Zamani Wins Poker Masters Title; McCormack Leaving ARIA Poker for MGM Resorts

Martin Zamani

The 2022 Poker Masters at PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas has awarded seven winners so far, and among them is Martin Zamani, who took down Event #6: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em to win $223,100.

Zamani, who now has $3.2 million in Hendon Mob earnings, has been in the poker spotlight since earlier this year when he accused Bryn Kenney of running a cult-like online poker cheating operation.

Zamani picked up his first Poker Masters title and joined other recent winners including Adam Hendrix and Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger.

Read how Ethan "Rampage" Yau won his first Poker Masters Title!

First Poker Masters Title

Though he was already a known high-stakes player, Zamani became a household name in April when he alleged that Kenney had, among other things, hired "horses" to work together as a group and collude in online poker games.

Zamani admitted to being a part of the alleged group of cheaters but said he wants to make it right by coming clean. Kenney has repeatedly denied Zamani's allegations.

Martin Zamani
Martin Zamani

Five months later and Zamani now holds Poker Masters title after taking down the event, which drew 97 runners including Dan Shak (9th - $38,800), Jesse Lonis (8th - $38,800) and Justin Saliba (3rd - $116,400).

Jared Jaffee finished runner-up for $155,200 after failing to overcome Zamani during heads-up play.

Event #6: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em Final Table Results

 1Martin ZamaniUnited States$223,100
 2Jared JaffeeUnited States$155,200
 3Justin SalibaUnited States$116,400
 4Matthew WantmanUnited States$97,000
 5Anthony HuUnited States$77,600
 6Masashi OyaJapan$58,200
 7Ken AldridgeUnited States$48,500
 8Jesse LonisUnited States$38,800
 9Dan ShakUnited States$38,800

Hendrix & Lichtenberger Also Win

Earlier in the series, Alaska's all-time money leader Adam Hendrix took down Event #4: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em after defeating FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver during heads-up play.

The victory brought Hendrix his second cash of the series and he is no stranger to success in the PokerGO studio. In March, Hendrix took down a $10,000 US Poker Open event for $211,200.

Adam Hendrix
Adam Hendrix

Nick Guagenti later took down Event #5: $10,000 8-Game for $186,000 before Andrew "LuckyChewy" Lichtenberger emerged the winner in Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $465,750, the biggest win of the series so far and giving him a lead on the Poker Masters Leaderboard.

Lichtenberger, a ClubWPT coach, defeated fellow high-stakes regular Sean Winter during heads-up play, who in turn took home $345,000.

McCormack Leaving ARIA Poker

There was other big news at ARIA as the Las Vegas Strip card room's poker director of operations Sean McCormack announced his departure after seven years.

McCormack also announced that he will be taking on a new position as the Director of Poker Strategy for MGM Resorts, a role that will see him "work with all MGM poker rooms and our Corp strategy team for continued growth of the game I love most."

In the new role, McCormack will continue to work with ARIA Poker as well as all other MGM Resorts-operated poker rooms including MGM Grand Las Vegas, Bellagio, Borgata and MGM Springfield.

Two more events remain in the Poker Masters, which will wrap up with Event #10: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em on Oct. 1. A full list of winners so far at Poker Masters is available in the table below.

Poker Masters Winners So Far

 Sept. 22, 2022Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em85$850,000Jeremy Ausmus$204,000
 Sept. 23, 2022Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em76$760,000Ethan "Rampage" Yau$197,600
 Sept. 24, 2022Event #3: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha81$810,000Ronald Keijzer$202,500
 Sept. 26, 2022Event #4: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em winner74$740,000Adam Hendrix$192,400
 Sept. 27, 2022Event #5: $10,000 8-Game62$620,000Nick Guagenti$186,000
 Sept. 28, 2022Event #6: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em97$970,000Martin Zamani$223,100
 Sept. 29, 2022Event #7: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em69$1,725,000Andrew Lichtenberger$465,750

Poker Masters Leaderboard Top 10

 1Andrew LichtenbergerUnited States279
 2Cary KatzUnited States271
 3Jeremy AusmusUnited States242
 4Martin ZamaniUnited States223
 5Adam HendrixUnited States216
 6Sean WinterUnited States207
 7Ronald KeijzerNetherlands203
 8Ethan YauUnited States198
 9Nick SchulmanUnited States191
 10Erik SeidelUnited States187

Photos courtesy of PokerGO

  • Martin Zamani, Adam Hendrix & Andew Lichtenberger are among the latest winners at the Poker Masters.

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