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Dzmitry Urbanovich Denies Daniel Negreanu, Wins PGT Mixed Games Event No. 4

Polish Poker Pro Tops 56-Entry Field In $10,000 Eight-Game Mix Tournament To Earn $179,200


It came down to a clash between 2016 European Poker Tour Dublin champion Dzmitry Urbanovich and six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu in the $10,200 eight-game mix tournament at the 2023 PGT Mixed Games II festival. After an hour-long battle, it was Urbanovich who came away with the title and the top prize of $179,200.

This was the ninth-largest recorded score of Urbanovich’s career. It increased his lifetime earnings to nearly $7.4 million.

The Polish poker pro also earned 300 Card Player Player of the Year points for what was his fourth final-table showing of 2023. This was his first cash of the series, but the 179 PokerGO Tour points he secured were sufficient to move him into third place in the festival-long points race.

Negreanu took home $117,600 as the runner-up. He also locked up 250 POY points for his 11th final-table finish of the year. With 2,424 points and more than $840,000 in to-date POY earnings, the two-time POY award winner is now sitting just outside the top 100 in the 2023 POY rankings presented by Global Poker. Negreanu also climbed to 28th in the year-long PGT standings, with 22 qualified cashes for nearly $1.2 million in the high-stakes centric race.

Daniel NegreanuThe Poker Hall of Fame member and two-time World Poker Tour champion grew his career earnings to $50,487,491 with this most recent deep run. He currently occupies the fifth-place spot on poker’s all-time money list as one of only a handful of players to have surpassed the $50 million mark.

This tournament played out over the course of two days inside the PokerGO Studio inside ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. By the end of day 1, the bubble had burst and bracelet winner Dylan Linde (8th), bracelet winner Andrew Kelsall (7th), and six-time bracelet winner John Hennigan (6th) had been eliminated.

Three-time WPT champion and four-time bracelet winner Anthony Zinno (5th – $44,800) was the first to fall on day 2, getting the last of his short stack in preflop with pocket aces in pot-limit Omaha. Arthur Morris made two pair with his double-suited three-broadway holding to narrow the field to four. Max Hoffman was the next to hit the rail, with his pocket kings being cracked by the A-8 suited of Urbanovich. Hoffman was awarded $56,000 for his fourth-place showing.

Morris lost a couple of big pots during a round of Omaha eight-or-better to find himself on the ropes. He was ultimately scooped in another hand of the same game by Negreanu, heading home with $78,400 after he was unable to best kings up for the high and 6-5-4-2-A for the low. This was Morris’ fifth final table of the year, including a runner-up showing in the $10,000 pot-limit Omaha event at the WSOP for a career-best $809,167 payday.

Heads-up play began with Urbanovich and Negreanu on even footing. Negreanu edged out in front during a round of stud, only to have Urbanovich turn things around in pot-limit Omaha. The final hand of the tournament came in the same game. Urbanovich raised from the button with QSpade Suit7Heart Suit6Spade Suit5Heart Suit and Negreanu called with QDiamond SuitJSpade Suit8Spade Suit6Club Suit. The flop came down QClub Suit4Club Suit3Diamond Suit and Negreanu check-called Urbanovich’s continuation bet. The turn brought the 8Heart Suit to give Negreanu top two pair. He bet the pot and Urbanovich raised all-in with his top pair and wrap straight draw. Negreany called and the river brought the 2Heart Suit, improving Urbanovich to a six-high straight to earn him the pot and the title.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 Dzmitry Urbanovich $179,200 300 179
2 Daniel Negreanu $117,600 250 118
3 Arthur Morris $78,400 200 78
4 Max Hoffman $56,000 150 56
5 Anthony Zinno $44,800 125 45
6 John Hennigan $33,600 100 34
7 Andrew Kelsall $28,000 75 28

Photo credits: PokerGO / Antonio Abrego.