Lautaro Guerra Cabrerizo Goes Back-to-Back to Win PGT PLO Championship
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The inaugural PokerGO Tour (PGT) Pot-Limit Omaha Series in Las Vegas wrapped up over the weekend with Ronald Keijzer of the Netherlands taking down Event #9: $2,200 5-Card Pot-Limit Omaha for $43,700. But the second half of the PLO Series has been all Lautaro Guerra Cabrerizo.
After his victory in Event #5: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $220,400, the Spaniard went on to win Event #7: $15,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty and the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship for respective scores of $228,000 and $518,750 and a total of $967,150 in earnings.
Factoring in bounties and the championship bonus on top of his three cashes, all wins, Cabrerizo walked away from the PokerGO Studio with $1,067,150 and the at the top of the PGT Leaderboard.
Read about the early winners at the PGT PLO series!
Cabrerizo Crushes PLO Series
Cabrerizo, who almost exclusively plays PLO tournaments, according to his Hendon Mob, had no recorded cashes inside the PokerGO Studio before the PLO Series kicked off. That changed when he bested the field of 112 runners in Event #5 and ultimately defeated Finland's Joni Jouhkimainen during heads-up play.
Cabrerizo was just getting started. The later Event #7 drew plenty of accomplished Omaha crushers — Yuval Bronshtein (8th - $45,600, Robert Cowen (7th - $57,000) and Isaac Haxton (6th - $68,400), to name a few — but it was once again Cabrerizo who came out on top.
Alex Foxen, no stranger to success in the PokerGO Studio, bowed out in third for $171,000. Isaac Kempton went out in second for $171,000 when he called off with trips against the straight of Cabrerizo, according to PokerGO live updates. Earlier in the series, Kempton finished fourth in Event #2: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty for $37,590.
Event #7: $15,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty
|PLACE||PLAYER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|1||Lautaro Guerra Cabrerizo||Spain||$228,000|
|2||Isaac Kempton||United States||$171,000|
|3||Alex Foxen||United States||$125,400|
|4||Jesse Chinni||United States||$102,600|
|5||Johann Ibanez Diaz||Colombia||$85,500|
|6||Isaac Haxton||United States||$68,400|
|7||Robert Cowen||United Kingdom||$57,000|
|8||Yuval Bronshtein||United States||$45,600|
|9||Michael Wang||United States||$45,600|
Cabrerizo had to be in good spirits heading into the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship, which drew 114 runners for a prize pool of $1.7 million. Among those who cashed in the PLO Championship were George Wolff (12th - $41,500), Jeremy Ausmus (10th - $62,250) and Josh Arieh (7th - $103,750).
Nacho Barbero and Jim Collopy were both looking for their second titles of the series after Barbero won Event #3: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha and Collopy won Event #6: $10,000 Mixed PLO / PLO8 / Big O, but Barbero fell in sixth place for $124,500 and Collopy was next out for $166,000.
After the eliminations of Chris Lee (4th - $207,500) and Krasimir Yankov (3rd - $269,750), it was a heads-up battle between Ren Lin and Cabrerizo that saw the Spaniard coming out on top for a career-best $518,750.
Event #8: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship
|PLACE||PLAYER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|1||Lautaro Guerra Cabrerizo||Spain||$518,750|
|2||Ren Lin||United States||$352,750|
|4||Chris Lee||United States||$207,500|
|5||Jim Collopy||United States||$166,000|
|7||Josh Arieh||United States||$103,750|
|8||Johann Ibanez Diaz||Colombia||$83,000|
|9||Maxx Coleman||United States||$83,000|
The PGT PLO Series closed out with Event #9: $2,200 5-Card Pot-Limit Omaha, which saw Keijzer defeating American Tommy Le to take home $43,700.
The victory gave the Dutchman his third cash of the series after a 16th-place finish in Event #2: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty for $10,740 and a 14-place finish in Event #7 for $22,800.
Cabrerizo currently sits atop the PGT Leaderboard with 774 points, in front of Cary Katz (693 points), Foxen (544 points) and Michael Wang (490 points).
Next up on the PGT schedule is the US Poker Open, which will run from March 20-April 3 and will feature No-Limit Hold'em and PLO events with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $50,000.
A full list of winners at the PGT PLO Series is available in the table below.
2023 PGT PLO Series Winners
|DATE||EVENT||ENTRANTS||PRIZE POOL||WINNER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|March 12||Event #1: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||200||$1,000,000||Daniyal Iqbal||United States||$160,000|
|March 13||Event #2: $5,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty||179||$895,000||Allen Shen||Canada||$91,290|
|March 14||Event #3: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||130||$1,300,000||Nacho Barbero||Argentina||$234,000|
|March 15||Event #4: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi-Lo||80||$800,000||Sean Troha||United States||$200,000|
|March 16||Event #5: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||112||$1,120,000||Lautaro Guerra Cabrerizo||Spain||$220,400|
|March 17||Event #6: $10,000 Mixed PLO / PLO8 / Big O||86||$860,000||Jim Collopy||United States||$206,400|
|March 17||Event #7: $15,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Bounty||114||$1,710,000||Lautaro Guerra Cabrerizo||Spain||$228,000|
|March 18||Event #8: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Championship||83||$2,075,000||Lautaro Guerra Cabrerizo||Spain||$518,750|
|March 19||Event #9: $2,200 5-Card Pot-Limit Omaha||95||$190,000||Ronald Keijzer||Netherlands||$43,700|
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