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What someone who hadn`t bought into a poker tournament for over $100 before, a $25K punt in arguably the most reg-infested poker series currently running paid rich dividends. We are talking about Miles Rampel (cover image), a poker enthusiast from Chica, California, who overcame a stacked 43-entry field in Event #9: $25K PLO of the 2021 Poker Masters to make away with $365,500.
The Event #8 runner-up finisher Lou Garza missed the cut by one position for a second consecutive day, placing runner-up here again for $236,500. Garza bagged a dominating chip lead at the closing of Day 1`s play. However, despite being the on-money favorite to win the title, Garza got left out as Rampel climbed up aggressively during three-handed play.
A beaming Rampel in his post-match interview revealed how hot he ran in the event. “It hasn’t hit me yet, but I feel great, I feel great. I ran really hot. I picked up aces a bunch of times, and I ran hot. There are some plays I probably made that were bad, and I probably played middle of the road with my own unique style that has some leaks in it, but I ran hot and picked up aces like five or six times.”
The Internet entrepreneur was ecstatic after striking gold at his first live outing at the PokerGO Studios. “I’ve been playing $1-2 and $2-5 no-limit [hold’em] for 10 years, starting in college. I went to UCSB so I played at the Chumash Casino in a little $60 max buy-in $1-2 game. I started playing PLO this year and enjoyed it a lot. It’s fun to think a little bit more. Then my friends and I just came to Las Vegas on a whim and saw that this tournament was here. I thought, ‘You know what, I’ll take a shot.’ On the morning of registration, I was hemming and hawing thinking I didn’t want to start the trip, stuck $25,000 with it being all pros, but I said, ‘You know what? I’ll register.’ Lots and ups and downs.”
As for Lou Garza, the runner-up finish pushed him to the #1 position in the Poker Masters Leaderboard race. He had entered the final table with three series’ cashes to his name, and the Thursday finish boosted his points tally to 376 points, catapulting him past Brock Wilson (358 points) and Chris Brewer (320 points).
Event #7 champion Stephen Chidwick bubbled the official five-handed final table, finishing sixth for $64,500
Final Table Chip Counts
1. Lou Garza – 2,630,000
2. Sean Winter – 1,010,000
3. Miles Rampel – 800,000
4. Jeremy Ausmus – 640,000
5. Ben Lamb – 295,000
Final Table Recap
Jeremy Ausmus was the first player to exit, and Ben Lamb didn`t take long joining him.
It was during three-handed play that Rampel began to chip up. He lost a big pot to Sean Winter but took it all back (and more) by eliminating him in third place.
The elimination set Rampel up nicely for his heads-up match against Lou Garza, with the former only a slight underdog with 2.545 M to Garza`s 2.83 M.
Garza extended his advantage before Rampel scored a decisive double-up to pull miles ahead. The last hand saw Garza make a raise with . Rampel called off with . Rampel checked the flop . Garza bet and Rampel moved all-in. Garza called, putting his tournament life at risk. Just when it looked like the balance would shift towards Garza, the turn and the river handed the title to Rampel.
Final Table Results (USD)
1. Miles Rampel – $365,500
2. Lou Garza – $236,500
3. Sean Winter – 161,250
4. Ben Lamb – $118,250
5. Jeremy Ausmus – $86,000
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