Ryan Laplante Moved to Tears After Poker Masters PLO Win

CHANCE KORNUTH TAKES THE PURPLE JACKET RACE LEAD WITH SECOND RUNNER-UP FINISH

Ryan Laplante after winning Event #2 of the Poker Masters.
Ryan Laplante after winning Event #2 of the Poker Masters.

Ryan Laplante was at a loss for words after he took down the 2019 Poker Masters $10,000 Pot Limit Omaha event today. The long-time poker pro battled his way through a tough field of 62 entries that culminated with him beating the Event #1 runner up, Chance Kornuth, heads up. Laplante collected $186,000 for his win, the second biggest outright win of his career behind only his World Series of Poker bracelet win back in 2016.

Choking back tears, Laplante said, “Being able to play against these people, just even being able to compete, not even cashing, and then winning it is just absolutely absurd. Obviously, I thought it was possible when I signed up but when you’re playing against players of this caliber, and you pull through, it makes me feel very fortunate and very lucky.”

2019 Poker Masters Event #2 Pot Limit Omaha Payouts
Place Name Country Prize
1st Ryan Laplante United States $186,000
2nd Chance Kornuth United States $124,000
3rd Thai Ha Vietnam $86,000
4th John Riordan United States $62,000
5th Ali Imsirovic Bosnia & Herzegovina $49,600
6th Tim McDermott United States $37,200
7th Damjan Radanov United States $31,000
8th Brent Roberts United States $24,800
9th Anthony Zinno United States $18,600

How the Action Unfolded

The final table started with six hopefuls lead by Ryan Laplante who held a commanding chip lead which he managed to carry all the way into heads-up play. Tim McDermott started as the short stack and he was the first player to get eliminated despite finding a quick double up at first. McDermott ended up all in with and he was up against John Riordan’s to send him to the rail.

Defending Poker Masters champion Ali Imsirovic was the next player to bust as aces were very unkind to him. Imsirovic nearly got all of his chips all in before the flop against Ryan Laplante who flopped the nut flush before the rest of the chips went in. Imsirovic did not catch runner-runner and headed for the exit in fifth place.

The colorfully dressed John Riordan also fell to Laplante as he found himself all in with versus on . The turn brought the and the river the to send Riordan to the rail as Laplante made a straight. The action was reduced to heads-up play after Thai Ha busted in third place. Ha ended up all in with on versus Laplante’s and the sealed it as the eventual winner hit his flush.

Heads-up play between Chance Kornuth and Ryan Laplante did not last long as the former ended up all in with against the latter’s . The chips went into the middle on a as Kornuth flopped trips against Laplante’s full house. The turn and river brought no help as Kornuth finished second in back-to-back events while Laplante grabbed his first Poker Masters win.

About winning this tournament, that had a fast-paced structure on top of it being Pot Limit Omaha, Laplante was both realistic and excited.

“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.”

About his experience at the PokerGO Studio and playing against tough fields in this setting, Laplante was over the moon.

“This event is made for degens and it’s just so much fun. The entire layout, the way players are treated, everything about it is just amazing. This is an elite series. I love to compete, I was willing to play it so that means I thought I could do well. Thinking that means I thought I had a small edge, not that I would actually have a great series, and winning the second event is just such an incredible experience, it’s pretty amazing.”

Looking ahead at potentially grabbing the Purple Jacket, Laplante was conservative with regards to allowing himself to dream about adding an epic title to his poker resume.

“I’m going to play as much as I can and I will try to play the $50,000 and $100,000 if I’m in contention for the Purple Jacket. I don’t really have any expectations, I’m going to keep playing and we’ll see what happens.”

2019 Poker Masters Championship Standings
Name Points Cashes Earnings
1 Chance Kornuth 420 2 $293,400
2 Isaac Baron 300 1 $223,100
3 Ryan Laplante 300 1 $186,000
4 Thai Ha 210 2 $124,800
5 Ralph Wong 150 1 $116,400

Tune in for more coverage on PokerGO at 1:00 pm PT/4:00 pm ET tomorrow as the final table of the Short Deck event is next up. Live Reporting of the $10,000 8-Game Day 1 starts on Poker Central at noon PT.