Bicknell, Soverel, and Martini Win Poker Master Events
The 2019 Poker Masters continues to roll along and three more players have won events. Kristen Bicknell has been making quite the name for herself in the high stakes world and took down the largest prize of her poker career in this series.
Meanwhile, Julien Martini and Sam Soverel took down Poker Masters events. However, everyone is still chasing Chance Kornuth who managed to add another runner-up finish to his totals and retains the lead for the 2019 Poker Master Championship.
Julien Martini Wins $10k Big Bet Mix
The final table of the $10k Big Bet Mix played out on Saturday with six players looking to take down the title and $166,400 in prize money. The final table started with Stephen Chidwick holding a monster lead over the rest of the field. However, he faltered early and ended up finishing in fifth place.
Sam Soverel finished in fourth while Jorryt van Hoof finished in third. This setup a confrontation between two-time WSOP bracelet winner Kahle Burns and Julien Martini. The pair battled for nearly an hour before an insane hand to end it. In the end, Burns made an insane all-in bluff on the river with K-3 and Julien Martini made the call with merely Ace-high.
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This resulted in Martini winning the title and the prize money. At one point during the final table, Martini was down to less than half a big blind and managed to come back and win the tournament. Apparently this was nothing new as Martini revealed to Poker Central, “When I won my WSOP bracelet I was down to less than a big blind as well on the final day, so it’s like a lucky sign for me.”
Kristen Bicknell Wins Event #6 For $408,000
On Sunday, the final table of the $25,000 NL Hold’em played to a conclusion and the final table was a stacked one. Ben Heath, Ali Imsirovic, Chance Kornuth, and Kristen Bicknell were all among the finalists.
The final table started with Chance Kornuth holding a big chip lead and looking primed to finally take down an event in this series. He already finished runner-up in Events 1 and 2. Ultimately, this event came down to Kornuth and Bicknell.
It was not meant to be for Kornuth as he would have to settle for another runner-up finish. This time around, his pocket nines were cracked by pocket eights of Bicknell when she rivered a straight. The hand would give Bicknell the win and her largest live poker cash at $408,000.
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After winning, she told Poker Central, “It feels incredible to win this event. I final tabled the World Poker Tour event last week and I did not feel happy with my final table play, so that run was kind of bittersweet. I wasn’t planning on playing this tournament but I felt the itch and in Las Vegas and I’m very happy with how it played out!”
Sam Soverel Wins $25k PLO
On Monday, the final table of the $25k PLO played out with just the top five players being paid. Anthony Zinno and Kahle Burns got the smaller payouts amongst the group while George Wolff managed to finish in third for $136,000.
Heads-up play was between Sam Soverel and Sean Winter and Winter started with a 2 to 1 chip lead. However, Soverel managed to storm back and take the chip lead. Soverel then knocked out Winter in a hand where he flopped trips and Winter turned two pair. Winter settled for $221k for second while Soverel won $340,000 for first.
Was a great back and forth headsup battle with @Nolez7
— Paul Campbell (@TDPaulCampbell) November 12, 2019
After the win, Soverel moved up to second overall for the Poker Master Championship with 570 points. Chance Kornuth still leads with 630 points. However, Soverel is now in striking distance and can overtake Kornuth with a cash in one of the last three events.