Sean Perry is having a breakout year on the live tournament circuit. The 23-year-old poker pro emerged victorious in the 2021 Venetian High Roller $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event, securing his second title at his ninth final table of 2021.
Perry overcame a field of 43 total entries in the high-stakes tournament to lock up the top prize of $365,500. He has now cashed for $1,693,618 in live tournament so far this year, which accounts for the majority of his $2.6 million in career earnings.
As a result of his incredible run, Perry has put himself among the top contenders in the Card Player Player of the Year race. His latest victory added 420 points to his annual total, putting him in fourth place in the overall 2021 POY race standings, sponsored by Global Poker.
This event was part of a trio of high-stakes tournaments held at The Venetian Poker Room over Memorial Day weekend, all three of which were part of the PokerGO Tour’s inaugural season. Perry added 219 rankings points to his total for the year, enough to maintain his hold on the second-place spot on the PokerGO Tour Leaderboard, which will be tracking results in high-stakes tournaments with buy-ins of $10,000 or higher throughout the year.
This event’s 43-entry field built a prize pool of $1,075,000 which was paid out among the top seven finishers. Vicent Bosca was eliminated on the money bubble to guarantee the remaining players at least a $43,000 payday. Shortly after that, a huge three-way all-in arose, with all three players holding pocket pairs. Sean Winter had QQ, Cary Katz had 1010, and Sam Soverel had JJ and the covering chip stack. The board ran out 986AQ and Soverel made a flush to earn a double knockout. Winter earned $43,000 for his seventh final-table finish of the year, while Katz cashed for $64,500 as the sixth-place finisher.
Chris Brewer made the money in all three of these high roller events at Venetian. His run in this particular event came to an end when he ran pocket fours into the pocket kings of Klein. Brewer finished fifth for $86,000, bringing his total haul across the weekend to $193,600.
Just two days removed from a victory in the first high roller event of the weekend, Ali Imsirovic managed to make another deep run to earn his 11th POY-qualified final table finish of 2021. Imsirovic got all-in with JJ against the K10 of Klein, but the flop brought a pair of tens to give Klein trips and the lead. Imsirovic failed to improve from there and was eliminated in fourth place ($118,250). The 210 POY points he earned have helped him maintain his third-place ranking in the POY race, and added to his outright lead in the PokerGo Tour standings. He has now cashed for more than $1.9 million in live events so far in 2021.
Three-handed play lasted for nearly two hours, with multiple lead changes along the way. Sam Soverel’s run ultimately concluded when his J8 failed to outrun the A10 of Klein. Soverel earned $161,250 at his fifth final table of the year.
With that, Klein took more than a 2:1 chip lead into heads-up play against Perry. The tables turned by the time the final hand was dealt, though. Perry open 2ith a min-raise to 200,000 on the button with AJ and Klein called with an unknown hand. The flop brought the JJ2 and Klein checked. Perry bet 125,000 and Klein called. The 3 turn saw Klein check-call again, this time for 275,000. The river was the 8. Klein checked yet again. Perry bet 875,000 and Klein check-raised all-in for 1,975,000 total. Perry called with his trip aces and Klein mucked, hitting the rail in second place ($236,500).
Here is a look at the payouts, POY points, and PokerGO Tour points awarded in this event:
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Perry photo credit: PokerGO.