Ali Imsirovic didn’t win the $50,000 PokerGO Tour Championship Main Event, but it wasn’t necessary for him to win the first PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate Player of the Year.
On the other side, Rok Gostisa sold the season finale for $689,100 on Tuesday night. He consented to a heads-up chop with Michael Gathy, but after playing it out for the trophy, he earned the greater share. Gathy came in second place out of 46 competitors, earning $598,900.
For Imsirovic, the last year has been a dream come true, as he has won 14 high roller tournaments and dominated the tour. Sean Perry won six events and may have won it in the majority of the years, but he still finished third.
Michael Addamo finished second with 3,083 points, 558 more than Perry, after winning a pair of bracelets at the 2021 World Series of Poker (WSOP) and six PokerGO Tour events (2,525).
Throughout the year, both players put up strong performances, but neither could reach the champion’s 4,364 points. With almost $6 million in live tournament cashes, Imsirovic, who was already a seasoned pro, had his finest year to date. He won 14 of the 34 PokerGO Tour tournaments he entered.
The 26-year-old Bosnian crusher’s 2021 honors are only getting started. In the Global Poker Index Player of the Year contest, he has a significant lead. Alex Foxen’s two-year reign as GPI POY seems to be coming to an end with little over a week left in 2021.
Before Nick Petrangelo was eliminated on the money bubble, Sean Winter and Justin Bonomo busted to open the day. Gostisa, who won the title after a chop over Gathy, has been on a tear this month. In December, he earned six PokerGO Tour cashes, including two championships.