The Poker Masters attracts players from all four corners of the globe. The lure of playing for big money and against the world’s elite grinders is extremely strong.
Two more $10,300 buy-in Poker Masters events crowned their champions last night. Both those champions hail from sunny Australia, although both now reside elsewhere. Who as the Aussie one-two? Let’s find out.
Poker Masters #10: $500K Gtd NLHE 8-Max
$500,000 was guaranteed to be won in Event #10 but 119-entries meant $1,190,000 was shared out. The top 16 finishers grabbed a slice of that ample pie. Spare a though for Finland’s Pauli Ayras, however, as he fell in 17th place, the last player to head home empty-handed.
Vicent Bosca Ramon was the first finalist to bust. Eighth-place yielded $38,675. Ramon was joined on the rail by Edwin Villalobos Amaya and Wiktor Malinowski, the latter’s sixth-place resulting in a $59,500 score.
Joao Vieira collected $77,350 for his fifth-place exit before Austria-based Italian Gianluca Speranza secured the first six-figure prize of the tournament, namely $104,125.
Heads-up was set when Eelis Parssinen crashed out in third for $148,750. This left Dutchman Luuk Gieles and Australia’s Kahle Burns, playing from Mexico, as the only players in the hunt for the $291,550 top prize.
Burns has been in incredible form for the past 18-months or so, meaning it wasn’t a surprise to see him as the last player standing. Burns added another $291,550 to his ever-growing bankroll while Gieles consoled himself with a wallet-filling $208,250.
Poker Masters #11: $500K Gtd NLHE 6-Max
The second Poker Masters event on April 16 also had a $500,000 guaranteed prize pool, but the top 12 finishers fought tooth and nail for their share of $940,000.
Ben Heath, who won his first WSOP bracelet last summer in a $50,000 buy-in event, exited in 13th and burst the bubble. Heath’s elimination paved the way for Talal Shakerchi, Luuk Gieles, and Jake Schindler to cash, the latter falling in seventh-place for $30,550.
Belarus’ Aliaksandr Hirs was the first finalist to collect some prize money, namely $39,950. Justin Bonomo followed suit ($58,750) before Cyprus’ Yahia Fahmy ($82,250) crashed out.
UK-based Dutchman Jorryt Van Hoof saw his tournament end in third-place for $112,800, leaving Chris Hunichen and Michael Addamo (lead image) to battle it out for the top prize of almost $300,000.
Both players are hugely experienced and have clashed dozens of times in major tournament. It was Addamo who came out with bragging rights, and $294,037, this time around. Hunichen, although disappointed not to win, walked away with $183,300. No doubt we’ll see both players deep in Poker Masters events this weekend and throughout the remainder of the series.
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