Poker Masters Concludes With Sean Winters Winning Purple Jacket; GGPoker’s Jason Koon Wins Final Event, SHRB Up Next

October 5, 2022
Poker Masters Concludes With Sean Winters Winning Purple Jacket; GGPoker’s Jason Koon Wins Final Event, SHRB Up Next

The action concluded in the Poker Masters on Tuesday from the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas with Sean Winter winning the championship purple jacket. A win and a runner-up in the series helped propel Winter to the overall series title.

Winter scored a $50,000 championship bonus for topping the series leaderboard. In total, he secured $827,000 throughout the series.

GGPoker ambassador Jason Koon also picked up a title in the series’ final event. Andrew Lichtenberger and Martin Zamani also captured trophies during the second half of the series. Here’s a look at the final five events in the series with the Super High Roller Bowl now getting underway on Wednesday.

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Event 10: $50,000 No Limit Hold’em

Jason Koon took down the event featuring the largest buy-in of the series. The tournament brought in 37 entries for a $1.9 million prize pool. Koon scored $666,000 for the win and saw his career tournament winnings move to more than $40 million. The win came after some time away from tournament poker.

“I haven’t played many tournaments, but I guess the ones I have played have gone pretty good,” Koon told PokerGO’s Jeff Platt. “I’ve played a lot less and hung out with my family, but when I’ve come to play I’ve really been focused and I feel like I’ve played some of my best poker this year.”

Winamax ambassador Adrian Mateos finished runner-up for $444,000 with Scott Seiver taking third for $296,000. The event saw Daniel Negreanu bust on the bubble when his pocket Aces were cracked.

Event 9: $25,000 NLHE

This win helped springboard Winter (pictured in lead image, courtesy PokerGO) to the overall series title. He topped a field of 54 entries for a $1.4 million prize pool, which sent $432,000 to the champion.

Nick Schulman, who also finished second on the overall series leaderboard, took runner-up for $283,500. Justin Bonomo finished third for $189,000.

Event 8: $25,000 Pot Limit Omaha

Legendary sports bettor Tony Bloom hadn’t played poker in three years when he jumped in this event in the PokerGO Studio. He later said he hadn’t played PLO in at least 25 years as well.

Despite all that, Bloom grabbed a win in the four-card action for $360,000. It was quite a finish at a final table that included players like Alex Livingston (runner-up, $240,000), Isaac Kempton (fourth, $110,000), Matthew Wantman (fifth, $80,000), and Sam Soverel (sixth, $50,000).

The tournament produced a field of 40 entries for a $1 million prize pool. Bloom, who owns the United Kingdom’s Brighton & Hove Albion soccer club, was glad to be back at the tables.

“I don’t play online, so there are not so many opportunities,” he said afterward. “I’m just happy to be in Vegas for a week meeting up with some friends. I just heard about this tournament three days ago and Pot Limit Omaha is my favorite game. Tough field, but I said I’ll give it a go.”

Andrew Lichtenberger celebrates after his Poker Masters win. (photos courtesy PokerGO)

Event 7: $25,000 NLHE

Andrew Lichtenberger scored his first Poker Masters cash in this event and certainly made it count. He topped the 69-entry field to secure a nice $465,750 first-place prize.

The tournament produced a $1.7 million prize pool and Winter grabbed runner-up for $345,000. The finish was part of a late surge lifting Winter to the purple jacket. Kazuhiko Yotsushika took third for $224,250.

Event 6: $10,000 NLHE

This tournament saw the largest field of the series with 97 entries and Martin Zamani secured the title for $223,100. Only days after winning a World Series of Poker online event at WSOP.com, he also added a PokerMasters trophy.

After entering Day 2 fourth in chips, Zamani worked his chip stack up for the title. Jared Jaffee finished runner-up for $155,200 with Justin Saliba in third for $116,400.

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Super High Roller Bowl up next for PokerGO.

The action now shifts to the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl, which runs Oct. 5-7. All action will be shown live from the PokerGO Studio on the streaming platform.

The event regularly attracts a mix of some of the game’s best pros as well as some well-funded business people. Michael Addamo took the bowl title last year for $3.4 million. In April, Jake Schindler scored the title in the European version for $3.2 million.

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