Daniel Colpoys wins PokerGO Cup Event #1 for $200,000
Daniel Colpoys outlasted the 77 entrants in Event #1 ($10,000 No Limit Hold’em) of the 2022 PokerGO Cup to claim his first career win and claim the top prize of $200,200.
Colpoys started the day third in chips with less than half that of the final table leader Andrew ‘Lucky Chewy’ Lichtenberger and only slightly behind the four-time WPT champion Darren Elias. But Colpoys played hard throughout the four-hour final table, often finding himself on the safe side against Lichtenberger and ultimately knocking out three of his last five opponents.
“I was sort of handcuffed at the start and then I got some momentum and ran pretty well,” Colpoys told PokerGO after his victory. “I am happy to withdraw it. I respect a lot of guys there. It was nice.”
It didn’t take long for the final table to get rid of its first player. With the blinds at 20,000/40,000 (40,000bb ante) Matthew Wantman put a raise to 80,000 holding the . Next to act was Michael Lang who, with about 15 big blinds, re-raised with his for just over 600,000. The action came down on Colpoys in the big blind and when he looked down at the , he announced that he was also all-in for almost 1.6 million. Wantman let go of his hand and the cards were on their back with Lang in danger. Before the flop even came, Lang patted the table, said “good game, guys,” and stood up. the The flop was of little help to Lang who indeed looked like he was about to go out. The turn was the , leaving Lang with just six outs, once. the finished the board and this time Lang was serious as he said goodbye, exiting in sixth place for $46,200.
After Lang’s departure, Ball Scott sat on the short stack and slipped under the 10 big blinds at 25,000/50,000 (50,000bb ante). After Darren Elias hit 100,000 to enter the cutoff with Ball 3-bet has shipped its last 460,000 with the . Both blinds folded and, after checking the amount, Elias called. The flop came giving Ball extra outings down the straight. “It’s an exciting flop, I’ll take it,” Ball told Elias. “It’s funny.” the tour added some cuts for Ball, but the river missed them all and Ball slid his chips to Elias and headed to the rail in fifth place to collect his $61,600.
The four-man game expanded into the next two levels as Lichtenberger increased his chip lead and the rest of the table fought for position. With the blinds up to 40,000/80,000 (80,000 ante), Colpoys picked up on the button and raised to 800,000, leaving himself with more than a big blind behind. Lichtenberger folded his small blind and Wantman, in the big blind and less than 10 big behind, chose to go all-in with his . Colpoys quickly committed the rest of his chips and the pair saw a flop of , keeping Colpoys in the lead and adding the nut flush draw to increase his lead in the hand. The turn was the completing the color and letting Wantman draw dead at the river. Wantman had a quiet exit in fourth place, good for $77,000.
At three, Colpoys and Elias cut Lichtenberger’s lead, closing in on the chip count. Eventually, Colpoys snatched the chip lead from Lichtenberger when the pair played a crucial pot in which Lichtenberger’s flopped trips were brought down by Colpoys who hit a flush on the river.
After a short break, the blinds went up to 50,000/100,000 and Elias was only sitting at 13 big blinds. After Lichtenberger folded his button, Elias moved all-in with the and was quickly called by Colpoys and his dominant . With Elias at risk, the pair saw a flop of , keeping Colpoys in mind but offering Elias some additional cut notions. This increased when the turn came on . However, everything got complicated for Elias when the hit the river. Elias settled for bronze and a score of $100,100.
After knocking out Elias, Colpoys held a big 16-chip lead over Lichtenberger going into heads-up play. The pair fought for the next level when Colpoys, with a 3.5 to 1 chip lead, found a lucky river to help seal the win.
PokerGO Cup Event #1 Final Table Results
- Daniel Colpoys- $200,200
- Andrew Lichtenberger – $146,300
- Darren Elias- $100,100
- Matthew Wantman – $77,000
- Scott Ball – $61,600
- Michel Lang – $46,200