After 8 days of gruesome grinding, the Poker Masters tournament has just come to an end. This seven events extravaganza has coronated several players like Brandon Adams, Keith Lehr and Isaac Haxton with the winner’s title. Poker Masters ended with the Main Event, declaring David Peters as the winner. Peters, along with the coveted title, banked on the top prize of $1,150,000.
On the other hand, Ali Imsirovic went on to win the 2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket with 660 points. Both Peters and Imsirovic had taken down 2 events each but unfortunately, Peters narrowly missed the player of series designation with 650 points.
Talking about his experience in the series, Peters said “It was definitely a long week. A lot of battles with a lot of great players.”
At The Main Event
On Day 1, the Main Event registered 15 players out of which only 8 made it to the Day 2. Peters was leading the leaderboard. The seven players who got eliminated on Day 1 itself were Isaac Haxton, Keith Tilston, Matthias Eibinger, Brian Rast, Jason Koon, Dan Smith and Brandon Adams.
Owing to the elimination of such notable players, Tournament Director Paul Campbell, paused the tournament midway through level 5 to have a discussion at length with the 8 remaining runners. Finally, it was decided that the end of level 5 would mark the completion of Day 1 and late registrations would be open only till the game on Day 2 begins, the consecutive day. This was done to safeguard the integrity of both the tournament and the surviving players.
On Day 2, 10 more registrations came in, taking the player pool to 25 and raising the GTD to $2,500,000. Christoph Vogelsang, Dominik Nitsche, Seth Davies, Nick Petrangelo, Ali Imsirovic, Rainer Kempe, Justin Bonomo, Koray Aldemir, Stephen Chidwick, Cary Katz and Bryn Kenney joined the action, while Adams, Koon, Smith, Haxton, Eibinger and Tilston re-entered.
Post the elimination of the likes of Rainer Kempe (14th), Justin Bonomo (15th), Matthias Eibinger (16th), Isaac Haxton (17th) and Jason Koon (18th), it was time for the Final Table with the remaining 7 players.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. David Peters – 2,284,000
2. Stephen Chidwick – 743,000
3. Koray Aldemir – 615,000
4. Dan Smith – 575,000
5. Christoph Vogelsang – 478,000
6. Bryn Kenney – 211,000
7. Brandon Adams – 95,000
The Final table
After rapid eliminations, starting with Brandon Adams, followed by Stephen Chidwick and Christoph Vogelsang, the final table was now a four-handed play.
Four-Handed Chip Counts
1. David Peters – 2,203,000
2. Dan Smith – 2,030,000
3. Koray Aldemir – 541,000
4. Bryn Kenney – 227,000
On the 72nd hand, Bryn Kenney was busted by Koray Aldemir in the fourth place, shortly after which he was in turn railed by Dan Smith in the 3rd place. It was now time for the heads up- Peters Vs Smith.
The heads-up climax started with Dan Smith with 2,570,000 and David Peters with 2,430,000. After 23 hands of gruelling grind, they came down to the final hand.
The board flipped giving Peters a top pair of kings. Thus, ended Smith’s run in the runner-up spot.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. David Peters – $1,150,000
2. Dan Smith – $700,000
3. Koray Aldemir – $400,000
4. Bryn Kenney – $250,000