Ship it to Artur Martirosyan. Two times. The beginning of the new calendar year coincides with the conclusion of the PokerGo Tour season. The Aria Casino in Las Vegas hosted a PGT Last Chance series which consisted of six additional high roller events as players slugged it out for an invite into the million dollar season-ending freeroll in the PGT Championship. Only the Top 40 players could advance to the PGT Championship, and Martirosyan locked up his seat by adding 440 leaderboard points with two victories as he moved up to #32 overall.
It's been a wild season on the high roller circuit, and American pro Ike Haxton tops the 2023 PGT Leaderboard with 2,847 points and over $7.2 million in cashes. Haxton won four events and cashed 14 times in PGT-sanction events.
American pro Chris Brewer also had a sensational 2023, and he's second on the PGT Leaderboard with 2,490 points and $7.4 million in earnings. Brewer cashed in 24 events and shipped two of them. He also finally broke through the winner's circle at the WSOP for the first time and snagged two bracelets this summer in Sin City, including the $250K Super High Roller with paid out nearly $5.3 million.
British pro Stephen Chidwick is third overall with 2,402 points. Chidwick banked $3.95 million in PGT events with two victories and 18 cashes.
Daniel Negreanu had a rough 2023. He acknowledged that he played too many events and was grinding without passion. He was determined to reduce his workload in 2024 and play when he's feeling it instead of grinding for the sake of grinding. His new attitude paid off at the start of the new year, and he finally shipped a high roller. Negreanu took down PGT Last Chance Event #1 $10K NL Hold'em. The first event attracted 91 entrants and paid out the top 13 places. Negreanu got off the schneid with a $218,400 score. He edged out Daniel Smiljkovic heads-up for the victory and outlasted a final table that include Masa Oya, Justin Bonomo, Jonathan Cohen, David Peters, and Ike Haxton.
Artur Martirosyan took down Event #2 $10K NL and outlasted 88 runners for a score worth $211,200. The top 13 places paid out, and the final six included Michael Jozoff, Vitalijs Zavorotnijs, Stephen Chidwick, Victoria Livschitz, and Kristen Foxen.
Event #3 $10K NL attracted 82 entrants, and Samuel Laskowitz took down the third event for a score worth $205K. The top 12 places paid out, and Laskowitz defeated Ike Haxton heads up for the title. Seth Davies, Dylan Linde, Aram Zobian, and David Peters rounded out the final six.
Event #4 $10K NL attracted 78 runners and the final 12 got a cut of the prize pool. Dylan DeStefano shipped the fourth event for $195K. The final six also included Joey Weissman, Jim Collopy, Ren Lin, Aran Oganyan, and Masa Oya.
Event #5 $10K NL had 79 entrants and Artur Martirosyan was the last player standing for a second time in the PGT Last Chance series. He banked $197,500 for the victory and held off Sam Soverel in a heads-up joust. The final six included Stephen Chidwick, Alex Foxen, Dylan DeStefano, and Chino Rheem.
Event #6 $10K NL was the final event of the series and season, which attracted 79 runners and only the top 12 earned a payday. Nick Schulman and Chino Rheem chopped it up when it got down to heads-up play. Schulman emerged as the victory and won $161,500, and Rheem banked a little more ($170,300) for a runner-up finish. The final six included Arthur Morris, Alex Foxen, Samuel Laskowitz, Stephen Chidwick.
After six events in the PGT Last Chance, Martirosyan was in first place with 440 points and two victories.
Samuel Laskowitz finished in second with 307 points, and Dylan DeStefano took third with 276 points. They were awarded Dream Seats in the PGT Championship Freeroll as the two highest finishers on the Last Chance leaderboard who were not in the Top 40 overall on the PGT Leaderboard. Laskowitz was ranked #107 overall, and DeStefano was ranked #117 so they were rewarded for the clutch performance in the Last Chance series.
The PGT Championship $1,000,000 Freeroll begins today at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. First place pays out $500,000.