Nick Schulman Wins First Poker Masters Tournament

The first $50K event of the inaugural season of the Poker Masters just concluded, with American poker pro Nick Schulman topping the 51-player field and pocketing just shy of a million, $918,000 for his win. Whoever amasses the most in prize money across the five PM events will win the Purple Jacket.

PokerGO's highly anticipated high roller series took of on Wednesday with a star-studded $50K NLHE tournament: Fedor Holz, Doug Polk, Daniel Negreanu and Adiran Mateos was in the mix among many other world class pros.

The aforementioned Holz is multitasking in Las Vegas right now: while he's playing the high stakes tourneys he's also filming his documentary titled "In the Life of a Champion". This ties in nicely with the theme of yesterday's article about upcoming poker movies.

The action was quick in the first Masters tournament, by the end of Day1 the field got down to the 8-person final table. The elimination of Daniel Negreanu ended the first day, seven survived to play for the title on Day2.

Out of those seven, Nick Schulman ended up emerging victorious. The 32-year-old cardplayer beat his fellow American Matthew Hyman heads-up for the $918,000 first prize. 

The fate of the nice sum of money was sealed after Schulman 3-bet all-in pre-flop with AK off as the chipleader and Hyman called with A8 suited. The board ran all blanks (Qs7d5d 5s Ac), so Schulman took the first place with the better kicker.

The final table results: 1. place: Nick Schulman -  won $918.000; 2. Matthew Hyman - $561.000; 3. Stefan Schillhabel - $306.000; 4. Steffen Sontheimer - $204.000; 5. Dominik Nitsche - $178.500; 6. Koray Aldemir - $153.000; 7. Adrian Mateos - $127.500; 8. Daniel Negreanu - $102.000.