Straight Flush on the River Keys Adam Hendrix to $10K PLO Poker Masters Title
Adam Hendrix won Poker Masters Event #3: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $186,300, beating out a field of 69 entrants. But he momentarily thought he lost a crucial all-in during heads-up play against Matthew Wantman before claiming victory.
The 2021 Poker Masters has now crowned three of 12 champions. Shannon Shorr won a blind all-in pot to ship the first title of the series on Wednesday. Sean Perry celebrated Rosh Hashana with a big win the following day.
No-limit hold'em was the game played during the first two tournaments at the Poker Masters. On Friday, the focus shifted over to, as Joey Ingram likes to say, the "great game of pot-limit Omaha." Six players returned from Thursday's Day 1 session to compete at the final table. Here's a look at how it played out along with the series points accumulated:
2021 Poker Masters Event #3 Final Table Results
|1st||Adam Hendrix||United States||186||$186,300|
|2nd||Matthew Wantman||United States||138||$138,000|
|3rd||Jake Daniels||United States||90||$89,700|
|4th||Brent Roberts||United States||69||$69,000|
|5th||Jake Schindler||United States||55||$55,200|
|6th||Chris Brewer||United States||41||$41,400|
Hand of the Series?
Pot-limit Omaha, given that players are dealt two extra hole cards, brings out more monster hands than no-limit hold'em. But that doesn't take away from the wildness of an all-in river card during heads-up play on Friday.
The scenario was this: Wantman had 5,475,000 in chips when the hand began and Hendrix had 3,150,000. The board ran out to the turn reading . Both players had gotten all the money in the pot with the tournament on the line for Hendrix. The hands:
Both were chasing a flush, Wantman had two pair and also a gut shot straight draw to go with it (although his straight draw couldn't win). The river turned over the , giving Wantman the ace-high flush. He briefly began celebrating while Hendrix dropped his head in disappointment. And then the both players realized that river card actually gave Hendrix a straight flush and he doubled into a huge chip lead.
Wantman would get some chips back over the next 15 minutes but could never catch back up. Hendrix, who surpassed the $2 million mark in live tournament cashes, earned $186,300 and his first Poker Masters title. The runner-up received $138,000 and now has $2.7 million in cashes during his career.
Event #4: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em also kicked off at the PokerGO Studio on Friday with 73 entrants. When Day 1 play concluded, only six remained with Brekstyn Schutten holding the chip lead. The final table on the PokerGO app will begin at 4 p.m. ET. Each remaining player is guaranteed at least $43,800 and the winner will take home $189,800.
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