Poker News: Ali Imsirovic is PokerGo Tour Player of the Year, Taylor Black Wins WPT Tour Main Event

WPT Main Event - PokerGo Player of the Year

With the 2021 calendar year winding down, we’re seeing some awards being handed out. It was no surprise who won the PokerGo Tour Player of the Year. We’ll start there with our weekly recap of the news.

Imsirovic Wins PokerGO Tour Player Of The Year

It’s been a long journey for Ali Imsirovic but he was able to come out on top in the inaugural PokerGo Tour competition. The professional poker player was able to win 14 tournament titles in 2021, a record-setting number. In total, Imsirovic had netted himself roughly $6,028,321 in career tournament earnings just this year alone.

He was able to cap off this historic year with an excellent prize at the end. For his 14th title, he competed in the Seminole Rock’n’Roll Poker Open $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller and came out on top. The win got him an extra $695,355 and helped rocket his total career earnings all the way up to $15.5 million throughout his lifetime.

Shockingly, he was able to bring in a $100,000 or better score in nine of the first 11 months of the year. That isn’t including a few massive wins he made in December as well. Imsirovic ended with 4,365 total points in the Tour, 1,281 more than the second-place finisher.

PokerGO Tour Championship Concludes

It was a phenomenal day for Rok Gostisa as he was the winner of the 2021 PokerGo Tour Championship $50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller event. The competition saw a field of 46 entries battle it out for a large $2.3 million prize pool. Gostisa was the eventual winner of the event, overcoming all of his opponents to win the largest chunk of the prize money at $689,100.

It was definitely the largest live payday of his career up to this point. He earned 510 Card Player Player of the Year points for his win as well and pushed him up to 84th place in the current standings. Gostisa also picked up 413 PokerGO Tour point for his victory and ended the competition in 40th place.

What makes this recent victory so impressive for Gostisa was that he entered the final table in the worst position and yet overcame all adversity.

Black Wins 2021 World Poker Tour Main Event

The biggest event at the World Poker Tour has come and gone in the blink of an eye. Taylor Black was the only man left standing in the WPT Five Diamond World Poker Classic $10,400 buy-in event. This competition brought in 716 total entries and skyrocketed the prize pool up to $6,945,200. The top 90 finishers were promised to make some type of money from the event, but Black wound up getting the largest chunk. His first-place finish netted him $1,241,430.

The win also got his name added to the Mike Sexton WPT Champions Cup. In Black’s career, this win will now go down as his largest recorded score. Passing his previous record of $1,092,000 that he got back in 2018 during the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS main event.

He also jumped up into 66th place in the Card Player Player of the Year race after being awarded 2,280 points for the big win. He got 1,200 PokerGO Tour points on top of that and finished that competition just outside the top 25.