John Racener Wins First PGT Title in Event #5: $10,200 Triple Stud Mix ($151,200)

John Racener is the latest 2024 PokerGO Tour Mixed Games festival champion! The celebrated bracelet winner and the 2010 World Series of Poker main event runner-up won the $10,200 buy-in triple stud event, taking home $151,200 as the winner. This event was a unique blend of seven-card stud, stud eight-or-better, and razz, putting players on the spot to show their versatile skill.

Racener’s victory added a significant sum to his bankroll, putting his career tournament earnings beyond the $11.7 million mark and catapulting him to 32nd place on the PokerGO Tour (PGT) leaderboard and sixth in the series-long points race.

The triple stud event was fierce, with the top six finishers earning payouts. The bubble burst with Dzmitry Urbanovics sixth-place exit, pocketing $25,200. The conclusion of day 1 saw Racener in a strong position, ranking third in chip count as they moved into day two at the prestigious PokerGO Studio inside ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas. Sitting at the top was John Hennigan, a six-time bracelet winner and the recent champion of the PGT Mixed Games $5,100 eight-game event.

Day 2 was a rollercoaster of emotions and strategies. Scott Lake was the first to depart (5th – $33,600), followed by Adam Friedman (4th – $46,200), a five-time bracelet winner who fell to Max Hoffman’s kings up in a stud hand. The game intensified during three-handed play, with Hoffman gaining momentum. However, despite leading earlier, Hennigan finished in third place ($63,000), marking his third cash of the series and leading the series-long points race with 207 points.

Heads-up

Racener and Hoffman started the heads-up battle with about the same number of chips, with the latter initially taking a significant lead. But Racener’s determination staged an impressive comeback, doubling twice and eventually taking the lead with a winning stud eight-or-better hand. The showdown in a round of stud saw Racener’s trip fours clinch the victory, relegating Hoffman to the runner-up spot with a respective $100,800.

Max Hoffman

PGT Mixed Games #5 – $10,200 Triple Stud Mix Final Results

PlacePlayerEarningsPGT Points
1John Racener$151,200151
2Max Hoffman$100,800101
3John Hennigan$63,00063
4Adam Friedman$46,20046
5Scott Lake$33,60034
6Dzmitry Urbanovich$25,20025

Hennigan Leads the Player of the Series Race

While John Hennigan couldn’t secure his second win of the series, his consistent performances have placed him at the top of the Player of the Series race. With his third cash of the series and a total of 207 points, Hennigan is in a prime position to potentially claim the series title, leading with just four events remaining.

John Racener’s first series cash has significantly boosted his standings, propelling him into the top ten, specifically in the sixth position with 151 points. Meanwhile, despite finishing second, Max Hoffman has shown remarkable consistency, securing his place in eighth with his double series cash.

The leaderboard remains highly competitive, with Adam Friedman and other top contenders like Jeremy Ausmus and Daniel Negreanu losing a few positions, but still in it to take on the trophy.

PGT Mixed Games Leaderboard

RankPlayerPointsWinsCashesWinnings
1John Hennigan20713$207,550
2Mori Eskandani20211$201,600
3Dan Zack19511$195,200
4Benny Glaser16402$164,325
5Maksim Pisarenko15212$152,100
6John Racener15111$151,200
7Jim Collopy13902$139,400
8Max Hoffman13202$131,950
9Jeremy Ausmus12601$126,000
10Adam Friedman12402$124,075

Event #6: $10,200 Triple Draw Mix

The final stage of $10,200 Triple Draw Mix at the 2024 PGT Mixed Games is about to get underway with Jerry Wong leading the final four. Wong sits comfortably with over half the chips in play, eyeing the top prize of $164,500 and the trophy. Close on his heels are Scott Lake, Max Hoffman and the player of the series so far John Hennigan. With $49,350 already locked in for the finalists, the competition resumes Tuesday 12 p.m. PT, promising a thrilling conclusion to this high-caliber event.

Jerry Wong

Final Table Chip Counts:

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Scott Lake1,080,000
2Max Hoffman785,000
3Jerry Wong3,625,000
4John Hennigan1,555,000

Images and results courtesy of PGT.com

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