November 08, 2019Matthew Pitt
Jonathan Depa is the latest player to become a Poker Masters champion after he triumphed in Event #3: $10,000 Short Deck. Depa, who hails from Chicago, banked $133,200 for his victory
2019 Poker Masters Event #3: $10,000 Short Deck Payouts
PlacePlayerCountryPrize1Jonathan DepaUnited States$133,2002Alex FoxenUnited States$88,8003Erik SeidelUnited States$59,2004Jorryt van HoofNetherlands$37,0005Ben YuUnited States$29,6006Sam SoverelUnited States$22,200
A compact field of 37 players took to the felt in the $10,000 Short Deck and was reduced to only six after almost 13 levels of play. Todd Ivens burst the money bubble when he crashed out in seventh place and brought an end to Day 1 proceedings.
Ivens got the last of his chips in the middle with ace-queen and found himself in a whole world of trouble against Sam Soverel’s dominating ace-king. Soverel flopped two pair, and Ivens was drawing dead by the turn.
Day 2 commenced with Depa as the chip leader. It has been a fantastic few months for Depa. He won the $25,000 High Roller event at the partypoker LIVE MILLIONS South America festival for $400,000 and also won the €50,000 Short Deck High Roller at the 2019 World Series of Poker Europe for €641,250 ($715,457.) Victory here was within his grasp, but he was surrounded by super-talented opponents, so a win was far from a done deal.
Soverel Runs Out of Steam
Soverel was the first finalist to bust when his queen-ten couldn’t get there against Dutch pro Jorryt van Hoof‘s king-queen. The final five became four soon when Ben Yu’s shove with jack-ten was called by Depa holding a suited ace-king. Yu paired his jack on the flop, but Depa turned a king.
Erik Seidel managed to find a double with pocket aces versus Van Hoof’s kings. The rest of van Hoof’s stack went into the middle of the felt with ace-queen, but Alex Foxen snapped him off with a pair of kings in the hole.
Heads-up was set when Seidel’s shove with king-nine was called by Foxen holding ace-queen suited. Seidel improved to a pair of nines, but Foxen caught running clubs to make a flush and send Seidel home in third place.
The final hand of one-on-one action saw Foxen all-in with jack-nine against Depa’s queen-jack. Depa flopped a queen, which held despite Foxen having a plethora of outs. Foxen collected $88,800 in what is his second-ever Short Deck cash while Depa cemented his claims to being one of the best six-plus hold’em players in the world.
Depa Doesn’t Have It All Figured Out, Yet
Depa spoke to the PokerGO team shortly after his impressive victory and said, “I definitely don’t have it all figured out, that’s for sure. I’m learning just like everybody else’s. I have a lot of PLO experience, and the two games have tons of similarities. So that’s probably why I picked it up pretty quickly. I really like it because it sort of has the best elements of No-Limit Hold’em and PLO combined, which makes it a really enjoyable game for me.”
Current 2019 Poker Masters Standings
PlacePlayerPointsCashesWinnings1Chance Kornuth4202$293,4002Isaac Baron3001$223,1003Ryan Laplante3001$186,0004Jonathan Depa3001$133,2005Thai Ha/Alex Foxen210
Chance Kornuth still leads the race for the purple jacket, but there are several high stakes events to go. One, the $10,000 8-Game event, is down to its final table of seven, with each player locking up their first cash of the 2019 Poker Masters. Stay tuned to PokerNews as we recap the action from every 2019 Poker Masters event this November.
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Jonathan Depa won another Short Deck event, this time the $10,000 buy-in tournament at the 2019 Poker Masters.
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