Wednesday March 13, 2024 at 5:11 pm

The PokerGo Tour concluded their fun mixed-games high roller series over the weekend at the Aria Casino in Las Vegas. Even though Max Hoffman did not win any of the ten events on the PGT Mixed Games schedule, his two runner-up finishes and five overall cashes propelled him to the top of the leaderboard. Hoffman was crowned the 2024 PGT Mixed Games Champion.

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Max Hoffman - 2024 PGT Mixed Games Champon (Pic by @PokerGo)

One of the cool aspects of the PokerGo Tour is their leaderboard which rewards consistency instead of relying solely on victories. Sure, it's nice to ship a tournament, but pros know that an overall series is also determined by multiple deep runs, final table appearances, and how many times you cashed. In this year's 2024 PokerGo Tour Mixed Games series, the PGT declared an overall champion who never stepped inside the winner's circle.

Max Hoffman grew up in New England but he currently resides in NYC. He cashed in five out of the ten events on this year's PGT Mixed Games docket. He narrowly missed two victories and settled on a pair of second-place finishes in Triple Stud and Triple Draw. He also cashed in three other events with a fourth place, fifth place, and sixth place finish. All five of his cashes and twin near misses secured him enough points to claim the leaderboard title.

In Event #2 $5,100 8-Game, Hoffman advanced to the final table but was knocked out in fifth place which paid out $31,150. In the middle of the series, Hoffman got hot and cashed in three straight events with two close calls. He took second place in Event #5 $10,200 Triple Stud for a $100,800 score. He then came close once again with a runner-up finish in Event #6 $10,200 Triple Draw for a score worth $103,400.

In Event #7 $10,200 Dealer's Choice, Hoffman posted another deep run but he was picked off in sixth place for $28,200. In Event #9 $25,300 10-Game Championship, Hoffman secured his fifth cash and third cash in the six-figures range. He was knocked out in fourth place, which paid out $112,750.

Hoffman banked $376,300 in prize money during the 2024 PGT Mixed Games series. He finished in first place on the leaderboard with 331 points. He also snagged the $10,000 PGT Passport bonus prize.

Dan Zack, last year's PGT Mixed Games champ, missed a chance to win back-to-back leaderboard titles when he finished in second with 287 points. Jerry Wong was third with 261 points, followed by Johnny World (256) in fourth place, and Daniel Negreanu (252) in fifth place.

PGT Mixed Games Event #1 $5,100 HORSE attracted 87 runners and a prize pool worth $435,000. The top 13 places paid out. Russia's Maksim Pisarenko defeated Benny Glasser heads up for the first title and $117K. Daniel Negreanu cashed in fifth place.

Event #2 $5,100 8-Game attracted 89 players and a prize pool worth $445,000. The top 13 places paid out. Johnny World Hennigan finished in first place for a $120K score, and he outlasted a final table that included Adam Friedman, Ken Aldridge, Nick Guagenti, and Max Hoffman who took fifth place.

Event #3 $10,200 HORSE attracted 83 runners and a prize pool worth $630,000. Only the top nine places paid out with $201,500 set aside to the champ. PokerGO President Mori Eskandani snagged his first title with a victory and he outlasted a final table that included Jeremy Ausmus, Benny Glasser, Daniel Negreanu, and Jerry Wong.

Event #4 $10,200 8-Game attracted 61 entrants, who generated a prize pool worth $610,000 with $195,200 set aside to first place. The top nine places paid out. Dan Zack outgunned a final table that included Jim Collopy, Dylan Weisman, Josh Rhodes, Mike Gorodinsky, Chris Vitch, and Johnny World.

Event #5 $10,200 Triple Stud Mix had 42 entrants. They created a prize pool worth $151,200 and only the top six places paid out with $151,200 set aside to the champion. John Racener was the last player standing, and he edged out Max Hoffman heads up for the title. Johnny World took third place. Hoffman notched 101 points on the leaderboard.

Event #6 $10,200 Triple Draw Mix attracted 47 runners and a prize pool worth $470,000, which paid out only seven players. Jerry Wong snagged $164,500 for first place when he picked off Hoffman heads-up for the title. Hoffman secured 103 points for the leaderboard in his runner-up finish, which propelled him near the top of the overall points lead.

Event #7 $10,200 Dealer's Choice had a field with 47 runners. Only the top seven places paid out of the $470K prize pool. Phil Sternheimer locked up $164K for first place when he defeated Daniel Negreanu heads-up for the title and trophy. The final five also included Maxx Coleman, Adam Friedman, and Phil Hellmuth.

Event #8 $10,200 Big Bet Mix attracted only 37 runners and a prize pool worth $370K. The top six places paid out with $133,200 set aside to the winner. Dan Shak finally secured his first PGT trophy when he was the last player standing after he defeated Ausmus heads-up for the title and outlasted a final table that also included Daniel Negreanu.

Event #9 $25,300 10-Game Championship was the biggest buy-in of the series. The marquee event attracted 41 runners who generated a prize pool worth $1,025,000. Alex Livingston locked up $325,465 for his victory. Only five other players chased including Dylan Weisman, Dan Zack, Max Hoffman, John Racener, and Walt Chambers. Hoffman padded his lead with 68 more points for the leaderboard.

Event #10 NL 2-7 Single Draw attracted 28 runners and a prize pool worth $140K. The final four places were paid out with $63K set aside to the champ. Walt Chambers stepped into the winner's circle after edging out Brazilian pro Felipe Ramos heads-up for the title. With 63 points at stake to the winner of the final event, Hoffman was able to hold off Zack for the overall title.

2024 PGT Mixed Games Final Leaderboard

1. Max Hoffman - 331 points ($376,300)

2. Dan Zack - 287 ($348,950)

3. Jerry Wong - 261 ($260,150)

4. John Hennigan - 256 ($256,900)

5. Daniel Negreanu - 252 ($252,350)

6. Dylan Weisman - 233 ($375,935)

7. Alex Livingston - 232 ($335,590)

8. John Racener - 222 ($255,400)

9. Jeremy Ausmus - 215 ($214,800)

10. Mori Eskandani - 202 ($201,600)

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