Chino Rheem's first cash of the 2023 Poker Masters was a memorable one, as he bested a field of 91 entries to win Event #4: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $218,400.
Rheem came into the final table second in chips and slipped a bit to start, but things turned around when two very similar hands vaulted him into a lead that he never relinquished. First, it was Chris Brewer who four-bet jammed ace-jack into Rheem's ace-king in the big blind. Rheem's big slick held to secure his first double-up. The second had the same action, but this time it was Jonathan Little who four-bet shoved eight-seven suited into Rheem's pocket queens in the big blind. Again, Rheem's better hand held up and he sat comfortably with more than half the chips in play with four players remaining.
In the end, Rheem went heads-up with Little with nearly a 4-to-1 chip lead. Little managed one double to close the gap, but Rheem closed it out soon after to win his first Poker Masters title.
|1st||Chino Rheem||United States||$218,400|
|2nd||Jonathan Little||United States||$154,700|
|3rd||Brock Wilson||United States||$109,200|
|4th||Chris Brewer||United States||$91,000|
|5th||Justin Saliba||United States||$72,800|
|7th||Jeremy Ausmus||United States||$45,500|
|8th||Dylan Linde||United States||$36,400|
|9th||Jesse Lonis||United States||$36,400|
|10th||Adam Grovenstein||United States||$27,300|
|12th||Jeremy Becker||United States||$18,200|
|13th||Andrew Lichtenberger||Unit ed States||$18,200|
Daniel Negreanu was the first to depart the Event #4 final table. Negreanu went for a triple barrel bluff against Little, but couldn't shake the start-of-day chip leader. Down to one big blind, Negreanu did manage to triple up and stick around for another orbit. However, his pocket sevens failed to hold against Brock Wilson's ace-five, ending Negreanu's tournament in sixth place.
The next to go was Justin Saliba after getting it in with ace-jack against the similarly stacked Chris Brewer's ace-king. Saliba could not catch up and was down to less than one big blind. He fell the following hand in fifth place.
Brewer busted a little while later. The previously aforementioned hand against Rheem left Brewer short, but he found three doubles to get back into it. Ultimately, he ran queen-ten suited into Brock Wilson's ace-king and was left with two big blinds, bowing out shortly thereafter in fourth place.
Wilson, who began the day as the short stack, laddered up a few places before meeting his demise. Sitting second in chips, Wilson woke up with pocket queens against a shove from Little, who had ace-seven. However, an ace found the board and Wilson was back at the bottom. He eventually got chips in with top pair on the turn, but Rheem had flopped top two pair and sent Wilson to the rail in third place.
Rheem's nearly 4-to-1 chip lead to begin heads-up play evaporated as he tried to end it quickly with eight-five against Little's ace-queen, but to no avail. Still, Rheem extended the lead again before getting it in on a flop with second pair and a straight draw against Little's top and bottom pair. Rheem turned a straight and held through the river to seal the deal, jumping to fourth place on the series leaderboard in the quest for the Purple Jacket.
The 2023 Poker Masters series continues through September 26. The series consists of 10 high-stakes poker tournaments, culminating in the $50,000 NL Hold'em finale. The player to accumulate the most PGT leaderboard points during the series will be crowned Poker Masters champion, winning the Purple Jacket and $50,000 championship bonus. For full schedule details, visit pgt.com/schedule.
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