Kornuth and Soverel Leading Race for 2019 Poker Masters

Chance Kornuth and Sam Soverel are fighting it out for the title of 2019 Poker master champion

Chance Kornuth and Sam Soverel are neck and neck for the title of 2019 Poker Masters champion. The recipient wins the respect of their peers plus Poker masters’ famous purple jacket.

Six more Poker Masters events have crowned champions since Isaac Baron took down the opening event for $223,100. Both Kornuth and Soverel have excelled with seven cashes and $1,048,200 in earnings between them. Kornuth has the upper hand at present, but Soverel is hitting his stride as the series nears its finale.

Kornuth’s Trio of Poker Masters Runner-Up Finishes

Denver’s Kornuth started the 2019 Poker Masters fast out of the blocks with two second-place finished. First, Kornuth finished second to Isaac Baron in the opening $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em event. The Kornuth secured the runner-up spot in the $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event won by Ryan Laplante.

He failed to cash in his next three tournaments but navigated his way to second in the $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em event. That tournament saw partypoker-sponsored pro Kristen Bicknell lock up a career-best $408,000. Kornuth had to make do with the $267,500 consolation prize.

Soverel Hits Form At The Right Time

Soverel was crowned the British Poker Open overall champion in September and now has a realistic shot of winning the purple jacket of the 2019 Poker Masters. Nobody has cashed in more events this series than Soverel who has reached the money four times.

The Florida native’s first three cashes were essentially for the minimum, but his last was for the maximum. Soverel triumphed in the $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha event for $340,000 a result that puts him within 60-points of Kornuth. That gap should be eradicated today as Soverel has reached the final table of a $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em event.

2019 Poker Masters Championship Standings

Place Player Points Earnings Cashes
1 Chance Kornuth 630 $556,400 3
2 Sam Soverel 570 $491,800 4
3 Kahle Burns 330 $194,200 2
4 Kristen Bicknell 300 $408,000 1
5 Isaac Baron 300 $223,100 1
6 Ryan Laplante 300 $186,000 1
7 Julien Martini 300 $166,400 1
8 Jared Bleznick 300 $153,000 1
9 Jonathan Depa 300 $133,200 1
10 Sean Winter 270 $250,100 2

Remaining 2019 Poker Masters Events

Event #8: $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em is down to its final six players and Orpen Kisacikoglu leads. The Turkish grinder has more than 1.6 million chips with the next largest stack weighing in at 950,000. George Wolff, Soverel, Sergei Reixach, Sean Winter, and Andras Nemeth vie for a $369,000 top prize.

The penultimate event is a $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em affair taking place from November 12-13. A $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em event rounds off the 2019 Poker Masters.

Event Entries Prize pool Champiions Prize
$10,000 NLHE 97 $970,000 Isaac Baron $223,100
$10,000 PLO 62 $620,000 Ryan Laplante $186,000
$10,000 Short Deck 37 $370,000 Jonathan Depa $133,200
$10,000 8-Game Mix 45 $450,000 Jared Bleznick $153,000
$10,000 Big Bet Mix 52 $520,000 Julien Martini $166,400
$25,000 NLHE 51 $1,275,000 Kristen Bicknell $408,000
$25,000 PLO 34 $850,000 Sam Soverel $340,000

Soverel Leads High Roller Player of the Year Race

The overall race for the PokerGO High Roller of the Year is also hotting up. Soverel is the current leader with 2,580 points, followed by PokerGO founder Cary Katz on 2,000. Ali Imsirovic and Stephen Chidwick occupy third and fourth place with 1,685 and 1,580 points respectively.

Time is running out for the chasing pack to close the gap on Soverel. The partypoker LIVE Caribbean Poker Party in Baha Mar follows the Poker Masters. Six designated High Roller events are scheduled in The Bahamas.

Players’ final chance to earn leaderboard points come in December when the World Poker Tour heads to Bellagio, Las Vegas. The Five Diamond Series has eight High Rollers, including a $100,000 buy-in event.

Our money is on Soverel who has won more than $4.3 million of his $11.9 million cashes in the past year. He is a man in incredible form. That said, you can make a case for any of the High Roller regulars. The year is coming to a thrilling conclusion, that is for sure.

Matthew Pitt

Matthew Pitt

If it’s something you can play online for real money, chances are Matthew knows a bit about it. He’s been writing about slots, craps and poker for the better part of the last decade. He’s written for PokerNews, PartyPoker and many other respected online gambling websites during the last nine years.


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