Brandon Adams Beats Doug Polk Heads-Up to Win Poker Masters $50k Event 4

The fourth and final $50,000 'preliminary' High Roller event in the inaugural Poker Masters Series at Aria, Las Vegas has been won by Brandon Adams who beat Doug "WCGRider" Polk heads-up for the title and the $819,000 prize money.

The final table of seven started with Polk as chip leader with 1.357m and Adams in second with 1.187m. Also along for the ride were Justin Bonomo, David Peters, Jake Schindler, Steffen Sontheimer, and Zach Clark. Both Polk and Schindler were making back-to-back appearances at Poker Masters final tables, and Sontheimer was making his 3rd final table appearance out of the four events.

First to hit the rail was Zach Clark who had started the day incredibly short-stacked with just 149k. Clark, whose uncle was the late legendary high stakes pro Chip Reese, pushed his last 79k from the button holding {k-Diamonds}{6-Hearts} and was three-bet by Polk out of the small blind with {a-Spades}{3-Hearts}. Polk successfully isolated Clark and the board hit neither player, sending Clark home as the money "bubble boy", as due to the field size in the 4th event, only 6 players got paid.

The first paid player to bust out was Jake Schindler who must have thought he was on a winner when his {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs} saw a flop of {a-Spades}{7-Spades}{4-Spades} after he had raised David Peters opening bet preflop. Unfortunately for Schindler, Peters had smooth-called the raise with {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs} and it was a snap-call for Peters after Schindler committed his remaining stack on the flop. Schindler received $97,500 for his 6th place finish.

At this point Sontheimer had crept over 1m in chips and was looking to put some real distance between himself and the opposition in the hunt for the "purple jacket" which will be awarded to the player with the highest winnings at the end of the week. However, he ended up busting in 5th after losing two big pots. First off he called Doug Polk's button raise from the big blind with Polk holding {j-Hearts}{j-Clubs} and Sontheimer the distinctly unimpressive {7-Spades}{3-Spades}. However, a seemingly dream flop of {a-Spades}{j-Spades}{2-Spades} came for the German pro, giving him an unlikley flopped flush against Polk's set of Jacks. The {9-Diamonds} turn changed nothing as Polk continued to barrell, but the case {j-Diamonds} on the river gave Polk quads and he was paid off by Sontheimer who ended up losing over half of his stack. Soon after the break Sontheimer was gone, having committed his last 400k with {A-Clubs}{5-Clubs} and losing to Adams' {5-Spades}{5-Hearts}. Sontheimer collected $117,000 and although it's not as much distance as he'd have like to put between himself and his nearest rival for the jacket, Bryn Kenney, he still has a sizeable lead in that particular race.


Above: Steffen Sontheimer put some distance between himself and the rest of the players in contention for the 'purple jacket' after making his third final table out of 4 Poker Master events so far.

It was another 40 minutes until another player busted, and that player was Justin Bonomo, who had been lurking around the shorter side of the stacks for most of the final table. He finally fell after committing all his chips preflop with {a-Spades}{3-Spades}, only to be looked up by Adams holding {7-Spades}{7-Clubs}. The board offered no help to the pink-haird Bonomo and he exited in 4th place, good for a $175,000 payday.

Three handed play lasted over half an hour with Adams and Polk alternately sharing the lead whilst Peters continued to nurse his short stack. When the next elimination came it was a huge pot as Adams, the big chip leader by this point, raised on the button with {a-Hearts}{k-Diamonds} with Polk re-raising from the small blind, and Peters jamming for 545k from the big blind with {8-Diamonds}{8-Clubs}. Adams went all-in over the top and was snap called by Polk who had been sitting on {a-Diamonds}{a-Clubs}. The board kept Polk in front and Peters was out in 3rd for $273,000 and the 2.955m pot meant that Polk went into heads-up play with a 3:2 chip lead.

Polk didn't keep that lead for long, however, and within 15 minutes Adams had halved his opponent's stack. Soon after Adams finished the job when all the money went in on a {k-Spades}{8-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} flop. Polk turned over {5-Diamonds}{4-Diamonds} for a flush draw with a gutshot straight draw but Adams revealed {9-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds} for an open-ended straight flush draw. Polk was only drawing to a four or the remaining 7's. The {2-Diamonds} gave Adams the flush which all but ended matters (Polk now had one out for a straight flush) and when the 3 of diamonds failed to materialise on the river it was all over. Polk won $468,000 for his runner-up spot while Brandon Adams earned his biggest ever live tourney payday of $819,000.

Poker Masters: Event #4: $50,000 NLHE Final Results

Place Winner Country Prize
1st Brandon Adams USA $819,000
2nd Doug Polk USA $468,000
3rd David Peters USA $273,000
4th Justin Bonomo USA $175,500
5th Steffen Sontheimer Germany $117,000
6th Jake Schindler USA $97,500

The $100,000 entry finale begins tomorrow at 2pm PST.


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