Jonathan Little Leads 2024 PokerGO Cup Race; Dylan DeStefano leads the final table of Event #6

The PokerGO Cup 2024 is entering its final few events, but just as exciting as the poker at the tables is the race for the overall PokerGO Cup title. In this fight, Jonathan Little is at the top of the table, but there are still two tournaments left in which someone can step up and overtake Little. One of those tournaments is Event #6, a $15,000 No Limit Hold'em Battle where Dylan DeStefano will lead David Coleman and Jeremy Ausmus at the final table this afternoon.

Jonathan Little builds up a slight lead over Cary Katz

In the battle for the PokerGO Cup, Jonathan Little used a win in Event #2 to collect the majority of his 277 points so far. In that tournament, Little earned 240 points, but two more prizes in Event #1 (a seventh place) and Event #5 (a ninth place) gave Little the impetus to secure first place. Without these other monetary winnings, another player with significant motivation would be in pole position.

That player would be reigning PokerGO Cup champion Cary Katz. Katz, who won this year's event No. 4, experienced serious carnage in 2023, winning the overall championship and the PokerGO Cup. He seemed particularly keen to retain that trophy and with this win in Event #4 he has put himself in a position to repeat as overall winner.

Here is the current status in the race for the PokerGO Cup 2024:

1. Jonathan Little, 277 points
2. Cary Katz, 252
3. Dylan Weisman, 240
4. Justin Zaki, 232
5. Alex Foxen, 185
6. Stoyan Madanzhiev, 184
7. Joey Weissman, 175
8. Daniel Smiljkovic, 156
9. David Peters, 142
10. Dan Shak, 139

Dylan DeStefano leads the final table of Event #6, with the Main Event beginning Friday

There are only two tournaments left in the 2024 PokerGO Cup series, and one of them ends at the final table on Thursday. Dylan DeStefano will headline a seven-player final table at the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas this afternoon, with the penultimate championship of this year's festival on the line.

The $15,000 buy-in tournament began on Wednesday and surprisingly, players were in their seats when the event began. Players decide (for some reason) that they can miss the earlier level tournaments because the SERIOUS play won't happen until a few levels are burned through. However, Event #6 had 26 players in their chairs and it was the cream of the high roller world.

Daniel Negreanu and Little shared the same spot, while Kristen Foxen (currently third in the PGT Championship standings), Poker Hall of Famer John Hennigan and Seth Davies occupied another table. Event #1 Champion David Peters, Jeremy Ausmus, Erik Seidel, Jesse Lonis and current PGT Championship leader David Coleman were arranged at the other tables. Once the tournament began, the remaining tables in ARIA were filled in, as was the tournament leaderboard.

By the end of the late registration period, 63 registrations had been received for the tournament (yes, it was an unlimited re-entry format). This created a prize pool of $945,000, the largest ever of the 2024 PokerGO Cup, of which the final nine players would receive a share. The eventual champion of the event will collect $302,400 and (perhaps more importantly) points toward the overall PokerGO Cup championship.

Justin Saliba brought the field into the money in the tournament and edged out Sean Winter in the money bubble. When Winter hit the rail, Nick Schulman ($28,350) and Sam Soverel ($37,800) were eliminated in ninth and eighth place, respectively, eliminated by DeStefano on both hands. DeStefano took the lead as the only player with more than two million chips.

1. Dylan DeStefano, 2.9 million
2. David Coleman, 1.24 million
3. Michael Brinkenhoff, 1.14 million
4. Jeremy Ausmus, 895,000
5. Seth Davies, 795,000
6. Justin Saliba, 555,000
7. Aram Zobian, 360,000

The final table meets again on Thursday at 12:00 p.m., with streaming action beginning with a one-hour delay at 1:00 p.m.

After this event is completed, players will stay awake for the 2024 PokerGO Cup Main Event. Event #8 on the schedule is a $25,000 buy-in tournament that will not only crown the festival's biggest winner, but also decide who wins the PokerGO Cup. The tournament starts at midday on Friday and should attract everyone who takes part is in the top ten of the cup standings, and there are still some who want to secure the final title.

(Photo courtesy of PokerGO.com)

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