Daniel Negreanu Secures Second Title of 2024 With PGT PLO Win

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At the onset of 2024, Daniel Negreanu made a public pledge to prioritize ‘quality over quantity’ following a $2.2 million setback in the previous year’s poker tournament circuit. The 49-year-old, esteemed member of the Poker Hall of Fame, opted to reduce his tournament participation to ensure adequate rest and concentration—a strategy that seems to be paying dividends. With a focused approach, he has secured eight final-table finishes and clinched two titles this year. His first triumph occurred in the inaugural event of the PGT Last Chance series, mere days into the new year.

Negreanu, boasting six bracelets and two World Poker Tour championships, added another feather to his cap with his recent victory at the 2024 PGT PLO Series $5,100 pot-limit Omaha event. Emerging victorious amidst a field of 118 contenders, he pocketed $147,500, elevating his lifetime earnings to over $51.5 million and securing the seventh spot on the all-time poker money list.

Held over two days at the PokerGO Studio within the ARIA Resort & Casino Las Vegas, only six participants progressed to the second day out of the top 17 finishers who made the money.

Negreanu commenced day 2 with the chip lead, closely followed by Anuj Agarwal, while Lance Patel entered as the short stack. Patel was the first to exit, falling to Curtis Muller’s hand. Subsequently, Negreanu’s pocket aces triumphed over Dylan Weisman’s A-K-9-8 with ace-high spades, securing Weisman’s elimination in fifth place.

Muller’s fortunes reversed when his flush draw failed against Agarwal’s pocket aces, resulting in Muller’s fourth-place finish. Brutno Furth, after losing a significant portion of his stack to Negreanu, ultimately bowed out in third place.

Entering the heads-up play with a commanding chip lead, Negreanu faced a resilient Agarwal. Despite Agarwal’s initial surge, Negreanu staged a remarkable comeback, clinching a crucial double-up and eventually sealing the win with an ace-high flush in the final hand. Agarwal settled for the runner-up position, earning $91,450.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded on the final day:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 Daniel Negreanu $147,500 480 148
2 Anuj Agarwal $91,450 400 91
3 Bruno Furth $64,900 320 65
4 Curtis Muller $50,150 240 50
5 Dylan Weisman $38,350 200 38