The three highest live tournament scores of Aram Oganyan’s career have all been recorded in the past six weeks. Oganyan recorded his first ever six-figure cash by finishing sixth in a $25,500 buy-in at the World tour poker championship in December of last year. He backed up that high-stakes debut with a one-two punch in a couple more $25,000 buy-in events in January, finishing third in a GO Poker Cup event at that price for $175,000 and then winning the Lucky Hearts Poker open high rollers $480,175.
Oganyan made 588 POY extension points for his victory in that final event, and is now the 12th place finisher POY extension contender thanks to his pair of high roller scores that were recorded just days apart. Nearly $790,000 of his $1,152,332 in career live earnings has now been secured over the past month and a half.
The LHP extension the high roller ended in a four-way deal, which saw Oganyan secure the biggest payday and the title as the clear chip leader.
Oganyan was one of 74 attendees at the $1,000,000 guaranteed event held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood in South Florida. The strong turnout translated into a final prize pool of $1,827,800, with the top 11 cashing and six-figure prize money for the bottom five.
Bracelet winner Galen Hall (10th – $54,800), three-time bracelet winner Joe McKeehen – $67,600), bracelet winner Jesse Lonis (3rd – $260,175), and two-time bracelet winner Justin Saliba ( 2nd – $353,175) were among the big names that made money in this high roller. McKeehen moved up to fourth place in the POY extension ranking thanks to this deep run and his third-place finish in the recent $5,000 buy-in Borgata event. 2015 WSOP the world champion now has nearly $19.8 million in career earnings following his strong start to the year.
Saliba, who had finished fifth in that same event in Borgata, had also won a GO Poker Cup $10,500 buy-in event on subsequent days for another $195,000. With $852,804 in total earnings so far this year, Saliba is now in second place POY extension ranking with 1,710 points accumulated in the first three weeks of 2023 alone.
Here is a look at the winnings awarded at the final table:
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Photo credits: Seminole Hard Rock Poker Blog.