a $100K price tag. The modest buy-in for Event #1 gave the public or struggling pros a chance to earn their way into a $100K event by simply cashing in the first event and then getting hot the rest of the series.
Chance Kornuth got hot early on at the Stairway to Millions and binked back-to-back events with victories in Event #2 $2K NL and Event #3 #4K NL. Michael Wang and Jake Schindler won two events mid-week, but Nick Petrangelo shipped the $50K the other night after storming back with one of those chip and a chair scenarios that you often hear about. Except this time, it actually happened and he won $567,000. Petrangelo continued his run good in the final event when he binked Event #8 $100K for a cool million.
Stairway to Millions Event #8 $100,000 NL attracted 19 players who wanted to dive headfirst into a shark tank and slug it out with the top high rollers in the world. The prize pool was $1.9 million and only the top three places paid out.
The final three included Sean Perry, Nick Petrangelo, and David Peters. Perry min-cashed for $304K when he busted in third place, which set up the heavyweight bout between Petrangelo and Peters.
Peters could not stop Petrangelo's sizzling run and he bowed out in second place. Peters banked $570,000 for the runner-up performance. Not too shabby, eh? Petrangelo earned a first-place payday worth $1,026,000.
For a couple of days of work, Petrangelo won back-to-back titles and $1.5 million in cash.
Petrangelo also locked up the top spot in the 2022 PGT Leaderboard. With 845 points, Petrangelo earned enough points and lapped the field.
Michael Wang sits in second with 354, while 2021 PGT Player of the Year Ali Imsirovic has 351 points in third place.
Thailand's Punnat Punsri won back-to-back events at the Venetian to start the year. He was previously in first place after the Venetian series ended. Punsri slipped to fourth overall with 251 points.
The rest of the top 10 include Alex Foxen, Jake Schindler, Chris Brewer, David Peters Masashi Oya, and Erik Seidel.
2022 PGT Leaderboard
1. Nick Petrangelo (USA) 845
2. Michael Wang (USA) 354
3. Ali Imsirovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina) 351
4. Punnat Punsri (Thailand) 251
5. Alex Foxen (USA) 251
6. Jake Schindler (USA)197
7. Chris Brewer (USA) 190
8. David Peters (USA) 171
9. Masashi Oya (Japan) 149
10. Erik Seidel (USA) 145