Poker Masters Attracts Many of the Game’s Best Players and Highest Rollers

Posted on September 18th, 2017 by Jon Pineda
Bryn Kenney Poker Masters

Bryn Kenney added to his GPI Player of the Year lead with an impressive victory at the 2017 Poker Masters. (Image: YouTube)

The inaugural Poker Masters, a five-tournament high-roller series, has been a big hit on Poker Central’s new app, PokerGO.

Through four $50,000 buy-in events, five of the game’s top players have won, including 2017 GPI Player of the Year leader Bryn Kenney.

But the overall winner, with one event remaining, a $100,000 buy-in championship tournament, is Germany’s Steffen Sontheimer.

Dubbed the “best player in the game today,” by fellow German high-stakes legend Fedor Holz, Sontheimer finished at the final table in three of the four events this past week, including a title in Event #2 for $900,000.

Poker Masters $50,000 Buy-In Event Winners

Event #1: Nick Schulman (United States) $918,000

Event #2: Steffen Sontheimer (Germany) $900,000

Event #3: Bryn Kenney (United States) $960,000

Event #4: Brandon Adams (United States) $819,000

Sontheimer now has more than $4.7 million in career live tournament winnings to go along with millions more he’s won online.

TV Announcer Wins First Event

Nick Schulman, one of poker’s most popular television commentators, won the first ever Poker Masters tournament last week. The Brooklyn native outlasted 51 entries to claim the $918,000 1st place prize.

Schulman has provided commentary for WSOP events and the Super High Roller Bowl in 2016 and 2017. But he’s more than just an announcer.

Nick is one of the game’s top high-stakes cash game players and also a successful tournament player. His victory last week put him over the $10 million mark lifetime in live tournaments.

Schulman defeated Matt Hyman, a semi-professional, heads-up to win the title. He hasn’t cashed in any other event during the Poker Masters series.

Kenney Extends GPI Lead

It’s been one heck of a year for Bryn Kenney. The New Yorker has led the GPI Player of the Year race since January, and extended that lead with his performance during the Poker Masters.

Kenney won Event #3 for $960,000, defeating the legendary Erik Seidel in an epic heads-up match, and has two cashes this series.

He now has 3,284.93 points to lead the GPI POY race, slightly ahead of Koray Aldemir (3,149.15) and Nick Petrangelo (3,058.14).

Kenney is also the top ranked GPI player in the world. Petrangelo is in 2nd place, followed closely by David Peters, Justin Bonomo, and Stephen Chidwick.

Bryn received 495.85 GPI Player of the Year total points from his two Poker Masters cashes. A deep run in Monday’s $100k would go a long way in propelling him to the 2017 champion. You catch all the action during this three-day event on PokerGO each day beginning at 2:30 pm PT.

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