Seth Davies Wins PGT PLO Series $25,000 Buy-In Championship Event

Prior to the $25,000 buy-in championship of the 2024 PokerGO Tour Pot-Limit Omaha Series, Seth Davies hadn’t clinched any of his top ten tournament scores with a victory. However, this streak came to an end as he emerged triumphant from a field of 72 entries in the high-stakes PLO event, securing the top prize of $522,000. This win marked his 10th largest payday in his poker career, which now boasts nearly $25.8 million in lifetime earnings, including his World Poker Tour main event championship.

This victory marked Davies’ first title and ninth final-table finish of the year. With 2,814 Card Player Player of the Year points and over $1.7 million in year-to-date POY earnings, he now stands at sixth place in the 2024 POY standings presented by Global Poker. Additionally, his win propelled him to sixth place on the season-long PGT leaderboard, earning 590 points over four qualified cashes in that points race.

While this was Davies’ only cash in the PGT PLO Series, the 313 points he accumulated were enough to secure him third place in the overall points standings for the festival. He was outperformed only by multi-event champions Samuli Sipila (1st – 749 points) and Eelis Parssinen (2nd – 565 points). Sipila’s dominance included victories in a $10,000 buy-in standard PLO event and the $15,000 buy-in PLO progressive bounty event, amassing $776,140 in total prize money, the highest among all players, along with $239,000 in bounty payouts. He was crowned the series champion, earning a trophy and a $10,000 PGT Passport.

The event drew a solid turnout, resulting in a prize pool of $1,800,000. The top 11 finishers made it into the money, with Tomas Ribeiro being eliminated on the $54,000 bubble. Day 1 action concluded with Lou Garza exiting the tournament with that sum. Davies held the chip lead as the remaining 10 contenders advanced to day 2.

He maintained a top position as the field combined onto a single table. Two-time bracelet winner Joao Simao finished in sixth place ($72,000) after being eliminated by Stefan Christopher. Shortly after, Davies’ two pair prevailed against Sean Winter’s overpair of aces (6th – $90,000), narrowing the field to five.

Allan Le found himself in a tough spot after losing a significant pot to Sipila. In a subsequent hand, Le went all-in against Sipila on a board showing A♣️7♠️3♥️7♣️. Despite making a flush on the river with Q♣️, Le’s hand was second best to Sipila’s aces full of sevens. Le, who won the series’ kickoff event, collected $126,000 for his fifth-place finish.

Stefan Christopher was the next to exit after shoving preflop with A-J-10-5 and flopping jacks up, only to be beaten by Bruno Furth’s flopped queens up with A-Q-J-6. Christopher received $171,000 for his third final-table finish of the series.

Despite eliminating Christopher, Furth was eventually eliminated in third place. In a crucial hand, his jacks full of fours were bested by Davies’ higher full house, resulting in Furth earning $243,000 for his third final-table appearance of the festival.

Heads-up play commenced with Sipila holding 8,170,000 chips to Davies’ 6,225,000. After winning a significant pot with queens full of fours, Davies began to pull ahead, only for Sipila to reclaim the lead before a pivotal hand turned the tide. Davies doubled up into a commanding lead with A♦️A♣️J♣️3♦️ against Sipila’s K♥️K♦️10♥️10♦️ on a 8♠️8♣️6♦️7♠️5♥️ board. Despite a brief double-up by Sipila, he soon found himself all-in again. The final hand saw Davies’ K♠️K♣️6♣️ trumping Sipila’s A♠️Q♦️7♥️4♠️ on a 7♦️6♠️5♠️ flop, securing Davies the victory and Sipila a career-high payday of $342,000 as the runner-up.

Here are the payouts and rankings points awarded to the top six finishers:

PlacePlayerEarningsPOY PointsPGT Points
1Seth Davies$522,000588313
2Samuli Sipila$342,000490205
3Bruno Furth$243,000392146
4Stefan Christopher$171,000294103
5Allan Le$126,00024576
6Sean Winter$90,00019654

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