Ethan "Rampage" Yau is a Poker Masters champion, winning Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the 2022 edition of the series. The popular poker vlogger topped a field of 76 entries at the PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas to win the $197,600 first-place prize.

In heads-up play, Yao defeated Alex Foxen, with Foxen picking up $144,400 in prize money. On the final hand, Yau's pocket eights held up against Foxen's ace-king to get Yau the victory.

2022 Poker Masters Event #2 Payouts

Place Player Country Prize
1st Ethan Yau United States $197,600
2nd Alex Foxen United States $144,400
3rd Stephen Song United States $98,800
4th Michael Brinkenhoff United States $76,000
5th Dylan DeStefano United States $60,800
6th Masashi Oya Japan $45,600
7th Jeremy Ausmus United States $38,000
8th Jacky Wang China $30,400
9th Daniel Negreanu Canada $22,800
10th Corey Wade United States $22,800
11th Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom $22,800

Yau's Road To Winning Event #2

Ethan Yau finished Day 1 with 2,150,000 in chips. That had him second on the leaderboard with six players remaining.

On Day 2, Yau got the eliminations started by busting Masashi Oya in sixth place when his ace-king held against' Oya's ace-queen. Dylan DeStefano busted next to Stephen Song, and then Yau took out Michael Brinkenhoff in fourth place. When he knocked out Brinkenhoff, Yau's ace-five beat Brinkenhoff's pocket kings thanks to an ace hitting the flop.

Yau then eliminated Song in third place, besting Song's pocket eights with queen-five of clubs. That got the tournament down to heads-up play, with Yau holding a big lead over Alex Foxen to start.

At the start of heads-up play, Yau had 8,800,000 to Foxen's 700,000. Foxen fought his way off the canvas and back up to around 3,000,000, but ultimately Yau proved too tough to overcome on this day.

On the final hand, Yau and Foxen got the money all in with Yau's pocket eights up against Foxen's ace-king. The board ran out clean for Yau to eliminate Foxen in second place.

Ausmus Maintains Series Lead

Jeremy Ausmus remains on top of the 2022 Poker Masters leaderboard through two events. After winning the first event of the series, Ausmus finished in seventh place in Event #2 to add to his series point total.

Ethan Yau's victory in Event #2 has him in second place, and then it's Nick Schulman in third and Alex Foxen in fourth. Schulman and Foxen are the two runner-ups from Event #1 and Event #2, respectively.

2022 Poker Masters Leaderboard Top 10

Place Player Country Points
1st Jeremy Ausmus United States 242
2nd Ethan Yau United States 198
3rd Nick Schulman United States 145
4th Alex Foxen United States 144
5th Erik Seidel United States 102
6th Stephen Song United States 99
7th Jacky Wang China 98
8th Anthony Hu United States 85
9th Michael Brinkenhoff United States 76
10th Masashi Oya Japan 72

Foxen Up To Third on PGT Leaderboard

Alex Foxen earned enough PGT points to move into third place on the 2022 PGT leaderboard. Foxen now trails only Stephen Chidwick and Phil Ivey. Prior to his second-place finish in Event #2, Foxen was in fifth place. The move up allowed him to jump ahead of Michael Duek and Jason Koon.

2022 PGT Leaderboard Top 10

Place Player Country Points
1st Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom 2,998
2nd Phil Ivey United States 2,974
3rd Alex Foxen United States 2,356
4th Michael Duek Argentina 2,294
5th Jason Koon United States 2,288
6th Espen Jorstad Norway 2,192
7th Danny Tang Hong Kong 2,139
8th Daniel Dvoress Canada 2,003
9th Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 1,936
10th Sean Winter United States 1,761

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