Jouhkimainen and Lefrancois big winners at the Poker Masters so far

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Posted on: April 17, 2020 5:18 pm EDT

The two poker pros are turning up the heat in the ongoing series of poker events

Two more events concluded in one more day of poker action coming from the 30-event Poker Masters Online series, both distributing among the two main winners over $500,000 in cash. Finland’s Joni Jouhkimainen took down event #8 $500,000 GTD NLH-8max and collected $254,800, and was almost matched by Canadian player Pascal Lefrancois, who was the winner of the next event, Event #9 $500,000 GTD NLH 6-max, which had a smaller turnout. The series will continue today with a similar format, two NLH events for a $10,000 buy-in.

The 8-max event doubled the guaranteed prize pool of $500,000 with 104 entries, paying cash to the first 14 places. There were renowned poker pros names playing that event, starting with Andras Nemeth, Elias Talvitie and Alex Foxen, who were also aiming to get their second victory in this series. Both Foxen and his partner, Kristen Bicknell, were playing in the same events while on lockdown outside of Canada, and Foxen finished seventh for $41,600.

For event #9, things changed significantly. The tournament registered 78 entries, meaning that the prize for the top winner was almost a quarter of a million dollars. This time, Nemeth made it to the final table in hopes of getting his second win, but some other relevant names in the poker world were sitting there, too, and he would be denied. Fedor Holz, Justin Bonomo, Pascal Lefrancois and Bicknell were fighting for the title. The final heads-up had Lefrancois and Bonomo playing for the $243,988 prize and movement on the leaderboard, and it would be Lefrancois emerging victorious.