During the weekend, the Poker Masters saw some dramatic action establishing the tightest race for the Purple Jacket yet.
Event # 3 Depa’s Short Deck chops are confirmed
In Event #3, Jonathan Depa edged out Alex Foxen as he bagged another Short Deck crown to lead some in the industry–including Foxen –saying Depa was the best in the format. With Sam Soverel at the forefront of some attacking moves, WSOP final table player Jorryt van Hoof was in the reckoning as well, but on the last day Soverel was eliminated early by a clash between the two men.
Soverel went all – in with a fitting queen-ten, but the king-queen of van Hoof called him, and he was unable to catch up, leaving five to compete for the win of the game.
When his all-in push with jack-ten saw Depa calling with ace-king, Ben Yu was next to bust. Depa was still ahead, though not the favourite he would have been in hold’em, and Yu needed help. He only got that on the flop, matching his jack and making a straight draw, but Depa’s hand was matched by a king on the turn and Yu couldn’t have one of the outs on the river that he wanted.
Erik Seidel looked likely to join Yu on the track, but a nicely-timed deal of aces against kings saw him vault over van Hoof–who had kept the kings–and a few hands ago the Dutchman played ace-queen into pocket kings.
Seidel wasn’t going to last longer, another Foxen survivor, who gained traction at the final table to match his GPI dominance. Seidel’s king-nine shove saw Foxen make the call with ace-queen, and although a nine on the flop briefly brought the runner-up of the WSOP Main Event ahead, Foxen found runner-runner to make a club flush and head up.
While Depa had the knowledge, Foxen definitely had the momentum, but that was turned to a few smaller hands before the younger man got into the all-in and call back against Depa’s queen-jack with jack-nine. A queen on the flop sealed Depa’s deal, but with another deep run and narrow loss, Foxen could console himself to a format master.
Event #3 $10,000-Entry Short Deck final table results:
|4th||Jorryt van Hoof||$37,000|
Event #4’s 8-game finalists bulldozed by Bleznick
After an exciting final table, Jared Bleznick got the better of Cary Katz heads-up to win the title of Event #4. With the British Poker Open PLO champion George Wolff falling first, other players including Brandon Adams and Mike Gorodinsky also got a final table finish but missed the heads-up fight.
Having pulled out his mixed game wizardry but kept split kings in Stud 8 and saw Bleznick make a high as well as hit two pairs to make his efforts in vain, Nick Schulman looked likely to make it heads-up at many stages.
Cary Katz was the recent winner of the London Super High Roller, but could not win another game–yet–as he saw two pairs outdone by Bleznick’s own two pairs, with aces and tens of the winning hand in the PLO.
Event #4 $10,000 8-Game Mix final table results:
Event #5 shaken and stirred by Martini
Teams were back in action on another final table as the Big Bet Mix game of $10,000 had reached its final six-man table. WSOP event and British Poker Open event champion Stephen Chidwick looked set up at the start of the game to add another British name to the ranks of the 2019 Poker Masters champions, but it wasn’t to be.
Chidwick can take several pulls with 65 percent of the chips in play, but in terms of luck, the wheels sound off his train almost from the first hand. They seemed to survive every time he had chips in the centre to bust an opponent, and while Chidwick wasn’t the first person to bust, he soon went on.
Pedro Bromfman was eliminated in 6th place when he pulled a 10-7 low hand in No Limit 2-7 Single Draw, but couldn’t reach and saw the twice-time WSOP bracelet winner in Rozvadov, Aussie Kahle Burns pulling 8-6 and making his side.
Almost no longer lived Chidwick, so NHLE did it for him. Chidwick went all – in with ideal jack-nine, but Sam Soverel turned over ace-queen and stayed with ease to take a share of Burns ‘ chip lead. Soverel was searching for his first heads-up berth, but was unable to get there, unable to find his draw back against Burns in 2-7 Single Draw.
Despite play already limited to three-handed, when he busted next, this time to the eventual winner, Jorryt van Hoof got WSOP final table flashbacks. Julien Martini was quiet and seemed to be out of the activity when he was reduced to one wide blind, but tripled into a three-way drawing hand that moved him back up the list before contributing to van Hoof’s departure.
Martini and Burns both exchanged the leader’s jersey a couple of times heads-up over a long, drawn-out fight, but it was Martini who delivered the final blow when he made a brilliant call with just ace-high on the river to leave Burns but a pile of ashes, and it was all-round drinks for Martini who had been ice cold all over, winning the cheers in the room.
Event #5 $10,000 Big Bet Mix final table results:
|3rd||Jorryt van Hoof||$72,800|
There have been five different winners so far with five Poker Masters 2019 events in the can, but none of them are leading the way. Chance Kornuth has two runner-up berths to his name, and at the moment those two cashes are enough to see the famous leaderboard pro. Here’s the current top ten:
Overall 2019 Poker Masters standings:
|8th||Jorryt van Hoof||270||$109,800|