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The opening event of the premier high roller tournament series, 2018 Poker Masters hosted at PokerGo Studio in Las Vegas was the $10,000 No-Limit Hold ‘em that saw a total of 69 entries make their way into the field. After two days of intense action, David Peters (cover image) took down the event for $193,200.
Peters is among the top ten on poker’s all-time money list with $23,269,563 in live cashes, and more than $5 Million in online earnings. With this win, he has added another 300 points towards the race for the Purple Jacket. 2018 has been particularly good for Peters who recently won the 2018 Triton Super High Roller Series Jeju HK$500,000 NLHE Six Max Event for an astounding $1,118,484.
Peters sailed through the tough field and gained the chip lead in a cooler hand played against Brandon Adams. “It is nice to get off to a good start and yea I feel great,” said Peters, talking about his momentum and confidence after that hand.
Peters eventually engaged with Brian Green over the title. Despite entering the heads-up play with a shorter stack, Green managed to get in ahead, and nearly made his claim to the top spot. However, Peters firmly took back the control and pushed Green to the runner-up place, claiming victory for himself.
The event saw names like Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Phil Hellmuth and Justin Bonomo in attendance but they all fell short of the money.
The top 10 spots were paid a minimum assured $20,700.
David Eldridge’s (7th for $34,500) elimination halted the play on Day 1. Prior to Eldridge, Ali Imsirovic (8th for $27,600), Cary Katz (9th for $20,700) and Matthias Elbinger (10th for $20,700) busted before the final table.
The six-handed final table saw accomplished players including Cord Garcia, Brian Green and Isaac Haxton return to the felts, while Adams held the biggest stack of 2,385,000. The top three included Rainer Kempe (2,230,000) and Peters (1,585,000).
The final table was live streamed, allowing poker enthusiasts to get the minute-by-minute glimpse of the thrilling action.
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Brandon Adams – 2,385,000
2. Rainer Kempe – 2,230,000
3. David Peters – 1,585,000
4. Cord Garcia – 1,125,000
5. Brian Green – 880,000
6. Isaac Haxton – 410,000
Final Table Recap
The six finalists returned to the final table action with Isaac Haxton as the shortest stack. He was also the first to exit when Adams opened to 70,000 from the cutoff and Haxton moved all in for his remaining 285,000. Adams called, putting Haxton at risk. Adams tabled against Haxton’s c11. The flop was disastrous for Haxton as Adams hit a pair of deuces and the turn saw him hoping for a jack on the river. However, the on the river saw Adams’ hand improve to a three-of-a-kind, sending Haxton to the rail in sixth place.
Cord Garcia then opened to 115,000 from the button and Peters moved all in from the small blind. Garcia made the call. Peters’ was trailing Garcia’s and the flop kept Garcia ahead but the turn gave Peters more outs and the river brought him a pair of aces. Peters scooped the pot and Garcia left in fifth place.
Next, Brandon Adams was eliminated in fourth place after Peters moved all in from the cutoff and Adams called from the small blind at risk of elimination.
The flop ran and Adams was ahead but Peters got a flush draw on the turn. The river completed his flush, bringing another final table knockout for Peters as Adams left for the rail.
Peters then made Rainer Kempe bounce off in third place in a hand where he moved all in from the small blind and was called off by Kempe. Peters tabled against Kempe’s . While Kempe maintained his lead on the flop, Peters saw a flush draw come his way on the turn. The appeared on the river, changing the game completely, as Peter hit a runner-runner flush and Kempe lost his chances to claim the title.
The heads-up play began with Peters holding a 9-to-1 chip lead against Brian Green but Green picked his spots and evened out the gap. He took over the lead after winning a hand with his pair of jacks holding up against Peters’ pair of nines. However, soon the final hand was played where Green moved all in from the button for 3,665,000 and was snap-called by Peters. Peters tabled against Green’s Green exclaimed, “Come down a six high flop so I don’t feel bad!’” but this didn’t happen and Peters stayed ahead on the flop. The turn fell and Green was drawing close to elimination. He got no help from the river and was relegated to the rail in runner-up place, while Peters was declared winner.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. David Peters – $193,200
2. Brian Green – $138,000
3. Rainer Kempe – $89,700
4. Brandon Adams – $69,000
5. Cord Garcia – $55,200
6. Isaac Haxton – $41,400
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