Sam Soverel Wins Poker Masters Purple Jacket

Sam Soverel Wins Poker Masters Purple Jacket

The latest edition of a Poker Central high-stakes poker tournament series is complete. Ten players walked away with Poker Masters tournament titles for winning individual events, all of which played out at the ARIA on the Las Vegas Strip.

One of those players, Sam Soverel, not only won the Poker Masters Main Event but also the overall series champion. Soverel earned the Purple Jacket for his work and yet another title to go with his British Poker Open honor of Player of the Series.

Earlier this week, we reported on the players who won the first five events in the Poker Masters series. Aa a reminder, they were:

–Event 1: $10K NLHE – Isaac Baron ($223,100)

–Event 2: $10K PLO – Ryan Laplante ($186,000)

–Event 3: $10K NLHE Short Deck – Jonathan Depa ($133,200)

–Event 4: $10K 8-Game Mix – Jared Bleznick ($153,000)

–Event 5: $10K Big Bet Mix – Julien Martini ($166,400)

Now, it’s time to take a look at the other five tournament winners in this series:

Event 6:  $25K NLHE

As with all of the first nine events, players had a double reentry option for the first nine levels of the tournament.

Registration closed with 51 entries, and the prize pool was set at $1,275,000, enough to pay the top 8 finishers. That time came when David Peters bubbled the tournament and Elio Fox became the first to cash for $51K. David Stamm then busted, and the night came to an end.

Chance Kornuth took a massive chip lead into the final table, while Kristen Bicknell was the second-shortest stack. But Bicknell doubled early on and did it again three-handed to lessen Kornuth’s lead. She ultimately pulled out the win.

1st place:  Kristen Bicknell ($408,000)

2nd place:  Chance Kornuth ($267,500)

3rd place:  Ali Imsirovic ($178,500)

4th place:  Andras Nemeth ($127,000)

5th place:  Ralph Wong ($102,000)

6th place:  Ben Heath ($76,500)

7th place:  David Stamm ($63,750)

8th place:  Elio Fox ($51,000)

Event 7:  $25K PLO

This tournament delivered 34 entrants and a prize pool of $850K. Only the top five players were to be paid from that fund.

At the end of the first day of play, Ben Lamb busted on the money bubble in sixth place, and Sean Winter took the chip lead into the final table. Sam Soverel started strong, though, by ousting the first two players on Day 2. Winter took a significant lead into heads-up with Soverel, but the latter chipped up and won.

1st place:  Sam Soverel ($340,000)

2nd place:  Sean Winter ($221,000)

3rd place:  George Wolff ($136,000)

4th place:  Kahle Burns ($85,000)

5th place:  Anthony Zinno ($68,000)

Event 8:  $25K NLHE

There were 41 entries into this event, creating a prize pool of $1,025,000.

With only six players to be paid, Nick Petrangelo busted in seventh place to open the payouts and end Day 1. Orpen Kisacikoglu was the chip leader, but Sergi Reixach started Day 2 by eliminating two players in one hand. Reixach then busted Soverel, Kisacikoglu, and won heads-up play for the title.

1st place:  Sergi Reixach ($369,000)

2nd place:  George Wolff ($246,000)

3rd place:  Orpen Kisacikoglu ($164,000)

4th place:  Sam Soverel ($102,500)

5th place:  Andras Nemeth ($82,000)

6th place:  Sean Winter ($61,500)

Event 9:  $50K NLHE

The last tournament before the Main Event brought in 49 entries for a $1,225,000 prize pool.

When the field dwindled to the money bubble, it was Poker Central founder Cory Katz who busted on that bubble, and play continued as Kahle Burns busted Alex Foxen to end the night.

Day 2 began with Ali Imsirovic in the chip lead but Burns in a close second. The action played out with Burns eliminating several contenders and ultimately Imsirovic, as Burns captured the victory. This came on the heels of a stellar run at the WSOP Europe at which Burns won two gold bracelets.

1st place:  Kahle Burns ($416,500)

2nd place:  Ali Imsirovic ($269,500)

3rd place:  Sean Winter ($183,750)

4th place:  Sam Soverel ($122,500)

5th place:  Elio Fox ($98,000)

6th place:  David Peters ($73,500)

7th place:  Alex Foxen ($61,250)

Event 10:  $100K NLHE Main Event

The Main Event of the series offered only one reentry during the first 10 levels. When that was complete, the tournament recorded 34 entries and a $1.7 million prize pool.

With only the top six players being paid, Day 1 played down to a single table, after which Kahle Burns and Bryn Kenney busted at the same time, courtesy of Chris Hunichen. Seth Davies then busted Alex Foxen in seventh place.

Day 2 began with Hunichen in the lead, but the table contained six players but only five paid spots. Ali Imsirovic ended up being the money bubble player out first. From there, Sam Soverel played a strong game and took a massive chip lead into heads-up against Hunichen. Soverel quickly turned that lead into a win.

1st place:  Sam Soverel ($680,000)

2nd place:  Chris Hunichen ($442,000)

3rd place:  Elio Fox ($272,000)

4th place:  Stephen Chidwick ($170,000)

5th place:  Seth Davies ($136,000)

Soverel Wins Purple Jacket

Not only did Soverel win the Poker Masters Main Event, he topped the player-of-the-series leaderboard with seven total results over the course of the 10 events. This was how everyone lined up in the end:

–1. Sam Soverel (1160 points) = $1,396,800 earnings in 7 results

–2. Kahle Burns (630 points) = $585,950 in 3 results

–3. Chance Kornuth (630 points) = $556,400 in 3 results

–4. Sean Winter (480 points) = $495,350 in 4 results

–5. Ali Imsirovic (450 points) = $497,600 in 3 results

Soverel won an additional $100K for earning the most points in the series, and he won the Purple Jacket.


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 and has followed the US poker and gaming market closely for the last 15 years. Follow Jen on Twitter

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