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2022 PGT Stairway to Millions: Samy Dighlawi Ships Event #4: $900 NLHE For $11,330

Samy Dighlawi
  • Naman Sharma September 13, 2022
  • 5 Minutes Read

Samy Dighlawi (cover-image) topped the 74-player field in the two-day-long Event #4: $900 NLHE at the 2022 Stairway To Millions at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas, walking away with an $11,330 cash prize and a seat worth $2,740 for Event #7. Kevin Thomas cashed $7,086 in second place and also got a free ticket to Event #7.

Dighlawi’s victory was a redemption of sorts, for he made a fourth-place finish in Event #2: $460 NLHE. He has been running hot in live tournaments this year as this was his 56th cash and 24th title win of 2022. His career-best score remains the $56,683 he won in the 2021 WSOP $1,000 NLHE Tag Team last year.

Jerry Dababneh and Yuzu Wang were two unlucky players who busted on the money bubble at the same time. They split the 12th place payout and the $1,640 seat, which resulted in each player receiving $1,249 and $1,248, respectively.

The $900 buy-in event registered a starting field of 74 runners. The $59,200 prize pool was distributed among the top 12 finishers.

The first four events of the series are already over, and Event #5 is underway. Young Gun Arsh Grover won Event #3: $900 NLHE, and we will hope to see him in action in Event #6: $1,640.

Final table Chip Counts

  1. Elvis Toomas – 2,510,000
  2. Samy Dighlawi – 2,095,000
  3. Robert Zeidman – 840,000
  4. Danny Chi – 675,000
  5. Francis Anderson – 660,000
  6. Kevin Thomas – 650,000

Final Table Recap

Danny Chi became the first final table casualty when he moved all-in from the big blind with for roughly 500,000, and Elvis Toomas made the call in the small blind with . The board ran , giving Toomas trips on the turn, eliminating Chi in sixth place.

Minutes later Francis Anderson moved all-in with against Kevin Thomas’ pocket rockets . With no surprises on the runout, Anderson walked out in fifth place.

Half an hour later, Toomas sent Robert Zeidman packing in fourth place after hitting the nut flush.

The next elimination came almost an hour and a half later when Dighlawi limped in from the button, and Kevin Toomas moved all-in from the small blind for 1,050,000. Thomas called from the big blind for 1,150,000 total, and Dighlawi folded.

Kevin Thomas

Elvis Toomas

The community cards opened , and Thomas completed an ace-high flush on the river, busting Toomas in third place.

The heads-up was a short battle; it took just ten minutes before the winner was decided.

The last hand of the tournament saw Dighlawi limping in with , and Thomas raised to 250,000 with . Dighlawi made the call. Thomas checked the flop , and Dighlawi bet 125,000. Thomas called to see the turn card open the . Thomas opted to move all in for 1,100,000, and Dighlawi called. The on the river gave Dighlawi the winning flush, relegating Thomas to a runner-up finish.

Samy Dighlawi
Samy Dighlawi


Final Table Results (USD)

  1. Samy Dighlawi – $11,330
  2. Kevin Thomas – $7,086
  3. Elvis Toomas – $4,616
  4. Robert Zeidman – $3,138
  5. Francis Anderson – $2,231
  6. Danny Chi – $1,662

Content & Images Courtesy: PokerGO Tour

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