Nick Schulman Wins Poker Masters Event 1 $50,000 NLHE for $918,0002 years ago
It was the Nick Schulman show at the inaugural Poker Masters yesterday as the popular commentator and pro broke the $10million career earnings barrier by taking down the $918,000 top prize in the first of five massive buy-in events which will see the overall leaderboard winner don the Poker Masters Purple Jacket come Wednesday evening.
Four $50,000 buy-in events will be followed by the $100,000 buy-in finale and as expected the exciting new series has drawn the biggest names in the poker world to the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, including Daniel Negreanu, Fedor Holz, Phil Hellmuth, Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates and Doug Polk.
A total of 51 entries had seen the prizepool swollen to over $2.5million and Shulman was looking to build on his earlier $50K success, scooping the 1st prize of $440,000 in a smaller field last month at the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open Super High Roller.
Well-known in the high stakes poker world as a player, Schulman has also received laudits for his commentary role alongside Ali Nejad in tournaments such as the Super High Roller Bowl and was a regular guest at various World Series of Poker final tables this summer.
Mixing the dual roles doesn’t seem to have harmed his play in any way, Schulman accounting for the final three knockouts to lift the first of the Masters events, disposing of German duo Sontheimer and Schillhabel in consecutive hands, the latter’s pocket queens unfortunately running smack-bang into Schulmans pair of kings.
With the likes of Negreanu falling in 8th spot – in the money but outside the official final table of seven – and the other German pair of Nitsche and Aldemir, along with Spain’s Mateos also hitting the rail, it left Schulman to deal with Matt Hyman.
The ding-dong battle was eventually settled when a battle of the aces saw Schulman’s king survive against Hyman’s eight and the commentator proved he was still one of the most dangerous pros in the game.
The second of the $50K events is already underway, 50 players yet again battling it out for $2.5million in cash and with their eyes on the Purple Jacket – for the moment at least, Schulman is the man they need to catch!
Event #1: $50,000 NLHE Final Results
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