Another star-studded event was the Poker Masters ‘ $10,000-entry Pot Limit Omaha Event # 2. It was won Thursday night by one of the circuit’s most humble tournament players, Ryan Laplante, the effervescent force of poker positivity, for $186,000.
Ryan Laplante was emotional as he took down a tournament that obviously meant the world to him and placed him in the fight for the 2019 Purple Jacket awarded to the eventual champion of the competition, along with $100,000 in additional money.
With 62 entries compromising some of the toughest poker tournament games, after edging out Chance Kornuth in second place, Laplante took the title. Kornuth, who finished in Event #1 as runner-up, also finished second in Event #2. With those two runner-up finishes putting him at the top of the leaderboard–for now.
Ali Imsirovic was one of those with six men starting at the final table. Although Imsirovic had to transcend his own perceived shortcomings (after all, this is the champion of Poker Masters 2018), it was Laplante who led the field into the final day of action. As the shortest stacked player in the house, Tim McDermott was first to bust, but it was the unfortunate Imsirovic who left first. Earning a whopping $49,600 for his fifth-place finish, the 2018 champion will still be able to earn some early points on the board.
Laplante kept a big chip lead and used it to control the axis, sending John Riordan out fourth with a straight and only Kornuth stood in Laplante’s way of becoming champion as Thai Ha bustled in third place.
The heads-up match was an entertaining one, and when he made a flush in the final hand, Laplante won a win that meant a huge amount to him. Choking back tears as he grinned, the ever-political Kornuth thanked his rival and banked the 210 points that won him an early lead in the race to wear the Purple Jacket this year.
Poker Masters Event #2 payouts:
Current Poker Masters leaderboard standings: