It’s been an eventful weekend for tournaments both online and off. Read all about it in this Sunday night edition of the Hit & Run.
Four Down, One to Go
Three more of the five events of the Poker Masters have wrapped up since we last updated you, with only the $100,000 buy-in event left to play. The up-and-coming German pro Steffen Sontheimer took down Event #2, narrowly missed cashing in Event #3, and then made it into the money in Event #4. He had also cashed in the first event, making him the only player to have cashed three of the four, and giving him the lead to win the purple jacket.
That’s far from a done deal, however, as the top prize in the final event is likely to exceed $1.5 million, and Sontheimer’s cashes so far amount to just over $1.2 million; if he fails to cash, the winner of that event will almost certainly take the title, and even a min-cash would likely not be enough for him.
Not surprisingly, it’s the other three event winners rounding out the top four spots in the race. Bryn Kenney is in second, having won Event #3 and cashed #2. Nick Shulman is in third, though his win in the opening event is his only cash so far. Brandon Adams, who just won Event #4 tonight is in fourth, despite not even having played all four events.
Of the players with no wins yet, it’s Doug Polk in the best shape, with two cashes for $612,000, but that’s not much more than the likely difference in payouts between first and second in the final event. That means it’s extremely unlikely that the jacket could be won by a player without a win in an individual event; the only way it could happen would be a Doug Polk runner-up finish, a winner with no previous cashes in the series, and a sufficiently small prize pool.
– Pennsylvania is making significant progress towards passing regulated online poker legislation, as its budget funding bill includes predicted gaming revenue, and of course that can’t happen if it remains illegal. Michigan lawmakers are also taking another crack at it, but the most recent proposal seems to please no one.
– We’re now two weeks into the World Championship of Online Poker, and on Day 13, Chris “Big Huni” Hunichen finally managed to claim his first WCOOP title. He has previously managed two runner-up finishes.