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Artur Martirosian Wins Second Title Of PokerGO Tour Last Chance Series

Sam Laskowitz And Dylan DeStefano Find The Winner's Circle


A trio of $10,000 buy-in high roller events wrapped up this weekend at the PokerGO studio at Aria in Las Vegas as part of the ongoing PGT Last Chance, highlighted by Artur Martirosian’s second win of the series.

You can watch a replay of each final table on PokerGO or on PokerGO’s YouTube page.

Sam LaskowitzSam Laskowitz Wins Event No. 3

Thursday’s event drew a field of 82 entries, creating a prize pool of $820,000. The final 12 players made the money, earning at least $16,400.

Kristen Foxen finished 12th, earning her third consecutive cash of the series. She previously finished 13th in event no. 1, and sixth in event no. 2 to give her $87,400 in combined earnings.

Like Foxen, Daniel Smiljkovic also made it three for three, taking ninth place for $28,700. The German pro had previously finished runner-up in the first event to Daniel Negreanu for $150,150, and seventh the next day for $44,000.

After finishing seventh in event no. 1, Issac Haxton continued his assault on the high roller community with a second-place showing for $139,400. Haxton remains in pole position heading into the PGT Championship later this week, having earned nearly $16 million in 2023.

In the end, the title went to Sam Laskowitz, who banked $205,000 for the win. The American pro has been on a bit of a tear, winning the NAPT Resorts World $5,000 event in November for $180,850 and second in the Wynn Fall Classic mystery bounty for another $133,820 in October. He now has more than $1.7 million in career cashes.

Final Table Results

Place Player Payout POY PGT
1 Sam Laskowitz $205,000 480 205
2 Isaac Haxton $139,400 400 139
3 Seth Davies $106,600 320 106
4 Dylan Linde $82,000 240 82
5 Aram Zobian $65,600 200 65
6 David Peters $49,200 160 49
7 Jonathan Little $36,900 120 36
8 Chris Brewer $36,900 80 36

Dylan DeStefanoDylan DeStefano Takes Down Event No. 4

The fourth event of the series attracted 78 entries to battle for the $780,000 prize pool. The final 12 players made the money, including the red-hot Artur Martirosian, who finished ninth for $31,200 after already winning event no. 2. He would add to his series totals in a big way the next day.

Sam Laskowitz followed up his win with another final table, taking seventh for $39,000. He has recorded five final tables at the PokerGO studio since September. Although he remains far outside the top 40 of the PGT rankings, he still has a chance at earning a seat in the end-of-the-season championship freeroll by being one of the top 2 not-qualified finishers in the Last Chance series.

Masashi Oya, Ren Lin, and Jim Collopy were all making their second cash of the series. Collopy’s third-place finish for $101,400 was just enough to see him move into 40th place in the PGT rankings as the race winds down.

The heads-up showdown featured American pros Joey Weissman and Dylan DeStefano. DeStefano was able to get the best of the bracelet winner, dragging the final pot for the $195,000 first-place prize. Weissman settled for $132,600 as the runner-up.

This was DeStefano’s second largest career score, trailing only the $198,800 he pocketed in the PokerStars PSPC in the Bahamas last year. He now has $1.4 million in career earnings.

Final Table Results

Place Player Payout POY PGT
1 Dylan DeStefano $195,000 420 195
2 Joey Weissman $132,600 350 132
3 Jim Collopy $101,400 280 101
4 Ren Lin $78,000 210 78
5 Aram Oganyan $62,400 175 62
6 Masashi Oya $46,800 140 46
7 Sam Laskowitz $39,000 105 39
8 Erik Seidel $31,200 70 31

Artur MartirosianArtur Martirosian Wins Second Title Of Series

The fifth tournament on the schedule saw 79 entries, with 12 players making a share of the $790,000 prize pool. Among them was Nick Schulman, who was making his third cash of the series.

Lewis Spencer, Aram Zobian, Dylan Linde, Chino Rheem, and Stephen Chidwick also finished in the money, each marking their second cash. With his sixth-place showing, Rheem earned enough points to move into 38th place in the PGT rankings, essentially securing his spot in the season finale.

DeStefano followed up his win the day before with his third cash of the series, taking fifth for $63,200. He has now earned a combined $275,800 since the series began, putting him in the running for one of the final two Dreamseat wild card spots in the PGT Championship later this week.

All the chips eventually found their way to a familiar face in Artur Martirosian, who had already won event no. 2 earlier in the week for $211,200 and finished ninth in event no. 4 for $31,200. This time around he picked up $197,500, taking out Sam Soveral heads-up for his second trophy of the week.

It was actually his third tournament win in less than a month, having also won a bracelet in the $800 Flip&Go event at the inaugural WSOP Paradise series in the Bahamas. His biggest score came at the recent WPT World Championship main event, banking $1,207,000 for a sixth-place run in the main event.

Martirosian started off 2023 with two major final tables at the PCA for more than $1.5 million, and then added another $1.8 million combined after seven final tables at Triton Vietnam and EPT Monte Carlo. In the summer he finished second in the WSOP $250,000 high roller for $3.3 million, and then won a bracelet in the WSOP Online series in September for another $425,000. In total, the Russian pro now has $15.7 million in career tournament earnings.

Final Table Results

Place Player Payout POY PGT
1 Artur Martirosian $197,500 420 197
2 Sam Soverel $134,300 350 134
3 Stephen Chidwick $102,700 280 102
4 Alex Foxen $79,000 210 79
5 Dylan DeStefano $63,200 175 63
6 Chino Rheem $47,400 140 47
7 Dylan Linde $39,500 105 39
8 Arthur Morris $31,600 70 31

*Photos by PokerGO – Antonio Abrego