The PokerGO Tour was first introduced in 2021. The high-stakes-focused tour was a rousing success in its initial run and still managed impressive growth in its second year. The 2022 PGT season featured 175 events, with 24,998 total entries made and more than $426 million in prize money awarded along the way. This season concluded with the first-ever running of the PGT Championship, a $500,000 winner-take-all freeroll.
The event saw the top 21 from the final PGT invited to partake in the final showdown. Another unique wrinkle for this event saw the starting chip stacks determined by the qualifying players’ final PGT point totals. For example, top-ranked Stephen Chidwick’s 3,412 points saw him begin with 342,000, while Benny Glaser, who qualified thanks to his runner-up finish in the WPT World Championship just a day before this event, began with 165,000 thanks to 1,646 points. A full listing of the final PGT leaderboard for 2022 can be found on the tour’s website.
After two days of action, Jason Koon emerged victorious, capturing the trophy and the top prize of half a million dollars. The 37-year-old poker pro now has more than $41.9 million in lifetime tournament earnings to his name.
Koon came into the PGT Championship with the third-largest stack thanks to another strong year on the live high roller circuit. Koon cashed 18 times in PGT events, with three titles won and more than $6.7 million in qualified earnings accrued along the way. This $500,000 win was his fourth-largest cash of the year. His top payday in 2022 came when he took down the €150,000 buy-in short deck event at the Triton Series Madrid festival for $1,837,500. That victory saw Koon tie the record for the most Triton titles, joining Mikita Badziakouski with four wins on the high-stakes tour.