Playing poker for the first time in three years, legendary sports bettor Tony Bloom hopped into Event #8: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2022 Poker Masters while on a short trip to Las Vegas and came out on top, winning $360,000 in prize money.

"I've always enjoyed playing poker, but life sometimes - there's a lot going on with business, the football club, a young family, and then COVID, obviously," Bloom said regarding his time away from poker recently. "I don't play online, so there are not so many opportunities. I'm just happy to be in Vegas for a week meeting up with some friends. I just heard about this tournament three days ago and pot-limit Omaha is my favorite game. Tough field, but I said I'll give it a go."

Give it a go Bloom did, topping the 40-entry to take home the lion's share of the $1,000,000 prize. Bloom's last live tournament cash on record was in June 2019 at the WSOP, and before that, it was at the 2016 WSOP.

"I know the poker world has moved on a lot since I used to play pot-limit Omaha a long time ago, maybe 25-30 years ago, so it was a big challenge," Bloom said. "A lot of these guys are obviously professional and they're playing all the time, but I got into it. Particularly when I got into the lead later on, I could use my chip advantage and that's muscle memory for remembering how I did things a long time ago."

Bloom came into the final day of play fourth in chips with six players remaining. He maneuvered his way to heads-up play against Alex Livingston and came out on top. Bloom began the match with the chip lead, extended the gap early, then sealed the deal to take home the trophy.

2022 Poker Masters Event #8 Payouts

Place Player Country Prize
1st Tony Bloom United Kingdom $360,000
2nd Alex Livingston Canada $240,000
3rd John Riordan United States $160,000
4th Isaac Kempton United States $110,000
5th Matthew Wantman United States $80,000
6th Sam Soverel United Kingdom $50,000

Livingston Moves To Top of Poker Masters Leaderboard

Although he fell just short of getting the victory in Event #8, Alex Livingston did enough to move to the top of the 2022 Poker Masters leaderboard. He picked up 144 points with his runner-up result, improving to 291 total and jumping into the top spot.

Livingston now has three cashes at the 2022 Poker Masters. In addition to his second-place finish in Event #8, Livingston finished third in Event #3, the other pot-limit Omaha event on this Poker Masters schedule, and fifth in Event #5: $10,000 8-Game.

2022 Poker Masters Leaderboard Top 10

Place Player Country Points
1st Alex Livingston Canada 291
2nd Andrew Lichtenberger United States 279
3rd Cary Katz United States 271
4th Jeremy Ausmus United States 242
5th Martin Zamani United States 223
6th Adam Hendrix United States 216
7th Tony Bloom United Kingdom 216
8th Sean Winter United States 207
9th Ronald Keijzer Netherlands 203
10th Ethan Yau United States 198

No Change To the PGT Leaderboard Top 10

The results of Event #8 at the 2022 Poker Masters did not affect the top 10 of the PGT leaderboard. It remains Phil Ivey on top and Stephen Chidwick in second, but with two big events left at the Poker Masters things could very well change in the coming days.

2022 PGT Leaderboard Top 10

Place Player Country Points
1st Phil Ivey United States 3,083
2nd Stephen Chidwick United Kingdom 2,998
3rd Jason Koon United States 2,384
4th Alex Foxen United States 2,356
5th Michael Duek Argentina 2,294
6th Espen Jorstad Norway 2,192
7th Danny Tang Hong Kong 2,139
8th Daniel Dvoress Canada 2,003
9th Sean Winter United States 1,968
10th Mikita Badziakouski Belarus 1,936

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