Ryan Laplante has officially become a champion of the 2019 Poker Masters after winning Event No. 2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha. His great run brought him a hefty prize of $186,000, which turned out to be his second biggest poker award.
The only larger amount of money he has managed to win was when he won a gold bracelet back in 2016. Back then, he earned a total of $190,328.
The event hosted a total of 62 entries, and the final table consisting of six players was reached on Day 1. Only the top nine players got paid, and the player who ended up 10th and burst the money bubble was the German professional poker player, Manig Loeser, who lost all his chips to Damjan Radanov.
Ninth place was occupied by Anthony Zinno, who just returned from the World Series of Poker Europe Main Event, where he managed to make it to the final table. He faced the Bosnian professional Ali Imsirovi? and had to hit the rail after that, winning a total of $18,600. Not long after that, US poker player Brent Roberts lost all his chips as well and ended up eighth with a total prize of $24,800.
The last player to hit the rail before the formation of the final table was Radanov, who also lost his hand to Imsirovi?. Radanov managed to flop a set of jacks, only to find out that Imsirovic had a set of aces on the flop, paving the way for the final table to be set. Radanov won $31,000 for his effort.
The Final Table Results
Six players returned on Day 2 to complete the event by taking part in the final table. Laplante was already leading as he had almost three million in chips at the beginning of the six-handed play.
Tim McDermott was short-stacked and did not take long to be the first one to leave the game after losing his hand to John Riordan. Imsirovic was the next one to hit the rail. The experienced player faced Laplante but did not manage to beat his nut flush with a pair of aces.
Laplante continued his excellent streak by facing Riordan next. Riordan ended up fourth and earned a total of $62,000. The next player to hit the rail was a Vietnamese poker professional, Thai Ha, paving the way for Chance Kornuth and Laplante to face off in the heads-up duel. During the last hand, Laplante had pocket 10s and managed to flop a set, beating Kornuth’s pocket queens.
Laplante, naturally, got pretty emotional about the victory, stating that the tournament series had been very tough as he had had to play against some of the best players in the world. He added that the structure made the tournament pretty fast, especially as they were playing PLO.
Finally, he concluded that he had done his best and had run pretty well.
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