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Martin Zamani (cover-image) topped the 97-entry field in the two-day-long Event #6: $10,000 NLHE at the 2022 Poker Masters, currently underway at the PokerGO Studio inside the ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The victory helped Zamani end an almost year-long title drought, fetching him a winner’s paycheque worth $223,100. 2022 WSOP $1,500 PLO Eight Or Better finalist Jared Jaffee cashed $155,200 in second place.
Zamani is a name that`s been much-talked about in the poker circles ever since he called out his erstwhile staker, Bryn Kenney, of running a cult-like cheating ring and made several other damning accusations on the Doug Polk podcast. Following this, he tweeted Telegram messages screenshots as proof of some of his claims, stirring up a heated debate on cheating in high-stakes tournaments.
The controversies aside, Zamani is an established player with a solid career record. His first live tournament cash dates to 2014, and he`s accumulated over $3.28 Million on the live circuit since. His career-best score of $895,110 came in 2019 when he championed the $25K NLHE – PCA High Roller at the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in Paradise Island. The Florida-based poker pro also has the boasting rights to winning two WSOP golden bracelets and one WSOP Circuit ring and sits atop $1,325,559 in WSOP earnings over seven years (2015 – 22).
Notables who boarded the money bus but fell short of the final table include four-time WSOP bracelets winner Ben Yu (10th for $29,100), two-time WSOP bracelet winner Jim Collopy (11th for $29,100), bracelet winner Mitchell Halverson (12th for $19,400), five-time WSOP Circuit ring winner John Riordan (13th for $19,400) & Israel’s all-time money list topper Amir Lehavot (14th for $19,400).
The $10K buy-in NLHE event attracted 97 entrants, creating a prize pool of $970,000. The top 14 finishers earned at least $19,400.
You can watch the one-hour preview of the final table live stream below. The complete stream is available by subscription on the PokerGo app.
With over half the series already over, Jeremy Ausmus (242 Points) retains his early lead in the Poker Masters leaderboard standings. He won Event #1 and placed seventh in Event #2. Martin Zamani (223 Points) has climbed to #2 on the leaderboard after winning Event #6. The Event #4 winner Adam Hendrix (216 Points), has dropped one place to #3.
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