Two Goliaths of poker secured Poker Masters titles on April 18 as Mustapha Kanit and Timothy Adams swept aside all who took them on. Kanit walked away with $279,300 for his victory while Adams banked $243,988.
Poker Masters #14: $500K Gtd NLHE 8-Max
The 14th Poker Masters Online event may have had a $500,000 guaranteed but the 114-players who entered created a $1,140,000 prize pool. This was shared among the top 16 finishers, with John Andress being the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble.
Andress’ exit paved the way for a $22,800 min-cash for the remaining 16 players. Such luminaries as Kahle Burns, Niklas Astedt, Nick Petrangelo, Mike Watson, Jake Schindler, and Luke Reeves all made it into the money.
The United Kingdom’s Simon Higgins, runner-up in the Irish Open Online High Roller, fell in ninth-place to set the final table.
Each of those finalists locked up $37,050 but with almost $280,000 up top, nobody wanted to fall by the wayside.
Alex Foxen was the first to crash out. Simon Pedersen, Edwin Amaya, and Christoph Vogelsang joined Foxen on the rail. Brunno De Albuquerque exited in fourth place and was the last player not to reel in six-figures. The Brazilian did win $99,750 however,
Artur Martirosian busted in third for $142,500 which left recent Poker Master champion Alexandros Kolonias and Mustapha Kanit to fight it out for the huge top prize. It was Kanit who was the last man standing, his reward weighing in at $279,300. Kolonias won $199,500 for his impressive runner-up finish.
Poker Masters #15: $500K Gtd NLHE 6-Max
Some 78 entries of $10,300 were processed in the Poker Masters #15: $500K Gtd NLHE 6-Max to create a $780,000 prize pool that was divided up among the top 12 finishers.
David Peters, one of the best NLHE tournament players in the world, finished in 13th place. Peters’ exit secured at least $21,370 for the surviving players.
Finnish superstar Sami Kelopuro was just one of those elite grinders to reach the money. As was Kolonias who finished in seventh-place to bubble the final table.
Ali Imsirovic collected $33,150 for his six-place exit before Ben Heath and Foxen ran out of steam. Heath scooped $48,750 with Foxen padding his ever-growing bankroll with $68,250.
Dario Sammartino’s impressive run ended in a third-place finish and a $93,600 payday. Joao Vieira and Timothy Adams were the last remaining players yet no deal was struck despite there being an almost $92,000 difference between first and second place.
It was Adams who got his hands on the biggest prize, one weighing in at $243,988. This left Vieira to claim the $152,100 runner-up prize.
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