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Ali Imsirovic Wins 2021 Venetian High Roller $10,000 Buy-In For $200,200

This Was Imsirovic's Tenth Final-Table Finish and Fifth Title of 2021


Nobody has won more live poker tournament titles in 2021 than Ali Imsirovic. The 26-year-old Bosnian-born poker pro secured his fifth victory of the year in the early morning hours of Friday, May 28. Imsirovic beat out a field of 77 total entries to win the Venetian High Roller $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event, earning $200,200 as the champion. He now has $1,796,210 in year-to-date tournament earnings, bringing his career total to $11.2 million.

Imsirovic has made ten final tables so far in 2021, which means that he has managed to secure the title 50 percent of the time that he’s made the final table. As a result of his incredible run in high-stakes tournaments this year, Imsirovic is a top contender for a number of performance-based honors. He earned 420 Card Player Player of the Year points as the champion, climbing into third place in the 2021 POY race rankings sponsored by Global Poker as a result.

This event is included in the inaugural PokerGO Tour, and Imsirovic added 200 rankings points to his totals with this latest victory. He currently sits atop the PokerGO Tour Leaderboard, which tracks results in high-stakes tournaments with buy-ins of $10,000 or higher, with more than 100 events expected to qualify through the rest of the year.

The tournament began at 2 p.m. local time and played down to a winner over the course of roughly 14 hours. The 77-entry turnout built a prize pool of $770,000 which was ultimately paid out among the top 11 finishers. Daniel Negreanu was eliminated on the money bubble, ensuring that the remaining players all earned at least $23,100.

Dan Shak held the chip lead when the field combined onto the final table, with Imsirovic in third place. He earned his first knockout at the final table by eliminating Randy Kaas in seventh place. Imsirovic had opened from the button with AClub SuitJSpade Suit for 75,000, only to have Kaas three-bet all-in for 900,00 with JHeart Suit8Heart Suit. Imsirovic made the call and ended up with aces up by the turn to secure the pot. Kaas earned $38,500 for his deep run.

Shortly after that, Spanish poker pro Sergi Reixach ran his ADiamond SuitQHeart Suit into the ASpade SuitKSpade Suit of Imsirovic. The board improved neither player and Reixach was sent to the rail in sixth place ($46,200).

Shawn Daniels won a three-way all-in with A-K against the pocket nines of Shannon Shorr and the 10-8 of Dan Shak. Daniels made the wheel to scoop the pot, eliminating Shak in fifth place and doubling through Shorr as a result. Shak was awarded $61,600 for his fifth-place showing.

Shorr was the next to fall when he lost a big confrontation against Imsirovic, who had flopped a set of fives in a three-bet pot. Imsirovic checked and Shorr continuation bet his A-Q high, having been the three-bettor preflop, and Imsirovic called. The board paired on the turn, giving Imsirovic a full house. Both players checked and the river completed possible flush and gutshot straight draws from the flop. Imsirovic moved all-in, having Shorr covered. Shorr made the hero call with his ace high, only to get the bad news that he had run into a boat. He cashed for $77,000 as the fourth-place finisher.

Kyung Min Lee’s run in this event came to an end when his 10Heart Suit9Heart Suit failed to improve against the AClub Suit3Diamond Suit of Daniels. Lee earned $100,100 for his third-place showing, while Daniels took the lead into heads-up play.

Imsirovic was able to quickly regain the chip advantage and soon held a sizable lead. In the final hand, Daniels moved all-in for 1,515,000 from the button with blinds of 40,000-80,000 and a 40,000 big-blind ante. Imsirovic called with 7Heart Suit7Diamond Suit and was ahead of Daniels’ KHeart Suit5Diamond Suit. The board came down QClub Suit10Club Suit6Heart SuitAHeart Suit10Diamond Suit and Imsirovic’s pocket pair held up to earn him the pot and the title. Daniels took home $146,300 as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts, POY points, and PokerGO Tour points awarded in this event:

Place Player Payout POY Points PokerGO
1 Ali Imsirovic $200,200 420 200
2 Shawn Daniels $146,300 350 146
3 Kyung Min Lee $100,100 280 100
4 Shannon Shorr $77,000 210 77
5 Dan Shak $61,600 175 62
6 Sergi Reixach $46,200 140 46
7 Randy Kaas $38,500 105 39
8 Sam Soverel $30,800 70 31
9 John Morgan $23,100 0 23
10 Chris Brewer $23,100 0 23
11 Dylan Linde $23,100 0 23

Imsirovic photo credit: PokerGO.