There are some exceptional Finnish high stakes poker players. We have one, Joni Jouhkimainen, in our ranks. There’s something about Finnish players that makes them fearless at the tables. Just ask those players who competed in the $25,500 NLHE 8-Max Poker Masters event on April 24.
Poker Masters #25 $1M Gtd NLHE 8-Max
Event #25 commanded a $25,500 buy-in and 64-players bought in for this huge amount. This means they created a $1,600,000 prize pool that the top eight finishers shared.
Linus Loeliger was the player who finished in ninth-place to both burst the bubble and set the final table.
Former WSOP Europe Main Event champion Elio Fox’s appearance at the final table was short-lived. He fell in eighth but not before padding his bankroll with $76,000. This is the same amount Guillaume Nolet collected when his tournament came to an abrupt end in seventh place.
Joni Jouhkimainen has been going deep in high roller for the past couple of months and continued his impressive run of form. Our Finnish hero crashed out in sixth and secured an $88,000 prize.
The first six-figure prize went to Timothy Adams. The popular Canadian banked $112,000 when he ran out of steam in fifth place. Double Poker Masters winner Pascal Lefrancois fell in fourth for $144,000 before Russian high stakes specialist Artur Martirosian finished in third-place for $232,000.
Finland’s Samuel Vousden found himself heads-up against Germany’s Wiktor Malinowski. The difference between first and second-place was a massive $168,000 but the last remaining duo played the tournament out naturally.
This meant Vousden collected $520,000 when he defeated Malinowski one-on-one. Malinowski disappeared into the night $352,000 richer than he was a few hours prior.
Poker Masters #26:$500K Gtd NLHE 6-Max
Ireland’s Mark Davis became a Poker Masters champion on April 24 when he triumphed over 90-opponents in the $10,300 buy-in NLHE 6-max event. This bumper crowd saw the $500,000 guarantee blow out of the water with the top 12 finishers locking up a slice of the $910,000 prize pool.
Dario Sammartino’s exit in 13th place was definitely unlucky as it was the bubble spot. The Austria-based Italian opened the floodgates for the prize money to pour out.
Pauli Ayras, Timothy Adams and Nick Petrangelo were the first recipients of some prize money. Ali Imsirovic, Lukas Nowakowski and Netherlands’ Luuk Gieles followed suit, the latter exiting in seventh place.
Thomas Muehloeker’s tournament ended abruptly in sixth-place, which netted him $38,675. Pascal Lefrancois made it three final tables from his last three events. This one ending in fifth-place for a $56,875 prize.
Fourth-place and $79,625 went to Pavel Plusev of Moldova, before Wiktor Malinowski got his hands on the $109,200 third-place prize to send the tournament into the heads-up stages.
Heads-up saw Rob Lipkin of Costa Rica take on Mark Davis of Ireland in what was essentially a $107,203 heads-up sit & go! Lipkin fell at the final hurdle and had to make do with the $177,450 runner-up prize, leaving Davis to reel in a cool $284,653.
Only Four More Events Remain
Only four more Poker Masters events remain on the schedule and they are huge. Today sees a $25,500 buy-in NLHE 8-max event with $1 million guaranteed, plus a $10,300 buy-in NLHE 6-Max with $500,000 up for grabs.
April 26 is the final day. All eyes are on the $51,000 buy-in $2 million guaranteed Main Event that starts at 20:00 CET. A $10,300 NLHE 6-max with $500,000 Gtd rounds off this incredible series at 22:00 CET.
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