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Run-It Once coach and poker pro Dylan Linde (cover image) ran past the 53-entry field in Event #3: $10K NLHE of the inaugural PokerGO Cup to win $169,600. The event is taking place at the PokerGO Studio at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, and the final table of all the featured events is being streamed (with delay) on PokerGO.
Linde defeated the 2019 Poker Master Purple Jacket winner Sam Soverel (runner-up for $111,300) heads-up to collect 170 PokerGO Tour leaderboard points. This was the third consecutive ITM finish for Soveral in the ongoing series.
His other scores include:
> 7th in Event #2 for $30,500
> 9th in Event #1 for $26,400
Dylan Linde, a well-known name in India for his association with the Poker Sports League – he was the wild card team member of the Goan Nuts in Season 2 – bagged his second score at the series with this win. He had placed third in Event #2 for $85,400. He moves to the top of the 2021 PokerGO Cup leaderboard standings with $255K in series earnings and 255 points after this win.
According to Linde`s Hendon Mob profile, this was the third-biggest live score for the Las Vegas-based poker pro. He had won a career-best $1,631,468 in the 2018 WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic Main Event, with his 2016 WSOPC Horseshoe Hammond Main Event victory for $348,269 being his second biggest win. The former Idaho native Linde now boasts $4,653,408 in live tournament earnings.
Talking about how his game has matured over the years, Linde in the post-match interview said, “It’s been a huge evolution for me,” and added, “I’ve done a lot of studying and worked with a lot of players who are a lot better than I am. I’m just lucky to be friends with some very good players that have helped me improve a lot, especially during lockdown when I just spent a lot of time studying and playing online.”
Linde also said, “Besides money keeping me motivated (laughs), I’m a competitor,” and added, “Before I played poker, I was into competitive video games and stuff. I just like to win. That’s why I like tournaments more than cash games. I like the idea of first place.”
As for the runner-up finisher, Sam Soveral, this was his ninth FT finish of the year. He currently sits at #7 on the PokerGo Tour leaderboard standings with $1,336,896 in earnings and 1,020 leaderboard points. He is also ranked #4 in the 2021 PokerGO Cup leaderboard standings, with 168 points.
Only the top eight finishers were set to receive payouts from the $530,000 prize pool. Seth Davies was eliminated on the money bubble, assuring the remaining eight places a min-cash worth $21,200.
GGPoker Ambassador Daniel Negreanu was the first player to bust in the money in eighth place for $21,200. His elimination marked the end of Day 1 play.
The 2019 Poker Master Purple Jacket winner Sam Soverel bagged the overnight chip lead with Steve Zolotow (3rd for $74,200), Bill Klein (4th for $53,000), Sergi Reixach (5th for $42,400), Cary Katz (6th for $31,800), and Chris Brewer (7th for $26,500) also in contention.
You can watch the first one hour of the final table action below. To watch the complete FT replay, you will need to subscribe to PokerGO.
Sam Soveral held a dominating 3:1 chip lead over Dylan Linde at the start of the heads-up play, but the latter managed to bridge the gap quickly. Linde doubled up and took the chip lead when Soverel’s top pair ran into his flopped two pair.
Linde ran up the chip lead till Soverel was left with just six BBs. The final hand saw Soveral moving all-in with , but Linde made an easy call with . The board ran getting Linde a pair of tens for the win.
Final Table Results (USD)
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