Poker Masters Event #3: $50,000 NLHE

The Poker Masters event began with 48 entrants. After battling through a heads-up match as long as the final table itself, Bryn Kenney defeated Poker Hall of Famer Erik Seidel to the title. 

The final table saw a quick first elimination, and it happened when Sergio Aido three-bet his short stack all-in holding pocket sixes, and was called by the Jake Schindler, the original raiser with  . Two clubs on the flop and one on the river gave Schindler the flush, and Aido had to settle for seventh place and $96,000.

It took a long time for the next elimination to take place. Thereafter, Kenney, from the small blind, holding queen-eight was in the action against short-stacked Doug Polk, who called off with pocket fours. Polk ended up finishing in fifth place for $144,000 after Kenney hit a queen on the flop.

The final two of Kenney and Seidel battled long and hard. Kenney entered the heads-up battle with a 500k chip-lead over Seidel. Seidel showed great character to edge up to the chip lead after an astounding 7 double ups along the way but Kenney managed to claw his way up, eventually wearing his opponent down and taking the title.

Final Table Payouts in Event 3

  1. Bryn Kenney – $960,000
  2. Erik Seidel – $576,000
  3. Jake Schindler – $312,000
  4. Dan Smith – $192,000
  5. Doug Polk – $144,000
  6. Cary Katz – $120,000
  7. Sergio Aido – $96,000
Bryn Kenney winning at the Poker Masters

Poker Masters Event #4: $50,000 NLHE

Event 4 began with 39 entries, and it was Brandon Adams who took down the event for a $819,000 prize money.

It’s been a splendid year for Adams, who also finished 3rd in August’s Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open High Roller for $351,000. Adams, known as an old-school player, has started hitting his stride of late and is now proving his mettle for the modern-day game as well.

After Zach Clark was busted on the bubble in 7th place, the final six players ploughed ahead to take the $819,000 first-place prize.

The next player to go was the breakout star of the Poker Masters, Steffen Sontheimer. Steffen Sontheimer, making his third final table appearance of the Poker Masters, fell just short in his attempts. In Event #3, he had busted in eighth place – the money bubble. Here, his ace-five failed to overcome the pocket fives of Adams, and Sontheimer exitted Event #4 in fifth place for $117,000, which brought his Poker Masters winnings to $1,221,000.

Brandon Adams

Polk and Brandon Adams were the 2 players to reach heads-up play. After exchanging chip leads, and with Adams up just over 2-1 in chips, Polk raised to 80,000 from the button and Adams called. Both players held two diamonds and flopped straight flush draws. The chips went in, with Adams’ hand slightly better. A diamond on the turn gave both players a flush, and Adams claimed the title $819,000. Polk had to settle for second place with a $468,000 prize money.

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