Martini pulls off amazing comeback to lift Poker Masters $10k Big Bet title and $166,400

Frenchman Julien Martini put on a remarkable display of rear-guard fighting to lift the Poker Masters $10k Big Bet title last night, recovering from having a mere half-a-big blind to win the $166,400 first prize…

By: Andrew Burnett

Six players returned from the initial 52 entries to battle it out for the title, the in-the-money departures of Erik Seidel in 8th and Yuri Dzivielevski in 7th leaving a high-class final table.

Stephen Chidwick held a massive lead, with 65% of the chips in play, but he found himself quickly losing ground as the final day’s play got underway.

Pedro Bromfman preceded him to the exit in 6th, and Chidwick’s 5th place finish for $41,600 was followed by Sam Soverel hitting the rail in 4th for a $52k cash.

That left Martini, Kahle Burns and Jorryt van Hoof to fight it out for top honours, and Martini found himself with less than one big blind, before recovering and busting van Hoof in a three way all-in.

It took almost an hour of heads-up play for Martini to emerge as champion, an ace-high call enough to lift the trophy, the new champion stating afterwards: “I came to the Poker Masters because even though I’m having an incredible year I didn’t have a single win and I really wanted one. I’m very happy to get this one!”

Of his incredible fightback he said: “When I won my WSOP bracelet I was down to less than a big blind as well on the final day, so it’s like a lucky sign for me.”

Final results

1 Julien Martini $166,400
2 Kahle Burns $109,200
3 Jorryt van Hoof $72,800
4 Sam Soverel $52,000
5 Stephen Chidwick $41,600
6 Pedro Bromfman $31,200
7 Yuri Dzivielevski $26,000
8 Erik Seidel $20,800



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