Nick Schulman wins first ever Poker Masters event

He beats Matt Hyman heads-up to claim a $918,000 first place prize in the Poker Masters $50,000 No Limit Hold’em opener on Thursday night.

Nick SchulmanThe inaugural five-event Poker Masters got underway on Wednesday with the first event, for which a total of 51 players started out.

The final six boiled down to Nick Schulman, Adrian Mateos, Dominik Nitsche, Stefan Schillhabel, Koray Aldemir and Steffen Sontheimer, but it was Shulman who came out on top of Matt Hyman in second place.

In total, $2.5 million in prizes were paid to the top eight finishers, meaning Daniel Negreanu, in ninth, finished outside the money as did Phil Hellmuth.

For his efforts, Schulman, two-time WSOP bracelet winner, takes home $918,000 to take his career earnings to over $10 million. The win also briefly gave the 34-year-old an early lead in the overall jacket competition, where the highest overall earner will win the first ever Poker Masters Purple Jacket.

The race for the Purple Jacket

Three $50,000, two-day events remain before the final $100,000 buy-in, three-day event gets underway on Monday. This afternoon at the Aria, the second event of the series continues.

Of the 50 that started, just seven remain; Christian Christner, Fedor Holz, Tom Marchese, Steffen Sontheimer, Adrian Mateos, Phil Hellmuth and Bryn Kenney. For Sontheimer and Mateos, this is the second final table of the series so far, putting them in pole position for the Purple Jacket right now.

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