Sean Perry Wins Poker Masters Event No. 2 For $206,400

2021 has been a breakout year for Las Vegas-based poker pro Sean Perry. The 24-year-old came into the year with around $1 million in tournament earnings to his name. So far this year he has made 18 final tables, cashing for more than $3 million across those events and winning five Player of the Year-qualified titles along the way. In the most recent of those runs to the winner’s circle, Perry defeated a field of 86 entries to take down event no. 2 at the 2021 Poker Masters, a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event. Perry earned $206,400 as the champion and, in the process, surpassed $4 million in career earnings.

“I’m so ecstatic,” a smiling Perry told PokerGO reporters after coming out on top. “I came here thinking I would be so honored to win the Poker Masters and now I’m in prime contention after cashing the first event and winning the second event. I just won in a star-studded field against people I grew up watching play, my idols. These guys are phenomenal. I’m so honored and so happy.”

In addition to the title and the money, Perry also earned 480 Card Player Player of the Year points in this event. He was already sitting in second place on the POY leaderboard due to his incredible consistency on the live circuit so far this year. This score helped him close the gap somewhat on current runaway leader Ali Imisrovic, who has won ten titles and made 22 final tables. Perry is now just 1,221 points behind Imsirovic in the 2021 POY race, which is sponsored by Global Poker.

Perry, who is the son of World Series of Poker bracelet winner Ralph Perry, secured 206 PokerGO Tour points as the champion of this tournament. This was his sixth qualified win and 20th cash on that high-stakes tour, bringing his point total on the year to 2,260. He now sits in second place on that leaderboard as well. Perry was awarded 206 points in the player of the series race as well, after having secured 33 for an eighth-place showing in the kickoff event. As a result, Perry has surpassed event no. 1 champion Shannon Shorr in the standings. The player with the most points accrued by the end of the series will be awarded the Poker Masters Championship, along with the Purple Jacket® and $50,000 in added prize money.

The final day of this event began with Perry in the lead and just six players remaining. John Riordan was the first to hit the rail when his K-Q failed to outrun the A-J suited of Jake Schindler. Riordan, who also finished sixth in the kickoff event of this series, earned $51,600.

Five-handed play continued for a while, but 2019 Poker Masters champion Sam Soverel was eventually eliminated when his 5Diamond Suit5Club Suit lost a preflop race against the 9Diamond Suit8Diamond Suit of Perry, who flopped a pair and held from there. Soverel cashed for $68,800 as the fifth-place finisher. This was his 14th POY-qualified final table of the year. He now sits in 9th place in the overall standings, and third in the PokerGO Tour rankings.

A classic coin flip decided the next big pot. Jake Schindler got all-in with ASpade SuitKHeart Suit against the 8Heart Suit8Diamond Suit of bracelet winner Jeremy Ausmus. The flop came down AClub SuitKDiamond Suit8Club Suit, giving Schindler top two pair and Ausmus bottom set. Schindler was unable to improve and further and fell to the bottom of the leaderboard. He was eliminated shortly after in fourth place ($86,000).

Daniel NegreanuPokerGO Cup champion and six-time WSOP bracelet winner Daniel Negreanu was the next to hit the rail. He shoved over the top of Perry’s preflop raise with KClub Suit10Club Suit. Perry called holding 6Diamond Suit6Club Suit. Negreanu flopped a flush draw and turned an open-ended straight draw, but was unable to hit any of those outs on the river. He earned $103,200 for his third-place showing.

Perry came into heads-up play with more than a 2:1 chip lead on Ausmus. That disparity was narrowed a bit before the final hand of the tournament was dealt. With blinds of 50,000-100,000 and a big blind ante of 100,000, Ausmus raised to 200,000 from the button with QHeart SuitJHeart Suit. Perry three-bet to 825,000 with KDiamond SuitJClub Suit out of the big blind. Ausmus called and the flop came down AClub Suit9Heart Suit2Club Suit and Perry bet 400,000. Ausmus called and the turn brought the KHeart Suit. Perry checked and Ausmus bet 800,000. Perry called and the 6Diamond Suit completed the board. Perry checked again and Ausmus moved all-in as a bluff for 2,130,000. Perry went into the tank but made the call with his second pair, securing the pot and the title. Ausmus took home $146,200 as the runner-up finisher.

Here is a look at the payouts and rankings points awarded at the final table:

Place Player Earnings POY Points PokerGO
1 Sean Perry $206,400 480 206
2 Jeremy Ausmus $146,200 400 146
3 Daniel Negreanu $103,200 320 103
4 Jake Schindler $86,000 240 86
5 Sam Soverel $68,800 200 69
6 John Riordan $51,600 160 52
7 James Romero $43,000 120 43
8 Jason Koon $34,400 80 34

Photo credits: PokerGO.




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