Leo Taffe gained the BetMGM Poker Championship on Tuesday on the PokerGO Studio close to Aria.
Taffe, an internet poker grinder from Michigan, defeated Mike Vanier heads-up to seize the $560,442 first prize.
Previous to Tuesday, Taffe’s largest stay rating got here in February when he completed third within the $1,700 buy-in WSOP Circuit Cherokee (North Carolina) Predominant Occasion for greater than $182,000.
Taffe entered the seven-player closing desk with practically half of the chips in play and was chargeable for 4 of the six eliminations as he picked up a number of massive pocket pairs at opportune occasions.
On the ultimate hand, Taffe held pocket aces and shortly known as when Vanier went all-in after the flip with a pair of fives on a board of 10-4-5-Ok. Vanier earned $392,704.
Mo Zhou of China was third, and Stephen Track, the 2022 World Poker Index participant of the yr, completed fourth.
The event drew 1,026 entries, 3 times the scale of final yr’s inaugural event, and smashed its $2 million prize pool assure.There have been 94 BetMGM Poker on-line qualifiers within the discipline, together with 13 who made the cash. Among the many notables have been former main league infielder Jason Kipnis, who went out in 107th place ($6,534).
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