Event #5 $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 Completed
Event #5 $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Day 2 Completed
The Poker Masters Event #5: $100,000 NLHE drew 36 players, which created a prize pool of $3.6 million. That means the remaining six players will get paid a minimum $180,000, while the winner will walk away with $1,512,000.
Leading the pack is Fedor Holz, who bagged up 1,471,000. Others sitting with healthy chip stacks are his fellow Germans Christian Christner (1,367,000) and Steffen "Goose" Sontheimer (1,354,000).
In regards to Sontheimer, he currently leads the Poker Masters with $1,221,000 in earnings after making three final tables this week, which included winning Event #2. If he finishes in second place, he’ll lock up The Poker Masters Purple Jacket™ as the likes of Holz, who finished runner-up to him for $550,000, and Schillhabel, who has $306,000 in earnings wouldn’t be able to overtake him.
Rounding out the final table are Stefan Schillhabel (1,218,000), Justin Bonomo (1,050,000), and Seth Davies (740,000).
Event #5: $100,000 NLHE Final Table
Day 2 saw 15 players return to action, with Byron Kaverman jumping into action at the start of Level 10. Early on, Dan Shak ran jacks into the kings of Christner to bust first, and he was followed out the door by Dan Smith, who shoved with a pair and flush draw and failed to get there against Sontheimer’s two pair.
Less than 10 minutes later, the extremely short-stacked Phil Hellmuth took his leave when his ace-six failed to hold against the queen-jack of Brian Rast. Kaverman was the next to go after losing with pocket queens to Holz’s aces, and then fan favorite Daniel Negreanu bowed out in 11th place when his ace-ten was bested by the king-queen of Christner.
Kid Poker had high hopes of capturing The Poker Masters Purple Jacket™, even betting more than 20 players $50,000 in a must-win bet. That meant had he won, he would’ve collected more than $1 million in side action, but now if one of those he bet against takes it down, he’ll have to pay them $50K. If either Davies or Bonomo win, it’ll be a wash as neither of them accepted the bet.
The elimination of Ben Tollerene in tenth place saw the remaining nine players combine down to a single table. After a couple hours of play there, Rast, who began Day 2 as the chip leader, busted when his pocket queens failed to hold against Bonomo’s Big Slick.
Jake Schindler exited after failing to win a flip, and Stephen Chidwick busted as bubble boy in seventh place when he got his short stack all in with jack-nine only to run it into the queen-jack of Sontheimer. Chidwick failed to get lucky and his elimination put an end to Day 2.
Day 3 of the Poker Masters Event #5: $100,000 NLHE will get underway at 2 p.m. local time. We’ll once again be bringing you all the action and eliminations straight from the tournament floor, so be sure to join us then.
The Poker Masters Purple Jacket race has been a hot topic over the past few weeks with everyone arguing that either the system is fine or a points system would have been much fairer. However, for this inaugural Poker Masters, the winner of the Purple Jacket will be whoever has accrued the most tournament winnings over the five events.
Germany's Steffen Sontheimer played all five events, collected three in-the-money finishes, and won one event to sit at $1,221,000 in winnings heading into Day 3. With $1,512,000 up for grabs for whoever can win on Wednesday, all six players still have a chance at capturing the Poker Masters Purple Jacket if a specific set of outcomes are reached.
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Unfortunately for five of the players, the not only need to win this event, but they also rely on where Sontheimer finishes. However, for Sontheimer, he can finish as low as 4th place and still be crowned the inaugural Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner.
|Player and Finishing Place||Opponents and the Best Spot They Can Finish|
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From the above table, Seth Davies will need to win Event #5 and see Sontheimer finish no better then in 5th place.
Both Christian Christner and Justin Bonomo will also need to win Event #5 and see Sontheimer finish no better then in 4th place.
Stefan Schillhabel and Fedor Holz have a little more breathing room that allows Sontheimer to finish in 3rd place if they manage to claim victory.
For Sontheimer, finishing in 1st or 2nd secures him the Poker Masters Purple Jacket with a side note being that if Holz wins, and Sontheimer finishes 2nd, Sontheimer will have just $2,300 more in total winnings. If Sontheimer finishes in 3rd place, he needs Holz and Schillhabel to finish no better then 2nd place, while if he finishes in 4th place, he needs Holz, Schillhabel, Bonomo, and Christner to finish no better then 2nd place.
Tomorrow is going to be an exciting day!
From the small blind, Steffen Sontheimer moved all in and Stephen Chidwick called all in from the big blind for his last 151,000.
Chidwick was dominated in this blind-on-battle, and when the dealer spread a flop his outs went from a jack to a queen so he could fill his straight.
The turn landed the to open up four more outs for Chidwick now needing a seven to go along with a queen.
Unfortunately for the one-time chip leader, the river landed the , and it would be Sontheimer rivering the nut straight to send Chidwick out the door in 7th place as the Poker Masters Event #5: $100,000 No-Limit Hold'em bubble boy.
Fedor Holz opened to 27,000 holding and Steffen Sontheimer called in the big blind holding .
The flop landed and Sontheimer checked over to Holz who bet 27,000. Sontheimer called, and the turn landed the .
Sontheimer checked, as did Holz, and the river landed the .
Sontheimer bet out 42,000 and Holz called, and won the pot with tens-up.
Tournament Director Paul Campbell has explained to the players that play will continue through the completion of level 16 (8,000/16,000) or until one more player is eliminated.
With play ending early on Day 1, there was always a risk that once a final table was reached, getting to a winner on the final day could take longer then expected. Consequently the ARIA staff and the TV production crew have decided to continue play tonight to help reduce the chances of an extremely long Day 3.
The action folded to Jake Schindler on the button, and he raised to 60,000. Stefan Schillhabel was in the small blind, and he three-bet to 150,000. Schindler committed his final 141,000, and the cards were tabled.
With Schindler at-risk and trailing, the flop changed little before the on the turn would see him needing to catch an ace or seven to stay alive, or a three to chop.
The river landed the and Schindler was eliminated in 8th place to leave the remaining players on the Poker Masters Event #5 bubble.
Justin Bonomo opened to 26,000 from under the gun holding and Stefan Schillhabel called in the big blind holding .
The flop landed and Schillhabel checked to Bonomo who bet 20,000. Schillhabel called, and then checked the on the turn, as did Bonomo.
The river of the completed the board and Schillhabel checked for a third time. Bonomo bet out 80,000 with his flush, and Schillhabel called with his trip kings and conceded the pot to Bonomo.
Justin Bonomo opened to 26,000 with from early position and Stephen Chidwick called in the hijack holding .
The flop landed and Bonomo continued for 20,000 with Chidwick calling as the turn landed the .
Bonomo checked, and Chidwick bet out 40,000. Bonomo called, and the river landed the .
Both players checked and Bonomo collected the pair with his kings-up.