Praise Ogwo Takes Down First-Ever Tour Title Event

Starting today’s play more than 5 million chips clear of his nearest rival, Praise Ogwo increased his lead steadily en route to a runaway victory in the inaugural PokerAtlas Tour series $500,000 Guarantee $1,100 Title Event at Texas Card House Houston.

Ogwo earns $111,380 for his win, takes the Atlas trophy, the TCH winner’s trophy AND the Player of the Series award, for this is his second win in 12 series events – he also took down the $1,100 PLO for $19,575.

The final hand completed with Ogwo’s A.Q catching a Queen in the window against the Tens of Kamoro Yusuf, and holding for the win.

This final table played on the TCH LiVE stream on a 30-minute delay, so Ogwo had time after having his winner’s photo taken to walk over and watch the final hand play out.

He was holding his phone in his hand, waiting to send out texts about his victory.

“I am trying not to spoil it for my parents, they are still watching” he said as he juggled all three trophies and his phone.

Here’s how the final table paid out:

  1. Praise Ogwo – $111,380
  2. Kamoru Yusuf – $64,690
  3. Derek Normand – $46,690
  4. Paul Lentschke – $40,000
  5. Lawrence Wayne – $23,900
  6. Adrian Curry – $18,480
  7. Andrew Huey – $15,090
  8. David Shaw – $12,590
  9. Linh Dinh – $10,420

See the Results tab for official results.

The 12-event series – held May 18-30 – paid out a total $1,243,760 to the players. The PokerAtlas Tour returns to the Texas Card House properties Aug 17 – Sept. 4 for its next series, being hosted simultaneously at properties in Dallas and Las Colinas.