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High Stakes Newcomer Miles Rampel Wins 2021 Poker Masters $25,000 Buy-In Pot-Limit Omaha Event

The Californian Entrepreneur, Who Had Zero Prior Live Tournament Scores To His Name, Earned $365,500 After Topping A Stacked Field of High Roller Regulars

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Californian entrepreneur Miles Rampel had never entered a major live poker tournament prior to buying into the 2021 Poker Masters $25,000 pot-limit Omaha event. According to PokerGO reporters, his friends rooting him on in that event claimed he had never played a tournament with a buy-in over $100. Despite being a total newcomer to the high roller scene, Rampel managed to outlast a field of 43 entries to emerge victorious, securing his first big title and the top prize of $365,500.

“I’ve been playing $1-2 and $2-5 no-limit [hold’em] for 10 years, starting in college. “I went to [University of California Santa Barbara], so I played at the Chumash Casino in a little $60 max buy-in $1-2 game," said Rampel. “I started playing PLO this year and enjoyed it a lot. It’s fun to think a little bit more. Then my friends and I just came to Las Vegas on a whim and saw that this tournament was here. I thought, ‘You know what, I’ll take a shot.’ On the morning of registration, I was hemming and hawing thinking I didn’t want to start the trip stuck $25,000 with it being all pros, but I said, ‘You know what? I’ll register.’”

“I’m not like a pro poker player or anything, so as I became more successful in life the games got a little bit bigger – not as big as this, this was definitely taking a shot for me – and I decided to take a shot,” he continued.

The shot paid off. Not only did he secure a six-figure payday, he also took home 420 Card Player Player of the Year points and 219 PokerGO Tour points. His win was enough to put him in ninth place in the Poker Masters player of the series points race.

The final day of this event began with five players remaining and AP Lou Garza in the chip lead. World Series of Poker bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus was the first to fall, with his ASpade SuitQSpade SuitJDiamond Suit7Spade Suit being out flopped by the ADiamond SuitQHeart Suit8Diamond Suit2Diamond Suit of Rampel. Ausmus took home $86,000 for his third final-table finish of the series. With $253,200 in earnings so far, he now sits in ninth place in the player of the series race.

Rampel earned his second knockout of the day when he called the all-in shove of bracelet winner Ben Lamb, who held an open-ended straight draw and backdoor flush draw. Rampel had flopped bottom pair. Neither player improved on the turn or river and Lamb was sent to the rail in fourth place ($118,250).

Sean WinterSean Winter was the next player to run into the surging Rampel. His stack dwindled over the course of three-handed action. Eventually he got the majority of his stack in preflop with QDiamond Suit10Spade Suit9Diamond Suit8Heart Suit, and committed the rest after a 8Diamond Suit4Spade Suit4Diamond Suit flop. Rampel had flopped trips with KHeart SuitJClub Suit5Diamond Suit4Club Suit. Rampel improved to a full house on the 5Heart Suit turn, locking up the pot and sending Winter to the rail in third place ($161,250). This was Winter’s 14th POY-qualified final table of 2021, with more than $2.6 million in earnings accumulated across those events. Winter now sits in 11th place in the POY race. The 97 PokerGO Tour points he secured with this latest deep run were enough to move him into fourth place on that leaderboard.

Despite having earned all of the knockout so far on the final day, Rampel still entered heads-up play trailing Garza. Rampel was able to surge into the lead when he made the nut flush against Garza’s second nut flush. He won another healthy pot with flush over flush later on to take more than a 5:1 chip lead. In the final hand, Garza got all-in on a JHeart Suit9Diamond Suit4Heart Suit flop with AHeart SuitKHeart Suit8Diamond Suit7Spade Suit. Rampel held JClub Suit10Club Suit2Spade Suit2Heart Suit for top pair. The turn brought the 4Diamond Suit and the river the QDiamond Suit to lock up the pot and the title for Rampel. Garza earned $236,500 as the runner-up finisher. This was his fourth cash of the series, including three consecutive final-table finishes. With $550,200 in earnings so far during the series, Garza has edged into the outright lead in the race for the purple jacket.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded in this event:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PokerGO
1 Miles Rampel $365,500 420 219
2 AP Lou Garza $236,500 350 142
3 Sean Winter $161,250 280 97
4 Ben Lamb $118,250 210 71
5 Jeremy Ausmus $86,000 175 52
6 Stephen Chidwick $64,500 140 39
7 Jake Daniels $43,000 105 26

Here is a look at the current top 10 in the Poker Masters player of the series points race:

Rank Player Points Wins Cashes Winnings
1 Lou Garza 376 0 4 $550,200
2 Brock Wilson 358 1 3 $414,300
3 Chris Brewer 349 1 4 $538,300
4 Daniel Negreanu 281 1 2 $281,400
5 Sean Perry 280 1 3 $280,000
6 Stephen Chidwick 271 1 3 $296,100
7 Dylan DeStefano 260 0 3 $260,800
8 Jeremy Ausmus 219 0 3 $253,200
9 Miles Rampel 219 1 1 $365,500
10 Matthew Wantman 216 0 3 $250,700

Photos provided by PokerGO.