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Chino Rheem Takes Down Event 4 At 2023 Poker Masters

Three-Time World Poker Tour Champion Bests Field of 91 Entries In $10,000 Buy-In To Earn $218,400


Chino Rheem has managed many massive poker tournament victories over the years. The 43-year-old poker pro is a three-time World Poker Tour champion and a European Poker Tour main event winner. He also has a couple of PokerGO Tour wins to his name, including taking down the 2022 PGT Heads-Up Showdown and last year’s U.S. Poker Open $15,000 pot-limit Omaha event. Rheem added yet another trophy to his mantlepiece on Tuesday, Sept. 19 when he took down in the fourth event of the 2023 Poker Masters.

The $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament drew 91 entries to create a $910,000 prize pool. Rheem secured $218,400 as the champion, his 18th career score of six figures or more. He now has more than $13 million in lifetime earnings to his name.

This was Rheem’s fourth final-table finish of 2023. He earned 540 Card Player Player of the Year points for this victory, enough to move inside the top 350 in the 2023 POY race standings presented by Global Poker.

Rheem was also awarded 218 PokerGO Tour points as the champion. As a result, he climbed into fourth place in the Poker Masters points race. This was his first cash of the series.

The second and final day of this event began with just six players remaining. Jeremy Ausmus was knocked out in seventh place at the end of day 1, earning $45,500 as the seventh-place finisher. This was his 17th final-table finish of the year, with one title and nearly $2.4 million in POY earnings accrued along the way. As a result, Ausmus is now in 10th in both the POY and PGT standings.

The final day began with two-time WPT champion and Card Player columnist Jonathan Little in the lead. Six-time bracelet winner and two-time WPT champion Daniel Negreanu was the first to hit the rail, with his pocket sevens losing a preflop showdown against the A-5 suited of Brock Wilson. Negreanu earned $54,600 for his efforts, bringing his career total to $50,350,891. He remains in fifth place on poker’s all-time money list.

Rheem scored a key double-up during five-handed play, with A-K holding up against the A-J of two-time bracelet winner Chris Brewer. The same showdown took place between Brewer and Saliba, but this time, it was Brewer who held A-K. Saliba was left on fumes and eliminated shortly after that in fifth place ($72,800). The two-time bracelet winner was awarded $72,800 and 225 POY for his latest deep run. This was his 10th final-table showing of the year, with two titles secured along the way. He now occupies the 15th-place spot in the POY rankings.

Rheem earned a big double-up during four-handed action. He three-bet Little’s under the gun raise with pocket queens out of the big blind. Little four-bet shoved with 8-7 suited and Rheem called. The pocket pair held up and Rheem pulled away from the pack.

Chris BrewerBrewer was left short after doubling up Wilson and soon was all-in with Q-3 suited up against pocket fives. Wilson flopped quads with his small pair and Brewer was sent packing in fourth place ($91,000). This was his 20th final-table finish of 2023. With five titles and more than $10.9 million in to-date POY earnings, Brewer is now the fourth-ranked contender on the POY leaderboard.

Wilson’s pocket pair didn’t fare quite as well in the next big confrontation. His QClub SuitQHeart Suit was outrun by the AClub Suit7Club Suit of Little. An ace on the flop gave Little the lead and he held from there to double up.

Wilson managed one double of his own, through Rheem, before soon finding himself all-in again. The last of his chips went in on a 10Spade Suit7Diamond Suit3Heart Suit4Heart Suit board with JClub Suit10Heart Suit for top pair. Rheem called with 10Club Suit7Heart Suit for tens and sevens. The 2Spade Suit on the end changed nothing and Wilson was eliminated in third place ($109,200).

Rheem held more than a 3.5:1 chip lead when heads-up play began. Little doubled up early when his A-Q suited held against the 8-5 of Rheem. Little had opened on the button and four-bet shoved over Rheem’s three-bet. Rheem called and picked up a double gutshot on the turn, but bricked out on a board-pairing river.

Rheem remained in the lead, but the gap had closed considerably. In the final hand of the tournament, Rheem opened from the button with KHeart SuitJHeart Suit on the button and Little called holding QClub Suit9Heart Suit. The flop came down QSpade SuitJClub Suit9Diamond Suit and Little checked with his queens and nines. Rheem bet 300,00 and Little check-raised to 900,000. Rheem moved all-in with his his middle pair and straight draw. Little called and was ahead, but the 10Diamond Suit turn gave Rheem a king-high straight. The 7Club Suit on the end locked up the pot and the title for Rheem, while Little earned $154,700 as the runner-up. Little now has more than $7.9 million in recorded earnings after this deep run.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PGT Points
1 Chino Rheem $218,400 540 218
2 Jonathan Little $154,700 450 155
3 Brock Wilson $109,200 360 109
4 Chris Brewer $91,000 270 91
5 Justin Saliba $72,800 225 73
6 Daniel Negreanu $54,600 180 55
7 Jeremy Ausmus $45,500 135 46
8 Darren Elias $36,400 90 36

Photos provided by PokerGO / Antonio Abrego.