Isaac Baron Wins Opening Event of the 2019 Poker Masters for $223,100

Isaac Baron has taken down the first event of the Poker Masters. The American live tournament crusher won a $10,000 NL Hold em event, picking up $223,100 for his efforts.

By: Mark Patrickson

Flying High

Baron is on a huge roll at the moment. The former online MTT star picked up his first WSOP gold bracelet back in June, and this marks his first live tournament victory since 2012.

This opening event attracted 97 entries with a tidy prize pool of $970,000. Only the top 14 got paid, making the final table stage more important than usual.

Thai Ha, from Vietnam, was the only non-American at the final table and busted out first in eighth place for $38,800. Dan Shak and WSOP Main Event winner Scott Blumenstein quickly followed him out of the door.

Sam Soverel was next up to leave when his pocket eights ran into Baron with aces. He can’t be too disappointed though, after racking up more than $4 million during 2019 so far.

Baron was now flying high and ramped up the aggression. Jeremy Ausmus was his first victim, losing out in a blind versus blind battle when his Q7 was called by Baron’s Q9 for less than 10 big blinds.

Baron next dealt with Ralph Wong and it was then time for the heads-up battle.

We weren’t expecting much because Baron had such a huge chip lead. Chance Kornuth is a great player, however, and miracles really do happen in poker sometimes.

Sadly for Kornuth, it was all over in a single hand. Baron jammed 53s and was called by A9. A trey was the only pair made and Baron was champion.

Final Results

1 Isaac Baron $223,100
2 Chance Kornuth $164,900
3 Ralph Wong $116,400
4 Jeremy Ausmus $97,000
5 Sam Soverel $77,600
6 Scott Blumstein $58,200
7 Dan Shak $48,500
8 Thai Ha $38,800



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