There were 10 events as part of the 2019 Poker Masters, and it was Sam Soverel who shined brightest across the series. Soverel racked up two victories and seven cashes in the 10 events, crushing the leaderboard and winning the 2019 Poker Masters Purple Jacket. The two wins Soverel earned were in Event #7: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $340,000 and Event #10: $50,000 NL Hold'em for $680,000.
Kahle Burns and Chance Kornuth tied for second place on the series leaderboard. Burns had three cashes, including a win and a second-place result. Kornuth had three cashes and all three were second-place finishes.
The 2019 Poker Masters series also saw the largest turnout for a Poker Masters event to date, with 97 entries competing in Event #1: $10,000 NL Hold'em.
|Event||Entries||Prize Pool||Winner||First Prize|
|#1: $10,000 NL Hold'em||97||$970,000||Isaac Baron||$223,100|
|#2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||62||$620,000||Ryan Laplante||$186,000|
|#3: $10,000 Short Deck||37||$370,000||Jonathan Depa||$133,200|
|#4: $10,000 8-Game||45||$450,000||Jared Bleznick||$153,000|
|#5: $10,000 Big Bet Mix||52||$520,000||Julien Martini||$166,400|
|#6: $25,000 NL Hold'em||51||$1,275,000||Kristen Foxen||$408,000|
|#7: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||34||$850,000||Sam Soverel||$340,000|
|#8: $25,000 NL Hold'em||41||$1,025,000||Sergi Reixach||$369,000|
|#9: $25,000 NL Hold'em||49||$1,225,000||Kahle Burns||$416,500|
|#10: $50,000 NL Hold'em||34||$1,700,000||Sam Soverel||$680,000|
Coming out of the gate with the fastest start at the 2019 Poker Masters was Isaac Baron. He topped the 97-entry field in Event #1: $10,000 NL Hold'em to win $223,100. Chance Kornuth finished second for $164,900. At the time, the turnout represented the largest field size for a Poker Masters tournament to date.
In the second event, Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, Ryan Laplante found his way to the winner's circle. Laplante topped a field of 62 entries to win $186,000. Once again Kornuth placed second, this time for $124,000.
In Event #3: $10,000 Short Deck, 37 entries were tallied. Sam Soverel squeaked into the money for his second cash of the series before Jonathan Depa went on to win this one for $133,200. Depa topped Alex Foxen in heads-up play.
Jared Bleznick was the one to shine brightest in Event #4: $10,000 8-Game when he finished in first place to win $153,000. Bleznick denied Cary Katz the victory in heads-up play, with Katz taking home $99,000 for the second-place finish. There were 45 players in this event.
A field of 52 entries showed up for #5: $10,000 Big Bet Mix, creating a prize pool of $520,000. Frenchman Julien Martini emerged victorious for $166,400. Soverel finished fourth for what was his third cash of the series.
The stakes were raised for #6: $25,000 NL Hold'em, and it was Kristen Foxen winning the title for $408,000. She defeated Kornuth in heads-up play, with Kornuth placing second for a third event. There were 51 entries in this one.
Entering Event #7: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha, Soverel had three cashes. Not only did he secure his fourth cash of the series in this event, but Soverel went on to win the tournament for $340,000. He topped the field of 34 entries to get the job done.
In Event #8: $25,000 NL Hold'em, Soverel got close to winning again, but he had to settle for fourth place from the field of 41 entries, picking up $102,500. Winning the tournament was Sergi Reixach for $369,000.
The penultimate event of the 2019 Poker Masters was Event #9: $25,000 NL Hold'em. It drew a field of 49 entries and generated a prize pool of $1,225,000. Australian Kahle Burns was the winner for $416,500, as Soverel once again cashed and took fourth place for what was his sixth cash of the series.
The finale to the 2019 Poker Masters was Event #10: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em. There were 34 entries to build a $1,700,000 prize pool. Soverel left no doubt that the Purple Jacket was his when he won the event for $680,000. Soverel defeated Chris Hunichen in heads-up play.