2022 Poker Masters Underway, Jeremy Ausmus Heads Event #1 Final Table

After the debacle regarding the Stairway to Millions II, PokerGO needed to make a solid comeback. Fortunately for them, the 2022 Poker Masters started on Wednesday, bringing what has been a tournament series that has proven to be popular. The first of its twelve event roster kicked off on Wednesday and played down to its final table, with longtime PokerGO Tour supporter Jeremy Ausmus at the head of the table.

Long History of Success for Poker Masters

The Poker Masters tournament series is another “made for streaming” creation by PokerGO, but it actually has a solid base in the tournament poker world. Created in 2017 , the Poker Masters series was one of the first solely dedicated “High Roller” series in the tournament poker world. It’s series of $10,000 buy in events, capped by a $50,000 Main Event, and was big enough to draw some serious players despite the awarding of a questionable Purple Jacket (meant to elicit comparisons to golf’s Masters’ Green Jacket) to the eventual overall champion.

That first event back in 2017 brought some of the powerhouses of the “High Roller” tournament poker world. A previously shadowy player, Steffen Sontheimer, captured the first Purple Jacket and has since become a staple in the tournament poker world. The next year, Ali Imsirovic announced his presence on the scene by winning the overall Player of the Series title and the wardrobe accoutrement, while Sam Soverel brought the jacket back to the Americas in 2019.

The COVID pandemic of 2020 would have a significant impact on the tournament poker world, but the Poker Masters was one of the few tournaments that improvised in moving online. The change saw Alexandros Kolonias take home the overall championship and, in 2021, Kolonias would defend that title in a live setting. Last year, Michael Addamo stunned those in attendance at the Poker Masters in the PokerGO Studios in Las Vegas by winning the final two tournaments on the roster of events to surge from behind and capture the Purple Jacket.

Thus, the long history (and five years nowadays is an eternity) of the Poker Masters has […]

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