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Philip Sternheimer Wins PGT Mixed Games Dealer's Choice Event

German Poker Pro Overcomes Daniel Negreanu Heads-Up To Win $164,500


Given that the PokerGO Tour Mixed Games festival is a celebration of all-around play, it is only fitting that the series included a dealer’s choice event. The $10,200 buy-in tournament included a selection of 20 games to choose from, with all of the most commonly spread variants, as well as some less frequently seen games like badeucy, badacy, and no-limit five-card draw high. From the 47 entries, it was Germany’s Philip Sternheimer who emerged victorious with the title and the top prize of $164,500.

Sternheimer defeated a stacked final table that included the likes of all-time World Series of Poker bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth (5th), two-time bracelet winner Maxx Coleman (4th), five-time bracelet winner Adam Friedman (3rd), and six-time bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu (2nd).

This was Sternheimer’s second cash of the festival. With 185 PGT points, he is now sitting in eighth place in the series-long points race. He also climbed to 28th in the overall standings for the 2024 season.

The final day of this two-day tournament saw five players return to the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Negreanu held the chip lead to start, with Sternheimer in second and Friedman close behind.

Hellmuth was extremely short coming into the day, and was soon knocked out in during a round of stud. He made two pair, but it was second best to the queens up of Coleman. Hellmuth earned $37,600 as the fifth-place finisher, growing his lifetime tournament earnings to more than $26.6 million in the process.

Despite scoring that knockout, Coleman was the next to fall. He got scooped by Negreanu in Omaha eight-or-better to finish fourth ($49,350). Friedman soon followed, with his A-Q running into the A-K of Sternheimer in pot-limit hold’em. The chips all went in before the flop, and neither player connected with a jack-high runout. Friedman, who won the $10,000 WSOP dealer’s choice event in back-to-back-to-back years, earned $68,150 as the third-place finisher. This was already his fourth final-table finish of the year. With 1,000 Card Player Player of the Year points, he climbed to 63rd place on the 2024 POY leaderboard presented by Global Poker.

Daniel NegreanuHeads-up play began with Sterhnheimer holding 4,180,000 to 2,865,000 for Negreanu. Sternheimer’s pocket aces got cracked by 6-4 in another pot-limit hold’em clash to see those roles reversed, but Sternheimer was able to battle back in front before beginning to pull away. The final hand came in a round of stud eight-or-better. Negreanu got all-in on fifth street with the boards as follows:

Negreanu: (9Diamond Suit8Spade Suit)7Spade Suit6Spade Suit7Diamond Suit
Sternheimer: (8Heart Suit2Spade Suit)8Club Suit3Diamond Suit7Heart Suit

Negreanu caught the 2Heart Suit on sixth, while Sternheimer with the 4Spade Suit to make a low. The JHeart Suit on the end was no help to Negreanu, and the QSpade Suit for Sternheimer brought the event to a close. With no qualifying low and the second-best high hand, Negreanu was eliminated in second place ($103,400). This was his sixth final table of the year, with one title won. He now sits in 14th place in the POY race and fifth in season-long PGT standings.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 Philip Sternheimer $164,500 300 165
2 Daniel Negreanu $103,400 250 103
3 Adam Friedman $68,150 200 68
4 Maxx Coleman $49,350 150 49
5 Phil Hellmuth $37,600 125 38
6 Max Hoffman $28,200 100 28
7 Jerry Wong $18,800 75 19

Photo credit: PokerGO / Antonio Abrego.