David Peters holds a slim chip lead over Brock Wilson as the opening event of the 2021 Poker Masters is down to the final table of seven. Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em drew a field of 82-entrants, creating a prize pool of $820,000 with the winner walking away with $205,000, while the final seven are guaranteed at least $41,000.
Joining Peters and Wilson at the final table are Shannon Shorr, Jonathan Jaffe, Dylan DeStefano, John Riordan, and Ben Yu. Yu heads into the final as the short stack with just 325,000 while the remaining six players are all over one million in chips, with Peters leading the way at 2.250 million.
Getting to the final table was the easy part. Getting into the money was another story. Following Chance Kornuth’s elimination in 14th place to begin hand for hand play, the field refused to go away as the remaining 13 players went hand-for-hand for nearly an hour and a half.
Chad Eveslage went into hand-for-hand play as the short stack with just 65,000 in chips and the blinds at 10,000/20,000 with a 20,000 big blind ante but quickly doubled with king-jack against the six-deuce of Wilson. Mitchell Halverson found a double shortly thereafter at the other table, and then the madness began in earnest.
Wilson opened to 40,000 from early position, and Eveslage called from the big blind. The flop fell , and Eveslage checked, Wilson moved all-in, and Eveslage called. Eveslage held for a pair of aces, but Wilson held for a flopped set of aces, leaving Eveslage looking for runner-runner to stay alive. Runner-runner he would find as the turn , and river completed the wheel to chop the pot and keep Eveslage alive.
Meanwhile, on the other table, Peters and Jaffe found themselves in a raising war pre-flop, and when the dust settled, Peters was all-in for 880,000 total, and Jaffe had called. Peters held ace-king against the pocket jacks of Jaffe. Peters found a king on the flop to double, move into the chip lead and never look back.
In the end, it would be Wilson getting his revenge on Eveslage to burst the money bubble. DeStefano limped from late position, and Wilson raised to 120,000 next to act. Eveslage was all-in for his last 40,000 from the big blind, and DeStefano folded. Wilson held ace-ten against the ace-five of Eveslage, the board ran out on the flop, and the turn gave Eveslage an open-ended straight draw but he couldn’t find the straight on the river and was eliminated in 13th place.
Following Eveslage’s elimination, players began to fall like flies as Event #1 went from 12 players down to seven within a half-hour of play. Halverson and Elias were the first two players to hit the payout cage when they were eliminated in the same hand by Jaffe. Elias moved all-in on the button for his last 65,000 in chips, Jaffe moved all-in in the big blind, and Halverson called all-in from the big blind for his last 80,000 in chips. Jaffe held nine-eight suited against the king-six of Halverson and the king-ten of Elias. The board ran out nine-high, and Jaffe flopped a pair for the double knockout. Elias finished in 12th place for $16,400, and Halverson finished in 11th place for $24,600.
Jim Collopy would be the next to fall when he shoved the last of his chips into the middle, holding king-six against the ace-nine of Jaffe. Jaffe flopped an ace, and Collopy was out the door in 10th place for $24,600 and sent us to the unofficial final table.
On the first hand of the unofficial final table, Nitis Udornpim moved all-in from early for his last 185,000 and was called be DeStefano in the big blind. Udornpim held ace-jack against the king-seven of DeStefano. The board ran out king-high, and DeStefano flopped a pair of kings to eliminate Udornpim in ninth place for $32,800.
Sean Perry would be the next to fall when he ran his pocket eights in the pocket queens of Shannon Shorr to finish in eighth place for $32,800. With the cash, Perry further cements himself into second place in the PokerGO Tour presented by Guaranteed Rate leaderboard with 2,054 points, still well behind the 3032 points of first place Ali Imsirovic. Peters is the only player at the final table in the top ten of the leaderboard and currently sits in sixth place, which is where Peters will stay even with a win in Event #1 as he currently sits 216 points behind fifth-place Sean Winter.
|Event #1 Final Table|
|1||David Peters||United States||2,250,000|
|2||Shannon Shorr||United States||1,910,000|
|3||Brock Wilson||United States||2,000,000|
|4||John Riordan||United States||1,010,000|
|5||Ben Yu||United States||325,000|
|6||Dylan DeStefano||United States||1,330,000|
|7||Jonathan Jaffe||United States||1,425,000|
When play resumes there is 10:19 remaining in level 15 and the button is in seat 3
The final seven players will return to the PokerGO Studio on Wednesday, September 8, at 12:30 p.m. PT with the final table airing on PokerGO.com at 1:30 p.m. PT.
Sean Perry opened to 400,000 from under the gun with 10,000 behind. Jonathan Jaffe called in middle position, and action folded to Shannon Shorr on the button.
Shorr moved all-in for 700,000 total. The blinds folded, Perry called for his last 10,000, and Jaffe called.
The board ran out , and Shorr’s queens held to eliminate Perry and triple up.
Nitis Udornpim moved all-in for his last 185,000 from early position and action folded to Dylan DeStefano in the big blind, and he called.
The board ran out , and DeStefano flopped a pair of kings to eliminate Udornpim in ninth place for $32,800.
Seat 1 – Nitis Udornpim
Seat 2 – David Peters
Seat 3 – Shannon Shorr
Seat 4 – Brock Wilson
Seat 5 – John Riordan
Seat 6 – Sean Perry
Seat 7 – Ben Yu
Seat 8 – Dylan DeStefano
Seat 9 – Jonathan Jaffe
Jim Collopy was all-in for approximately 200,000, and Jonathan Jaffe called.
The board ran out , and Jaffe flopped a pair of aces to eliminate Collopy in 10th place for $24,600.
Darren Elias Eliminated in 12th Place ($16,400), Mitchel Halverson Eliminated in 11th Place ($24,600)
Darren Elias moved all-in on the button, and Jonathan Jaffe moved all-in over the top in the small blind. Mitchell Halverson was in the big blind and called.
Elias and Halverson were the players at risk as the cards were tabled.
The board ran out , and Jaffe flopped a pair of nines to eliminate Elias in 12th place for $16,400, and Halverson was eliminated in 11th place for $24,600.
Dylan DeStefano limped from early position, and Brock Wilson raised to 120,000 next to act. Action folded to Chad Eveslage in the big blind, and he was all-in for his last 40,000. DeStefano folded, and the cards were tabled.
The board ran out , and Eveslage missed his straight draw and was eliminated to burst the event #1 money bubble.
Big Blind Ante
David Peters moved all-in having the table covered, and Darren Elias called for his last 285,000.
The board ran out , and the pot was chopped.
Jonathan Jaffe opened to 60,000 from middle position and action folded to David Peters who three-bet to approximately 425,000. The blinds folded, and Jaffe moved all-in, having Peters covered. Peters called.
The board ran out and Peters flopped a king to double.
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