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Samuli Sipila Wins His Second Title of 2024 PGT PLO Series

Finnish Player Leads Festival-Long Points Race With Victories In Events 4 and 7

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Samuli Sipila is now the clear leader in the festival-long points race at the 2024 PGT PLO Series after winning his second title in the span of a few days. The Finnish poker pro has now cashed for $434,140 in prize pool payouts across three in-the-money finishes, the most of any player to this point.

The Finnish poker pro backed up his win in the standard $10,100 pot-limit Omaha tournament for $240,300 on Mar. 24 by taking down the $15,100 progressive bounty event. He overcame a field of 74 entries in the high-stakes PLO knockout affair, earning $159,840 from the main prize pool and $239,000 in bounty payouts.

Sipila now has more than $1.2 million in lifetime tournament earnings to his name, with more than a third of that total having been earned within the past few days.

In between his two victories, Sipila also recorded a seventh-place finish in another $10,100 PLO event. He now has 544 total PGT points earned this series, which is nearly twice as many as second-ranked Dylan Weisman (277) heading into the final few tournaments of the festival.

This event ran over the course of two days inside the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas. The top 11 finishers made the money. Six-time bracelet winner and PGT PLO Series event no. 3 champion Daniel Negreanu was knocked out in sixth place ($33,300 and $31,000 in bounties) by Sipila to bring day 1 to a close.

After scoring that knockout, Sipila entered day 2 with nearly half of the chips in play. It took him just a couple of hours to convert that lead into the title. He knocked out every single opponent on his way to hoisting the trophy, starting with Sean Winter (5th – $46,620). Bracelet winner Christopher Frank (4th – $63,270) was the second-largest bounty earner of the day with $46,000. Sipila’s pocket aces held against the top pair of four-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman (3rd – $89,910) to give him just better than a 2:1 chip lead going into heads-up play.

Three-time bracelet winner Jim Collopy mounted an early comeback, winning a big pot with a full house of Sipila’s nut flush to overtake the lead. Sipila soon doubled back, though. Collopy turned one pair into a bluff on the river in the key hand, but ran into a straight for Sipila.

In the final hand the two contenders limped to a flop of AHeart Suit8Club Suit5Heart Suit. Collopy checked with QDiamond SuitJClub Suit8Spade Suit6Diamond Suit and Sipila bet 100,000 holding 10Heart Suit4Heart Suit3Club Suit2Spade Suit for a flush draw and a wrap. Collopy called and the 10Diamond Suit rolled off on the turn. Collopy checked and Sipila bet 380,000. Collopy check-raised all-in for 1,410,000 and Sipila called, having picked up a pair of tens to go with his draws. The 5Diamond Suit on the end improved neither player and Collopy was eliminated in second place ($159,840). He also earned $3,000 in bounties.

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

Place Player Prize Pool Earnings Bounties POY Points PGT Points
1 Samuli Sipila $159,840 $239,000 504 270
2 Jim Collopy $159,840 $3,000 420 177
3 Nick Schulman $89,910 $10,000 336 126
4 Christopher Frank $63,270 $46,000 252 89
5 Sean Winter $46,620 $9,000 210 65
6 Daniel Negreanu $33,300 $31,000 168 47

The PGT PLO Series Points Race Top Ten Sits As Follows After Seven Events:

Rank Player *Points Titles Cashes Winnings
1 Samuli Sipila 544 2 3 $434,140
2 Dylan Weisman 277 1 3 $274,105
3 Ronald Keijzer 246 1 3 $166,200
4 Lautaro Guerra 226 0 3 $209,850
5 Eelis Parssinen 216 1 3 $167,250
6 Christopher Frank 200 0 4 $174,520
7 Stefan Christopher 199 0 2 $198,250
8 Daniel Negreanu 195 1 2 $180,800
9 Isaac Kempton 190 0 2 $161,475
10 Jim Collopy 187 0 2 $169,740

Photo credits: PokerGO / Antonio Abrego.