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Back-to-Back Champ: Nick Petrangelo Ships Stairway to Millions $100k Finale

Nick Petrangelo

One day after shipping a high roller in the Stairway to Millions, Nick Petrangelo wrapped up the series at the PokerGO Studio Thursday afternoon with a $1,026,000 victory in Event #8: $102,000 No-Limit Hold'em.

Not only did the high-stakes crusher go back-to-back and cash for nearly $1.6 million within a 24-hour period, but he was also the only player to cash four times in the eight-tournament series. However, he wasn't the only player to win consecutive events. Chance Kornuth took down Events #2 and #3 last week.

Petrangelo, who just cracked the $23 million lifetime mark for live tournaments, reached three straight final tables to close out the first-ever Stairway to Millions, a PokerGO series at the Aria Resort and Casino (final tables inside the PokerGO Studio).

Stairway to Millions Event #8 Final Table Results

PlacePlayerPrize
1Nick Petrangelo$1,026,000
2David Peters$570,000
3Sean Perry$304,000

Familiar Faces

Stairway to Millions began January 12 with a $1,100 buy-in no-limit hold'em tournament. The series gave lower-stakes players an opportunity to work their way up the ladder to the $102,000 buy-in finale by cashing each step of the way. Each time a player cashed, they earned a free seat in the following tournament.

In the end, however, no player climbed to the top of the ladder from start to finish, and the series-ending tournament final table was three players who are accustomed to playing for such massive stakes — Petrangelo, David Peters, and Sean Perry.

A total of 19 players took a shot at the six-figure buy-in NLH competition. Alex Foxen, the 2018 and 2019 GPI Player of the Year, bubbled in fourth place.

Perry ran into some tough luck and busted in third place ($304,000), setting up a heads-up match between Petrangelo and Peters, and the difference between first and second was a significant $456,000. Petrangelo would end up winning the battle and earned himself a seven-figure payout, bringing his series cashes to $1.8 million.

“It’s actually been a while since I had one like this," Petrangelo told PokerGO afterward. "Well, I guess in the Fall I did well in a couple, but we play so much now that my memory is pretty short. Every time you win, it feels great. I was looking forward to this series, and I’m looking forward to playing a lot of live [poker] in general this year. So no, the short answer is that it never gets old. It’s awesome. I’m really happy and fortunate that I’m running well.”

Stairway to Millions Final Results

DateBuy-InGuaranteeWinnerPrizeEntries
Jan. 12Event #1: $1,100 NLH$100,000Daniel Sepiol$28,500190
Jan. 13Event #2: $2,150 NLH$100,000Chance Kornuth$51,600129
Jan. 14Event #3: $4,200 NLH$100,000Chance Kornuth$80,64084
Jan. 15Event #4: $8,400 NLH$200,000Salim Admon$138,88056
Jan. 16Event #5: $15,800 NLH$300,000Michael Wang$219,30043
Jan. 17Event #6: $25,100 NLH$500,000Jake Schindler$287,50025
Jan. 18Event #7: $52,000 NLH$500,000Nick Petrangelo$567,00021
Jan. 19Event #8: $102,000 NLH$1,200,000Nick Petrangelo$1,026,00019

*Image courtesy of PokerGO.

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