The 2019 Poker Masters opened with one of the biggest High Roller Triple Crown events in history and when the dust settled after 19 levels of play, Isaac Baron bagged the biggest stack for Tuesday’s PokerGO streamed final table.
Baron returns at the top of the leaderboard, with more than 1,000,000 chips than his closet competitors – Jeremy Ausmus and Ralph Wong. All three are experienced cash game players and while their tournament resumes may not include previous HRTC cashes, they’re no strangers to the highest stakes.
They’ll look to open the highest stakes week of the year with a win, but first they’ll have to figure out how to stop British Poker Open champion Sam Soverel. The defending High Roller Player of the Year leader is coming off a dominate run where he recorded five podium finishes and two outright wins en route to winning series honors.
Soverel returns near the middle of the pack, alongside Scott Blumstein. The 2017 Main Event champion likely would have ended the night among the big stacks – until he ran the second nut flush into Ralph Wong’s nut flush right before the final table redraw.
Thai Ha, Dan Shak, and Chance Kornuth round out the Event #1 lineup. They’ll be under the most pressure tomorrow, but are all just one double away from contention. The Event #1 final table resumes at 12:00 PM PDT and PokerGO coverage will begin at 1:00 PM PDT.
A list of the final table chip counts and remaining payouts is provided below:
- Chance Kornuth – 455,000
- Thai Ha – 655,000
- Jeremy Ausmus – 1,995,000
- Isaac Baron – 3,055,000
- Dan Shak – 480,000
- Ralph Wong – 1,770,000
- Scott Blumstein – 765,000
- Sam Soverel – 630,000
Sean Winter was all-in for his final 500,000~ and Isaac Baron called to put the short stack at risk.
Winter held and he needed to hit to stay alive against .
The board ran out and Winter was eliminated in 9th place. He’ll earn just shy of $30,000 and the remaining 8 players are scheduled to play until the end of Level 19 before bagging for tomorrow’s PokerGO final table live stream.
Sam Soverel fell to the bottom of the leaderboard and then quickly doubled to get back into Event #1 contention.
Action was picked up with Isaac Baron opening to 80,000 and Soverel calling in the big blind.
Soverel check-called 60,000 after the flop and check-called 130,000 after the fell on the turn.
The paired the board and Soverel checked for a third time – but he didn’t call after Baron moved all-in, instead electing to save his final 270,000.
That stack got in the middle a few hands later, after Jeremy Ausmus opened and Soverel shoved for 275,000.
The chip leader called and Ausmus needed to hit with against .
The board ran out and Soverel doubled.
20,000 / 40,000
Big Blind Ante
The final nine players have redrawn for their seats at the Event #1 final table. Their seating assignments are listed below, along with a list of updated chip counts.
- Chance Kornuth
- Sean Winter
- Thai Ha
- Jeremy Ausmus
- Isaac Baron
- Dan Shak
- Ralph Wong
- Scott Blumstein
- Sam Soverel
As Antonios Roungeris was being eliminated on Table 1, Ralph Wong and Scott Blumstein were playing the biggest pot of the tournament on Table 2.
Action was picked up after Isaac Baron opened, Wong called on the button and Blumstein called in the big.
All three players checked the flop and Baron bet 80,000 after Blumstein checked the turn.
Both players called and Blumstein led for 250,000 after the completed the board. Baron got out of the way and Wong took a few moments before he shoved – for 705,000.
Blumstein went deep into the tank and burnt through his final two time extensions before he eventually called.
Wong tabled for the nuts and it was a cooler for Blumstein. He showed before cutting out chips to send across the table and he’ll now enter the final table just under the chip average.
Joseph Orsino (pictured) and Antonios Roungeris were two of the shortest stacks remaining after the flurry of post-bubble eliminations.
Orsino was eliminated in 11th place midway through Level 18 and with a handful of minutes remaining in the period Jeremy Ausmus sent Roungeris to the rail.
Both players will take home $29,100 and the remaining nine players will now redraw for their seats at the final table.
Alex Foxen moved all-in for his final 375,000 from early position and Jeremy Ausmus called to score the knockout in the big blind.
Ausmus held and was flipping against Foxen’s . The board ran out and the short stack was bounded in 12th place.
15,000 / 30,000
Big Blind Ante
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