The inaugural PokerGO Tour Pot-Limit Omaha Series is now officially more than halfway completed, with five of the nine tournaments on the schedule in the books. The most recent PGT PLO event to wrap up was the second of two $10,000 buy-ins on the agenda. A total of 112 entries were made in the event, creating a prize pool of $1,120,000. After two days of four-card action, Spain’s Lautaro Guerra Cabrerizo came away with the title and the top prize of $220,400.
This was the second-largest tournament score ever for Guerra Cabrerizo, trailing the $234,328 he earned as the winner of a €2,350 buy-in PLO event at the King’s Resort in Rozvadov back in 2019.
This tournament played out over the course of two days at the PokerGO Studio inside the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Day 2 action kicked off with seven players remaining and Finnish bracelet winner Joni Jouhkimainen in the lead.
Guerra Cabrerizo was essentially tied with Jesse Chinni for the shortest stack at the table to start, but he managed an early double-up to navigate his way out of the danger zone. Chinni was ultimately the first to fall (7th – $56,000), with his elimination coming shortly before Guerra Cabrerizo scored a huge triple-up with pocket aces to surge into the chip lead.
Four-time bracelet Josh Arieh’s double-suited A-K-Q-10 was outflopped by the single-suited A-K-J-2 of 2019 World Series of Poker main event sixth-place finisher Zhen Cai, who flopped a jack to take the lead and held from there to leave Arieh on fumes.
Arieh fought back into contention, first tripling and then quadrupling up. He then managed a double-up that afforded him enough space to outlast Bogdan Capitan (6th – $67,200), whose A-K-J-8 with clubs ran into the A-A-10-5 with spades of Guerra Cabrerizo. Arieh was soon all-in with K-J-7-2 rainbow facing K-7-7-2 with spades for Guerra Cabrerizo. The pocket sevens ended up playing to send Arieh to the rail in fifth place ($89,600).
Two-time bracelet winner Cliff Josephy soon followed in fourth place ($100,800. He committed the majority of his stack preflop, then got all-in on the flop with overcards facing the pair and flush draw of Guerra Cabrerizo. Josephy backed into two pair, but Guerra Cabrerizo improved to a jack-high straight to take the pot.
Cai’s run in this event ended when his K-10-8-8 rainbow was unable to beat out the 9-9-6-6 with hearts of Jouhkimainen. Both players hit a set, but Jouhkimainen’s nines were best and Cai was eliminated in third place ($123,200).
Heads-up play began with Guerra Cabrerizo holding more than a 2:1 chip lead on Jouhkimainen. The pair switched roles thanks to a double up for the Finn, but set-over-set saw the Spaniard surge back in front. When the stacks leveled out a bit, the final two struck a deal that saw Guerra Cabrerizo secure $200,400 while Jouhkimainen locked up $194,000, leaving $20,000 and the title to play for.
Not too long after the agreement was made, the pair got all-in after a flop of J104. Guerra Cabrerizo held AK109 for middle pair, overcards and a gutshot, while Jouhkimainen had Q1097 for the same pair with a lower kicker and an open-ended straight draw. The 6 turn and J did not help Jouhkimainen and he was eliminated in second place ($194,000). This was his second cash of the series, with more than $204,000 in earnings between the two scores. He now sits in sixth place in the player of the series race, while Guerra Cabrerizo climbed to third thanks to his victory for 235 PGT points. Guerra Cabrerizo also moved into 30th place in the season-long PGT points race thanks to this title run.
Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded on the final day:
|Lautaro Guerra Cabrerizo
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