Daniyal Iqbal Wins Record-Breaking PGT PLO Kickoff Event

The PokerGO Tour is hosting its first-ever series consisting entirely of Pot Limit Omaha events this week PokerGO Studio within the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The PGT PLO series kicked off with a $5,000 buy-in event that attracted 200 entries by the registration deadline, setting the record for most entries in an owned-and-operated tournament PGT Case. The huge turnout resulted in a $1,000,000 prize pool, which was paid out among the top 29 finishers. After two days of action, Daniyal Iqbal won the title and most of the prize money: $160,000.

Iqbal is an engineer from Rochester, NY who plays poker as a hobby. “I play PLO cash at home. Some home games. I’m an engineer, just here for a week to have some fun,” he said PGT Reporters after they prevail.

This win earned Iqbal many ranking points. With 720 card player With player of the year points, he is now in the top 200 in 2023 POY Race classification presented by Global Poker. He also earned 160 PGT Points, enough for climbing within the top 40 on this ranking.

The 200-strong field was reduced to just nine participants by the end of the first day of action, with Iqbal leading the way and several big names still in the running. Bracelet Winners and Poekr World Tour Champion David Williams was the first to fall (9th – $30,000) as his bottom pair and straight draw off the flop failed to improve against a higher pair from Finnish bracelet winner Eelis Parssinen.

Ethan “Rampage” Yau, a bracelet winner and popular vlogger, was the next to hit the rails. Yau’s pocket aces were overtaken by Peng Zheng’s two-color pocket kings.

Four-time bracelet winner Jeff Madsen cracked the pocket aces of bracelet winner Sean Troha (7th place – $40,000) before moving all in to face two-color pocket kings against another pocket pair of aces. The larger pair held against Parssinen and the field was narrowed down to five with Madsen earning $50,000 for his sixth place finish.

Zheng’s run in the event ended when his flopped middle set collided with Stanislav Halatenko’s flush and wrap draws. The flush came on the turn and Zheng (5th – $60,000) ended up failing to fill up.

Iqbal won a big pot against Parssinen to take the lead, narrowly leaving the Finn. He was soon all in with top pair and three live overcards, and faced an overpair to Iqbal. The turn brought Parssinen aces, but the river put Iqbal up to a winning set of nines. Parssinen earned $70,000 for his efforts while Iqbal extended his lead into three-handed action.

In Halatenko’s final hand, he moved all-in with Qdiamond suitJclub suit8thheart suit6diamond suit master the Kclub suitQclub suitQheart suit9club suit by Iqbal. The board fell 10heart suit6spade suit2heart suitKheart suit3spade suit and a pair of kings was enough to secure the pot for Iqbal.

The heads-up game started with Iqbal holding 17,700,000 against Rousso’s Koliakoudakis 6,500,000. An early double strike briefly turned the tables, but Iqbal soon regained and extended his lead. In the final hand, chips came in on a board of 10spade suit6diamond suit5spade suit4diamond suit with Koliakoudakis, the Jclub suit4spade suit4club suit2heart suit for lower set. Iqbal held Aclub suitQdiamond suit8thspade suit7diamond suit for the eight-high straight and a flush redraw. The 8thheart suit completed the board to secure the pot and title for Iqbal. Koliakoudakis earned $120,000 for second place.

Here’s a look at the payouts and leaderboard points awarded at the final table:

Location player merits POY Points PGT Points
1 Daniel Iqbal $160,000 720 160
2 Rousso’s Koliakoudakis $120,000 600 120
3 Stanislav Halatenko $90,000 480 90
4 Eelis Parssinen $70,000 360 70
5 Peng Zheng $60,000 300 60
6 Jeff Madsen $50,000 240 50
7 Sean Troha $40,000 180 40

Copyright: PokerGO Tour / Antonio Abrego.

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