Daniel Negreanu spins short stack into bronze at Poker Masters Event #2

Jon Pill
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Posted on: September 11, 2021 1:33 am EDT

Poker fans were in for a treat with the final table of Poker Masters Event #2: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em. The final table saw old-school greats Daniel Negreanu and Erik Seidel square off against more recent additions to the pantheon like Jason Koon, Sam Soverel, Jake Schindler, and Sean Perry. Almost everyone at this table had a conveyor belt of backward-facing teeth.

Ultimately the win went to Sean Perry, who was thrilled with his first place win and the $206,400 prize that came with it.

“I’m so ecstatic. I came here thinking I would be so honored to win the Poker Masters,” Perry told PokerGO after collecting his trophy. “And now I’m in prime contention after cashing the first event and winning the second event. I just won in a star-studded field against people I grew up watching play — my idols. These guys are phenomenal. I’m so honored and so happy.”

Perry hardly needs to be this star-struck, he has over $4 million in live tournament winnings over five years of play. He’s every bit as dangerous at the table as those idols.

If he can hold onto his lead over the following week’s worth of tournaments, then he’ll claim the purple jacket that everyone in the Aria’s PokerGO studio is hoping to win.

“Winning the Poker Masters. Oh, man,” said Perry. “I’d look so good wearing that Purple Jacket going clubbing and I’d wear it to every final table. It’d be so nice.”

Old dog, old tricks

Despite Perry’s success, the star of the final day was one of the players he grew up watching. Daniel Negreanu put on a clinic with his short stack turning almost certain doom into a 3rd place finish.

His first cash puts Negreanu in 5th in the Poker Masters leaderboard. After winning the PokerGO Cup and breaking his 8-year heads-up cold streak earlier this year, Negreanu is hungry for more.

Negreanu started six-handed play on Day 2 with just 14 big blinds and the shortest stack. He ended Day 1 play with a tweet saying as much.

“Made final 6 of Poker Masters Event #2,” Negreanu wrote. “Will come into tomorrow @PokerGO on the short stack of 14 bbs.”

Unfortunately, Negreanu got it in against Perry three-handed. Despite a straight and flush draw in Negreanu’s hand, Perry held and knocked Negreanu out.

With Negreanu sent to the rail, Perry took on Jeremy Ausmus heads-up winning handily after crippling Ausmus with a big bluff.

Ausmus took $146,200 for his second-place finish.

Poker Masters Event #2: $10,000 No Limit Hold’em complete final table results

PositionPlayer NamePrize
1stSean Perry$206,400
2ndJeremy Ausmus$146,200
3rdDaniel Negreanu$103,200
4thJake Schindler$86,000
5thSam Soverel$68,800
6thJohn Riordan$51,600
7thJames Romero$43,000
8thJason Koon$34,400
9thErik Seidel$34,400

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