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The 2019 Poker Masters has taken flight at the PokerGo Studio, and the first event to crown a champion was Event #1: $10,000 NLHE. A total of 97 entries registered to play and topping them all was long-standing tournament regular, Isaac Baron (cover image). Baron, who had won his first gold bracelet in the $1.5K NLH 6-Handed this summer, netted a hefty $223,100 for his efforts.
Talking about his win, an ecstatic Baron said, “There were obviously some small dips along the way, but in general it was a straight-up trajectory and a really smooth tournament for me. It’s been amazing playing at the PokerGO Studio. This is the nicest place I’ve ever played poker. The whole setup, the dealers, the free food, it’s tough to beat. It’s great.”
Baron also admitted that he is highly motivated to use his lead in the standings to win the prestigious Purple Jacket and the $100,000 championship prize that comes with it. “I highly doubt I’ll play the Short Deck because I’ve never played that game before but to me, at this point, I’m committed to these events with the top prize and the jacket to play for. I’m a big golf fan and The Masters is my favorite sporting event of the year. While the money will always come first I love the accolades and accomplishments and having something more to play for at the Poker Masters.”
Only the top 14 spots earned a share from the $970,000 prize pool, and bubbling the event in fifteenth place was J.J. Feregrino.
Alex Foxen (12th for $19,400), Stephen Chidwick (13th for $19,400), and Randall Emmett (14th for $19,400) were among the notables who fell short of the final table.
The elimination of Sean Winter (9th for $29,100) made way for the eight-handed final table that was rolled over for Day 2.
By the time the bags were brought out, Baron was leading the charge with a stack of 3,055,000, followed by Jeremy Ausmus (1,955,000) and Ralph Wong (1,770,000).
Final Table Chip Counts
Final Table Recap
Thai Ha, Dan Shak, and former world champion Scott Blumstein were the first three players to hit the rail, in places eighth to sixth, respectively.
The remaining five players were in close proximity to one another in stacks.
Baron went on to score a massive double-up through the 2018 Poker Central High Roller of the Year, Sam Soverel, to leave the latter with crumbs. Soon he booted Soverel out of the game in fifth place with his pocket aces keeping ahead of the latter’s pocket eights.
Next to go was Jeremy Ausmus, who moved all-in from the small blind for his last 9.5 big blinds with and found a caller in big blind Baron who held . Baron’s nine-high kicker kept him in the lead through the final street, sending Ausmus out in fourth place.
Baron went on to eliminate Ralph Wong in third place with his pitted against Wong’s . A jack on the board ended Wong’s deep run.
The heads-up match between Chance Kornuth and Baron lasted only one hand and saw Baron shove with . Kornuth called all-in for 10 big blinds holding . Even though Kornuth was leading, Baron found a pair on the rundown to win the title and the top prize of $223,100.
Final Table Results (USD)
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