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Ronald Keijzer Wins PGT PLO Series $5,100 Progressive Bounty Event

Dutch Pro Earned $80,275 From The Main Prize Pool and $80,000 In Bounties After Huge Heads-Up Comeback Against Josh Arieh


It used to be a given that any bounties a poker player might have earned during a title run in a knockout event would essentially be a cherry on top of their much larger payout from the main prize pool. That is no longer the case with the proliferation of mystery bounty and progressive knockout tournaments in recent years. Take, for example, Ronald Keijzer, who earned $80,275 as the winner of the $5,100 pot-limit Omaha progressive bounty event at the 2024 PGT PLO Series. The Dutchman was awarded $80,000 in bounty payouts, bringing his total haul to $160,275.

This was the third cash of the series for the Dutch poker pro, who also finished third in the $7,600 buy-in bounty event and 10th in the $10,100 tournament. He has now cashed for $166,200 in main prize pool payouts during the series, accumulating 246 PGT rankings points. As a result, he moved into second place in the series-long points race.

Keijzer, a World Series of Poker bracelet winner from Rotterdam, now has nearly $2.1 million in recorded career tournament earnings. The top 24 scores on his resume have all come in pot-limit events, including the $475,033 payday he earned for winning the 2018 WSOP $3,000 PLO six-max event. Only nine of his 42 recorded cashes have come in non-PLO tournaments.

This latest four-card win saw Keijzer top a field of 139 entries. The top 20 finishers made the money, with only six advancing to the second and final day inside the PokerGO Studio inside ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas. Bruno Furth was at the top of the chip counts, with six-time bracelet winner Josh Arieh in second and Keijzer sitting on the second-shortest stack.

Keijzer scored the first knockout of the day when his pocket aces with spades beat out the double-suited pocket aces of Blake Hanson. Keijzerturned the nut flush to send Hanson packing in sixth place ($20,850).

Arieh scored a double knockout when his AClub SuitKDiamond SuitJSpade Suit5Club Suit bested the AHeart SuitKHeart Suit6Spade Suit3Heart Suit of two-time bracelet winner Ben Lamb (5th – $25,020) and ASpade Suit10Club Suit6Club Suit2Spade Suit of Furth. Arieh turned a king-high straight and improved to Broadway on the end to scoop the massive pot. He Held 13,875,000 after the hand, while Keijzer’s 2,340,000 was good for the second-largest stack.

Kamel Mokhammad was soon all-in with A-K-7-7 with nut spades. Arieh held J-10-7-4 with jack-high diamonds. He flopped a pair of fours and a wrap straight draw, then improved to trip fours on the turn. Mokhammad had outs to a flush, but the river brought a blank as far as he was concerned. He settled for $43,780 as the third-place finisher.

Josh AriehHeads-up play began with Arieh holding more than an 8:1 chip advantage over Keijzer. An early double for the Dutchman kicked off the comeback effort. He then won a sizable pot without showdown via an uncalled turn shove to further close the gap.

The next big blash saw all of the chips get in after an AClub Suit8Heart Suit7Club Suit flop. Keijzer held AHeart Suit10Heart SuitQDiamond Suit7Diamond Suit for top and bottom pair, while Arieh had JDiamond Suit10Spade Suit9Spade Suit3Spade Suit for a wrap draw. The KClub Suit turn and 2Club Suit river kept Keijzer ahead to see him double into a commanding lead.

Arieh doubled up to give himself some breathing room, but was soon all-in again. The final hand of the tournament saw Arieh’s chips go-in after a 5Spade Suit4Heart Suit2Heart Suit flop. Arieh held 10Heart Suit8Heart Suit7Diamond Suit5Diamond Suit. Keijzer had AHeart Suit7Heart SuitJClub Suit3Diamond Suit. The ADiamond Suit turn and 7Club Suit river meant that Keijzer’s wheel was good for the pot and the title. Arieh walked away with $80,275 from the main prize pool and $31,000 in bounty payouts.

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

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Ronald Keijzer $80,275 528
2 Josh Arieh $80,275 440
3 Kamel Mokhammad $43,780 352
4 Bruno Furth $33,360 264
5 Ben Lamb $25,020 220
6 Blake Hanson $20,850 176

Photo credit: PokerGO / Antonio Abrego.