Daniel Geeng Wins PGT PLO Series II Championship

Daniel Geeng had only one thing on his mind and that was winning the PGT PLO Series II Championship. To achieve that, he needed at least a second place in the last tournament of the series, the Event #9: $25,200 PLO Championship.

He started the final day as a commanding chip leader and not only Geeng secured a second place, but took the tournament down, capturing the $487,500 first place prize and clinching the Player of the Series title for a nice $25,000 championship bonus.

By the time the final seven players convened, the dynamic at the table was palpable, with Geeng and Harsheel Kothari jointly holding a dominating 60% of the chips. Kothari immediately amplified this dominance, dispatching John Riordan to the sidelines. As the table’s tempo accelerated, Eelis Parssinen’s fortunes ebbed, leaving him with an exit in fourth place, despite flopping a better pair and better flush draw, but succumbed anyway to Geeng’s timely turned two pair.

Eelis Pärssinen

The stage was set for Geeng to secure the PLO Series title as his stack swelled to over 80% of the chips in play. Veselin Karakitukov and Kothari attempted to chip away his leaed, briefly shifting the momentum, but their efforts seemed only to delay the inevitable.

Kothari’s resilient stand ended in third place, his top set of queens falling to Karakitukov’s set of kings, setting up a heads-up confrontation that was to be a brief affair. Both Geeng and Karakitukov flopped sets, but it was Geeng’s pocket kings that held firm against Karakitukov’s deuces.

2023 PGT PLO Series II Event #9 Final Table Results

1stDaniel GeengUnited States$487,500
2ndVeselin KarakitukovBulgaria$337,500
3rdHarsheel KothariUnited States$243,750
4thEelis ParssinenFinland$187,500
5thBenjamin JuhaszHungary$150,000
6thMark BerenteHungary$112,500
7thJohn RiordanUnited States$93,750

The 2023 PGT PLO Series II was a breakout moment for Daniel Geeng, marking his arrival on the high-stakes PLO scene. His stellar series, punctuated by a victory and four substantial cashes totaling over $850,000, saw him ascend to the pinnacle of the leaderboard.

Daniel Geeng’s 2023 PGT PLO Series II Results

Event #2: $7,600 PLO Bounty11th$22,35022
Event #3: $10,000 PLO14th$20,60021
Event #4: $15,100 PLO Progressive Bounty2nd$172,710 + $148,000 in bounties145
Event #9: $25,200 PLO Championship1st$487,500293

2023 PGT PLO Series II Leaderboard Top 10

1Daniel Geeng14$703,160481
2Benjamin Juhasz14$425,100365
3Eelis Parssinen15$423,380349
4Joao Simao15$340,650341
5Jim Collopy04$342,450321
6Adam Hendrix14$298,760304
7Zhen Cai13$283,800284
8Bryce Yockey13$283,575283
9Veselin Karakitukov03$402,400268
10Stephen Hubbard12$261,550262

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