The 2022 Poker Masters are underway at PokerGO Studio in Las Vegas and fans have already seen some big names winning big money, including popular poker vlogger Ethan “Rampage” Yau.
Yau, who has had a roller-coaster of a year that saw him nearly winning his fifth World Series of Poker Circuit (WSOPC) ring earlier this month, took down Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $197,600 and his first high-roller title.
Other winners so far at Poker Masters, which kicked off on Sept. 21 and wraps up on Oct. 3, include Ronald Keijzer and Jeremy Ausmus, who is on a heater of his own and just last week won his fifth WSOP bracelet in a $365 buy-in online event.
Self-Proclaimed “Luck Box” Bests Foxen
Yau’s presence at the Poker Masters has marked a continuing climb in stakes for the poker vlogger. Before the series, his biggest buy-in on The Hendon Mob was last month’s $5,300 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, just half of what he anted up to play the $10,000 Poker Master event.
The event drew 76 entrants for a prize pool of $760,000 and featured many of the usual high-roller suspects, including Stephen Chidwick (11th – $22,800), Daniel Negreanu (9th – $22,800), and Stephen Song (3rd – $144,400). Notably absent were accused poker cheats Jake Schindler and Ali Imsirovic, who last week were suspended from PokerGO events for the rest of the year.
Yau eliminated three final table opponents before finding himself heads-up against Alex Foxen, an opponent with over $26 million in live earnings who, unlike “Rampage,” is no newcomer to the high-roller scene.
With a significant chip lead and sporting a green t-shirt with the word “luck” inside of a box on the front, Yau defeated Foxen to deny him another high-roller title and secure his first.
The victory, which was streamed on PokerGO, is the latest upswing in a year full of ups and downs for the poker vlogger. In March, Yau won fourth Circuit ring at Bicycle Casino in Los Angeles but lost nearly six figures on the Hustler Casino Live stream the same week. Last week, Yau finished runner-up in a $215 online WSOPC event for $11,659 to be denied his fifth Circuit ring.
Poker Masters Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em Final Table Results
|PLACE||PLAYER||COUNTRY||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|1||Ethan Yau||United States||$197,600|
|2||Alex Foxen||United States||$144,400|
|3||Stephen Song||United States||$98,800|
|4||Michael Brinkenhoff||United States||$76,000|
|5||Dylan DeStefano||United States||$60,800|
Ausmus Wins Round 2 Against Schulman
Another early winner at Poker Masters was Jeremy Ausmus, who kicked off the series by winning Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em for $204,000. Ausmus dominated the field of 85 entrants and defeated heads-up opponent Nick Schulman, who in turn earned $144,500.
Oddly enough, the two high-roller regulars had faced off heads-up just last week in WSOP Online Event #7: $365 NLH, which Ausmus won for $51,807 and his fifth bracelet while denying the poker commentator his fourth bracelet.
“Told y’all I was excited,” Ausmus tweeted after the victory. “I’ve got my sights set on a cool purple jacket.”
Later in the series, The Netherlands’ Ronald Keijzer took down Event #3: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha for $202,500, while Ben Lamb finished runner-up for $145,800.
The high-roller series will wrap up with Event #10: $50,000 No Limit Hold’em. The results so far for the 2022 Poker Masters are available in the table below.
|DATE||EVENT||ENTRANTS||PRIZE POOL||WINNER||PRIZE (IN USD)|
|Sept. 22, 2022||Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em||85||850000||Jeremy Ausmus||$204,000|
|Sept. 23, 2022||Event #2: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em||76||760000||Ethan “Rampage” Yau||$197,600|
|Sept. 24, 2022||Event #3: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha||81||810000||Ronald Keijzer||$202,500|