Aram Zobian, the 2018 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Main Event sixth-place finalist beat 83 entrants to win $207,500 in the $10,500 No-Limit Hold’em High Roller tournament at the PokerGO Cup. It was his third biggest score in his poker career after winning $1.8 million in 2018. The Hendon Mob indicates that the player has over $4.2 million in lifetime poker tournament earnings.
Besides winning the hardware and money, Zobian also garnered 480 Card Player Player of the Year (POY0 points that improved his position in the 2023 POY race standings to 20th place. He amassed 208 PokerGO Tour points that raised his rank in the high-stakes leaderboard to second place.
Zobian is second in the PokerGO Cup player of the series race after Sean Winter, Event No.1’s winner. PokerGO Cup’s Event No.2’s large turnout made the top 12 finalists share its $830,000 prize money. Some of the entrants who won money and failed to advance to Day 2 included Masashi Oya (2022 U.S. Poker final runner-up), Ethan ‘Rampage’ Yau (bracelet champion and poker vlogger), and Ben Yu (four-time bracelet champion).
The Final Table’s Payouts and Ranking Points
1. Aram Zobian-$207,500, 480 POY points, and 208 PGT points
2. Punnat Punsri-$149,400, 400 POY points, and 149 PGT points
3. Kristen Foxen-$99,600, 320 POY points, and 100 PGT points
4. Seth Davies-$83,000, 240 POY points, and 83 PGT points
5. Andrew Moreno-$66,400, 200 POY points, and 66 PGT points
6. Cary Katz-$49,800, 160 POY points, and 50 PGT points
Action at the Final Table
Zobian had the largest stack when the final table’s action kicked off. Cary Katz got busted first after using A-10 suited to dominate Punnat Punsri’s A-9. The turn revealed a nine, and a blank river sent Katz home with $49,800.
Punsri extended his amazing run as he beat A-10 suited on the turn. Yet, he clashed with Andrew Moreno (2021 Wynn Millions Main Event champion) in a battle of the blinds.
Moreno used ASpade Suit10Spade Suit to make a 170,000 raise from the small blind with a 50,000 big blind ante and 25,000-50,000 blinds. Punsri used 10Heart Suit8Heart Suit to call, and the pair flopped 10Diamond Suit5Heart Suit2Heart Suit. Moreno used the top pair to wager 220,000, while Punsri used his flush draw and top pair to make a 575,000 raise.
The former made a 1,330,000 shove and the latter called. Punsri got a flush from the 9Heart Suit on the turn, which left Moreno drawing dead, and the 6Heart Suit became a formality. The latter finished fifth with $66,400.
Seth Davies followed Moreno in fourth place after losing to Punsri. The latter used pocket aces to min-raise on the button. Davies used pocket deuces to make a three-bet shove from 26 big blinds as Punsri snap-called.
The latter flopped top set and busted Davies. Kristen Foxen, a WSOP bracelet champion, fell to pocket aces after running AClub Suit8Club Suit into Zobian’s AHeart SuitADiamond Suit. Zobian opened on the button before calling Foxen’s 7x three-bet shove from a big blind.
The board ran out QSpade Suit10Diamond Suit7Heart Suit9Diamond Suit10Spade Suit and ended Foxen’s run in third place. Her elimination set up a heads-up match between Punsri and Zobian.
Punsri had a 5,915,000: 4,460,000 chip advantage over his opponent. But, they exchanged the stack lead several times before Zobian used flopped trip aces to win a huge pot and sent Punsri home as a runner-up with $149,400.
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