PokerGO Cup Event #1: Daniel Negreanu returns to defend title

Jon Pill
Posted on: February 04, 2022 16:11 PST

The 2022 PokerGO Cup's first event — a $10,000 buy-in no limit hold'em tourney — marked the first serious poker Daniel Negreanu has played since the 2021 World Series of Poker. The GGPoker sponsored pro has been taking it easy for the last couple of months, working instead on his fitness regime and chess game.

The PokerGO Cup was able to pull him out of his restful seclusion in large part because Negreanu is the current holder of the PokerGO Cup.

His hopes of defending the silverware got off to a rocky start with a "no cash" result in Event #1, when some bad luck sent him to the rail in the mid-game of the tourney. The event ultimately went to Daniel Colpoys instead.

"No cash in @PokerGO Cup Event #1 on one bullet," tweeted Negreanu. "Back at it today for event #2. You can watch the final table soon @PokerGO headlined by @DarrenElias and @luckychewy."

In the money

Being a high roller event in the winter, most of the 77 entries were from big names too. Negreanu busted before the money bubble broke, along with folks like: Anthony Zinno, Ali Imsirovic, Jeremy Ausmus, Bryn Kenney, Chance Kornuth, Stephen Chidwick, and Sean Winter.

When Mitchell Halverson became the bubble boy, he left 11 players to battle it out for a cut of the $770,000 pot. First place was worth $200,200, but it was anyone's game at that point.

The eventual winner, Colpoys went into the 6-man final table in third place with 1.71 million in chips, almost even with Darren Elias (1.74 million). Everyone was in the shadow of Andrew Lichtenberger's enormous 3.8 million chip stack.

None of these three players was in much danger from the rest of the table until three-handed play when Elias hit the rail. That left Colpoys heads up with Andrew Lichtenberger.

Lichtenberger couldn't regain his lead and eventually succumbed earning $146,300 for his second-place finish.

You can watch the full final table on PokerGO.

PokerGO Cup Event#1: $10,000 complete results

Position Player Name Payout PokerGO Tour Points
1st Daniel Colpoys $200,200 200
2nd Andrew Lichtenberger $146,300 146
3rd Darren Elias $100,100 100
4th Matthew Wantman $77,000 77
5th Scott Ball $61,600 62
6th Michael Lang $46,200 46
7th Shannon Shorr $38,500 39
8th Jake Schindler $30,800 31
9th Cary Katz $23,100 23
10th Jesse Lonis $23,100 23
11th Wesam Abdallah $23,100 23

Featured image source: PokerGO