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The stakes have increased at the 2021 Poker Masters currently underway at the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas. With only four events remaining before the series wraps up on Sunday, the tournament buy-ins have increased as the Poker Masters heads towards the business end of its run.
The latest event to play down to a winner was Event #8: $25K NLHE. Chris Brewer (cover image) overcame the 57-entry field to collect his career-best live tournament score worth $427,500. On Wednesday, Brewer had entered the five-handed final table second in chips behind Lou Garza. While Garza fell out in fourth-place, Brewer cruised into the finale, defeating four-time WPT champion and the newly minted partypoker U.S. network brand ambassador Darren Elias heads-up to win the title.
Known as a high-stakes player – both in tournaments and cash games, Brewer self-admittedly prefers tournaments. Last month, he had won the $2 Million GTD Seminole High Roller 02 $25.5K NLHE for $420,670. “It’s way more fun in a tournament. A cash game is usually way less exciting…I think this is the first time I’ve won on stream, so it’s probably one of my favorite moments for that. I think it has to be up there as one of my favourites,” Brewer said after his win.
The win has catapulted Brewer to #2 on the Poker Masters leaderboard with 320 points. Event #4 champion Brock Wilson’s (358 points) fourth-place finish helped him take charge of the leaderboard, pushing Daniel Negreanu (281 points) down to the #3 spot.
Is Wilson gearing up to walk away with the Purple Jacket, now that he is a strong contender? He admitted: “I’m excited. It would be really cool to win the jacket. Also, I just got to win money which is cool. I was saying right before this that winning or losing, you should probably feel the same about your play, like most of it in regards to the results is out of your control.”
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
The shortest stack on the final table, John Riordan, was unable to improve and bowed out in fifth place, cashing for the fourth time at the ongoing series.
Event #4 champion Brock Wilson was in contention for a second title but lost two back-to-back pots to Darren Elias and lost his tournament life in fourth-place.
The three-handed play went on for some time before the start-of-day chip leader Lou Garza fell out in third place. Brewer moved all-in in the big blind with eight-six, and Garza made the call with ace-four. Brewer paired his eight on the flop, and with Garza failing to connect on the following two streets, it was game over for him.
Even after taking the last of Garza`s chips, Brewer was trailing Darren Elias, who had 2.50 times more chips than him, at the start of their heads-up match. Brewer won a crucial hand with his ace-ten dominating Elias’ queen-five to take over the chip lead. Soon after that, Elias jammed from the button with and Brewer defended with . The board [h] blanked out, and Brewer’s king-high kicker won him the pot and the title.
Final Table Results (USD)
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