Michael Wang and Chance Kornuth Shine At Stairway To Millions Series

The Stairway To Millions first debuted within the early weeks of 2022 as a part of the PokerGO Tour. The sequence includes a distinctive layout that sees gamers who make the cash in each and every match earn a seat into the following match at the agenda that includes a higher buy-in.

That preliminary competition noticed Nick Petrangelo emerge victorious in either one of the overall two occasions, successful the trophy and a blended $1.8 million throughout 4 final-table appearances.

The moment iteration was once just lately held on the Venetian® Resort Las Vegas. This time round, a brand new wrinkle was once added that noticed the highest 3 finishers in each and every match qualify to skip a degree totally.

The sequence was once at first scheduled to function 12 occasions, however the last two tournaments have been in the long run canceled. Before the sequence wrapped up, alternatively, a number of large names controlled to place in combination spectacular runs, together with two gamers who each and every earned their 0.33 S2M titles. Below is a have a look at the consequences from occasions 1-10.

The sequence kicked off with a couple of $460 buy-in no-limit hang’em occasions. Event no. 1 a box of 93 entries, construction a prize pool of $37,200.

The greatest percentage of that was once in the long run gained by way of Francis Anderson, who completed 0.33 on this 12 months’s World Series of Poker ‘Monster Stack’ for $449,912. He added any other $6,702 to his profession totals with this win, whilst additionally securing a seat into his number of both match no. 5 – 6, either one of which featured $1,640 buy-ins.

Anderson just about went back-to-back, however in the long run completed because the runner-up in match no. 2, which sported the similar buy-in. He added any other $4,071 and an extra long term seat, whilst eventual champion John Yelaney took house $6,417 after beating out 94 entries. This was once his first recorded reside event victory.

Arsh GroverArsh Grover completed 0.33 in match no. 2, and promptly became round and took down the following event at the time table: match no. 3. Grover was once one in all 82 entries within the $900 buy-in match. He took house $12,510 and a $2,740 seat in match no. 7 because the champion. This was once the third-largest ranking of his profession.

The moment $900 buy-in at the agenda drew 74 entries, with 2021 WSOP tag-team match winner Sami Dighlawi coming away with the identify and the highest payout of $11,330 to move together with his long term access. Francis Anderson secured his 0.33 final-table end of the sequence by way of putting 5th for $2,231 and a long term seat.

Michael Wang turned into the primary participant to ever win a Stairway To Millions identify at two other venues when he took down match no. 5, a $1,640 buy-in. The two-time bracelet winner had prior to now gained a $15,000 buy-in match right through the preliminary operating of this match, which was once held at ARIA Resort & Casino. Wang earned $22,986 and a $5,350 seat in match no. 8 because the champion.

Michael WangThe very subsequent day, Wang as soon as once more discovered himself with all of the chips within the moment $1,640 buy-in match at the agenda, including any other $22,458 and changing into the 0.33 participant within the younger historical past of the sequence to win back-to-back occasions.

Three-time bracelet winner and World Poker Tour champion Chance Kornuth and the prior to now discussed Nick Petrangelo accomplished the feat right through the inaugural Stairway To Millions. The pair of wins noticed him building up his profession profits to greater than $4.6 million, whilst making him the one three-time winner within the sequence. That lasted just a day, alternatively.

Event no. 7 noticed 92 entries made on the $2,740 worth level. In the top, it was once none as opposed to Chance Kornuth who got here away with the identify. He earned $45,373 and a seat within the $10,400 buy-in match. He additionally joined Wang as the second one participant with 3 wins in Stairway To Millions tournaments.

This was once his fourth total identify of the 12 months, with seven final-table finishes and just about $2 million in to-date POY profits. As a outcome, Kornuth moved into sixteenth position within the 2022 POY race standings.

Kornuth now has greater than $12.1 million in recorded profits to his identify. Joining him on the last desk have been the likes of WPT Venetian champion Qing Liu (eighth), widespread high-stakes event contender Bill Klein (seventh), Venetian excessive curler match winner Victoria Livschitz (fifth), and fresh winner Sami Dighlawi (4th).

Chance Kornuth

The $5,350 buy-in match drew a box of 42 entries. Andre Butler got here out on most sensible in any case, outlasting a stacked last desk to protected the identify, the highest prize of $60,945, and access into match no. 10.

This was once the second-largest ranking on his event resume, trailing most effective the $176,000 the Evanston, Illinois resident earned because the third-place finisher in a 2021 Venetian DeepStack Championship II $1,100 buy-in match. Butler now has greater than $400,000 in recorded profits after topping the likes of Francis Anderson (fifth), high-stakes common Adam Hendrix (4th), Michael Wang (third), and bracelet winner Stephen Song (2d).

Michael RoccoThe $10,400 buy-in match drew 18 entries, which led to simply the highest 3 making the cash. Francis Anderson was once knocked out at the efficient $50,700 bubble, falling simply in need of securing his 5th money of the sequence.

Michael Rocco was once the closing participant status on this match, incomes $87,750 in overall payouts when factoring in that the $26,000 seat he gained was once transformed right into a money payout after that match was once canceled. Rocco now has greater than $3.1 million in overall event profits in consequence. Adam Hendrix took house $63,050 in overall payouts because the runner-up, whilst Cary Katz completed 0.33.

The last match to play out at this sequence was once the $15,800 buy-in. The last trio of contenders cashed once more this time round, due to the second one consecutive box of 18 entries. Paul Zappulla took house the trophy and a career-high payday of $124,500 because the champion. He outlasted the likes of four-time bracelet winner Adrian Mateos (third – $80,400) and Stephen Song (2d – $95,100).

The PokerGO Tour now heads again to Aria for the Poker Masters, which is able to function buy-ins between $10,000 and $50,000.

Below is a have a look at the consequences from all through the sequence.

Stairway to Millions No. 1 – $460 NLH

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Francis Anderson $6,702 86
2 Wu Zhou $4,255 72
3 Karapet Galstyan $2,799 58
4 Danny Chi $1,909 43
5 Jerry Dababneh $1,352 36
6 Nathan Henry $996 29
7 Daniel Sepiol $765 22
8 Roland Israelashvili $613 14

Stairway to Millions No. 2 – $460 NLH

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 John Yelaney $6,417 86
2 Francis Anderson $4,071 72
3 Arsh Grover $2,677 58
4 Sami Dighlawi $1,826 43
5 Victor Shih $1,295 36
6 Edward Jiang $956 29
7 Jeffrey Peters $736 22
8 Brian Frenzel $591 14

Stairway to Millions No. 3 – $900 NLH

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Arsh Grover $12,510 96
2 Wu Zhou $7,898 80
3 Roland Israelashvili $5,177 64
4 Qing Liu $3,528 48
5 Darren Rabinowitz $2,504 40
6 Mikael Anderson $1,854 32
7 Brian Frenzel $1,435 24
8 Jesse Lonis $1,163 16

Stairway to Millions No. 4 – $900 NLH

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Sami Dighlawi $11,330 84
2 Kevin Thomas $7,086 70
3 Elvis Toomas $4,616 56
4 Robert Zeidman $3,138 42
5 Francis Anderson $2,231 35
6 Danny Chi $1,662 28
7 Yu Tang $1,300 21
8 Benjamin Brown $1,070 14

Stairway to Millions No. 5 – $1,640 NLH

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Michael Wang $22,986 168
2 Mikael Andersen $14,355 140
3 Ryan Laplante $9,340 112
4 Qing Liu $6,342 84
5 Josue Barrera $4,502 70
6 Charles Capobianco $3,349 56
7 Victoria Livschitz $2,616 42
8 Maria Konnikova $2,152 28

Stairway to Millions No. 6 – $1,640 NLH

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Michael Wang $22,458 168
2 Frederic Heller $14,044 140
3 Kenny Huynh $9,149 112
4 Stephen Song $6,220 84
5 Fred Tada $4,422 70
6 Brett Kennedy $3,293 56
7 Kostas Kalathakis $2,576 42
8 Landon Tice $2,121 28

Stairway to Millions No. 7 – $2,740 NLH

Place Player Earnings POY Points
1 Chance Kornuth $45,373 324
2 Dave Lin $28,133 270
3 Kao Saechao $19,814 216
4 Sami Dighlawi $14,369 162
5 Victoria Livschitz $10,588 135
6 Wu Zhou $8,168 108
7 William Klein $6,353 81
8 Qing Liu $4,840 54

Stairway to Millions No. 8 – $5,350 NLH

Place Player Earnings
1 Andre Butler $60,945
2 Stephen Song $35,850
3 Michael Wang $22,227
4 Adam Hendrix $14,340
5 Francis Anderson $10,038

Stairway to Millions No. 9 – $10,400 NLH

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 Michael Rocco $61,750 0 62
2 Adam Hendrix $37,050 0 37
3 Cary Katz $24,700 0 25

Stairway to Millions No. 10 – $15,800 NLH

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 Paul Zappulla $124,500 144 125
2 Stephen Song $95,100 120 95
3 Adrian Mateos $80,400 96 80

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