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  1. [caption width="640"] Bryn Kenney took home another six-figure score by winning Poker Masters Event #3 on Saturday (Poker Central photo)[/caption] While the storyline from the first two Poker Masters final tables has been the success of the Germans in the field, one of the questions heading into the final table of Event #3 was where are the Germans? There were no German players among the final seven players in Event #3 but the storyline ended up being Bryn Kenney's ability to bob and weave Erik Seidel's attacks to win the event and $960,000. Sergio Aido was one of three short stacks when the final table began and ended up being the first player sent packing. Jake Schindler made it 35,000 to go from the cutoff and Aido responded by moving all in for 341,000. Schindler called and showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="jc"] while Aido was hoping his [poker card="6h"][poker card="6s"] would hold up. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="5c"][poker card="2s"] flop gave Schindler the nut flush draw and while the [poker card="ks"] turn was a blank, the [poker card="qc"] river completed his flush and eliminated Aido. It took over two more hours before another player was eliminated. Seidel raised to 100,000 from the button and Cary Katz defended his big blind. Katz moved all in afer the [poker card="8d"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3h"] flop and Seidel called. Katz showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"] whil Seidel had [poker card="qs"][poker card="3s"]. Katz got no help from the [poker card="6d"] turn or [poker card="5d"] river and was out in sixth place. Before Katz could even leave the final table area, Doug Polk joined him on the way out the door. After every other player folded, Bryn Kenney moved all in from the small blind and Polk called all in and tabled [poker card="4c"][poker card="4d"]. Kenney showed [poker card="qc"][poker card="8d"]. The flop came [poker card="qd"][poker card="7h"][poker card="7s"] to give Kenney top two pair. The [poker card="2c"] turn and [poker card="5c"] river were bricks for Polk and he was done in fifth. Kenney continued in his role as table captain when he sent yet another player out just 30 minutes later. From UTG, Dan Smith raised to 80,000 and Kenney made it 295,000 from the small blind. Smith moved all in for 1,420,000 and Kenney called. Smith showed [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] but got bad news when Kenney showed [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"]. The board ran out [poker card="ac"][poker card="9c"][poker card="2s"][poker card="2d"][poker card="5d"] to eliminate Smith. The final three players played for almost a full hour without an elimination before Seidel and Schindler clashed. Schindler called, Kenney folded and Seidel moved all in from the big blind. Schindler called quickly and tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="ks"] while Seidel showed [poker card="3d"][poker card="3h"]. Schindler could only watch as the [poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"][poker card="4d"] flop, [poker card="6d"] turn, and [poker card="3c"] river all missed his hand and eliminated him in third place. Heads-up play began with Kenney holding 3,255,000 to Seidel's 2,745,000. It took just under two hours for Kenney to overcome eight double-ups by Seidel to finally put the Poker Hall of Famer away to win $960,000. Final Table Payouts Bryn Kenney - $960,000 Erik Seidel - $576,000 Jake Schindler - $312,000 Dan Smith - $192,000 Doug Polk - $144,000 Cary Katz - $120,000 Sergio Aido - $96,000
  2. [caption width="640"] Fedor Holz is one of the players that make PokerGO's Poker Masters a must-watch event (WPT photo)[/caption] The first-ever Poker Masters kicks off Wednesday night at the Aria Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas with a number of the best players in the game today set to take their shot at some seven-figure prize pools and a custom-designed Purple Jacket. The Poker Masters is a series of five events; four $50,000 buy-in events with a single re-entry followed by a $100,000 buy-in freezeout. All five events will be streamed on PokerGO, giving poker fans around the world the chance to watch high roller action for eight straight days. The Purple Jacket will be awarded to the player with the highest total earnings across all five events. With cards in the air on Wednesday night, PocketFives has put together a list of five players to keep an eye on as the action progresses now through September 20. Daniel Negreanu He's poker's all-time leading money earner and easily the most visible star in the game today, but that doesn't mean Daniel Negreanu has any interest in resting on his laurels. Negreanu is - as he often is - very confident in how he thinks he's going to do during the Poker Masters. So much so, that he took on as many $50,000 must-win bets on himself against any other player in the field as he could book. Along with the prize money he'd win,Negreanu stands to win an additional seven figures if he takes home the Purple Jacket. It's worth noting that despite all of Negreanu's success, he has only won one event with a buy-in of $25,000 or more; the €25,600 2013 WSOP Europe High Roller. Fedor Holz Remember when Fedor Holz won the 2016 World Series of Poker One Drop High Roller and then promptly retired? Well, he still considers himself retired as he focuses his energy on his new company, Primed Mind, but the German superstar does come out of the woodwork every now and then to play an event or two. He'll be playing all five events and will be vlogging from start to finish for PokerCentral. Adrian Mateos At just 23 years old, Adrian Mateos already has a ridiculously impressive list of accomplishments next to his name. He's won three WSOP bracelets, the European Poker Tour Grand Final and almost $10,000,000 in live tournaments alone. Earlier this year, in the span of just 31 days, Mateos finished runner-up to Dietrich Fast at the $50,000 Super High Roller event at Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida and then won the €50,000 Eight Max Shot Clock event at the PokerStars Championship Monte Carlo. Doug Polk Doug Polk should probably make this list just for being the most recent WSOP One Drop High Roller champ, but Polk has become one of the game's biggest stories thanks to the content he's produced and his willingness to put himself out there. He's also got a growing rivalry of sorts with Negreanu and getting the opportunity to see those two clash during any of the five events is worth the price of subscription alone. Phil Hellmuth We've already mentioned that all five events are streamed on PokerGO and everybody knows that Phil Hellmuth has never met a camera he didn't like. The chance to be a constant part of an eight-day long broadcast while sitting shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the best players in the game is something Hellmuth lives for. On top of that, he's also coming into the Poker Masters with a little bit of momentum. Three weeks ago he beat Polk and Dan Cates to win the Poker Night in America King of the Hill event. He followed that up with a runner-up finish in the World Poker Tour Legends of Poker event for his 12th biggest score ever.
  3. [caption width="640"] Dominik Nitsche just played the Poker Masters series, continuing his expansion into high roller events.[/caption] Dominik Nitsche has climbed the live poker ranks from winning a Latin-American Poker Tour Main Event in 2009 for his first ever tournament score to participating in this year’s Super High Roller Bowl. Nitsche reached a new pinnacle two weeks ago when he took part in the first ever Poker Masters series at Aria in Las Vegas. Nitsche’s climb to the rank of player who plays frequently in High Roller events was formed in January 2015 when he decided at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas that he “might as well start playing them all.” That year, Nitsche placed 10th in the $25,000 event in a field of 200 players, earning just under $113,000. To play these events, Nitsche insinuated that he has a group of backers to assist with buy ins noting, “It's nice when you have people who support and believe in your game. It makes it easier to remain confident even if you keep losing for a while." The leap from standard live events to playing a consistent high roller schedule has been an adjustment for Nitsche. Although he faces tougher foes, the 888poker ambassador enjoys how much more money he can win by playing these events. “Poker is poker in a way but in high roller tournaments, you are always playing against people you know very well. They are all either really professional players or some of the best amateurs. It's tough competition for really high stakes. And for me honestly, the money matters the most. The higher the buy in the more money there is to be won,” said Nitsche. Nitsche placed fifth in the openingPoker Masters event but failed to reach the money in any of the following events. Fellow German Steffen Sontheimer won the event and even outside of his performance in the series, Nitsche considers him and Fedor Holz to be his toughest competition in high roller events. “Steffen and I have been doing a lot of theory work together lately and I've been very impressed with his play lately. He just doesn't make any big mistakes and executes his strategy extremely well. Also, he's not scared to make very exploitative plays.” The financial ecosystem of high rollers is a topic that has been the subject of much debate in recent months. Nitsche is not overly concerned about the well going dry anytime soon and foresees a future where the United States is no longer the booming host of high roller action. “I am very optimistic for the future. The high roller scene is growing and the recreational players don't seem to be willing to give up. In general, I'd say the future of high roller poker is in Asia. That's where we will see more and more big events.” The Triton High Roller series in the Philippines is a favorite of Nitsche but for the time being, he prefers to play at Aria. This is due to the multiple events that take place in a short time span along with the implementation of a shot clock. A firm regular in high roller events, Nitsche will be participating in more throughout the rest of the immediate future as he travels to series across the globe. From the time he stepped foot at the World Series of Poker in 2012 and won his first bracelet, Nitsche has always been one of the best in the game. Nitsche has accepted the challenge of winning on a consistent basis in high rollers and his results show he is capable of playing at the highest level.
  4. [caption width="640"] Steffen Sontheimer won the 0K Poker Masters event to easily take home the Purple Jacket (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] Steffen Sontheimer came into the $100,000 Poker Masters final event as the leading money earner through the first four $50,000 events. Sontheimer finished fourth in Event #1, won Event #2 and then finished fifth in Event #4. His total earnings were $1,221,000 and he was the front-runner to win the Purple Jacket, awarded to the player with most earnings. Then he won Event #5, beating a final table that included three of his German countrymen, to win $1,512,000 and easily claim the Purple Jacket. When the final six players began play on Wednesday, Sontheimer was third in chips behind Christian Christner and chip leader Fedor Holz. Through the next eight hours, the Germans each took a turn with the chip lead before Sontheimer ended up on top. It took a little over four hours before the first player was eliminated. Justin Bonomo raised 60,000 from UTG and a short-stacked Stefan Schillhabel moved all in for 285,000 and Bonomo called. Schillhabel tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="3c"] while Bonomo was behind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="jh"][poker card="6h"][poker card="3h"] flop gave Bonomo a flush draw and the [poker card="9d"] turn added a straight draw. Bonomo missed both of those draws, but the [poker card="kc"] river was enough to give him the pot and send Schillhabel out in sixth. Five-handed play went on for another 29 hands and another hour and fifteen minutes before the next elimination. From the hijack, Bonomo moved his last 365,000 into the middle and Sontheimer called from the cutoff and Christner called from the big blind. Christner and Sontheimer checked through the [poker card="8h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"][poker card="8s"][poker card="5d"] runout. Bonomo got bad news after he tabled [poker card="kd"][poker card="ts"], Sontheimer flipped up [poker card="as"][poker card="ts"] and Christner showed [poker card="ad"][poker card="ks"] to take the pot. That left Seth Davies as the last non-German in the field. He started the day with the shortest stack and while he was able to outlast two of his opponents, his shot at the seven-figure score ended short. Christner opened from the button to 85,000 before Davies moved all in for 535,000 from the big blind and Christner called. Davies got good news when he showed [poker card="ac"][poker card="7s"] and found he had Christner's [poker card="kh"][poker card="7h"] dominated. The [poker card="kd"][poker card="9c"][poker card="5h"] changed that though and after the [poker card="4h"] turn and [poker card="6h"] river, Davies was out in fourth. It took just two hands to go from three-handed play to heads-up. Sontheimer raised to 90,000 from the button, Holz moved all in from the small blind for 645,000 and Christner re-jammed from the big blind. Sontheimer folded and Holz needed some helpe after showing [poker card="qh"][poker card="jd"] and finding he was up against [poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"]. The board ran out [poker card="as"][poker card="tc"][poker card="2s"][poker card="8c"][poker card="5d"] to send Holz to the rail in third place. Heads-up play began with Christner holding a better than 2-1 lead over Sontheimer. That lead changed just once and after 41 hands, Sontheimer eventually put Christner away for good. Sontheimer raised to 115,000, Christner moved all in for 1,890,000. Sontheimer called instantly and flipped up [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"] while Christner showed [poker card="2c"][poker card="2d"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3c"] flop was safe for Sontheimer and neither the [poker card="4d"] turn or [poker card="9d"] river produced a save for Christner and he was out in second place. With the win, Sontheimer raised his Poker Masters earnings to $2,733,000. The next highest total belonged to Event #3 winner Bryn Kenney with $1,085,000. Payouts Steffen Sontheimer - $1,512,000 Christian Christner - $864,000 Fedor Holz - $504,000 Seth Davies - $324,000 Justin Bonomo - $216,000 Stefan Schillhabel - $180,000
  5. [caption width="640"] Nick Schulman won 8,000 for winning the first ,000 buy-in Poker Masters event (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] When PokerGO announced the Poker Masters series as part of the live streaming schedule, many people hoped that Nick Schulman would be one of the voices in the booth, calling the action. Schulman had other ideas. Schulman beat out a final table that included four of the German pros that have dominated high roller tournaments over the past few years, to win $918,000. The Germans made their presence felt just after the final table began on Monday afternoon. Stefan Schillhabel picked up an early double through Adrian Mateos before Dominik Nitsche eliminated the Spaniard. Down to just nine big blinds, Mateos moved all in for his last 360,000 from the hijack before Nitsche reshoved from the small blind. Mateos turned over [poker card="qd"][poker card="js"] while Nitsche showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6s"]. The [poker card="jd"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"] flop put Mateos ahead, but the [poker card="6h"] turn gave Nitsche a set and Mateos was eliminated in seventh after the meaningless [poker card="td"] river. Just a few minutes later the first German-on-German bustout sent Koray Aldemir out. Nitsche raised to 80,000, Steffen Sontheimer called from the small blind but Aldemir raised all in for 630,000 from the big blind. Nitsche folded but Sontheimer took some time before calling. Aldemir showed [poker card="9s"][poker card="8s"] and found he was at least drawing live after Sontheimer showed [poker card="qs"][poker card="ts"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8c"] put Aldemir in front, the turn was the [poker card="4d"] but the [poker card="ah"] turn gave Sontheimer an ace-high straight and eliminated Aldemier in sixth. About an hour later Sontheimer eliminated another German. Nitsche moved all in for 560,000 from the button before Sontheimer also moved all in over the top for over 1,530,000. Schillhabel folded the big blind. Nitsche turned over [poker card="6d"][poker card="5d"] while Sontheimer showed [poker card="as"][poker card="3s"]. The board ran out [poker card="ah"][poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="qh"] to end Nitsche's run in fifth place. Sontheimer took over the chip lead on that hand, only to surrender it to Schulman just a few minutes later. With the board showing [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="8d"] and a pot of 1,140,000, Schulman checked to Sontheimer who moved all in. Schulman used one of his time extensions before eventually calling. Sontheimer turned over [poker card="as"][poker card="js"] and Schulman showed [poker card="td"][poker card="7h"] for a rivered flush for a full double. Schulman eliminated Sontheimer just 30 minutes later. A cooler on the next hand sent Schulman to heads up with the chip lead. Schulman raised to 120,000, Schillhabel re-raised to 395,000. Schulman moved all in and Schillhabel called. Schulman showed [poker card="kc"][poker card="kh"] which put him ahead of Schillhabel's [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"]. The board ran out with no help for Schillabel and he was out in third place. Schulman had Matt Hyman outchipped nearly 2-1 when heads up play began. The two played heads up for over 2.5 hours with each player taking multiple turns as the chip leader before Schulman put the finishing touches on a dominating final table performance. Hyman raised to 310,000, Schulman moved all in and Hyman called with his tournament life on the line. Schulman had [poker card="as"][poker card="kh"] and had Hyman's [poker card="ad"][poker card="8d"] dominated. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="7d"][poker card="5d"] flop gave Hyman the nut flush draw but neither the [poker card="5s"] turn or [poker card="ac"] river were any help for Hyman and Schulman picked up a third straight elimination to take down the Poker Masters opening event. This win was Schulman's second high roller win in the last five weeks. Schulman won the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open $50,000 event on August 8. The Poker Masters continues on PokerGO until September 20. Final Table Payouts Nick Schulman - $918,000 Matt Hyman - $561,000 Stefan Schillhabel - $306,000 Steffen Sontheimer - $204,000 Dominik Nitsche - $178,500 Koray Aldemir - $153,000 Adrian Mateos - $127,500
  6. [caption width="640"] Steffen Sontheimer beat Fedor Holz to win Poker Masters Event #2 and take the lead for the Purple Jacket (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] On Thursday night, in the opening event of the Poker Masters, Steffen Sontheimer had to settle for a fourth place finish as Nick Schulman went on to victory. Friday night Sontheimer made up for it by posting a comeback for the ages against his good friend Fedor Holz to win Event #2 for $900,000. Sontheimer started the seven-handed final table with a middle-of-the-pack stack, but it didn't take him long to get to work changing that. Just 20 minutes into Friday night's action, Bryn Kenney moved all in for 320,000 from the button and Sontheimer called from the big blind. Kenney showed [poker card="6d"][poker card="6h"] while Sontheimer had [poker card="as"][poker card="7c"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="kd"][poker card="qs"] flop put Sontheimer ahead for good as neither the [poker card="jh"] turn or [poker card="5s"] river were any help for Kenney. Sontheimer only had to wait 15 minutes before he found another victim. Sontheimer raised to 70,000 from UTG and action folded around to Adrian Mateos in the small blind. The Spaniard, who finished seventh in Event #1, moved all in for 740,000. Sontheimer called and tabled [poker card="Ac"][poker card="Qd"] and found he was racing against Mateos' [poker card="7c"][poker card="7d"]. The board ran out [poker card="ad"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="jh"][poker card="9h"] to give Sontheimer the win and eliminate Mateos in sixth. An hour later, Holz took over the role of executioner. Christian Christner raised to 85,000 from UTG before Holz made it 235,000 from the cutoff. Christner responded by moving all in and Holz called. Christner showed [poker card="jh"][poker card="js"] and it was another race as Holz tabled [poker card="ac"][poker card="kd"]. The [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"][poker card="9s"] flop put Holz ahead and when the [poker card="2d"] turn and [poker card="5d"] river were no help for Christner, he was out in fifth. The table dynamic shifted dramatically with the next elimination. Phil Hellmuth had been verbally sparring with both Holz and Sontheimer during most of the early play. Tom Marchese put an end to that though. After having nursed a short stack for a good portion of the night, Hellmuth moved all in for his last 495,000 from UTG. Marchese re-raised all in from the small blind, forcing Sontheimer to fold. It was yet another race with Hellmuth showing [poker card="as"][poker card="th"] and Marchese ahead with [poker card="6c"][poker card="6s"]. Hellmuth could only watch in horror as the [poker card="jd"][poker card="6h"][poker card="2c"] flop gave Marchese a set. When the runner-runner he needed didn't come, Hellmuth was out in fourth. Marchese's tournament didn't last much longer, but it took a bad beat for it to end. Holz raised to 165,000 from the small blind before Marchese move all in for 1,500,000. Holz used one of his time extensions before eventually calling and showing [poker card="ac"][poker card="tc"]. Marchese was ahead with [poker card="as"][poker card="js"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="7c"] flop changed all of that though and after the [poker card="6s"] turn and [poker card="3d"] river, Marchese was out in third. Heads-up play began with Holz holding a nearly 7-1 lead over Sontheimer. Over the next hour or so though, Sontheimer flipped the script and eventually had a 2-1 over his good friend Holz before finally eliminating him. Holz raised to 155,000, Sontheimer re-raised all in and Holz called. Sontheimer had his friend in a world of hurt with [poker card="ac"][poker card="jd"] to Holz's [poker card="kc"][poker card="jh"]. The final board ran out [poker card="8s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3c"] to give Sontheimer the win. Sontheimer also leads the Purple Jacket standings with $1,104,000 in earnings thanks to his fourth place finish in Event #1 and win in Event #2. Final Table Payouts Steffen Sontheimer - $900,000 Fedor Holz - $550,000 Tom Marchese - $300,000 Phil Hellmuth - $200,000 Christian Christner - $175,000 Adrian Mateos - $150,000 Bryn Kenney - $125,000
  7. [caption width="640"] Brandon Adams won the final ,000 buy-in Poker Masters event on Sunday (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] Heading into the final table of the last $50,000 Poker Masters event on Sunday afternoon, it looked like German Steffen Sontheimer might be on his way to a second win. The German came into the final table behind only Doug Polk and Brandon Adams in chips. When the dust settled though, Sontheimer busted earlier than he would have hoped and Adams ending up beating Polk heads-up to win Event #4. After Zach Clark was eliminated on the bubble in seventh place, the final six players went to work chasing the $819,000 first place prize. From the hijack, David Peters raised to 36,000 before Jake Schindler re-raised to 90,000 from late position. The flop came [poker card="as"][poker card="7s"][poker card="4s"], Peters checked and Schindler moved all in for 314,000. Peters snap-called and revealed [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"] for top set while Schindler showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="7c"] for top two. The hand was wrapped up after the [poker card="8c"] turn and the river was the [poker card="th"]. Sontheimer, making his third final table appearance of the Poker Masters, had his run at a second title fall short. Action folded to Sontheimer on the button and he bet 350,000, leaving himself just 40,000 behind. Adams called to see a flop of [poker card="tc"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2d"]. Sontheimer threw in his last 40,000 and Adams called. Sontheimer turned up [poker card="ac"][poker card="5c"] while Adams had [poker card="5h"][poker card="5s"]. Neither the [poker card="th"] turn or [poker card="2c"] river were any help for Sontheimer and he was out in fifth place. Sontheimer cashed in three of the four $50,000 preliminary events. He finished fourth in Event #1, first in Event #2 and now fifth in Event #4 for $1,221,000 total earnings. The German sits atop the Purple Jacket standings heading into the final event, the $100,000 freezeout which gets underway Monday. Just 45 minutes later, Adams sent another player to the rail. Adams raised to 75,000 from UTG and action folded to Justin Bonomo who moved all in from the big blind for 770,000. Adams called and showed [poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"] while Bonomo tabled [poker card="as"][poker card="3c"]. The board ran out [poker card="jh"][poker card="tc"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3h"][poker card="4s"] to eliminate Bonomo in fourth and propel Adams into the chip lead for the first time. Adams had a hand in the next elimination too. Adams raised to 90,000 from the button, Doug Polk made it 260,000 to go from the small blind before Peters moved all in from the big blind for 545,000. Adams responded by moving all in and Polk called. Peters tabled [poker card="8c"][poker card="8d"], Adams showed [poker card="ah"][poker card="kd"] while Polk was well ahead of both with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ad"]. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"][poker card="7s"][poker card="7c"][poker card="qs"] to eliminate Peters in third and send Polk into the chip lead as heads up play began. Over the next 20 minutes, Adams re-took the lead and eventually finished Polk off. With Adams up just over 2-1 in chips, Polk raised to 80,000 from the button and Adams called. After the [poker card="ks"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6d"] flop, Adams checked, Polk bet 100,000 and Adams re-raised to 320,000. Polk moved all in and Adams called immediately. Polk showed [poker card="5d"][poker card="4d"] for a flush draw but Adams tabled [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"] for a better flush draw. The [poker card="2d"] turn ended any chance for Polk and he was out in second place. The inconsequential river was the [poker card="5s"]. Payouts Brandon Adams - $819,000 Doug Polk - $468,000 David Peters - $273,000 Justin Bonomo - $175,500 Steffen Sontheimer - $117,000 Jake Schindler - $97,500
  8. [caption width="640"] Steffen Sontheimer had the hottest run of any player in 2017 and it led to him winning the first ever Poker Masters title. (PokerCentral photo)[/caption] As the final days of 2017 slowly tick by, it's time to take a look back at the year in poker. Over the last 10 days of the year, PocketFives is taking readers on a trip back in time to recap the last 12 months in a fun and unique way. We've already looked back at the top five news stories from off the felt and now we remember the five best heaters that players enjoyed in 2017. Poker players dream of making multiple deep runs in a row but only a few actually turn it into reality. In 2017, there were a few players whose heaters stood out above the rest and were paid handsomely for their rapid success. #5 - Nadar Kakhmazov Heaters come in all forms and Nadar Kakhmazov’s run to over $1 million in earnings from two tournament wins in a matter of three weeks was astonishing. Kakhmazov conquered two casinos and two distinct fields to win his respective tournaments with the Venetian and Rio giving him massive payouts. The $1,100 Mid-States Poker Tour event at the Venetian drew 3,273 runners, easily eclipsing the $2.5 million guarantee. Kakhmazov beat a final table that included former November Niner Jacob Balsiger and East Coast grinder Je Wook Oh to claim the $440,029 first place winnings. He was far from done after that win as Kakhmazov made it to another high profile final table. The $5,000 Six Max event at the World Series of Poker is a top-tier event by any metric and held to form this year. Chris Hunichen, Sam Soverel, and Faraz Jaka were among the final tablists but none could solve the Kakhmazov riddle. Kakhmazov defeated Hunichen heads up to win the bracelet and $580,338 first place prize. Since his wins, Kakhmazov has yet to record any tournament cashes. Who knows when the Russian will show up next but when he does, he will have a lot to live up to in order to repeat his summer 2017 run. #4 - Nipun Java In the spirit of summer runs, Nipun Java deserves credit for winning two bracelets at the WSOP and then taking his talents to South Beach. Java and his native India won their first two bracelets in the $1,000 Tag Team event when Java and countryman Aditya Sushant shipped the title. Following the win, Java put together a string of three more cashes before striking gold again. Playing under the screen name ‘Javatinii,’ Java won the $1,000 WSOP Online Championship event for $237,688. In a matter of only 14 hours, Java defeated a field of 1,312 and added a second piece of hardware to his Las Vegas trip. It wasn’t over quite yet for Java, who traveled to Hollywood, FL for the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open. In the $570 $1 million guaranteed opener, Java outlasted 3,173 entrants to take first place in a four-way deal and add $230,848 to his growing bankroll. Java’s wins catapulted him into must-watch territory for all events as he looks to build on his breakout campaign in 2018. #3 - Art Papazyan If not for the dollar figure won by places #1 and #2, Art Papazyan would have a major case of being #1 on this list. Not only did Papazyan win two consecutive played World Poker Tour events, he did so in the first two WPT events he ever entered. Papazyan was mostly known by Los Angeles grinders and fans of ‘Live at the Bike’ for his high stakes cash game skills but that changed for Papazyan in a hurry. In his hometown, Papazyan beat Phil Hellmuth heads up to win Legends of Poker for $668,692 and put his name on the tip of every poker fan’s tongue. Not a tournament grinder in any respect, Papazyan opted not to play the Borgata Poker Open Main Event in September but made up for lost time at WPT Maryland. In a field of 561, Papazyan was among many notable faces who made Day 2 and the money, with Darren Elias, Matt Glantz, and Christian Harder included. As the field narrowed down on Day 3 near the final table, it became clear that Papazyan was the dominant storyline. Coming into the final table of six sitting third in chips, Papazyan quickly ascended into the chip lead and never looked back on his way to his second victory of Season XVI. Papazyan is still an unknown quantity to some but his natural poker skill is not to be taken lightly as he attempts to close out the WPT season as Player of the Year. #2 - Bryn Kenney In a year that turned Bryn Kenney into a living legend, he had to start somewhere and that was the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. Kenney put on a display that no other player matched in a single series as he cashed six times, reached a final table in every time he made the money and won two tournaments. In total, Kenney racked up $1.76 million in winnings in the Bahamas. That number set Kenney up for a year where he finished as the highest earning player of 2017 with tournament earnings of $8.5 million. The events Kenney played were against the world’s toughest competition and he beat a $50,000 final table that included a top four finishers of Mustapha Kanit, Byron Kaverman and Dan Colman. If there was ever a question about Kenney’s consistency, he put all to rest over the course of fewer than two weeks in paradise. #1 - Steffen Sontheimer On one of poker’s richest stages, no player put on a better show over the course of the Poker Masters series than Steffen Sontheimer. The breakout year of “Goose” hit a peak for a week in September when he steamrolled over the best No Limit tournament players in the world to win the first Purple Jacket. Sontheimer cashed in four of the five events in the series and won two of them for a total of $2.73 million added to his account. He may have run hot but Sontheimer’s play stole the attention of viewers and his opponents, who were never able to get a firm edge on Sontheimer. Heading into the $100,000 Poker Masters Main Event, Sontheimer had the title all but locked up and decided to win that one just for kicks. Out of the six who cashed in the final, four were German and included Fedor Holz. Sontheimer’s beasting of the best players in the world put an exclamation point on a year dominated by Germans and forced, of all people, Daniel Negreanu to reevaluate his own game moving forward. Now that he’s a name brand of his own entity, Sontheimer will have a target on his back when 2018 gets started. When the Big One For One Drop returns to the WSOP schedule next year, Sontheimer will be in the field with nothing but another one of the most prestigious titles in poker in his sights.
  9. [caption width="640"] Art Papazyan won the first two World Poker Tour events he ever played to permanently put himself on the poker map.(WPT photo)[/caption] As the final days of 2017 slowly tick by, it's time to take a look back at the year in poker. Over the last 10 days of the year, PocketFives is taking readers on a trip back in time to recap the last 12 months in a fun and unique way. So far we've gone over the top five off-the-felt news stories of 2017, broken down the top heaters of the year, and introduced you to the game's newest characters. Next on the list of PocketFives end of the year rankings belongs to the game's rising stars. Art Papazyan and Steffen Sontheimer had their heater, resulting in a breakout year coming full circle. #5 - Vivian Saliba In a year of players becoming their own brand, Vivian Saliba established she is on her way to becoming an established name on and off the felt. The 24-year-old Brazilian became an 888poker ambassador and the face of Brazil’s ever-growing poker love affair. Saliba earned her stripes by cashing in big buy-in events including the $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha WSOP event along with the Main Event. With a brand ready to push her toward a global audience, Saliba should play more global events in the new year to push her newfound star higher than it already is. #4 - DJ Alexander For a player who didn’t win any major tournaments the entire year, DJ Alexander left a major footprint in every part of the country where he played. With over $700,000 in tournament earnings won on smaller tours coming into the year, Alexander wasn’t well known by the main viewing population but is now a face fans won’t soon forget. Alexander started his campaign by placing fourth in the WSOP Circuit Main Event at Choctaw. A few months later, Alexander exploded on the World Series of Poker stage with his true breakthrough score. In a field of 7,761, Alexander took second in Millionaire Maker and earned $754,499 for his amazing run. That was the start of Alexander’s major tournament run as he cashed in anything and everything in the latter part of 2017. After Millionaire Maker, Alexander made the final two tables in Little One for One Drop, the SHRPO Championship, and WPT Choctaw, The peak of Alexander’s string of four straight top-15 finishes came in August when he made it to the WPT Legends of Poker final table. Under the WPT lights, Alexander’s charisma popped as he hung with the likes of Phil Hellmuth and JC Tran. Coming into 2018, Alexander has a chance to ride his wave of momentum and capture the big win that he came close to many times this year. #3 - Alex Foxen When the whole poker world was watching, Alex Foxen put on one of the best final table performances of the year. Foxen surged from the back of the pack to second place and over $1 million in the WPT Five Diamond Classic to put a bow on his strong campaign. During 2015 and 2016, Foxen was a face seen deep in multiple major events, including WPTs at Borgata and Seminole, but never managed to get over the proverbial hump. In 2017, there were no bounds stopping Foxen. He cashed 13 times at the World Series of Poker and made a strong push for Player of the Year with two final table finishes. The first step in Foxen’s rise to prominence was when he came back from a single blind to win the SHRPO Big 4 $2,650 and over $200,000. Jason Koon and Faraz Jaka saw up close how talented Foxen when he defeated them at the final table. Soon, the whole world witnessed it as he overcame a record-setting field at the Bellagio. Foxen’s first seven-figure score is a tad bittersweet as he fell shy of a WPT title but his reaction afterward was of a player proud of his hard work paying off in a great way. Come next year, expect to Foxen deep in more than a few major events as he pursues his next set of challenges. #2 - Art Papazyan Sam Panzica was regarded for his skills a few years before he won two WPT titles in Season XV. Anthony Zinno already had a WPT title before he won back-to-back in Season XIII. As early as the first quarter of 2016, Art Papazyan was a security guard and a college dropout. Now, he’s a two-time WPT Champion. Papazyan grinded his way through the cash game world of Los Angeles to the point where he earned the nickname of 'King Art' on the Live at the Bike show. Games in the neighborhood of $50/$100 were within Papazyan’s range. He was already a winning player enjoying life. Papazyan is the first to admit he’s not a tournament player but his overall poker skills proved able to transfer over in well-structured events. In his first ever World Poker Tour event, Papazyan beat Phil Hellmuth heads up to win Legends of Poker in his hometown. Given the chance to chase the elusive WPT Player of the Year title, Papazyan traveled to WPT Maryland where he won title #2. Combined, Papazyan earned over $1 million for the two wins and has a wide gap between him and the field heading into the second half of Season XVI. Although he had the bankroll to do so, Papazyan chose not to play this year’s WSOP Main Event. Now, Papazyan is in prime position to win one of the most sought-after individual player awards in poker. At 25 years old, Papazyan has a lot of poker left in his career and only he knows just how many tournaments that will include. Regardless, Papazyan’s run in the latter half of 2017 is forever etched in history as his star rises among the public. #1 - Steffen Sontheimer The latest in the line of the German factory of excellence, Steffen Sontheimer went from having under $500,000 in live earnings to being crowned the ever first Poker Master. In fact, Sontheimer didn’t have his first six-figure result of the year until April. It was at the PokerStars Championship in Monte Carlo where Sontheimer final tabled the €100,000 Super High Roller. Then, Sontheimer went to Las Vegas for the summer and crushed everything in his path. Call it a heater or a game solve, Sontheimer consistently fared well in $25,000 and $100,000 buy-ins, notching 10 top-10 finishes between April and December, not counting Poker Masters. It was the Poker Masterswhere Sontheimer left his biggest mark. His skill and run good wrecked the best players in the world for a week straight and earned Sontheimer almost $2 million. The whole poker world looks forward to his encore next year.
  10. 2017 was a modestly successful year for Daniel Negreanu and he has his sights set even higher for 2018. On his Full Contact Poker blog, Negreanu posted a list of goals for the new year. In 2017, Negreanu achieved five out of the eight listed and is looking to make good on 10 this year. One notable change comes in his annual World Series of Poker bracelet pursuit. Last year, Negreanu set a high bar with three bracelets. Though he made four final tables, Negreanu came up short of entering the winner’s circle once. With the WSOP four months away, Negreanu’s goal for this year is to win one bracelet which would give him seven for his career. Negreanu’s objectives in the past 12 months primarily centered around the WSOP. This time around, he is shifting his focus toward the High Roller scene. The first item listed for Negreanu in that category is to make the final table of Super High Roller Bowl or the Big One for One Drop. In 2014, Negreanu finished second in the Big One but in the three years of Super High Roller Bowl, has to make the money. This goal ties in with Negreanu’s intention to win a Super High Roller. Negreanu came close to achieving this in December but fell short to Dan Smith in the Bellagio Five Diamond $100,000 event. Should Negreanu achieve any of these tasks, it is likely he will finish 2018 with over $40 million in lifetime tournament earnings. Negreanu notes he would need exactly $4,680,186 to hit that target, his best year since 2004. That number may sound like a lot but with the 65-75 events Negreanu estimates he will play this year, anything is possible if he goes on a run. In fact, Negreanu states that it is “Easier today to post $4 million in cashes than ever before” due to the number of High Roller events that exist across the world. “It’s not easier because the game is easier, quite the contrary, but you are just going to see more and more high roller grinders shoot up the all-time leaderboard. Even players who are breaking even over the last few years will still show anywhere from $6-$8 million in earnings,” Negreanu said. Negreanu fancies himself one of the best all-around players in the world. If indeed he still is, winning the Poker Masters or U.S. Poker Open are not out of the question. Negreanu has the two events listed as one goal as they are two series instead of single events. The first Poker Masters finished in disappointment for Negreanu and forced him to reevaluate his No Limit Hold’em game. The U.S. Poker Open offers mixed events, giving a player of Negreanu’s skill set the opportunity to capitalize. Likely the easiest goal for Negreanu to accomplish from his list is to improve to 115 WSOP cashes or pull closer to Phil Hellmuth’s all-time record. Hellmuth holds 131 cashes and Negreanu would need 12 payout slips to get to 115. Negreanu cashed 11 times in 2017 and has more events to play this year with 78 total to choose from. Hellmuth’s volume has decreased in recent years, giving Negreanu quality odds to pull closer and potentially pass Hellmuth in future years. Should everything go to plan, Negreanu’s mission of profiting at least $2 million is within range. Negreanu expects to spend at least $3 million in total buy-ins during the year. A giant score can make a huge difference in that number being surpassed. The first chance to start moving in on checking each one of these goals off is this week when the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure starts in the Bahamas.
  11. Take a quick look at Isaac Haxton's live tournament results over the past few years and you might be surprised by the lack of first place finishes. Considered by many on the high roller scene to be one of the best poker players on the planet, Haxton hasn't won a tournament since January 2017. Haxton's streak of 32 High Roller event cashes without a win came to an end on Tuesday though as Haxton took down Event #4 ($10,000 Short Deck Hold'em) of the 2018 Poker Masters. The win, coupled with a sixth and a fourth place finish in two previous Poker Masters events, have put Haxton just 30 points behind Brandon Adams for the Purple Jacket. “It would be very satisfying to win this whole thing, I have a track record of doing pretty well, but with a lot of second through fifth-place finishes," said Haxton. "Actually winning something is very satisfying.” Dominik Nitsche started the final table with a narrow chip lead over Andrew Robl, but just 45 minutes after the final table began, Nitsche was on his way to the payouts window with the sixth place ticket. Nitsche open-shoved for 1,440,000 with [poker card="jd"][poker card="jh"] from first position, Isaac Haxton re-shoved for 3,180,000 with [poker card="td"][poker card="ts"] from the cutoff and after some time, Andrew Robl folded [poker card="th"][poker card="9h"] from the button. The board ran out [poker card="qs"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7c"][poker card="9d"][poker card="6c"] to give Haston a rivered ten-high straight and eliminate Nitsche in sixth with a $33,000 payout. Some 40 minutes later, Haxton found yet another victim. Cary Katz limped from early position with [poker card="kh"][poker card="qh"] and Haxton moved all in for 3,880,000 behind him with [poker card="ad"][poker card="tc"]. When action folded back to him, Catz called. The [poker card="qc"][poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] flop was a friendly one for Katz, but the [poker card="ah"] turn put Haxton back in the lead. The [poker card="ts"] river gave Haxton an unnecessary two pair and eliminated Katz in fifth for $44,000. Robl spent the next 30 minutes working a short stack and despite two straight double ups, found no further success. Robl open-shoved for 900,000 with [poker card="td"][poker card="9c"] and Ryan Tosoc moved all in over the for 3,970,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="js"], forcing the rest of the table to fold. The [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="th"] flop put Tosoc in the driver's seat and the [poker card="jd"] gave him a full house to eliminate Robl. The fourth place finish came with a $55,000 score. Tosoc, Haxton and Maurice Hawkins battled for almost a full hour before finding the next elimination. Tosoc was down to just 490,000 and decided to open shove with [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] but Haxton called with [poker card="ah"][poker card="jd"] and stayed ahead through the [poker card="ks"][poker card="qc"][poker card="qh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7s"] runout to bust Tosoc in third for $77,000. Despite never having played short deck before and having zero Poker Masters cashes to his credit, Hawkins got heads up with Haxton with the chip lead. Unfortunately for the 11-time WSOP Circuit ring winner, that's as far as he could go. Hawkins open-shoved 4,775,000 with [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"] and Haxton called with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qd"]. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"] flop kept Haxton in the lead but also gave Hawkins a straight draw. The [poker card="kc"] changed nothing and when the [poker card="qh"] completed the board, Haxton eliminated Hawkins to win his first Poker Masters title and $176,000. Final Table Payouts Isaac Haxton - $176,000 Maurice Hawkins - $115,500 Ryan Tosoc - $77,000 Andrew Robl - $55,000 Cary Katz - $44,000 Dominik Nitsche - $33,000
  12. When Ali Imsirovic took his seat at the final table of Poker Masters Event #5: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em he was likely the least known poker pro of the star-studded six. But even though Imsirovic, the 2018 Borgata Spring Poker Open Champion, may not be one of the faces regularly seen during high-stakes broadcasts, he didn’t let the moment get away from him. He navigated the tough final table and in the end, claimed his first Poker Masters title and a career-high cash of $462,000. Generally considered one of the toughest high-stakes tournament players in the world, Aria regular Jake Schindler started the day with a healthy chip lead. On the other end of the chip counts, poker celebrity Daniel Negreanu had just a few big blinds left to try and make something happen. Joining the pair in the final six was Ben Yu, Brian Rast, Jason Koon, and Imsirovic. Roughly 20 minutes into play Negreanu took a stand with his short stack. Yu raised from the hijack holding [poker card="8s"][poker card="8c"] and Negreanu flat called holding the [poker card="5c"][poker card="2c"]. Leaving himself less than a third of a big blind, Negreanu put it at risk on the [poker card="td"][poker card="9h"][poker card="5d"] flop. Yu called and the board ran out with the [poker card="3s"] on the turn and the [poker card="7s"] on the river leaving Negreanu’s small pair unimproved. Negreanu hit the rail in sixth place for a $99,000 score. It is his second sixth-place finish of the 2018 Poker Masters. The eliminations continued just minutes later when Imsirovic raised in the cutoff with [ak][poker card="kd"]. Koon, who now held the shortest stack remaining, shipped the chips holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="tc"]. Imsirovic made the quick call and Koon soon discovered he was dominated. The flop left little hope for Koon as it came [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"][poker card="4c"]. Looking for some running cards, the [poker card="qs"] provided a few outs to the straight for the Triton SHR Short Deck Champion. But when the [poker card="9h"] completed the board, Koon was eliminated in fifth place. He adds another $132,000 to his over $11.3 million in earning in 2018. This was Koon’s third cash of the series. As the final table wore on, Schindler lost the chip lead, lost a substantial hand that doubled up Ben Yu and found himself as the short stack with four players left. Folded to Schindler in the small blind, he open shipped his five big blinds with [poker card="8c"][poker card="6d"]. Imsirovic in the big blind quickly called showing down [poker card="ac"][poker card="9s"]. Both players whiffed the [poker card="kd"][poker card="jc"][poker card="4h"] flop. But when the [poker card="ad"] turned, Schindler was drawing dead. The river brought an inconsequential [poker card="8s"] and Schindler headed to the cashier for his $165,000 fourth-place payday. Rast, who had the chip lead when Schindler hit the rail, then lost a pair of very big hands. First, doubled up Imsirovic and then quickly second doubled up Yu when Yu hit a 3-outer on the river. It wasn’t much longer after that second double through that Rast had to play for it all. Imsirovic, now the chip leader, was applying pressure to both shorter stacks. He moved all in from the button with [poker card="6s"][poker card="6d"]. Rast, in the big blind made the call only seeing the [poker card="ac"]. The [poker card="3d"] was his second hole card and he was going to have to catch up to stay in the game. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="8c"][poker card="th"][poker card="2h"] offering no help to Rast. Rast collected $214,500 for third place. Heads up play between Yu and Imsirovic didn’t last very long. After a few hands, Imsirovic limped on the button with [poker card="5s"][poker card="5h"]. Yu moved all in from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"] and Imsirovic made the quick call. It was a flip for Yu’s tournament life and to give Imsirovic the win. The flop came [poker card="kh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"], providing a set for Imsirovic and Yu needed running cards to catch up. The turn was the [poker card="2h"] leaving Yu with no outs. He finished the tournament as the runner-up and earned $330,000 for his efforts. Imsirovic takes the first place prize of $462,000 holding pocket fives. In his winner’s interview dedicated the performance to his father who he credited with teaching him strategy games. “A year ago I was watching [Stefan Sontheimer] win everything and I was like it would be really cool if I could do that in a few years. I’m very surprised it came this fast but I’m super fortunate and I want to dedicate this win to my dad.” Event #5 Final Table Payouts 1. Ali Imsirovic - $462,000 2. Ben Yu - $330,000 3. Brian Rast - $214,500 4. Jake Schindler - $165,000 5. Jason Koon - $132,000 6. Daniel Negreanu - $99,000
  13. The second annual Poker Masters high roller series is almost here. Taking place from September 7-13 at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the week-long series is set to feature the best and brightest nosebleed tournament players in the poker world. The schedule kicks off with a $10,000 No Limit Hold’em Event on September 7 and ramps up to the $100,000 Main Event, a three-day tournament beginning on September 13. Updated Schedule The 2018 version of the Poker Masters has a revamped schedule that includes a variety of buy-ins as well as the addition of new poker variants. In 2017, the Poker Masters schedule stuck to four $50,000 No Limit Hold’em tournaments with a $100,000 Main Event. This year, the schedule expands by two events and the buy-in for the first five events does not exceed $25,000. The penultimate event of the series then jumps up to $50,000 before the Main Event. With the extra events comes a chance for the players to participate in a couple of different games. Event #3, the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha event, is the first PLO tournament to be included on the Poker Masters schedule. However, it’s Event #4 that is likely to draw the most attention. For the first time on PokerGO, fans will be able to catch a glimpse of the game that is the current darling of the high roller community as Short Deck (aka Six-Plus Poker) makes its first appearance on the felts at the Aria. Short Deck, the high-action game featured on the Triton Poker Series live-streams, removes the 2-5 cards in the deck. The result is a variation on the traditional hand rankings. In Short Deck, three of a kind is superior to straights and flushes more valuable than full houses. Event #4, the 2-day, $10,000 Short Deck NLHE event, starting on September 10, will be one to watch. Where To Watch Of course, Short Deck isn’t the only part of the Poker Masters that can be watched on live-stream. The entire series was basically created as content for Poker Central’s popular poker streaming platform PokerGO. Every final table, as well as select feature tables, will be available for viewing on the PokerGO website or on their mobile app. High Roller Rules As is customary in just about every modern high roller event, a 30-second shot clock will be implemented. Players will receive five time-extension chips should they need a little more in a spot or two. Another new addition to the Poker Masters is how the title will be awarded. Last year, the winner was determined solely by total earnings over the five events. This year, the Poker Masters will be using Poker Central’s High Roller Of The Year scoring system. The Aria's regularly running high roller series currently uses the system, developed in part by tournament player Tom Marchese. The points system gives a base amount of points for placing and cashing in an event with multipliers applied for buy-ins over $10,000. The Purple Jacket The player who accumulates the most points over the course of the series will be awarded the Poker Masters Purple Jacket. In 2017, that player was Steffan Sontheimer, the 27-year-old German pro who ended up cashing in four out of the five events for over $2.7 million. Though Sontheimer had earned a seven-figure score in his career before the Main Event of the 2017 Poker Masters, his victory in the $100,000 Main Event in 2017 marked his first career-defining victory. The $1.5 million payday helped him stave off the likes of Bryn Kenney and fellow German Fedor Holz en route to getting fitted for the Purple Jacket. The first event, Event #1, will begin streaming on Saturday, September 8 at 1:00 pm local time (4:00 pm ET) Poker Masters Full Schedule of Events Date Event Buy-In Sept. 7 Event #1: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $10,000 Sept. 8 Event #2: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $25,000 Sept. 9 Event #3: Pot Limit Omaha (2 Day Event) $25,000 Sept. 10 Event #4: Short Deck No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $10,000 Sept. 11 Event #5: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $25,000 Sept. 12 Event #6: No Limit Hold'em (2 Day Event) $50,000 Sept. 13 Event #7: No Limit Hold'em (3 Day Event) $100,000
  14. The final table of Event #3 ($25,000 Pot Limit Omaha) of the 2018 Poker Masters was headlined by Brandon Adams making his third straight final table appearance but by the end of it all, two-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner Keith Lehr stood tall to claim the win. Adams, who finished fourth in Event #1 and then won Event #2, and Lehr were joined at the final table by Dan Shak, Ben Yu, Jonathan Depa, and Isaac Haxton. It took nearly three hours before the first elimination on Monday. From UTG, Dan Shak raised to 140,000 with [poker card="9d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2c"] before Jonathan Depa re-raised to 480,000 with [poker card="kd"][poker card="kh"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2s"] and Shak called all in. The board ran out [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"][poker card="9s"][poker card="ad"][poker card="4c"] to eliminate Shak in sixth place. Even though he came into the final table with the second biggest chip stack, Brandon Adams fell short in his run for back-to-back titles thanks to Ben Yu. Action folded to Yu on the button and he raised to 175,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qs"][poker card="qh"][poker card="4h"] and Adams called from the big blind with [js[poker card="th"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8h"]. Adams then checked after the [poker card="td"][poker card="5d"][poker card="5h"] flop and Yu bet 125,000. Adams tanked for nearly a full minute, using a time bank in the process, before moving all in for 715,000. Yu called. The [poker card="4s"] turn and [poker card="4c"] river actually improved Yu's hand and eliminated Adams. It took almost a full hour before the next elimination happened. Isaac Haxton raised to 280,000 from the button with [poker card="ac"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9s"][poker card="3c"] and Jonathan Depa defended the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="tc"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4d"]. The [poker card="qs"][poker card="6s"][poker card="5d"] was followed by a bet from Depa and an all in call from Haxton. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] and the river was the [poker card="th"] to give Depa runner-runner two pair to send Haxton out in fourth. Ben Yu lasted just one more hand. Yu raised to 280,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="7c"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6d"] on the button and Lehr defended his big blind with [poker card="qs"][poker card="9d"][poker card="8c"][poker card="6s"]. Lehr checked the [poker card="jc"][poker card="th"][poker card="9s"] flop to Yu and then snap-called Yu's shove. The turn was the [poker card="jh"] and the river was the [poker card="8d"] and Yu was out in third. Heads-up play started with Depa holding less than a single big blind more than Lehr and took just 20 minutes to get to a winner. Now down 3-1 in chips, Depa completed from the button with [poker card="7h"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"] and Lehr checked his option with [poker card="ks"][poker card="jh"][poker card="8d"][poker card="5d"] to send both players to a [poker card="js"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2h"] flop. Lehr bet 240,000 and Depa raised to 720,000. Lehr announced he was all in and Depa called and found out he was ahead with two pair. The [poker card="8c"] turn flipped the script though and gave Lehr a bigger two pair. The [poker card="5s"] river changed nothing and Lehr eliminated Depa to claim his first career Poker Masters title. Final Table Payouts Keith Lehr - $333,000 Jonathan Depa - $222,000 Ben Yu - $148,000 Isaac Haxton - $92,500 Brandon Adams - $74,000 Dan Shak - $55,500 With his fifth-place finish, Adams continues to lead the overall points standings for the Poker Masters title and accompanying Purple Jacket. Poker Masters Standings Through Event #3 Brandon Adams - 510 Keith Lehr - 300 David Peters - 300 Jared Jaffee - 210 Jonathan Depa - 210 Brian Green - 210 Isaac Haxton - 180 Jake Schindler - 150 Ben Yu - 150 Rainer Kempe - 150
  15. With the elimination of Brandon Adams on Day 2 in the 2018 Poker Masters $100,000 Main Event, the distinction of who would win the player of the series and the Poker Masters Purple Jacket was no longer a mystery. That honor belongs to 24-year old Ali Imsirovic. But while the Purple Jacket was already being tailored for Imsirovic, there was still the matter of who would take home the $1,150,000 first place prize in final event. As it turned out, the 2018 Poker Masters finished much in the way it started: Event #1 champion David Peters adding another victory, and million dollar payday, to his resume. At the start of the final day of play only four players remained, all well-known for their prowess at the high roller level. Peters, who held the chip lead and 220 big blinds. Dan Smith who was right on Peters heels. Germany’s Koray Aldemir sitting third in place and Bryn Kenney, with 23 big blinds looking to find some double ups in order to get back into contention. A little over an hour into play, Kenney found a hand to make a move. With roughly 10 big blinds Kenney shoves on the button with [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"] only to be called from the small blind by Aldemir and his [poker card="qc"][poker card="jh"]. The flop came [poker card="5d"][poker card="as"][poker card="7s"] and Kenney needed some help on the turn. It came [poker card="8d"] which didn’t open the door to any more outs. Kenney would need one of the remaining three tens. The [poker card="5c"] completed the board, ending Kenney's tournament. Kenney, who had recently remarked on the Poker Central podcast that he was down seven-figures in 2018, picked up $250,000 for fourth place. After the elimination of Kenney, play wore on for hours. The three players took turns making big hands and bigger calls. Aldemir, who was the short stack for most of three-handed play, evened out the stack and even took the chip lead at one point. But a crucial hand in which Peter shoved with [poker card="ac"][poker card="th"] and was called by Aldemir holding [poker card="9d"][poker card="9c"] proved to be a tipping point. Peters hit running cards to back into a straight. Aldemir who had worked so hard to climb back into the tournament was once again crippled. In the end, Aldemir couldn’t rebuild. He eventually busted on a hand where he shoved from the button with [poker card="ad"][poker card="9s"] and ran into Smith’s [poker card="js"][poker card="jd"]. The board ran out [poker card="tc"][poker card="3s"][poker card="4d"][poker card="3h"][poker card="8d"] and despite his best efforts, Aldemir finishes the Main Event in third place for $400,000 leaving him under $35,000 to hit $10 million in lifetime live tournament earnings. Smith and Peters opted to decrease the time of the levels to 15 minutes and got to the work of determining who would win the $1.15 million. Smith started heads-up play with the slightest of chip advantages. But once Peters took the lead in the first few hands, he wouldn’t give it up. Finally, on the 198th hand of final table play, Peters sealed the deal. Applying pressure, Peters shoved the button with [poker card="kd"][poker card="7c"] and was called by Smith’s [poker card="ad"][poker card="7d"]. Peters was dominated but it was Smith’s tournament that was at risk. The flop looked clean for Smith as it came [poker card="3s"][poker card="4s"][poker card="th"]. But when the turn came [poker card="ks"], Peters was looking to hold. The river card was the [poker card="6s"] ending Dan Smith's Main Event run in second place for $700,000. And also wrapping up the 2018 Poker Masters. David Peters, secured his second victory of the series for $1,150,000. Final Table Payouts David Peters - $1,150,000 Dan Smith - $700,000 Koray Aldemir - $400,000 Bryn Kenney - $250,000 What a difference a cash makes. With his victory in the $100,000 Main Event, Peters was only 10 points shy of Imsirovic on the 2018 Poker Master leaderboard. Though both Peters and Imsirovic each had two victories during the series, Imsirovic also scored an eighth-place finish in Event #1 for $27,600. That ended up being the cash that made the difference for the Purple Jacket. Purple Jacket Final Standings Ali Imsirovic - 660 points David Peters - 650 Brandon Adams - 510 Issac Haxton - 480 Jake Schindler - 390 Koray Aldemir - 385 Ben Yu - 360 Dan Smith - 305 Keith Lehr - 300 Jonathan Depa - 270 Koray Aldemir - 210
  16. For the second day in a row, Ali Imsirovic stood tall at the end of a Poker Masters event as champion and now finds himself in control of the race for the Purple Jacket. Imsirovic beat Koray Aldemir heads-up on Thursday night to win Event #6 ($50,000 No Limit Hold'em) for $799,000. On Wednesday night, Imsirovic beat Ben Yu to win Event #5 ($25,000 No Limit Hold'em) for $462,000. “I don’t know how to put this into words, this is surreal,” Imsirovic said. “I’ve dreamt about winning the Poker Masters Purple Jacket, but I never thought this would be possible. Right now I don’t want to think about it, because I don’t want to be let down too much if I don’t end up winning it.” The final table began with Imsirovic holding just over half the chips in play and Aldemir, Jake Schindler, Seth Davies, Justin Bonomo, and Sam Soverel all chasing him. It took an hour for the first elimination to go down and unsurprisingly, it was Imsirovic doing the work. From the cutoff, Imsirovic raised to 50,000 with [poker card="jh"][poker card="8s"] and called off his last 15,000 from the big blind with [poker card="kd"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="9h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3s"] flop was a safe one for Bonomo, but the [poker card="jd"] turn put Imsirovic ahead. Bonomo didn't improve on the [poker card="as"] river and was eliminated in sixth place for $141,000. That cash put Bonomo's 2018 earnings past the $25,000,000 mark. Seven hands later, another player was sent to the rail and once again it was at the hands of Imsirovic. From UTG, Imsirovic raised to 70,000 with [poker card="qh"][poker card="qs"] before Soverel moved all in for 225,000 holding [poker card="ah"][poker card="kh"]. Imsirovic called and then watched the board run out [poker card="6h"][poker card="4s"][poker card="2c"][poker card="9h"][poker card="2d"] to give him the pot and bust Soverel in fifth for $188,000. Imsirovic continued to push the action and ten hands later, he busted yet another player. Action folded to Imsirovic in the small blind and he moved all in with [poker card="7c"][poker card="5d"] and Schindler called form the big blind with [poker card="4h"][poker card="4s"]. The [poker card="jc"][poker card="9s"][poker card="5c"] flop put Imsirovic ahead and he stayed there through the [poker card="8h"] river and [poker card="ac"] turn to eliminate Schindler in fourth for $235,000. Four hands after Schindler exited, so did Davies. Aldemir folded the button, Imsirovic limped from the small blind with [poker card="6c"][poker card="5c"] and Davies responded by raising to 110,000 with [poker card="tc"][poker card="ts"]. The flop came [poker card="ac"][poker card="6d"][poker card="5d"] and Imsirovic checked. Davies bet 155,000 and Imsirovic moved all in and Davies called with his tournament at risk. The turn was the [poker card="3d"] and the river was the [poker card="qs"] to bust Davies in third for $352,500. Heads up play began with Imsirovic holding a 2.5-1 lead over Aldemir. The final two played heads up for over three hours with Aldemir eventually battling all the way back to take the chip lead. Imsirovic quickly retook it and soon after picked up his fifth elimination to win his second Poker Masters event in as many days. The final hand saw Aldemir move all in with [poker card="9h"][poker card="8d"] and Imsirovic called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="qh"]. The [poker card="as"][poker card="6c"][poker card="3d"] flop kept Aldemir's hopes alive but the [poker card="qs"] on the turn ended all the drama and the tournament, leaving Aldemir collecting $517,000 while Imsirovic picked up $799,000. Final Table Payouts Ali Imsirovic - $799,000 Koray Aldemir - $517,000 Seth Davies - $352,500 Jake Schindler - $235,000 Sam Soverel - $188,000 Justin Bonomo - $141,000 Bryn Kenney - $117,500 The win also earned Ismirovic 300 points towards the Purple Jacket race and propelled him past Brandon Adams for the lead. Along with his two victories, Ismirovic also has an eighth place finish from Event #1 ($10,000 No Limit Hold'em) and now lead Brandon Adams by 150 points. Purple Jacket Standings Ali Imsirovic - 660 points Brandon Adams - 510 Isaac Haxton - 480 Jake Schindler - 390 Ben Yu - 360 Keith Lehr - 300 David Peters - 300 Jonathan Depa - 270 Jason Koon - 240 Koray Aldemir - 210 The only event left on the Poker Masters schedule is the $100,000 Main Event which began Thursday evening.
  17. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. The Fives is back with Lance Bradley and PocketFives' new Managing Editor, Donnie Peters sitting in the co-host chairs. Lance and Donnie recap the PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker and discuss how the 2018 Poker Masters might have been the breakout party for a young American pro. They also discuss the Chad Power vs. Cate Hall backing debate and talk about how William Kassouf's 15 minutes of fame might actually be up all over $100. Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  18. It's going a very high roller holiday season as Poker Central has announced that the return of the Super High Roller Bowl will be sooner than expected. The fifth edition of one of the most prestigious high roller tournaments of the year now takes place from December 17-19 at the PokerGO Studio at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The change to hold the newly dubbed Super High Roller Bowl V during the holiday season is a break of recent tradition for Poker Central. Over the past three years, the SHRB was played in late May, acting as an appetite-whetter for the World Series of Poker. Many expected the next tournament to be held at the same time in 2019. The move to December now takes advantage of the popular World Poker Tour Five Diamond schedule while simultaneously closing out the high roller circuit year with its biggest event. The upcoming December event will have many of the same specifics as the previous event held just six months ago. The $300,000 rake-free buy-in will generate a $14,400,000 prize pool with a $5 million first-place prize and championship ring for the winner. With a 48 seat cap, players who wish to have a shot at a seat need to place their $30,000 deposit by Monday, November 26. For those that do put down a deposit, there will be a live-streamed lottery on PokerGO to award players a seat into the tournament. The ARIA reserves eighteen of the 48 seats for ARIA VIP guests. Tournament officials will hand out these seats at their discretion. The five remaining seats are awarded to the top five players in Aria’s 2018 High Roller of the Year rankings. The current points system will be in place right up until the lottery for Super High Roller Bowl V. Currently the five players with the most points include Poker Central founder Cary Katz, Sam Soverel, Jake Schindler, David Peters, and Isaac Haxton. Poker Masters Champion Ali Imsirovic sits just outside the top five in sixth place with regular high rollers Adrian Mateos and Dan Smith not far behind. According to the Poker Central website, there are currently seven more opportunities for the high roller community to accumulate points. High roller events are taking place every day from October 31-November 6. “In its first five years of existence, Super High Roller Bowl has grown into one of the most exclusive and highly coveted poker championships in the world as the pinnacle of the High Roller Triple Crown,” said Vice President of Content for Poker Central, Sam Simmons. “We’re proud to celebrate that milestone in December, as we implement changes that will continue the success of the event for many years to come.” It just six months ago that Justin Bonomo won the previous Super High Roller Bowl for $5 million. The win was a significant contribution to Bonomo ascending to become the new leader of the All-Time Money List. He currently sits with over $43 million in career earnings. Daniel Negreanu finished as the 2018 runner-up, taking home $3 million for his efforts. The PokerGO platform will stream all of the Super High Roller Bowl. Additionally, the NBC Sports Network will air episodes on their website and the NBC Sports App. Super High Roller Bowl History Year Entries Winner Amount Won Prize Pool 2015 43 Brian Rast $7,525,000 $21,500,000 2016 49 Rainer Kempe $5,000,000 $15,000,000 2017 56 Christoph Vogelsang $6,000,000 $16,800,000 2018 48 Justin Bonomo $5,000,000 $14,400,000
  19. Back in September, Ali Imsirovic put on a bit of a show on his way to winning the 2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket. On Monday night, the 24-year-old eliminated his final three opponents over a 20-minute span to win the $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em event at the 2019 US Poker Open. Final Table Payouts 1. Ali Imsirovic - $442,500 2. Cary Katz - $295,000 3. Dan Shak - $206,500 4. Nick Petrangelo - $147,500 5. Kristen Bicknell - $118,000 6. Joseph Cappello - $88,500 Joseph Cappello started the final table with three big blinds. An early double up was of little help though. Nick Petrangelo raised from under the gun to 60,000 with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="jc"] before Cappello moved all in for 175,000 from the small blind with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="kh"]. Petrangelo called and then Cappello watched the [poker card="qh"][poker card="ts"][poker card="7h"][poker card="kc"][poker card="as"] runout give Petrangelo a straight to eliminate him in sixth place. With the short stack out of the way, five-handed play continued for an hour before the next elimination. Action folded to Kristen Bicknell on the button and she moved all in for 755,000 with the [poker card="qh"][poker card="jc"] before Dan Shak moved all in over the top with the [poker card="9c"][poker card="9s"] and Imsirovic folded his big blind. The [poker card="6h"][poker card="5h"][poker card="3s"] flop kept Shak ahead and after the [poker card="kd"] turn and [poker card="td"] river, Bicknell was out in fifth. It was at this point that Imsirovic went to work. From the button, Imsirovic raised to 120,000 with the [poker card="ac"][poker card="as"], Cary Katz folded his small blind and Petrangelo moved all in for 1,160,000 with the [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]. Imsirovic snap-called. The [poker card="ad"][poker card="jd"][poker card="6d"] flop gave both players a set and the [poker card="3s"] turn and [poker card="2c"] river couldn't save Petrangelo from a fourth-place finish. Five minutes later, Imsirovic had another victim. From under the gun, Imsirovic raised to 125,000 with the [poker card="ks"][poker card="3d"] and Shak called from the small blind with the [poker card="9d"][poker card="8s"]. The flop came [poker card="9s"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2s"] and Shak check-called a bet of 75,000 from Imsirovic. The turn was the [poker card="3h"] and Shak bet 150,000. Imsirovic raised to 550,000 and Shak responded by moving all in for 192,000. The river was the [poker card="tc"] and Shak was out in third. As heads-up play began, Imsirovic had a 10-1 lead over Katz and it took less than 10 minutes for Imsirovic to end it. On the final hand, Imsirovic raised to 180,000 and Katz called. After the [poker card="qs"][poker card="6c"][poker card="2c"] flop, Katz check-raised all in for 1,107,000 and Imsirovic called. Katz turned over the [poker card="kc"][poker card="5c"] for a flush draw and Imsirovic showed the [poker card="9c"][poker card="6s"] for middle pair. The [poker card="5d"] turn paired Katz but the [poker card="8h"] river wasn't enough to save him from a runner-up finish and give Imsirovic the title. USPO Top 10 After Event #5 PLAYER CASHES PRIZE MONEY POINTS 1. Sean Winter 4 $419,400 440 2. Stephen Chidwick 3 $354,950 340 3. Jordan Cristos 2 $206,200 240 4. Ali Imsirovic 1 $442,500 200 5. Cary Katz 2 $346,200 200 6. Lauren Roberts 1 $218,400 200 7. Manig Loeser 2 $146,200 180 8. Dan Shak 2 $232,100 140 9. Koray Aldemir 1 $159,250 140 10. David Peters 1 $100,800 140   The final table for Event #5: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em will take place on Monday. USPO Streaming Schedule On PokerGO DATE EVENT TIME (ET) 02/14/19 Event #1: #10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/15/19 Event #2: #10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/16/19 Event #3: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/17/19 Event #4: $10,000 Short Deck 5 p.m. 02/18/19 Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/19/19 Event #6: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha 5 p.m. 02/20/19 Event #7: $25,000 No Limit Hold'em 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #8: $25,000 8-Game 5 p.m. 02/21/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 8 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #9: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. 02/22/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Early 7:30 p.m. 02/23/19 Event #10: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final 5 p.m. If you don’t have a subscription to PokerGO, sign up today using the promo code "POCKET5S" for $10 off the PokerGO annual plan.
  20. The 2019 Poker Masters kicked off this week and the first event is in the books. Winning Event #1: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em was Isaac Baron. Baron topped the field of 97 entries to take home $223,100. To win the title, Baron topped a final table that included Jeremy Ausmus, Sam Soverel, and Scott Blumstein, and he defeated Chance Kornuth in heads-up play. Kornuth earned $164,900 for his runner-up finish. Event 1 Final Table Results 1st: Isaac Baron - $223,100 2nd: Chance Kornuth - $164,900 3rd: Ralph Wong - $116,400 4th: Jeremy Ausmus - $97,000 5th: Sam Soverel - $77,600 6th: Scott Blumstein - $58,200 7th: Dan Shak - $48,500 8th: Thai Ha - $38,800 [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Baron entered the final table of eight with the chip lead and it was Pennsylvania poker pro Thai Ha to bust first in eighth place. Ha went out at the hands of Ausmus when his [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9h"] lost to Ausmus’ [poker card="8s"][poker card="7s"] in all-in preflop action. Dan Shak was next to bust, and it was Baron who sent him packing. Ausmus had opened to 120,000 holding the [poker card="As"][poker card="Tc"] with the blinds at 30,000-60,000 with a 60,000 big blind ante, and Baron reraised to 330,000 with pocket fives. Shak, who was on a severe short stack, then called all in for 75,000 with the [poker card="Kh"][poker card="Jd"]. Ausmus folded, and it was off to the races for Baron and Shak. No help came for Shak and he was out in seventh place. Although Soverel busted Blumstein in sixth place, he was the next one to bust, and it was once again Baron doing the deed. Baron’s [poker card="As"][poker card="Ac"] held up against Soverel’s [poker card="8d"][poker card="8c"] and Soverel was out fifth. After Ausmus was knocked out in fourth and Ralph Wong in third, both at the hands of Baron, it was time for the heads-up match between Baron and Kornuth. Entering the duel, Baron had 8.415 million in chips to Kornuth’s 1.29 million. The two wasted no time getting the money in, as Baron shoved with the [poker card="5c"][poker card="3c"] against Kornuth and his stack of 10 big blinds. Kornuth looked at the [poker card="Ah"][poker card="9h"] and made the call. Unfortunately for Kornuth, the board ran out [poker card="Th"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="Qd"][poker card="Kc"] to give Baron the victory. With the win, Baron took the early lead in the race for the overall Poker Masters title with 300 points. The player to earn the most points over the course of the series will be crowned Poker Masters champion and receive a $100,000 bonus plus the trophy purple jacket.
  21. The top of the Spanish all-time money list on The Hendon Mob includes some easily recognizable names. Adrian Mateos, Carlos Mortensen, Sergio Aido, and 2019 PokerStars Players Championship winner Ramon Colillas occupy the top four positions, but the name now sitting in fifth is rising quickly. Sergi Reixach now has $5,027,636 in lifetime earnings after taking down the Poker Masters $25,000 No Limit Hold'em event on Tuesday for $369,000. He now sits just $184,000 behind Colillas. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] A battle of the blinds played a huge part in the first elimination of the day. Action folded to Reixach in the small blind and he called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="2c"]. Sean Winter checked with [poker card="5h"][poker card="3h"]. After the [poker card="tc"][poker card="4c"][poker card="2d"] flop, Reixach check-called Winter's bet of 40,000. After the [poker card="8s"] turn, Reixach check-called again, this time after Winter bet 80,000. The [poker card="8d"] river saw Reixach check for a third time with Winter betting 190,000, leaving himself just 5,000 behind, and Reixach tank-calling with bottom pair to leave Winter short. Winter spent the next 10 hands turning that 5,000 into 210,000 before getting into a sticky spot. From UTG, Winter raised to 160,000 with [poker card="qs"][poker card="jh"], Andras Nemeth moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="kh"] and Reixach called from the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="td"] and tabled his hand prematurely. Winter was left with a decision for his final 50,000. After using two time banks, Sam Soverel called. The board ran out [poker card="8d"][poker card="7d"][poker card="7s"][poker card="9h"][poker card="7c"] to eliminate Soverel in sixth place and Nemeth in fifth. After George Wolff and Orpen Kisacikoglu folded, Soverel moved all-in from the small blind for 390,000 with [poker card="qd"][poker card="td"] and Reixach called with [poker card="kc"][poker card="5s"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="th"][poker card="3d"] flop gave both players a pair but Soverel wasn't able to move ahead through the [poker card="6s"] turn or [poker card="ac"] river and was eliminated in fourth place. Along with the $102,500 payout, Soverel added 120 points towards the race for the Purple Jacket to pass Chance Kornuth and take over the lead. With Wolff holding the chip lead, Reixach and Kisacikoglu got into an all-in preflop situation that sent the tournament into heads-up play. Reixach called from the button with [poker card="8d"][poker card="8s"], Wolff folded his small blind before Kisacikoglu moved all-in for 1,280,000 from the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="js"]and Reixach called. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="8c"][poker card="2s"] flop turned the tables on Kisacikoglu and he was unable to get back in front after the [poker card="as"] turn or [poker card="8h"] river and was sent home in third. That hand gave Reixach a small lead over Wolff at the start of heads-up play. The pair played for just 20 minutes before Reixach ended the tournament. Wolff called from the small blind with [poker card="6h"][poker card="4h"] and Reixach raised to 280,000 with [poker card="ac"][poker card="ah"] and Wolff called. After the [poker card="qh"][poker card="7s"][poker card="6c"] flop, Reixach bet 160,000 and Wolff moved all in for 1,390,000 and Reixach called. The turn was the [poker card="5s"] and the [poker card="th"] river made Wolff's second place elimination official. Three of Reixach's last four cashes were wins. He previously won the European Poker Tour Barcelona €100,000 Super High Roller in August and the British Poker Open £25,000 event in September. Final Table Payouts Sergi Reixach - $369,000 George Wolff - $246,000 Orpen Kisacikoglu - $164,000 Sam Soverel - $102,500 Andras Nemeth - $82,000 Sean Winter - $61,500 Purple Jacket Standings Sam Soverel - 690 Chance Kornuth - 630 George Wolff - 420 Sean Winter - 330 Kahle Burns - 330 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Sergi Reixach - 300 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini - 300
  22. Sunday afternoon in Las Vegas, Kristen Bicknell made history by becoming the first woman to win a Poker Masters title after defeating a final table that included current Purple Jacket points leader Chance Kornuth and defending Purple Jacket champion Ali Imsirovic. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] “It feels incredible to win this event. I final tabled the World Poker Tour event last week and I did not feel happy with my final table play, so that run was kind of bittersweet. I wasn’t planning on playing this tournament but I felt the itch and in Las Vegas and I’m very happy with how it played out,” Bicknell said. A cooler just three minutes into the day sent one player to the rail. Ben Heath moved all-in from UTG for 125,000 with [poker card="kc"][poker card="kd"]. Action folded to Ralph Wong in the small blind and he called with [poker card="ad"][poker card="6c"] before Andras Nemeth moved all-in for 525,000 from the big blind [poker card="ah"][poker card="as"] forcing Wong to fold. The board ran out [poker card="9h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="jc"][poker card="jh"] to bust Heath in sixth place. Less than 10 minutes, action folded to Wong on the button and he moved all in for 590,000 with [poker card="as"][poker card="9s"]. Nemeth folded his small blind but Kornuth called from the big blind with [poker card="ad"][poker card="jc"]. The [poker card="8s"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4h"] flop kept Kornuth ahead and the [poker card="ah"] turn kept Wong drawing to a nine but the [poker card="7s"] failed to connect and he was out in fifth. Kornuth moved all-in from UTG with [poker card="5c"][poker card="5s"] and Nemeth called from the big blind with [poker card="ac"][poker card="3h"]. Nemeth failed to connect on the [poker card="8h"][poker card="4d"][poker card="4h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="th"] board and was eliminated in fourth place. Kornuth continued to be the aggressor and it resulted in finding yet another victim. Bicknell folded the button and Kornuth moved all in for 1,050,000 withh [poker card="jc"][poker card="3c"] and Ali Imsirovic called all-in with [poker card="ks"][poker card="8d"]. The [poker card="qd"][poker card="5d"][poker card="4s"] flop was a safe one for Imsirovic, but the [poker card="js"] turn gave Kornuth the advantage before the [poker card="jd"] river finished Imsirovic off in third. Heads-up play began with Bicknell holding 3,470,000 of the 6,375,000 chips in play. Over the next two hours, Bicknell and Kornuth each took turns with the lead before Bicknell captured it for the final time and finished Kornuth off. Bicknell moved all-in with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] and Kornuth called all-in with [poker card="9d"][poker card="9h"]. The [poker card="7c"][poker card="5h"][poker card="4h"] flop gave Bicknell a gutshot straight draw. The [poker card="ac"] turn was a brick but the [poker card="6c"] river completed her straight and gave her first Poker Masters title. This marked the third time in six Poker Masters events this year that Kornuth finished as the runner-up. He previously came second to Isaac Baron in Event #1 and Ryan Laplante in Event #2 and now leads the Purple Jacket championship standings by more than double any other player. Final Table Payouts Kristen Bicknell - $408,000 Chance Kornuth - $267,500 Ali Imsirovic - $178,500 Andras Nemeth - $127,000 Ralph Wong - $102,000 Ben Heath - $76,500 David Stamm - $63,750 Elio Fox - $51,000 Purple Jacket Standings Chance Kornuth - 630 Kristen Bicknell - 300 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini - 300 Jared Bleznick - 300 Jonathan Depa - 300 Sam Soverel - 270 Jorryt van Hoof - 270 Alex Foxen - 270
  23. By the time the final day of the 2019 Poker Masters Main Event started, Sam Soverel had already done enough to have locked up the Purple Jacket as the Poker Masters Champion. Having accumulated 830 points through the first nine events, there was nobody at the Main Event final table that could catch him. Then he added an emphatic exclamation point to an incredible 10-day run by winning the $50,000 buy-in Main Event. [ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] Thursday's action began on the money bubble with six players remaining. The reigning and defending Purple Jacket champion, Ali Imsirovic was eliminated by Stephen Chidwick in sixth just 30 minutes into play to put all players in the money. Just 20 mins later, Soverel found his first victim of the night. Seth Davies raised to 55,000 from the button with [poker card="qc"][poker card="qd"] only to have Soverel re-raise to 175,000 from the small blind with [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"]. Davies responded by moving all-in for 545,000 and Soverel called. The board ran out [poker card="9c"][poker card="4d"][poker card="2d"][poker card="4c"][poker card="6h"] to eliminate Davies in fifth place. Just over an hour later, a nearly identical hand sent another player home. Chris Hunichen raised to 80,000 from the button wiht [poker card="kc"][poker card="ks"], Soverel folded his small blind and Chidwick made it 220,000 from the big blind with [poker card="qd"][poker card="qh"]. Hunichen moved all-in and Chidwick called with his tournament on the line. The [poker card="tc"][poker card="8c"][poker card="8h"] flop changed nothing for Chidwick and after the [poker card="6d"] turn and [poker card="5c"] river he was out in fourth place. A battle of the blinds all but eliminated Elio Fox. Hunichen folded his button and Soverel raised to 205,000 from the small blind with [poker card="8h"][poker card="8s"] and Fox defended the big blind with [poker card="tc"][poker card="7s"]. The [poker card="9c"][poker card="7d"][poker card="4s"] flop gave Fox middle pair but left him trailing Soverel. Soverel checked and Fox checked behind. The turn was the [poker card="9d"] and Soverel lead out for 425,000 and Fox called. The river was the [poker card="9s"] and Soverel bet 1,500,000 forcing Fox to a decision for his tournament life. After using two time banks, Fox called and was given the bad news. Left with just 40,000, Fox was eliminated by Soverel two hands later. Soverel controlled 83% of the chips in play when heads-up play began. It took him just six hands and 12 minutes to pick up the rest. Soverel moved all-in from the button with [poker card="qd"][poker card="th"] and Hunichen called with [poker card="2h"][poker card="2s"]. The [poker card="ks"][poker card="qh"][poker card="9d"] flop gave Soverel top pair and a gutshot straight draw. Hunichen found no relief through the [poker card="6s"] turn or [poker card="4s"] river to give Soverel the Main Event title to go along with his Purple Jacket. All told, Soverel cashed in seven of the 10 events, picking up two wins, three fourth-place finishes, as well as a fifth and sixth-place finish. He earned $1,396,800 for his efforts and now has lifetime cashes of $12,888,684. Poker Masters $50K Payouts Sam Soverel - $680,000 Chris Hunichen - $442,000 Elio Fox - $272,000 Stephen Chidwick - $170,000 Seth Davies - $136,000 Purple Jacket Final Standings Sam Soverel - 1160 Kahle Burns - 630 Chance Kornuth - 630 Sean Winter - 480 Ali Imsirovic - 450
  24. Hosted by Lance Bradley and Donnie Peters, The Fives Poker Podcast runs each week and covers the latest poker news, preview upcoming events, and debate the hottest topics in poker. Lance and Donnie return with an all-new episode of The FIVES Poker Podcast to talk about one of the biggest poker stories of 2019. After months of grinding, Daniel Negreanu was declared the 2019 World Series of Poker Player of the Year! However, late last week a data entry error was discovered that overturned his would-be history-making achievement and awarded the Player of the Year award to Australia's Robert Campbell. Listen in as the guys break down everything from how the error was discovered to the fallout of the WSOP Player of the Year race. Plus get caught up with everything else going on in the world of poker including results from the 2019 Poker Masters as well as the first Sunday grind for online poker players in Pennsylvania. Tune in today! Subscribe: Apple Podcasts * Google Podcasts * Stitcher
  25. 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.[ptable zone="Global Poker Article Ad"][ptable zone="888poker NJ"][ptable zone="GG Poker"] 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 [poker card="tc"][poker card="7c"][poker card="4h"][poker card="3c"][poker card="2h"]. Kahle Burns re-raised to 770,000 with [poker card="qc"][poker card="8h"][poker card="4c"][poker card="3s"][poker card="2d"] and Jorryt van Hoof folded behind. Burns drew the [poker card="6s"] to make and 8-6 while Bromfan ended up with the [poker card="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 [poker card="js"][poker card="9s"] and Sam Soverel called from the big blind with [poker card="as"][poker card="qd"]. The board ran out [poker card="kd"][poker card="8h"][poker card="3d"][poker card="2s"][poker card="5h"] 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 [poker card="qc"][poker card="8d"][poker card="6h"][poker card="5c"][poker card="4c"] and Burns called with [poker card="jd"][poker card="8s"][poker card="6d"][poker card="4s"][poker card="3c"]. Soverel drew the [poker card="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 [poker card="qc"][poker card="td"][poker card="7s"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"]. Martini moved all-in from the small blind with [poker card="kh"][poker card="8h"][poker card="7d"][poker card="6s"][poker card="2c"] and Burns called from the big blind with [poker card="jc"][poker card="8s"][poker card="7h"][poker card="5d"][poker card="3c"]. Martini drew the [poker card="4d"] to make an 8-7, Burns patted his J-8, and van Hoof drew the [poker card="7c"][poker card="4s"] 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 [poker card="ah"][poker card="8d"] and Burns defended with [poker card="kd"][poker card="3c"]. The flop came [poker card="th"][poker card="5s"][poker card="4h"] and Burns check-called Martini's bet of 200,000. The turn was the [poker card="js"] and both players checked. The river was the [poker card="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 Julien Martini - $166,400 Kahle Burns - $109,200 Jorryt van Hoof - $72,800 Sam Soverel - $52,000 Stephen Chidwick - $41,600 Pedro Bromfman - $31,200 Yuri Dzivielevski - $26,000 Erik Seidel - $20,800 Purple Jacket Standings Chance Kornuth - 420 Isaac Baron - 300 Ryan Laplante - 300 Julien Martini - 300 Jared Bleznick - 300 Jonathan Depa - 300 Sam Soverel - 270 Jorryt van Hoof - 270 Alex Foxen - 270 Thai Ha - 210
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