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Steffen Sontheimer Wins Inaugural Poker Masters Purple Jacket

German Wins Two Out of Five Super High Roller Events In The Series, Cashing For $2,733,000 Along The Way

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German poker pro Steffen Sontheimer has won the inaugural Poker Masters event in dominant fashion. Sontheimer cashed in four of the five super high roller tournaments that comprised the unique series, winning two titles on the way. Over the course of a week he procured $2,733,000 in total tournament cashes, the metric used to determine who would be awarded the first ever Poker Masters purple jacket. Sontheimer came close to cashing in all five tournaments, finishing on the bubble in the lone event he did not make the money in.

The 2017 Poker Masters was held at Aria in Las Vegas and featured four $50,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournaments and a series-ending $100,000 buy-in event. The first high roller kicked off on September 13. The $50,000 buy-in tournament drew 51 entries, with Sontheimer finishing fourth for $204,000. Nick Schulman emerged victorious in the end, earning $918,000.

The second event of the series saw Sontheimer outlast a field of 50 entries to win $900,000. He defeated Fedor Holz heads-up for the title, sending his fellow German wunderkind to the rail with $550,000. The third tournament of the series was the lone event Sontheimer did not cash in. 2017 Card Player Player of the Year race leader Bryn Kenney emerged victorious in that one, securing the title and the top prize of $960,000.

The fourth and final $50,000 buy-in saw Brandon Adams come out on top, with Sontheimer finishing fifth for $117,000.

The series-ending $100,000 got underway on Sept. 18, drawing a field of 36 entries. Only the top six players made the money, with Stephen Chidwick being the unfortunate player that was eliminated on the $175,000 money bubble. Coming into the six-handed final table Fedor Holz held the chip lead, with Sontheimer sitting in third place.

Christian Christner busted Holz in third place ($504,000) to take more than a 2-to-1 chip lead into heads-up play against Sontheimer, who had secured the Poker Master purple jacket by outlasting Holz and making it to heads-up. Sontheimer may have locked up the series win, but there was still more than $600,000 left to play for in the final event. He quickly mounted a comeback, overtaking the lead and then sealing the deal when he picked up QHeart SuitQDiamond Suit against Christner’s 2Diamond Suit2Club Suit. The two got the chips in preflop and Christner failed to come from behind on a JDiamond Suit8Heart Suit3Club Suit4Diamond Suit9Diamond Suit runout. He earned $864,000 as the runner-up.

Here is a look at the final standings in the Poker Masters earnings race:

Rank Player Wins Cashes Events Played Winnings
1 Steffen Sontheimer 2 4 5 $2,733,000
2 Bryn Kenney 1 2 5 $1,085,000
3 Fedor Holz 2 5 $1,054,000
4 Christian Christner 2 5 $1,039,000
5 Nick Schulman 1 1 5 $918,000
4 Brandon Adams 1 1 4 $819,000
5 Doug Polk 2 5 $612,000
6 Erik Seidel 1 5 $576,000
7 Matt Hyman 1 4 $561,000
8 Stefan Schillhabel 2 5 $486,000
9 Jake Schindler 2 5 $409,500
10 Justin Bonomo 2 5 $391,500
11 Seth Davies 1 1 $324,000
12 Tom Marchese 1 4 $300,000
13 Adrian Mateos 2 5 $277,500
14 David Peters 1 5 $273,000
15 Phil Hellmuth 1 5 $200,000
16 Dan Smith 1 5 $192,000
17 Dominik Nitsche 1 5 $178,500
18 Koray Aldemir 1 5 $153,000
19 Cary Katz 1 5 $120,000
20 Daniel Negreanu 1 5 $102,000
21 Dan Shak 1 3 $100,000
22 Sergio Aido 1 5 $96,000

Check out the results of each event of the Poker Masters below:

Event 1 – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’Em

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Nick Schulman $918,000 510
2 Matt Hyman $561,000 425
3 Stefan Schillhabel $306,000 340
4 Steffen Sontheimer $204,000 255
5 Dominik Nitsche $178,500 213
6 Koray Aldemir $153,000 170
7 Adrian Mateos $127,500 128
8 Daniel Negreanu $102,000 85

Event 2 – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’Em

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Steffen Sontheimer $900,000 510
2 Fedor Holz $550,000 425
3 Tom Marchese $300,000 340
4 Phil Hellmuth $200,000 255
5 Christian Christner $175,000 213
6 Adrian Mateos $150,000 170
7 Bryn Kenney $125,000 128
8 Dan Shak $100,000 85

Event 3 – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’Em

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Bryn Kenney $960,000 510
2 Erik Seidel $576,000 425
3 Jake Schindler $312,000 340
4 Dan Smith $192,000 255
5 Doug Polk $144,000 213
6 Cary Katz $120,000 170
7 Sergio Aido $96,000 128

Event 4 – $50,000 No-Limit Hold’Em

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Brandon Adams $819,000 510
2 Doug Polk $468,000 425
3 David Peters $273,000 340
4 Justin Bonomo $175,500 255
5 Steffen Sontheimer $117,000 213
6 Jake Schindler $97,500 170

Event 5 – $100,000 No-Limit Hold’Em

Place Player Earnings (USD) POY Points
1 Steffen Sontheimer $1,512,000 600
2 Christian Christner $864,000 500
3 Fedor Holz $504,000 400
4 Seth Davies $324,000 300
5 Justin Bonomo $216,000 250
6 Stefan Schillhabel $180,000 200