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The 52-year-old acclaimed English sports bettor Tony Bloom (cover image) is the latest winner at the ongoing 2022 PokerGO Tour (PGT) Poker Masters! The chairman of Brighton & Hove Albion took down Event #8: $25,000 PLO at the PokerGO Studio inside the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, outlasting a 40-entrant field to win his first PGT title for $360,000 (his third-best live score). 2019 WSOP Main Event third-place finisher Alex Livingston came second for $240,000.
Bloom’s first recorded score came back in 1994. Since then, he has been on and off the felts. His career-best finish of $964,296 was recorded in 2011 when he placed second in the AU$100,500 NLHE event at the Aussie Millions Poker Championship in Melbourne. Interestingly, Bloom ended an over 11-year-long title drought after his latest win.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing poker, but life sometimes – there’s a lot going on with business, the football club, a young family, and then COVID, obviously,” Bloom said regarding his day-to-day priorities. “I don’t play online, so there are not so many opportunities. I’m just happy to be in Vegas for a week meeting up with some friends. I just heard about this tournament three days ago, and pot-limit Omaha is my favorite game. Tough field, but I said I’ll give it a go.”
“I know the poker world has moved on a lot since I used to play pot-limit Omaha a long time ago, maybe 25-30 years ago, so it was a big challenge,” Bloom said. “A lot of these guys are obviously professional, and they’re playing all the time, but I got into it. Particularly when I got into the lead, later on, I could use my chip advantage, and that’s muscle memory for remembering how I did things a long time ago.”
The $25K buy-in PLO event attracted 40 entrants, creating a prize pool of $1,000,000. The top 6 finishers earned payouts.
Alex Livingston (291 Points) now sits on top of the Poker Masters leaderboard standings with three cashes at series. Previously he had finished third in Event #3, the other pot-limit Omaha event on this Poker Masters schedule, and fifth in Event #5: $10,000 8-Game. And his second-place finish in Event #8 enabled him to the top spot. Andrew Lichtenberger (279 Points) and Cary Katz (271 Points) round the top three leaderboard spots.
You can watch the one-hour preview of the final table live stream below. The complete stream is available by subscription on the PokerGo app.
Final Table Results (USD)
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