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The eight-day long 2018 Poker Masters has now concluded. The seven-event extravaganza crowned several winners including Brandon Adams, Keith Lehr and Isaac Haxton. But two pros who stood out among the rest were Ali Imsirovic and David Peters (cover image). Both players won two events each and whilst Imsirovic went on to win the 2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket with 660 points, Peter narrowly missed the player of series designation with 650 points, but he took down $100,000 Main Event for an impressive $1,150,000.
Ranked fifth on the Global Poker Index and 13th on the All Time Money List, Peters is a former World Series of Poker (WSOP) gold bracelet winner with total live earnings of $24,612,763.
Talking about his experience at the series, Peters said “It was definitely a long week. A lot of battles with a lot of great players.”
Day 1 Recap
15 players joined the fray on Day 1 but only eight made the cut for Day 2. While David Peters (620,500) topped the leaderboard, seven runners were eliminated through the course of the day including Isaac Haxton, Keith Tilston, Matthias Eibinger, Brian Rast, Jason Koon, Dan Smith and Brandon Adams.
The eliminations of many notables caused Tournament Director Paul Campbell to pause the tournament mid-way through level five to have a lengthy discussion with the remaining nine players. To safeguard the integrity of the tournament and the players who were still in the running, the decision was made to end Day 1 at the completion of the level and have registration end at the commencement of play on Day 2.
Day 2 Recap
10 more players registered for the event on Day 2 taking the player pool to 25 entries and making for a total prize pool of $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.
Following the eliminations of Keith Tilston (8th), Dominik Nitsche (9th), Seth Davies (10th), Cary Katz (11th), Nick Petrangelo (12th), Ali Imsirovic (13th), Rainer Kempe (14th), Justin Bonomo (15th), Matthias Eibinger (16th), Isaac Haxton (17th) and Jason Koon (18th), the seven-handed final table was set up.
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
Final Table Recap
The winner of the $25K NLHE, Brandon Adams was the first elimination on the seven-handed final table. Koray Aldemir opened for 13,000 holding and Adams moved all-in from the cutoff with . Dan Smith called from the button with and the rest of the table folded. The flop brought and Smith picked up two pairs of aces and queens, while Adams flopped a pair of aces. The turn missed both players, but Smith rivered a fullhouse with ending Adams’ run in seventh place.
On the 36th hand, Smith raised to 30,000 from the button with and Stephen Chidwick moved all-in with his last 17,000 from the small blind holding . David Peters called from the big blind with . The flop fell . Peters checked to Smith who continued for 25,000 in the side pot. Peters called to see the turn . Smith and Peters checked through to see the river . Peters led out for 40,000 with two pair and Smith let his hand go, while Chidwick was railed in sixth place.
Five hands later, Christoph Vogelsang shoved all in for 128,000 from the button, while Smith and Peters called from the blinds. The flop came . Smith and Peters checked to see the turn . Two more checks and the completed the board. Smith fired out 250,000 into a dry side pot which got a quick fold from Peters. Vogelsang turned over against Smith’s . Vogelsang’s hand was unable to overpower Smith’s king kicker, resulting in his fifth place finish.
1. David Peters – 2,203,000
2. Dan Smith – 2,030,000
3. Koray Aldemir – 541,000
4. Bryn Kenney – 227,000
Final Day Recap
On the 72nd hand, Bryn Kenney shoved all-in from the button and Koray Aldemir re-shoved from the small blind.
The community cards fanned out and missed both player, but Aldemir jack kicker was good enough to eliminate Kenney in fourth place. Kenney became the first player to finish in the money.
After a marathon three-handed play that lasted for approximately five hours, on the 175th hand, Koray Aldemir jammed from the button for 300,000 and Smith called from small blind. Aldemir tabled and Smith turned over . The flop put Aldemir at risk and he was hoping for an ace in the remaining two streets. However, the turn brought and the river fell , prompting Aldemir to move on and collect his third-place prize money.
The heads-up battle between Dan Smith (2,570,000) and David Peters (2,430,000) started with Smith holding a slight lead over Peters. 23 hands later, Peters shoved all in for 3,780,000 and Smith snap-called for his 1,140,000 from big blind.
The runout gave Peters a top pair of kings and ended Smith’s run in the runner-up spot. Peters took away the top prize of $1,150,000, along with his second 2018 Poker Masters title for the series.
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