Haxton and Parssinen Star in Poker Masters Online PLO

Haxton and Parssinen Star in Poker Masters Online PLO

Since poker players took to online poker in droves thanks to a certain pandemic that will go unnamed (you know who you are), poker operators have upped their games…literally. Poker sites of all sizes and in all markets have increased the offerings for both cash games and tournaments.

With that said, June was a particularly good month for tournament action, especially for PLO players. Poker Central teamed up with PartyPoker to offer the inaugural Poker Masters Online PLO Series, and it ran June 21-29.

There were 15 unique tournaments on the schedule, though each had a mini and standard version. None of the events were exactly mini for many players, as the lowest buy-in was $500, but high-stakes players had their pick of PLO events with buy-ins of up to $50K.

High Roller Winners

Poker Central only reported on the highest buy-in tournaments, those in the $10K-$50K buy-in range. Each of those events ran two days and offered a sizeable guarantee. The final tables were also livestreamed live with commentary on PokerGO.

The results of those events were as follows:

Event 1:  $10K PLO ($500K GTD)

Entries:  72

Prize pool:  $720K

Players paid:  9

Winner:  Marcello Marigliano ($249,053)

Event 3:  $10K PLO ($500K GTD)

Entries:  53

Prize pool:  $530K

Players paid:  6

Winner:  Jens Kyllonen ($212,000)

Event 5:  $25K PLO ($1M GTD)

Entries:  44

Prize pool:  $1.1M

Players paid:  6

Winner:  Eelis Parssinen ($440,000)

Event 7:  $10K PLO ($500K GTD)

Entries:  50

Prize pool:  $500K

Paid players:  6

Winner:  Jens Kyllonen ($200,000)

Event 9:  $25K PLO ($1M GTD)

Entries:  43

Prize pool:  $1,075,000

Paid players:  6

Winner:  Andras Nemeth ($430,000)

Event 11:  $10K PLO ($500K GTD)

Entries:  49

Prize pool:  $490,000

Paid players:  6

Winner:  Aku Joentausta ($200,000)

Event 13:  $10K PLO ($500K GTD)

Entries:  47

Prize pool:  $470K

Paid players:  6

Winner:  Jens Kyllonen ($200,000)

Event 15:  $50K PLO Main Event ($1.5M GTD)

Entries:  29

Prize pool:  $1.45M

Paid players:  4

Winner:  Isaac Haxton ($675,000)

Parssinen Takes Player of the Series

The players who participated in the series garnered points for each in-the-money tournament finish. They played for a $50K cash prize and the coveted Poker Masters purple jacket. Poker Central also awarded the Player of the Series winner a ticket into the $50K Main Event.

That player was Eelis Parssinen of Finland. Despite Jens Kyllonen winning three of the high roller events, he only finished third in the series, as those wins were his only cashes. Parssinen beat out Andras Nemeth for the title by one point.

The final standings were:

1st place:  Eelis Parssinen (625 points for 6 cashes, $735,359 in winnings)

2nd place:  Andras Nemeth (624 points for 4 cashes, $674,186 in winnings)

3rd place:  Jens Kyllonen (612 points for 3 cashes, $612,000 in winnings)

4th place:  Gavin Cochrane (549 points for 5 cashes, $754,094 in winnings)

5th place:  Aku Joentausta (452 points for 6 cashes, $507,643 in winnings)

Poker Central also reported that the Mini Poker Masters PLO Series drew a solid turnout, and Dante Fernandes of Brazil won the most in those events, collecting $99,194 in his seven cashes that included three titles.

The $5K Mini Main Event tallied 118 entries, and it paid out the top 18 players, including names like Sam Trickett, Nemeth, and Kyllonen. Ultimately, Fernandes finished in second place in that event and Alexander Petersen won it for $148,624.


About Jennifer Newell

Jennifer began writing about poker while working at the World Poker Tour in the mid-2000s. Since then, her freelance writing career has taken her from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and back to her hometown of St. Louis, where she now lives with her two dogs. She continues to follow the poker world as she also launches a new subscription box company and finishes her first novel. Jennifer has written for numerous publications including PokerStars.com and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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