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.
|1st||Tony Bloom||United Kingdom||$360,000|
|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|
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.
|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|
|10th||Ethan Yau||United States||198|
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.
|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|
|7th||Danny Tang||Hong Kong||2,139|
|9th||Sean Winter||United States||1,968|
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