German Steffen Sontheimer Wins Poker Masters $100k and Inaugural Purple Jacket

Martin Derbyshire September 21, 2017 1576 Reads
Poker Masters

Germany’s Steffen Sontheimer dominated the inaugural Poker Masters series from start to finish at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada over the past week.

In fact, Sontheimer made the money in three of four $50,000 buy-in prelims, winning one and bubbling the money in the fourth. Then he went on to win the $100,000 championship event, getting the best of a 36-player field over three days to earn a $1,512,000 first-place prize Wednesday night.

Sontheimer secures Poker Masters purple jacket

By reaching heads up in the championship event, Sontheimer secured the purple jacket awarded to the player earning the most money through all five Poker Masters events. The only question remaining was how much money that would amount to. In the end, Sontheimer’s magic number was $2,733,000, including the $1.5 million he collected winning the championship event.

Sontheimer now has over $6.2 million in career poker tournament earnings dating back only as far as 2015. The majority of his cashes have come in high roller events.

Sontheimer beat fellow German poker pro Christian Christner heads-up to win the championship event. Fellow German Fedor Holz finished third.

Here are the full final table results:

  1. Steffen Sontheimer $1,512,000
  2. Christian Christner $864,000
  3. Fedor Holz $504,000
  4. Seth Davies $324,000
  5. Justin Bonomo $216,000
  6. Stefan Schillhabel $180,000

Poker Masters prelims

Outside of Sontheimer, Poker Masters prelim winners also included:

  • Nick Schulman $918,000
  • Bryn Kenney $960,000
  • Brandon Adams $819,000

Outside of his two wins, Sontheimer finished fourth in Event #1 for $306,000, and fifth in Event #4 for $117,000.

The Poker Masters championship final

At the final table of the championship event Wednesday, American Justin Bonomo drew out against German Stefan Schillhabel to send Schillhabel out sixth. However, Bonomo ran king-high into both Sontheimer’s and Christner’s ace-high to say goodbye fifth.

Christner then sent American Seth Davies out fourth, drawing out with king-high versus Davies’ ace-high.

Holz took third when he couldn’t connect with two overs versus Christner’s pocket sevens. As a result, Sontheimer locked up the purple jacket and Christner took a big lead into heads-up play.

However, Sontheimer made a straight versus Christner’s trips in a huge pot to snatch away the lead and never looked back. In the end, his pocket queens held over Christner’s pocket deuces to secure the win.

Negreanu’s side bets

One of the interesting side stories going into the Poker Masters was the number of $50,000 side bets Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu made to win the purple jacket. He reportedly made the bet against more than 20 players and stood to collect seven figures by capturing the purple jacket. In the end, he managed just one cash for $102,000 through the prelims and was forced to pay out $50,000 to Sontheimer.

All the action from the Poker Masters aired on the poker content subscription service PokerGo and has been archived for viewing there.