Daniel Geeng entered the 2023 PokerGO Tour PLO Series II with just five lifetime live tournament cashes on his resume. In a week and a half, he nearly doubled that, cashed four times, won the final event, and advanced to the PGT PLO Series II champion crowned.
However, if there was anyone who was going to come out of nowhere and win the whole thing, it was Geeng. All five of his live cashes – three on the European Poker Tour and one on the World Series of Poker – came in pot-limit Omaha, so this series was clearly made for him.
His winnings in PLO Series II
Event #2: $7,600 PLO Bounty – 11th Place – $22,350
Event #3: $10,000 PLO – 14th Place – $20,600
Event #4: $15,100 PLO Progressive Bounty – 2nd Place – $172,710 + $148,000 in bounties
Event #9: PLO Championship worth $25,200 – 1st Place – $487,500
Joao Simao entered the PLO Championship event at the top of the series leaderboard with 341 points, but failed to cash in, leaving him stuck at that score. Benjamin Juhasz overtook him with a fifth place and ended up with 365 points in the ranking, but Eelis Parssinen and Geeng were still able to overtake him.
Parssinen was eliminated in fourth place, finishing just 16 points behind Juhasz, but Geeng’s win gave him 293 for the tournament and 481 overall, allowing him to finish outside the top ten and clinch the PGT PLO Series II title to back up.
Geeng began Monday’s action as the chip leader, holding nearly 30% of the chip in play. When the seven-handed final table began, he and Harsheel Kothari had about 60% of the chips. Geeng Juhasz eliminated all but five with a set of kings against a straight draw, beginning his endgame dominance.
Paressinen flopped a pair and the nut flush draw, but Geeng flipped two pair, leaving it down to three hands. At one point he had over 80% of the chips, but his two opponents brought him back to within a few points.
Veselin Karakitukov took on Geeng heads-up but only lasted three hands. In the final hand, both players flopped their sets, but Geeng had kings against Karakitukov’s deuces. They all got their chips and that was it.
PGT PLO Series II Event #9 – Final Table Results
- Daniel Geeng – $487,500
- Veselin Karakitukov – $337,500
- Harsheel Kothari – $243,750
- Eelis Parssinen – $187,500
- Benjamin Juhasz – $150,000
- Mark Berente – $112,500
- John Riordan – $93,750
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