Two more of poker’s top players became Poker Masters champions on April 14 as the series awarded another $1,830,000. Some of the world’s most recognisable poker players descended on partypoker for another night of high stakes action. Here’s how it went down.
Poker Masters 07: $500K Gtd NLHE 6-Max
Greece’s Alexandros Kolonias (pictured) must have a love of partypoker events judging by his previous results. He finished 12 in the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS South America Main Event ($60,000), and fourth in the MILLIONS North America Main Event (C$370,000).
Kolonias’ last live score weighed in at €1,133,678 plus a gold bracelet after he won the 2019 WSOP Europe Main Event.
Now Kolonias has a Poker Masters title to his name after besting a field of 86 players in Event #07 of the online festival.
German superstar Fedor Holz burst the money bubble in this tournament, falling in 13th place. This secured a payout of at least $23,562 for the remaining 12 hopefuls.
Jorryt Van Hoof, Timothy Adams, Elio Fox, and Nick Petrangelo all busted in the money places. Ian Engel and Juan Pardo followed suit, the latter bursting the final table bubble.
Finnish grinder Pauli Ayras collected $36,550 for his sixth-place exit before UK-based Aussie Michael Addamo banked $53,750 when he came unstuck in fifth place.
Mustapha Kanit once again went deep in a major tournament, his event ending in fourth-place for $75,250. Heads-up was set when Ali Imsirovic crashed out in third, a finish worth $103,200.
No deal was struck between George Wolff and Kolonias despite there being a $102,000 difference in the payouts. This meant Wolff’s bankroll increased by $167,700 when he lost the heads-up battle, leaving Kolonias to scoop the $269,013 top prize.
Poker Masters 06 $500K Gtd PLO 6-Max
Ninety-seven elite players took part in the Poker Masters 06 $500K Gtd PLO 6-Max and it was Pauli Ayras who outlasted them all to secure a massive $303,421 payout.
Ayras, who also reached the final table of the NLHE edition of this tournament for $36,550, defeated Jens Lakemeier heads-up to bag the title. Lakemeier had to settle for the still large $189,150 consolation prize.
The payouts were dominated by Finns with five, including the champion, showing a return on their $10,300 investment. Our own flying Finn, Joni Jouhkimainen could only manage a 22nd place finish, unfortunately.
The champion aside, the other Finnish star who cased were Aku Joentausta (11th – $26,576), Jens Kyllonen (10th – $26,576), Lauri Varonen (7th – $31,525), and Samuli Sipila (5th – $60,625).
Our other finalist who battled hard to reach the final six included Ole Schemion, Jorryt Van Hoof and Ami Barer, the latter padding his bankroll with $116,400.
Two More Big Events on April 15
Two more massive Poker Masters events start at 20:00 CET and 22:00 CET today. The first is a $10,300 buy-in NLHE 8-Max with $500,000 guaranteed. The second one has the same buy-in and guarantee but is played on six-handed tables.
Check out the partypoker lobby for details on all the available satellites. You could be rubbing shoulders with the game’s elite grinders for a fraction of the tournaments’ buy-ins.
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