Ali Imsirovic Maintains Tour Lead with Two Wins at Cup

Ali Imsirovic continues to dominate on the PokerGO Tour. In the tour’s inaugural year, Imsirovic has recorded 20 cashes and eight wins, and he’s amassed more than $3 million in earnings from those results. The performances have allowed Imsirovic to pick up 2,394 PokerGO Tour leaderboard points. Through the 2021 PokerGO Cup series, Imsirovic is ahead of Sean Perry by more than 700 points.

2021 PokerGO Tour Top 10 (as of Monday, July 26)

  1. Ali Imsirovic – 2,394 points
  2. Sean Perry – 1,667 points
  3. Sam Soverel – 1,305 points
  4. Sean Winter – 1,303 points
  5. Andrew Moreno – 1,200 points
  6. Clayton Maquire – 1,200 points
  7. Toby Lewis – 1,200 points
  8. Cary Katz – 1,086 points
  9. Alex Foxen – 1,023 points
  10. Chris Brewer – 843 points

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To further highlight how dominant Imsirovic has been during the 2021 PokerGO Tour, know that no other player has won more than four events, no other player has cashed more than 15 times, and no other player has earned more than $2.4 million.

Imsirovic Wins Twice at Inaugural PokerGO Cup

The first-ever PokerGO Cup took place at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada, from July 6-14, 2021. Imsirovic picked up first-place finishes in two events of the series, winning Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $183,000 and winning Event #4: $15,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $240,000.

“This is what I want most in poker, to win these high roller-type series against really tough competition,” Imsirovic told PokerGO following his second victory of the series. “You have to do well over a bunch of tournaments and there’s a lot of variance so obviously you’ve got to run good, but these kinds of series feel way more prestigious than anything else I could really win. So that means the most of anything in poker to me.”

Although not a victory, Imsirovic also placed fifth in Event #7: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $122,500 in prize money.

Those three finishes allowed Imsirovic to add 497 PokerGO Tour leaderboard points to his total. Perry had picked up 132 points for finishing second in the first event of the 2021 PokerGO Cup to narrow the gap a little between he and Imsirovic, but that was Perry’s only in-the-money result of the series.

Katz Improves To 8th On PokerGO Tour Leaderboard

Cary Katz finished in third overall at the first-ever PokerGO Cup, picking up three cashes, one victory, and 475 points for the PokerGO Tour. That allowed Katz to improve his PokerGO Tour leaderboard standing to eighth place with 1,086 points.

The big event at the 2021 PokerGO Cup for Katz was the finale, Event #8: $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em. In that one, Katz won it all, beating Sam Soverel in heads-up play and taking the lion’s share of the prize pool for $1.058 million.

With as much volume as Katz puts in competing in PokerGO Tour events across the globe, it can be expected that he’ll move up the standings even more, especially when one considers that Andrew Moreno, Clayton Maguire, and Toby Lewis are sitting ahead of him with 1,200 points each. Those three players are not known to play nearly as much volume in PokerGO Tour events.

Negreanu Climbs To 14th On PokerGO Tour Leaderboard

Daniel Negreanu had not won a live poker tournament in more than 2,800 days, but he ended that run with a victory in Event #7: $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em at the 2021 PokerGO Cup for $700,000. The win was one of four cashes Negreanu had at the 2021 PokerGO Cup, and his results allowed him to finish atop the overall PokerGO Cup series leaderboard, crowning him the first-ever PokerGO Cup champion.

Negreanu’s 537 PokerGO Tour leaderboard points also pushed him up to 14th on the 2021 PokerGO Tour leaderboard. He sits there with 743 total points coming from eight cashes and one victory. While still quite a bit of a way off of Imsirovic at the top, Negreanu is gearing up for a very important World Series of Poker. At the 2021 WSOP, 25 events qualify for the PokerGO Tour and Negreanu should be in line to play every single one of those.

Leading into the 2021 WSOP, Negreanu is anticipated to play the Poker Masters and Super High Roller Bowl, both taking place in September.

What’s Next for the PokerGO Tour?

There is plenty more high-stakes action to come from the PokerGO Tour, as the back half of 2021 is made up of some exciting, big buy-in events and, of course, the 2021 World Series of Poker. Coming up first is a group of high roller events at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. There are five high roller events, including two that come with a $50,000 buy-in.

After those tournaments, the PokerGO Tour heads to Venetian in Las Vegas for two $10,000 events and two $25,000 events. Then it’s time for the return of the Super High Roller Series to Europe, with this festival kicking off on August 23 in Cyprus and headlined by the $250,000 buy-in Super High Roller Bowl.

Check out the PokerGO Tour schedule.