The Poker Masters first four $50,000 preliminary events wrapped late Sunday night at the ARIA Resort & Casino when Brandon Adams defeated Doug Polk heads-up for the title and $819,000. The first four events totaled 188 entries with $9.2 million in prize pools building up to the highlight $100,000 Championship streaming exclusively on PokerGO Monday night at 8:30 pm ET with coverage slated for all three days.

The Poker Masters Championship features a single-entry format with full 60-minute levels and ten levels of play scheduled for the first two day. Also, players that played all four preliminary events have their tournament fees waived. The field keeps the 30 second shot clock, receives three time extensions each day and begins with a 200,000 starting stack.

Adams’ win puts him in fourth place overall for the Poker Masters Purple Jacket™ standings but Steffen Sontheimer leads all players with $1,221,000 in earnings across three final tables. Bryn Kenny final tabled twice and is the only other player with a seven-figure total. In total, 22 players cashed across the four events.

Sontheimer’s three final tables are a surprise to just about everyone but him. He studied Game Theory and is considered the “numbers guy” for the German contingent of players. He had already earned in excess of $4 million since January 2017 before his heater at the ARIA began – which puts him at $5.2 heading into the finale.

Kenney final tabled twice – shipped Event #3 for $960,000 after a disappointing seventh place finish in Event #2. Kenney’s win kept him at the top spot in the GPI Player of the Year race – something he’s pretty much counting on winning.

PokerGO streams Day 1 starting at 8:30 pm ET Monday with Ali Nejad and David Willimas in the commentary booth and Maria Ho anchoring things from the floor. Day 2 the stream goes live at 3:30 pm ET for ten levels or until the field hits a final table of seven players. The Championship Final Table kicks off Wednesday at 3:30 pm ET only on PokerGO.

2017 Poker Masters Full Money List


Money Earned

Steffen Sontheimer


Bryn Kenney


Nick Schulman


Brandon Adams


Doug Polk


Erik Seidel


Matt Hyman


Fedor Holz


Jake Schindler


Stefan Schillhabel


Tom Marchese


Adrian Mateos


David Peters


Dan Smith


Dominik Nitsche


Justin Bonomo


Christian Christner


Koray Aldemir


Cary Katz


Daniel Negreanu


Dan Shak


Sergio Aido