Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) players are a different breed. They love the action this crazy game throws at them. Where some wither when the variance is extreme, PLO players shine and grow. They just love it.
Some of the world’s best PLO players are calling partypoker home over the next few weeks thanks to the Poker Masters Online PLO Series running here. The first handful of events have crowned their champions, let’s find out who those champions are.
Poker Masters #01 – High Roller: $500K Gtd
Marcello Marigliano triumphed in the Poker Masters #01 – High Roller: $500K Gtd, a tournament that saw 72 players buy in for $10,300 and create a $720,000 prize pool.
Finnish star Eelis Parssinen was the unfortunate soul who burst the money bubble when he busted in 10th place. This allowed Andreas Torbergsen, Niko Soininen, and Niklas Astedt pad their already substantial bankrolls with $26,182.
Each of the six finalists locked up $32,400 which is the sum Lasse Nielsen banked when his tournament ended abruptly in sixth-place. He was joined on the rail by Jesper Hougaard of Denmark who netted $46,800. Hougaard is a superb PLO player who won a WSOP Europe bracelet in this game back in 2008.
Lebanon’s Mark Demirijan was the next casualty, his fourth-place finish locked up $64,800. Norbert Szecsi ran out of steam in third and got his hands on a chunky $86,400.
Szecsi’s exit left British superstar Gavin Cochrane and Marigliano to lock horns in a battle to the death, well maybe not that but for the lion’s share of the prize pool!
It was Marigliano who emerged from this battle unscathed and with $249,053 reasons to be happy. Cochrane can be proud of his runner-up finish and the $162,000 he padded his bankroll with.
|1||Marcello Marigliano||United Kingdom||$249,053|
|2||Gavin Cochrane||United Kingdom||$162,000|
Poker Masters #02 – High Roller: $250K Gtd
Andras Nemeth is better-known for his No-Limit Hold’em prowess but it was with four hole cards that he excelled with this time around. Nemeth came out on top of an 81-strong field to be crowned the Poker Masters #02 – High Roller: $250K Gtd champion.
Winning these tournaments is never a simple task, especially when you find yourself heads-up against the legendary Swede otherwise known as Viktor Blom! Blom enjoyed a remarkable Super High Roller Bowl Series a couple of months ago and looks like he’s going to impress during this inaugural PLO series. Blom banked $78,975 for his second-place finish, leaving Nemeth to walk away with $126,686.
Earlier at the final table, Event #1 runner-up Gavin Cochrane finished sixth for $17,212 with Jake Schindler falling by the wayside in fifth for a $25,312 addition to his bankroll.
Fourth-place and $35,437 went to Finland’s Aku Joentausta before Alexander Norden’s third-place finish, worth $48,600, set up the heads-up match between Nemeth and Blom. Watch out for Norden’s name in future reports because the Swede is an exceptional PLO player.
|6||Gavin Cochrane||United Kingdom||$17,212|
Poker Masters #04 – High Roller: $250K Gtd
Poker Masters #04 – High Roller: $250K Gtd drew in a crowd of 63 entrants, each paying $5,200, and what a crowd it was. The likes of Team partypoker members Joni Jouhkimainen, Ludovic Geilich and Sam Trickett, Anton Suarez, Ben Lamb, Jesper Hougaard, George Wolff, Niklas Astedt, Jens Kyllonen, and Sami Kelopuro all entered yet failed to reach the money. That’s how strong this field was!
Bengt Sonnert was the only survivor in this star-studded event. He picked up the $108,961 top prize after the dust had settled. Laying under Sonnert’s feet at the final table were such luminaries as Noah Boeken, Marcello Marigliano, Andreas Torbersen, Jonathan Depa, and runner-up Andrew Pantling.
|3||Jonathan Depa||Costa Rica||$37,800|
|5||Marcello Marigliano||United Kingdom||$20,475|
The Poker Masters Online PLO Series continues all the way through to Sunday 28 June, including the $51,000 buy-in Main Event that has a whopping $1,500,000 guaranteed.
These events may be outside your bankroll’s constraints, but there are satellites feeding into them. There’s also Mini versions of each of the tournaments, these come with a buy-in one-tenth of their big brother.
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