Look at any rating factors race or another metric used to measure efficiency on the dwell event circuit in 2021 and you can find Ali Imsirovic’s identify sitting on the high of the checklist. Imsirovic has been completely dominant on the high-stakes scene this yr, main the sector in three of crucial classes used to trace success: earnings, titles, and final-table finishes. The 26-year-old poker professional added to his lead in every of these columns by taking down the newest $10,000 buy-in no-limit maintain’em excessive curler occasion held at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. Imisrovic defeated a subject of 34 entries to win his ninth title at his nineteenth POY-qualified last desk of the yr. He earned $136,000 for the win, rising his POY earnings to $3,052,460.
Imsirovic has now received 5 extra titles and made 4 extra last tables than another participant on the dwell event circuit this yr. He has $554,840 extra in POY-qualified
than his nearest competitor Sean Winter, who additionally made the cash on this occasion to convey his year-to-date whole to $2,497,620.
Imsirovic earned 240 Card Player Player of the Year factors for this victory, rising his level whole to 4,988 to additional prolong his lead within the 2021 POY race standings, that are sponsored by Global Poker. He now has a 1,157 level lead over second-ranked Chad Eveslage. He additionally strengthened his maintain on the highest spot on the PokerGO Tour leaderboard, including 136 factors with this newest title run.
This single-day occasion drew 34 entries to construct a prize pool of $340,000. The high 5 finishers made the cash, with three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and World Poker Tour most important occasion champion Nick Schulman being eradicated on the direct bubble. Schulman ran J-10 into the pocket aces of Imsirovic and failed to return from behind.
Imsirovic sat in second chip place after the bubble burst, behind solely Eric Worre. Katie Wier was the primary to bust inside the cash. She acquired the final of her quick stack in with Ok9 and obtained a name from Cary Katz, who held QQ. The pocket queens held up and Wier was despatched to the rail with $23,800.
Despite incomes that knockout, Katz was the following to fall. He acquired all-in on a ten64 flop with 107 and Worre known as with A10. The A on the flip gave Worre aces as much as depart Katz drawing lifeless. The 9 accomplished the board and Katz was eradicated in fourth place ($37,400). He earned 120 POY factors for his 14th POY-qualified final-table end, preserving him in 14th place within the total POY standings. He additionally secured 37 PokerGO Tour factors for this newest deep run. He at present sits in fifth place on that leaderboard.
Sean Winter known as all-in on a J43J9 board holding 1010. His pocket tens had been finest, however Ali Imsirovic’s 99 improved to a full home on the river. Winter was knocked out in third place, incomes $54,400 for his thirteenth POY-qualified final-table end of the yr. He climbed into twelfth place within the POY standings, and surpassed Sam Soverel to maneuver into third within the PokerGO Tour rankings.
With that Imsirovic took a slight lead into heads-up play with Worre. The decisive hand of their battle for the title started with Imsirovic elevating to 75,000 from the button with OkOk. Worre known as from the massive blind with Q7 and the flop got here down Q73. Worre checked his high two pair and Imsirovic wager 100,000. Worre known as and the Ok on the flip gave Imsirovic a set whereas Worre picked up a backdoor flush draw to associate with his queens and sevens. Both gamers checked and the 5 accomplished the board. Worre wager 325,000 and Imsirovic moved all-in. Worre known as and was left with lower than a small blind remaining in his stack, having simply edged into the lead earlier than this hand was dealt. He was eradicated the next hand, incomes $88,400 because the runner-up finisher.
Here is a take a look at the payouts and rankings factors awarded on the last desk:
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