Julien Martini Wins Poker Masters $10K Big Bet Mix Event

Julien Martini mastered three big bet games to win the Poker Masters $10K Big Bet event on Saturday (Drew Amato/PokerCentral)

A new addition to the Poker Masters schedule for 2019, the $10,000 Big Bet Mix featuring a rotation of No Limit Hold’em, Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Deuce to Seven drew 52 runners and at the end of it all, Julien Martini had his first win of 2019 over a talented group of players.

Playing No Limit Deuce to Seven with blinds at 40,000/80,000 (80,000 ante), Pedro Bromfman moved all-in for 450,000 with Tc7c4h3c2h. Kahle Burns re-raised to 770,000 with Qc8h4c3s2d and Jorryt van Hoof folded behind. Burns drew the 6s to make and 8-6 while Bromfan ended up with the Qs for Q-7 and was eliminated in sixth.

Stephen Chidwick started the final table with a massive chip lead but after just an hour and 40 minutes of play, he was all in for his tournament life. From UTG, Chidwick moved all-in for 930,000 with Js9s and Sam Soverel called from the big blind with AsQd. The board ran out Kd8h3d2s5h to eliminate Chidwick in fifth place.

Unfortunately for Soverel, that pot wasn’t able to propel him to victory. Down to under a million, Soverel moved all-in with Qc8d6h5c4c and Burns called with Jd8s6d4s3c. Soverel drew the Jc and Burns stood pat to eliminate Soverel in fourth place.

Another Duece hand resulted in the next elimination. From the button, van Hoof, who was down to just six big blinds, moved all-in with QcTd7s5s4h. Martini moved all-in from the small blind with Kh8h7d6s2c and Burns called from the big blind with Jc8s7h5d3c. Martini drew the 4d to make an 8-7, Burns patted his J-8, and van Hoof drew the 7c4s to double pair and was eliminated in third place.

Martini started heads up with a 2-1 chip lead over Burns and it took less than an hour for the Frenchman to acquire all of the chips and he did it in heroic fashion. Playing No Limit Hold’em and with stacks nearly even, Martini raised to 450,000 with Ah8d and Burns defended with Kd3c. The flop came Th5s4h and Burns check-called Martini’s bet of 200,000. The turn was the Js and both players checked. The river was the 2s river and Burns moved all-in for 2,200,000. Martini took just over a minute before calling to eliminate Burns and pick up his first live win since he won his first World Series of Poker bracelet in June 2018.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Julien Martini – $166,400
  2. Kahle Burns – $109,200
  3. Jorryt van Hoof – $72,800
  4. Sam Soverel – $52,000
  5. Stephen Chidwick – $41,600
  6. Pedro Bromfman – $31,200
  7. Yuri Dzivielevski – $26,000
  8. Erik Seidel – $20,800

Purple Jacket Standings

  1. Chance Kornuth – 420
  2. Isaac Baron – 300
  3. Ryan Laplante – 300
  4. Julien Martini – 300
  5. Jared Bleznick – 300
  6. Jonathan Depa – 300
  7. Sam Soverel – 270
  8. Jorryt van Hoof – 270
  9. Alex Foxen – 270
  10. Thai Ha – 210