The latest 2023 PokerGO Tour (PGT) PLO Series II $10,100 Pot-Limit Omaha tournament featured 114 players. They included Bryce Yockey, who won the $239,400 top prize after being the last player at the final table.
It was his sixth biggest score after winning $511,147 in the 2017 World Series of Poker (WSOP) $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha Eight-or-Better Championship tournament. Yockey’s latest win increased his lifetime poker event winnings to over $4.1 million.
He collected 600 Card Player Player of the Year (POY) points that improved his position on the 2023 POY leaderboard to the top 1,000. Still, he amassed 200 PGT points and got in the top 100 position on the race standings. Moreover, this was the champion’s second score at the festival after finishing 19th with $11,175 in the $7,500 Buy-In Bounty PLO tournament.
The Event’s Awards
- Bryce Yockey-$239,400; 600 POY points and 239 PGT points
- Kyle Merron-$171,000;500 POY points and 171 PGT points
- Jeremy Ausmus-$125,400;400 POY points and 125 PGT points
- John Riordan-$102,600;300 POY points and 103 PGT points
- Artem Maksimov-$79,800;250 POY points and 80 PGT points
- Ben Yu-$68,400;200 POY points and 68 PGT points
- Alex Foxen-$57,000;150 POY points and 57 PGT points
What Unfolded on the Final Day?
Only seven players visited PokerGO Studio to compete in the event’s second day, Yockey leading at the chip standings. However, Alex Foxen’s run didn’t last for long as his ace-high spades lost a wrap draw to Kyle Merronm’s A-J-10-9 and finished seventh.
It was Foxen’s 21st score in 2023. He has 6,568 POY points and over $3 million in POY winnings now, hence being seventh on the POY leaderboard.
Jeremy Ausmus knocked out Ben Yu in the sixth position with $68,400. The former’s position on the leaderboard improved to third place.
Yockey got his first knockout after his wrap draw and top pair defeated Artem Maksimov’s flush draw, hence busting him in fifth place with $79,800. Merron was the stack leader at that time. He extended it when his top set of kings dominated John Riordan’s card and sent him packing in fourth place.
Ausmus overtook Merron’s stack size for a few minutes before he lost a clash to him and dropped to third place. The former used ASpade Suit8Diamond Suit7Heart Suit6Diamond Suit to move all-in on the KDiamond Suit6Spade Suit3Diamond Suit flop against Yockey’s QDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit8Club Suit3Club Suit.
KHeart Suit landed on the turn before the 5Diamond Suit river earned Yockey the pot and a higher flush. Ausmus finished third with $125,400 after reaching his 20th final table in 2023.
Yockey had a vital chip advantage over Merron when their heads-up action began. Even so, the duo put their chips in the KHeart Suit10Diamond Suit5Diamond SuitASpade Suit board as Merron used QSpade Suit7Diamond Suit5Spade Suit5Heart Suit to seek the bottom set. Unfortunately, the 2Diamond Suit failed to pair the board, and Merron finished second with $171,000.