Since it’s inception in 2017, the Poker Masters has thrilled viewers on PokerGO. From the crowning of German professional Steffen Sontheimer as the inaugural winner to Ali Imsirovic’s victory in 2018, every top player wants to fill the sleeves of the famous Purple Jacket.
Here are 10 of the very best hands from the Poker Masters story so far, with five spectacular situations from 2017 followed by five more historic hands from 2018.
1. Hellmuth Steams after Sontheimer’s 4-Bet
Phil Hellmuth can usually be relied on for three things in no limit hold’em – action, drama and success. In this classic hand against the eventual 2017 Poker Masters winner, Steffen Sontheimer, he achieves two out of those three.
2. Negreanu Straightens Out Aldemir
Koray Aldemir has won $12 million in live tournaments alone, but his winnings in the 2017 Poker Masters event were curtailed at just $153,000 when Daniel ‘Kid Poker’ Negreanu managed to river a straight on the river to top Aldemir’s flopped middle set.
3. Sontheimer Bluffs Kid Poker
If you’re going to bluff on the river against one of the best poker players of all time, then the story you’re going to have to tell has to be so good, J.K. Rowling gives up her pen. Step forward, Steffen Sontheimer.
4. The Time Extension Tell
Phil Hellmuth may sometimes adopt his alter-ego, a.k.a. The Poker Brat, but he was on his best behavior here, despite facing an all-in from Steffen Sontheimer that he called “either a nightmare or a dream”. But could Hellmuth work it out, or would he lose almost all of his chips?
5. Lamb Cases Out Cary Katz
6. Dr. Octagon is a Smooth Operator
If Daniel Negreanu was in contention before this hand, it didn’t last long. Two over-pairs to the board and by the river, it was all over for Kid Poker courtesy of Brandon ‘Dr. Octagon’ Adams.
7. Haxton Topples Hawkins
After a grueling heads-up to and fro, it was Isaac ‘Ike’ Haxton who managed to get the better of Maurice Hawkins to win the first Poker Masters Short Deck title when his ace-queen rode home in style in the final hand.
8. Chidwick Busts Kempe and Imsirovic
9. Lehr Comes Back to Win
10. Peters and Kempe Go to War
David Peters and Rainer Kempe get all the chips in before the flop as a raising war ends up with both big guns committed all the way to the river.
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