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Ryan Laplante Crowned Poker Masters $10K PLO Champion

Ryan Laplante

Ryan Laplante became the latest 2019 Poker Masters champion after he came out on top of a star-studded field in Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. It was an impressive victory that netted Laplante $186,000, the second-largest cash of his career, surpassed only by the $190,328 he secured when he won a WSOP bracelet in 2016.

2019 Poker Masters Event #2: $10,000 PLO Payouts

PlacePlayerCountryPrize
1Ryan LaplanteUnited States$186,000
2Chance KornuthUnited States$124,000
3Thai HaVietnam$86,000
4John RiordanUnited States$62,000
5Ali ImsirovicBosnia & Herzegovina$49,600
6Tim McDermottUnited States$37,200
    
7Damjan RadanovUnited States$31,000
8Brent RobertsUnited States$24,800
9Anthony ZinnoUnited States$18,600

A field of 62 entries were whittled down to a more manageable six on Day 1. German star Manig Loeser was the unfortunate player to burst the money bubble, getting his chips in with two pair and losing to a turned jack of Damjan Radanov.

Anthony Zinno, fresh from a final table appearance at the WSOP Europe Main Event, busted in ninth at the hands of reigning Poker Masters champion Ali Imsirovic before Brent Roberts crashed out in eighth place for $24,800.

The final elimination on Day 1 was that of Radanov. Radanov flopped a set of jacks but Imsirovic had flopped a set of aces. With that, the final table was set.

Laplante Leads the Final Six

Laplante was the man to catch at the start of the six-handed final table with almost 3 million chips. Short stacked Tim McDermott was the first finalist to bust and the hands of John Riordan. Imsirovic then busted at the hands of Laplante when he committed most of his chips preflop with a pair of aces only for Laplante to flop the nut flush.

Riordan then fell in fourth place, again at the hands of Laplante who was now a considerable chip leader.

Thai Ha, who finished eighth in the $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em event, lost his stack after getting his stack in with a flopped straight only to lose to a rivered flush of Laplante.

This set up a heads-up battle between Laplante and Chance Kornuth. Kornuth would ultimately have to settle for his second runner-up finish in as many days when his pocket queens lost to Laplante’s tens after the latter flopped a set.

An emotional Laplante said to Poker Central shortly after his impressive victory, “This tournament series as a whole is obviously very tough, playing against some of the best players in the world. The structure, however, is built to be pretty fast and especially in a game like PLO it’s a real battle and you’re constantly going for it. I tried my best to get into good situations and make thin bluffs, but honestly, I just ran really well and that’s required to win any tournament.”

Current 2019 Poker Masters Standings

PlacePlayerPointsCashesWinnings
1Chance Kornuth4202$293,400
2Isaac Baron3001$223,100
3Ryan Laplante3001$186,000
4Thai Ha2102$124,800
5Ralph Wong1501$116,400

Kornuth’s brace of second-place finishes places him top of the 2019 Poker Masters leaderboard and does so with a 120 point advantage. There is a long way to go, however, before he can don that purple jacket.

Event #3: $10,000 Short Deck has reached its six-handed final table and will play to a conclusion today.

SeatPlayerCountryChip Count
1Jorryt van HoofNetherlands1,425,000
2Sam SoverelUnited States1,265,000
3Ben YuUnited States1,745,000
4Alex FoxenUnited States1,285,000
5Jonathan DepaUnited States3,305,000
6Erik SeidelUnited States2,065,000

Remaining 2019 Poker Masters Schedule

DateTimeEvent
Nov. 612 p.m.$10,000 Short Deck
Nov. 712 p.m.$10,000 8-Game
Nov. 812 p.m.$10,000 Big Bet
Nov. 912 p.m.$25,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Nov. 1012 p.m.$25,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Nov. 1112 p.m.$25,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Nov. 1212 p.m.$50,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Nov. 1312 p.m.$100,000 No-Limit Hold'em

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