Kristen Bicknell has locked up the biggest score of her professional career by taking down Event #6 of the Poker Masters for a whopping $408,000 by defeating Chance Kornuth heads up. Kornuth is now the runaway Poker Masters Championship leader with more than double the points of the six event winners that trail him by 330 points.
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“It feels incredible to win this event. I final tabled the World Poker Tour event last week and I did not feel happy with my final table play, so that run was kind of bittersweet. I wasn’t planning on playing this tournament but I felt the itch and in Las Vegas and I’m very happy with how it played out!” Bicknell said after closing it out.
|2019 Poker Masters Event #6 No Limit Hold’em Results|
The first player to get knocked out was Ben Heath who ran kings into the aces of Andras Nemeth. Nemeth’s aces held up without a hiccup and he chipped up into a comfortable stack. Just a few hands later, Chance Kornuth applied pressure on all the big stacks with a jack-seven shove. Kristen Bicknell made the call for her tournament life with ace-ten and her hand held up to turn Ralph Wong and Ali Imsirovic into the short stacks.
Ralph Wong busted in fifth place when he shoved all in with ace-nine of spades into the ace-jack of chip leader Chance Kornuth who saw his hand hold up. After this hand, Kornuth chipped up to 3.8 million while his remaining three opponents had just 2.4 million combined.
Andras Nemeth busted in fourth place when Chance Kornuth put him all in again. Kornuth had been pushing the other players around a fair bit and, as the short stack, Nemeth took a stand with ace-three. Kornuth’s pocket fives held up.
The three-way battle got very intense as Imsirovic doubled up first after which Kristen Bicknell did so as well and a fairly even battle ensued. Bicknell had Kornuth all in for his tournament life twice before she managed to knock him out when her pocket eights rivered a straight against Kornuth’s nines.
“I came into this tournament with a good attitude, I was focused and tried to play my best. Playing in this event, especially at the final table against guys like Andras and Ali, I felt like I’m below the top level because I don’t study GTO like they do. I was definitely the underdog but thankfully I didn’t get put into too many difficult spots and things went my way.”
The Poker Masters Championship Standings are now as follows.
|2019 Poker Masters Championship Standings|
|9||Jorryt van Hoof||270||$109,800||2|
Next up at the Poker Masters is the final table of the $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha tournament that you can follow right now in the Live Reporting section. The final table stream on PokerGO starts at 4:00 pm ET. New to PokerGO? Subscribe right now.
There are tons of dollars and Poker Masters Chamionship point up for grabs today at the final table of the $25,000 No Limit Hold’em event on PokerGO! Chip leader Chance Kornuth is the clubhouse leader when it comes to the Poker Masters standings while others such as defending champion Ali Imsirovic and Ralph Wong would take a massive leap towards the top with a big score today.
Watch the action live and exclusively on PokerGO at 4pm ET as the winner of this event will take home $408,000.
The 2019 Poker Masters is now on the backend of the schedule as Event #6: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em took center stage from inside the PokerGO Studio. With the second half of the schedule also seeing an increase in buy-ins, an impressive total of 51 entrants would take a seat in Event #6, and as play ticked past midnight, it would be Chance Kornuth finishing as chip leader with 3,425,000 in chips heading into Sunday’s PokerGO streamed Event #6 final table.
The past few events of the Poker Masters have seen a multitude of game formats from Short Deck, to 8-Game Mix, and then to Big Bet Mix, but with the return to No-Limit Hold’em and in increase in stakes, a new wave of players took a seat. The likes of Sergi Reixach, Jake Schindler, Orpen Kisacikoglu, Matthias Eibinger, Kristen Bicknell, Ben Heath, and Andras Nemeth were some of the new blood to join the Poker Masters’ field.
Once play got down to the business hand with action spread across the final two tables, Eibinger, Brandon Adams, and Sean Winter would all exit before the final nine players redrew to one table. With only eight players getting paid, play was tight for several orbits before David Peters would flop an up-and-down straight draw and shove his last three-and-a-half big blinds into the pot and have Nemeth look him up with aces. Peters bricked out, and the final eight players were all in the money. As play continued, it would be Kornuth continuing his domination on the leaderboard as he eliminated the final two players of the night. Firstly, Elio Fox exited in eighth place while David Stamm would fall in seventh place as play ended for the day.
|1||Ali Imsirovic||Bosnia and Herzegovina||920,000|
|3||Ralph Wong||United States||940,000|
|5||Ben Heath||United Kingdom||125,000|
|6||Chance Kornuth||United States||3,425,000|
The button is on Chance Kornuth, and there is 28:16 remaining in Level 20 with blinds at 25,000-50,000 and a 50,000-big blind ante.
The final six players are currently all guaranteed a $76,500 payday, but all eyes will be set on the first-place prize of $408,000 and the title of Event #6 champion. Chance Kornuth with 3,425,000 heading into his third final table of the series. So far, Kornuth has collected two second place finishes in Event #1 and #2, and with his dominant chip stack of over 50% of the chips in play, his goal will be to better his back-to-back second place finishes and extend his lead in the 2019 Poker Masters Championship Standings. Second overall is Ralph Wong with 940,000 in chips who finished in third place in Event #1 behind Kornuth. Wong was one of the shorter stacks at the final table, but found a big double with bottom set to launch into outright second.
Third overall is defending Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner Ali Imsirovic who sits with 920,000 in chips. Imsirovic took 5th in Event #2 and in similar fashion to Wong, are the only two players that can put a dent into Kornuth’s points lead. The final three players heading into the Event #6 final table are all players entering their first tournament of the 2019 Poker Masters. Andras Nemeth, Kristen Bicknell, and Ben Heath all showed up on Saturday for the first time, and it all resulted in a final table appearance.
Nemeth sits with 500,000 in chips fresh from a trip to Dubai to see family, while Bicknell is fresh off a fifth-place finish at WPT Montreal last week. Heath was down to a single big blind after doubling Wong up, but after folding one hand, he found a triple in the big blind and heads into his first Poker Masters final table with just over two big blinds.
With such a dominating chip stack, this will be a perfect opportunity for Kornuth to further extend his points lead in the Poker Masters Championship Standings. Kornuth currently sits with 420 points and he can only increase that lead as he is currently guaranteed 60 points with a further 300 for first place. For Wong and Imsirovic who have 150 and 90 points respectively, a win can only move them into outright second place regardless of Kornuth’s finish.
|2019 Poker Masters Championship Standings|
|8||Jorryt van Hoof||270||$109,800||2|
The Event #6: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em final table begins at 12 p.m. (PT) on Sunday, November 10, with action continuing until the Event #6 champion is crowned. Follow every hand when the PokerGO coverage begins at 1 p.m. (PT) / 4 p.m. (ET).
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Chance Kornuth raised the button to 125,000 and David Stamm moved all in for 350,000. Kornuth called.
The board ran out and Stamm was eliminated in seventh place for a $63,750 payday.
25,000 / 50,000
Big Blind Ante
Kristen Bicknell opened with a raise in the hijack and Ralph Wong called in the cutoff, as did Chance Kornuth in the big blind.
The flop landed and Bicknell continued for 100,000. Wong folded, but Kornuth called as the turn fell the .
Kornuth led out for 220,000 and Bicknell called. The river fell the and Kornuth shoved all in for 2,025,000.
Bicknell used all five of her remaining time extensions before folding.
Ali Imsirovic raised to 80,000 in the hijack and Ralph Wong called on the button. Ben Heath was all in for 40,000 from the big blind with 5,000 in the middle for his ante.
The board checked through to the river and Heath tabled his to best Imsirovic’s and Wong’s .
Ben Heath opened to 80,000 in middle position and Ralph Wong defended his big blind.
The flop landed and Wong checked to Heath who continued for 60,000. Wong used a time extension, and then moved all in for 455,000. Heath called.
The turn and river landed the and and Wong doubled through.
Chance Kornuth raised to 90,000 in the cutoff and Elio Fox moved all in from the big blind for 300,000. Kornuth called.
The board ran out and Fox was eliminated in eighth place for a $51,000 payday.
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