The PokerGO Cup continued Sunday with the first of two $25,000 buy-in events, and like most other high roller tournaments at the Aria, the final table was stacked with top-ranked pros.
Despite the intimidating lineup, however, Jake Schindler had no problem dispatching them in quick succession and taking home the $324,000 first-place prize. He also won a $25,000 high roller event at Aria back in May for $310,500. With $27 million in career tournament earnings, Schindler is 17th on poker’s all-time money list.
“I pretty much just card racked,” Schindler admitted after the win. “I didn’t have many decisions. Everything went well.”
A total of 36 entries were made in the event, creating a total prize pool of $900,000. The final group was comprised of some of the best players in the game today including Daniel Negreanu, Sean Winter, Stephen Chidwick, David Coleman, and David Peters. After Sergi Reixach was eliminated on the bubble, the remaining six players were all in the money and guaranteed at least $45,000.
Schindler began heads-up play against Peters with a 3:1 chip advantage before extending it slightly to a 4:1 advantage when the final hand took place. Schindler limped the button with Q-J before Peters jammed for 19 big blinds with 6-6. Schindler quickly pulled ahead after he paired his queen on the 2-8-q flop. Neither the 5 turn nor the A river were able to improve Peters to a set and he was eliminated in second place for a healthy runner-up prize of $216,000.
|Place||Name||Country||Prize||PokerGO Tour Points|
|1||Jake Schindler||United States||$324,000||240|
|2||David Peters||United States||$216,000||158|
|3||David Coleman||United States||$144,000||105|
|4||Stephen Chidwick||United Kingdom||$99,000||75|
|5||Sean Winter||United States||$72,000||60|