German poker pro Steffen Sontheimer has clinched the victory in the inaugural Poker Masters event in a dominant fashion.
Sontheimer cashed in four of the five super high roller tournaments that were scheduled in the unique series, winning two titles on the way. Over the course of a week he pocketed $2,733,000 in total tournament cashes, the metric used to decide who would be awarded the first ever Poker Masters purple jacket. Sontheimer came close to cashing in all five tournaments, completing on the bubble in the only event he did not win the money in.
The 2017 Poker Masters was conducted at Aria in Las Vegas and featured for $50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments and a series-ending $100,000 buy-in event. The first high roller started off on September 13. The $50,000 buy-in tournament attracted 51 entries, with Sontheimer finishing fourth in $204,000. Nick Schulman emerged victorious in the end, earning an accumulated amount of $918,000.
The second event of the series saw Sontheimer outlast a field of 50 entries to pocket $900,000. He won against Fedor Holz heads-up for the title, sending his fellow German wunderkind to the rail with $550,000. The third tournament of the series was the only event Sontheimer did cash in.
2017 Card Player of the Year race leader Bryn Kenney emerged the winner in that one, securing the title and the top prize of $960,000.
The fourth and the last $50,000 buy-in saw Brandon Adams come out on top, with Sontheimer ending with the fifth position in $117,000.
The series-ending $100,000 got underway on Sept. 18, attracting a field of 36 entries. Only the top six players made the money, with Stephen Chidwick being the unfortunate player that was removed on the $175,000 money bubble. Coming into the six-handed final table Fedor Holz held the chip lead, with Sontheimer placed in third.