Record-Breaking First-Ever PokerGO PLO Event; Recreational Daniyal Iqbal wins $160,000 13 Mar

The first-ever PokerGO Tour PLO series kicked off this weekend with record-breaking numbers as the opening event attracted 200 entries that generated a $1,000,000 prize pool. The nine-event schedule series was created by recommendations from the players who expressed a need for high-stakes Omaha series, and they were clearly right!

After coming to the final table of a $5,000 PLO event as a chip leader, Daniyal Iqbal eventually ended the day with all the chips in his possession and took home the first PLO trophy and $160,000 for the victory.

Iqbal is a recreational player, who plays PLO cash at his home games. He still came on top at the finale table full of PLO monsters like Eelis Pärssinen, Stanislav "shrekpoker91" Halatenko, WSOP bracelet winners Jeff Madsen, Sean Troha, and David Williams.

"I'm an engineer, just here for a week to have some fun," said Daniyal after his win. Despite the win, he won’t be able to chase the PGT PLO championship title as he needs to return to work. "I'll play the week, but I've still got work so I've gotta go back. Can't play every day." 

2023 PGT PLO Series Event #1: $5,000 Final Results

Place Name Country PGT Points Prize
1st Daniyal Iqbal United States 160 $160,000
2nd Roussos Koliakoudakis Greece 120 $120,000
3rd Stanislav Halatenko Ukraine 90 $90,000
4th Eelis Parssinen Netherlands 70 $70,000
5th Peng Zheng United States 60 $60,000
6th Jeff Madsen United States 50 $50,000
7th Sean Troha United States 40 $40,000
8th Ethan Yau United States 40 $40,000
9th David Williams United States 30 $30,000

The inaugural PGT PLO series is already the third series of the 2023 PokerGO Tour season after high rollers started the year with the PokeGO Cup and continued with the PGT Mixed Games series.

There are eight events still to go in the series, which will conclude on March 19 with a one-day $2,200 5-Card PLO tournament that won’t count towards PLO or PGT leaderboard.