Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em
Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em
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2018 Poker Masters Kicks Off With Adams Atop First Final Table

• Nível 18: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Brandon Adams
Brandon Adams

One of poker's premier high roller tournament series, the 2018 Poker Masters, kicked off Friday with Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold'em at the PokerGO Studio just outside ARIA Resort & Casino.

At the end of Day 1, just six players remain from a field of 69 entries — that number representing a bigger field than any single event in last year's series, albeit sporting a smaller buy-in. One of the more successful players at that inaugural Poker Masters, Brandon Adams, leads those final six who will take to the felt on Saturday for the streamed final table on PokerGO.

In 2017, Adams finished sixth in the final money standings that determined the Poker Masters Purple Jacket winner. He won Event #40: $50,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $819,000, failing to cash in the other three events in which he played.

Now, Adams has positioned himself for a second Poker Masters title, though this one would only be worth $193,200. Plus, his lead isn't much to speak of. While Adams accumulated 2,385,000 from his 125,000 starting stack, German former Super High Roller Bowl champion Rainer Kempe is right on his tail with 2,230,000.

After that, more competition remains in the form of David Peters (1,585,000), Cord Garcia (1,125,000), Brian Green (880,000) and Isaac Haxton (410,000).

Poker Masters Event #1 Streamed Final Table

1Brian Green880,000
2Cord Garcia1,125,000
3David Peters1,585,000
4Rainer Kempe2,230,000
5Brandon Adams2,385,000
6Isaac Haxton410,000

Adams won a massive pot to burst the bubble during Level 17 (15,000/25,000/25,000). After short stack Tom Marchese raised, Adams three-bet to 150,000 and big blind Matthias Eibinger called. Marchese called all in for less, and Adams would flop a set of tens against Eibinger's queens.

The rest of the money went in on the turn, and Adams still needed to dodge outs since Eibinger had picked up a combo draw plus he could still hit a queen to win. When Eibinger missed, Marchese bubbled out with his ace-high and Eibinger picked up a min-cash for $20,700 in 10th.

The other players busting in the money were Cary Katz, long-time chip boss Ali Imsirovic and David Eldridge, who was among the final players to register.

Plenty of other stars, like Daniel Negreanu, Erik Seidel, Phil Hellmuth and 2018's undisputed poker king, Justin Bonomo, took shots and fell short of the money. They'll have plenty of chances with the rest of the PokerGO schedule, but for now, it's down to these final six to battle for the first leg of the 2018 Poker Masters.

The remaining players come back Saturday with blinds and antes still at 15,000/30,000/30,000 for a few more minutes. They get cards in the air at noon with a stream to start an hour later on PokerGO. Meanwhile, the rest of the high rollers can gear up for another 2 p.m. start on Event #2: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em.

Tags: Brandon Adams

David Eldridge Eliminated in 7th Place ($34,500)

• Nível 18: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
David Eldridge
David Eldridge

David Peters raised the button to 70,000 and Rainer Kempe called in the small blind, as did David Eldridge in the big.

The flop landed {5-Diamonds}{10-Clubs}{2-Hearts} and both Kempe and Eldridge checked to Peters who continued for 80,000.

Kempe called, and Eldridge check-raised all in for 290,000. Peters folded, but Kempe called.

Kempe: {Q-Diamonds}{10-Spades}
Eldridge: {10-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds}

Eldridge was trailing, and at-risk, and when the turn and river landed the {A-Spades} and {7-Diamonds}, he was eliminated in 7th place for a $34,500 payday.

David Eldridge us
David Eldridge
us Eliminado

Tags: David PetersDavid EldridgeRainer Kempe

Flush and a Double for Green

• Nível 18: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

Brandon Adams opened under the gun to 65,000 and Brian Green shoved from two seats over for his 380,000 total. Action folded back to Adams, and he called.

Adams: {A-Spades}{Q-Hearts}
Green: {A-Clubs}{10-Clubs}

The board ran out {A-Hearts}{J-Clubs}{2-Clubs}{3-Spades}{8-Clubs} and Green rivered a flush to double through.

Brandon Adams us
Brandon Adams
us 2,380,000 -385,000
Brian Green us
Brian Green
us 835,000 445,000

Tags: Brandon AdamsBrian Green

Final Table Draw and Counts

• Nível 18: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante

Players agreed to a five-minute break, after which they'll will play until one elimination.

1Brian GreenUnited States390,000
2Cord GarciaUnited States1,320,000
3David PetersUnited States1,880,000
4Rainer KempeGermany1,730,000
5David EldridgeUnited States185,000
6Brandon AdamsUnited States2,765,000
7Isaac HaxtonUnited States385,000
Brandon Adams us
Brandon Adams
us 2,765,000 -215,000
David Peters us
David Peters
us 1,880,000
Rainer Kempe de
Rainer Kempe
de 1,730,000 630,000
Cord Garcia us
Cord Garcia
us 1,320,000 155,000
Brian Green us
Brian Green
us 390,000 185,000
Isaac Haxton us
Isaac Haxton
us 385,000 -145,000
David Eldridge us
David Eldridge
us 185,000 -160,000

Ali Imsirovic Eliminated in 8th Place ($27,600)

• Nível 18: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Ali Imsirovic
Ali Imsirovic

Rainer Kempe opened on the button for 60,000 and Ali Imsirovic shoved in the big blind for what he said was 485,000 when Kempe eyed his stack initially. Kempe quickly called.

Kempe: {a-Hearts}{8-Hearts}
Imsirovic: {a-Clubs}{9-Clubs}

The {5-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{q-Hearts} flop gave Kempe chopping outs, but even better was the {8-Clubs} turn. The river was a {2-Hearts} and Imsirovic wished everyone good luck.

Ali Imsirovic ba
Ali Imsirovic
ba Eliminado

Tags: Ali ImsirovicRainer Kempe

Cary Katz Eliminated in 9th Place ($20,700)

• Nível 18: 15,000-30,000, 30,000 ante
Cary Katz
Cary Katz

Cord Garcia raised to 60,000 from under the gun and David Peters called in the small blind, as did Cary Katz in the big.

The flop landed {J-Spades}{3-Spades}{5-Spades} and Peters checked to Katz who bet all in for his last 175,000. Garcia folded, and Peters called.

David Peters: {A-Clubs}{9-Spades}
Cary Katz: {A-Spades}{10-Clubs}

Despite being massively ahead, the board ran out with the {2-Diamonds} on the turn and the {9-Hearts} on the river, eliminating Katz in 9th place.

David Peters us
David Peters
us 1,880,000 -100,000
Cary Katz us
Cary Katz
us Eliminado

Tags: Cary KatzCord GarciaDavid Peters