Koon, Loeliger and Parsinnen Strike Gold in Poker Masters Online

Jason Koon landed a massive payday on partypoker yesterday, taking down the $25k title as the highrollers battled their way into the second half of the 30-tournament Poker Masters Online series…

By: Andrew Burnett

It has been an unusually quiet series for Triton Poker brand ambassador and partypoker pro Jason Koon, but the $25k buy-in NLHE 8-max was as good a place as any to pop up, 72 entries almost doubling the prizepool from the $1million guarantee.

Fedor Holz, Sam Greenwood, Steve O’Dwyer Justin Bonomo were among the entrants, making it one of the toughest fields so far, with the top five all staring at 6-figure cashes.

Holz and Greenwood wouldn’t be taking any of it however, the German finishing 14th and his Canadian fellow crusher Greenwood bubbling the money, handing the remaining nine at least 3x on their buy-in.

Ole Schemion was the final table bubble, the $76,500 payout compensation for missing out, while Joni Jouhkimainen and Dario Sammartino fell just short of the $100k cash marker.

By the time Dominguez and Beresford busted, the remaining trio of O’Dwyer, Bonomo and Koon were looking at $¼million paydays and heads-up came down to the latter pair.

When Koon won out, it was a $549,000 victory that launched him up the Poker Masters Purple Jacket leaderboard race, Bonomo’s $369,000 runner-up prize also one of the biggest cashes of the series so far.

Event 17 was the $10k buy-in PLO 6-max, pulling in 92 entries and turning into a Scandinavian affair at the deep end. Before that, the unknown Marius Kennelly – as in, Google doesn’t even know him - playing under the Irish flag just missed out on the money for the second event running.

That left luminaries such as Joao Vieira, Carlo Van Ravenswoud and Jorryt van Hoof in the cash, but when it reached 3-handed play it was two Finns and a Swede chasing 4-card glory.

Bengt Sonnert, one of poker’s OG’s as we reported earlier this week managed to split the Finns, bagging 2nd place and $179,400, the title win and $287,781 going to Eelis Pärssinen, with Aku Joentausta filling out the podium with a $110,400 third-place finish.

The third event of the day for the highrollers was a $10k 6-max NLHE, the guarantee more than doubled when 104 entries appeared, with Dan Shak bubbling the 12 paid spots.

Reixach, Hunichen, Mateos and Schemion all cashed, once again showing the depth of talent in these Poker Masters fields, but it was Llinus Loeliger who pulled out the win, defeating Russia’s Artur Martirosyan heads-up to pocket the $325,318 top prize.

Today is a free day for the highrollers – the only one on the schedule, but the world’s biggest and best will be back in action on Monday with $10k and $25k NLHE events on the agenda.


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