Fedor Holz Leads Final Table at Poker Masters $100,000 Finale

It's been an engrossing week for high stakes poker fans at the Poker Master Series, which reaches its climax tonight at the final table of the $100,000 three day event. Perhaps it won't come as a huge surprise to see that German wunderkind Fedor Holz is currently in pole position for the $1,512,000 first place prize money.

In fact, all of the top four players going into the final table come from Germany, the second time this week that over half the table has consisted of German players. Just behind Holz is Christian Christner, followed by Steffen Sontheimer and Stefan Schillhabel. The remaining three players in tonights finale will be Justin Bonomo and Seth Davies.

It has been a particularly remarkable week for Steffen "The Goose" Sontheimer who has made every final table but one, although strictly speaking he even made the that one, busting in 8th place, one place off the "official" final table of seven. Sontheimer finished fourth in the first event, won the second, bubbled the third, finished 5th in the fourth, and now enters the finale third in chips. Although Sontheimer looks a good bet to win the purple jacket (awarded to the player with the most money won throughout the serires), the huge first place prize money in the finale means that as it stands, any one of the remaining players could feasibly end up wearing the jacket - even Seth Davies who has yet to cash in the series.


Above: Steffen Sontheimer has been the revelation of the inaugural Poker Master Series, making all but one official final tables this week.

Day 2 saw nine more players eliminated from proceedings with Dan Shak the first to go after tabling JJ against Christner's KK. He was followed by Dan Smith who was taken out by Sonthemier. Phil Hellmuth was next out as he failed to make his second final table when his short-stack was taken by Brian Rast when Hellmuth's A6 was outdrawn by Rast's QJ.

Bryon Kaverman was the only player to register on day 2 and he was unfortunate to bust out in 12th place as he ran pocket queens into Fedor's Aces, and he was followed by one the day's early chip leaders, Daniel Negreanu, when his A 10 was beaten by Christner's K Q. Ben "Ben86" Tollerene busted in 10th allowing the remaining nine players to converge at a single table.

It took a good couple of hours to reach the next elimination and when it came it was the player who started the day on top, Brian Rast, who bowed out when his QQ failed to outlast Justin Bonomo's AK. 40 minutes later Jake Schindler's A7 failed to catch-up with Stefan Schillhabel's pocket fives and he was out in 8th.

The UK's Stephen Chidwick was the unfortunate bubble-boy on this occasion running his J 9 into Sontheimer's QJ and the final table was set.

Poker Masters Event #5: $100,000 NLHE Final Table

Player   Chips
Fedor Holz DE     1,471,000
Christian Christner DE     1,367,000
Steffen Sontheimer DE     1,354,000
Stefan Schillhabel DE     1,218,000
Justin Bonomo US     1,050,000
Seth Davies US     740,000

Each player is guaranteed at least $180,000 and the final table will play down to a winner later today. Play resumes at 3pm local time.


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