Players Gathered in Vegas for the Second Edition of PGT Mixed Games
The PGT Mixed Games series first debuted in February of this year. With an impressive turnout of mixed poker fans, PokerGO Tour organizers quickly began planning the second edition for this fall. And so, on October 5, the mixed games championship started, which consist of nine tournaments and will last until October 14. The festival program includes events with different formats and buy-ins from $5,000 to $25,000. At this moment, the first three tournaments have already been played and according to all tendencies, the second iteration of PGT Mixed Games will be no less successful than the first.
The $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. tournament opened the series (where rounds of Limit Hold'em, Limit Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, Stud and Stud Hi-Lo are played alternately). 72 players expressed their desire to play in this format, 11 of whom got into ITM. To determine the champion, it took two days of play and in the end it was the American David Funkhauser. He received $187,200 for his victory. It is worth noting that David was able to obtain the coveted title in the fight against strong and experienced opponents. among them are Anthony Zinno, Eli Elezra and Paul Volpe. The 4th place in this tournament was taken by another famous American – Chino Rheem, who became the winner of the next event.
Rheem confirmed his claims to the title of the best player of the PokerGO Tour 2023 by winning the $10,000 Big Bet Mix tournament (where 8 types of poker are mixed at once). Rheem beat a field of 57 entries and earned $171,000. It was the 43-year-old's 10th final table of the year and seventh in the last three weeks. By the way, here among the finalists one could notice Stephen Chidwick, who recently demonstrated excellent results and became the best player in the Poker Masters series.
And in the third tournament, a mix of ten games with a buy-in of $5,100, 72 participants took part, creating a prize pool of $360,000. The largest share of this fund went to David Prociak, who received $93,600 for his victory. This victory did not even make it to Prociak's top five tournament winnings, as the WSOP bracelet holder has already earned more than $2.1 million in his career.
It is also worth noting that the PGT Mixed Games competition is part of the PokerGO Tour schedule, and its prize-winners and winners receive corresponding points for the "Best Player of the Year" rating.
The changing dynamics with each different game make Mixed Games particularly challenging and engaging, as players need to adjust their strategies continually.