Ship it to Sam Soverel. To call his performance over the last two weeks dominant would be an understatement. We need a new German world like wunderbar-duber-dominant. Or maybe we can just coin a new phrase. Soverel. Soverel soverelled the 2019 Poker Masters with a soverellesque performance with two event victories and a domineering and soverelling seven final tables inside of ten events. ElkY would say, "So sick!" Or in this case... "Soverel sick!"
Sam Soverel locked up the purple jacket before the conclusion of the tenth and final event. He could've blow off the ending of Event #10 and still bagged the swanky purple jacket. But he closed it out like a baller boss by winning the final event.
If you're keeping track at home, Soverel is now $1.4 million richer after winning two Poker Masters events -- including the marquee Main Event. He added five other final table, which is astonishing but then again when you're hot... you're hot. When you're running good, you have to keep pressing your luck and run good until it's POOF gone. For now, Soverel is as hot as I've seen a player in a very long time.
Soverel is inching closer to the Top 50 on the all-time money list. He's currently #61 with $13.8 million. He's fourth all-time on the Florida money list, which is a rather impressive Top 5 that is topped by Jason Mercier, the Grinder, Sean Winter, and John Racener. There's also Robert Mizrachi, Jonathan Little, Jungleman, Barry Hutter, and Noah Schwartz rounding out the Top 10 Floridians.
Soverel kicked off the 2019 Poker Masters with an innocuous fifth place finish in Event #1 $10K NL. He took sixth place in Event #3 $10K Short Deck for his second final table in three events. He took fourth place in Event #5 $10K Big Bet Mixed for his third final table.
Soverel finally shipped a Poker Masters event with a victory in Event #7 $25,000 PLO, which paid out $340,000. He faded a field of 34 PLO-enthusiasts and outlasted a final five that included Anthony Zinno, George Wolff, Sean Winter, and Aussie pro Kahle Burns.
Soverel finished in fourth place in both Event #8 $25K NL and Event #9 $25K NL. At that point, he accumulated enough points in the standings to lock up the standings victory. Soverel won the coveted purple jacket designated to the series champion. He also banked a $100,000 cash bonus.
Soverel still continued his hot run by going the distance in Event #10 $50,000 NL Main Event to complete the Soverel domination at the Aria.
Poker Masters Event #10 $50,000 Main Event attracted 34 entrants. Only the top 5 places paid out. The final five included a couple of deadly assassins with Seth Davies, British stud Stephen Chidwick, Elio Fox, and Chris Hunichen.
After a heard-fought final table, Soverel picked off Hunichen heads up to secure the victory and another Poker Masters title. Soverel earned a first place payout worth $680,000. Hunichen banked $442K for second place. Not too shabby for a runner-up finish, eh?
And in one of the events Soverel didn't win, Kristen Bicknell took down her first Poker Masters title when she shipped Event #6 $25K NL. Bicknell finished in eighth place on the leader board with 300 points.
2019 Poker Masters - Final Standings:
1. Sam Soverel 1160 - $1,396,800
2. Kahle Burns 630 - $585,950
3. Chance Kornuth 630 - $556,400
4. Sean Winter 480 - $495,350
5. Ali Imsirovic 450 - $497,600
6. George Wolff 420 - $404,500
7. Alex Foxen 330 - $169,450
8. Kristen Bicknell 300 - $408,000
9. Sergi Reixach 300 - $369,000
10. Isaac Baron 300 - $223,100
Australia's Kahle Burns won Event #9 $25K NL for almost $420K. He banked $586K in Las Vegas over the last week or so and he moved into second on the all-time Australian money list with $7.1 million trailing the one and only Joe Hachem. Burns came into the Poker Masters running hot after two bracelet victories at the 2019 WSOP Europe in RozVegas, which is why he was one of the favorites to go deep and contend for the purple jacket.
Burns finished in second in the final standings with three final tables and cashes. He accumulated 630 points, but Soverel nearly doubled him. Chance Kornuth finished in third overall with 630 points and three final tables.
2019 Poker Masters - Winners
Event #1 $10K NL: Isaac Baron
Event #2 $10K PLO: Ryan Laplante
Event #3 $10K Short Deck: Jonathan Depa
Event #4 $10K 8-Game: Jared Bleznick
Event #5 $10K Big Bet Mix: Julien Martini
Event #6 $25K NE: Kristin Bicknell
Event #7 $25K PLO: Sam Soverel
Event #8 $25K NL: Sergi Reixach
Event #9 $25K NL: Kahle Burns
Event #10 $50K NL Main Event: Sam Soverel
Purple Jacket Champion: Sam Soverel