One of the interesting features of the poker world is that great players can find big tournament action on a much more regular basis than the players in other individual sports.
Golfers, tennis players, auto racers and the like usually have to wait a week following a big win to try and do it again. But poker pros can get right back to it if they want, especially with entities holding events that pile big-money get-togethers one after another.
That kind of schedule has certainly allowed Ali Imsirovic to put up the ridiculous numbers that he’s been posting so far in 2021.
Imsirovic has had a stranglehold on the unofficial title of the world’s hottest real money poker player throughout all of 2021. And his play this last week has only strengthened his position as the player you least want to see at Final Table.
Ali Imsirovic Is the Greatest Right Now
The setting for Imsirovic’s most recent tear has been the PokerGo Cup, a weeklong series of events being held in Las Vegas for high-roller types.
Incredibly, he won on two of three days this past week in that event. Not only is he making short work of the PokerGo Cup competition, but he is also running away from the field when it comes to his overall 2021 performance.
First up was a $10,000 no-limit Hold’em tourney on Thursday. Imsirovic tackled that field of 61 who coughed up the big buy-in with his usual gusto.
He led at the start of the final table, had a big lead going into heads-up play against Jason Koon, and quickly dusted Koon in the showdown to take down the $183,000 first prize.
Imsirovic was back at it again on Saturday, this time, facing off with 50 entrants going for a $15,000 buy-in at another no-limit Texas Hold’em PokerGo Cup event.
This time,only Daniel Weinand was standing in his way of adding another title to the ledger. And Weinand, like most everybody else against the world’s hottest player lately, eventually succumbed. This left Imsirovic with another win and $240,000 in purse.
Look for Imsirovic to be a factor in the remaining PokerGo Cup events, which will run through July 13. And it will be fun to see just what he can do later in the year in the World Series of Poker.
But regardless of what happens coming up, it will be a shocker if Ali Imsirovic isn’t standing on top of all the key leaderboards by the time 2021 comes to a close. This speaks to his dominance so far, considering we’re barely more than halfway through the year.
Chad Eveslage Bags Big WPT Win
The World Poker Tour has been revving up its 19th season in the last month or so, and the third Main Event of the cycle took place this past week.
The WPT Venetian drew a field of 1,199 competitors in search of a rich purse that would eventually cough up over $910,370 to the champion. And it was Chad Eveslage who ended up winning it all.
The final table was notable for having three women left out of the last six standing, something that had never happened before in World Poker Tour history. Kitty Kuo, Daniela Rodriguez, and Kyna England joined Eveslage, Mike Liang, and Tim McDermott as the closing sextet.
It came down to Liang and Eveslage in heads-up play, with England ending up best of the rest in third.
Going into the final two, Liang had a minimal lead. But things got wild in just the second hand of heads-up play, demonstrating how one hand can be the pivot for an entire tourney. And it turned out to be a heartbreaker of a turning point for Liang.
He went all-in with a suited queen-ten paired with a board of jack-ten-ten-king-eight. But his three tens ran up into Eveslage sitting pretty with queen-nine in the hole. That meant his straight took care of Liang’s set.
The match went just like that from a razor-margin to Eveslage having a chip advantage of about 20 to 1. Liang did double once from there, but it wasn’t enough for him to get close once again.
In the final hand, his ace-nine all-in move ran into pocket queens from Eveslage and the board improved neither hand, making Eveslage the champion.
But even the luckiest players have to know how to build that luck into something bigger, and there’s no doubt that he achieved that.
It was Eveslage’s first World Poker Tour win of his career, as he joined Christian Rudolph and Brain Altman as WPT Main Event winners so far this season. Eveslage also moved into the lead in the overall WPT standings for the year, which will eventually determine Player of the Year honors.
Liang’s second-place finish earned him $606,890.
WSOP.com Heads to Pennsylvania
As more and more states start to jump into the legal online casinos pool, the operators are doing their best to spread out their offerings.
The big news this past week in that realm is that WSOP.com is debuting for the first time in the state of Pennsylvania. And Keystone State users will be the first in the United States to see the new software that the site has been using for customers overseas.
One thing that many in Pennsylvania hope to see, besides the excellent software, is a shared player pool. WSOP has that right now with customers in Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware.
If that comes to Pennsylvania, and most assume that it’s a matter of time before it does, it means shared liquidity and much more competitive (and lucrative) action for those playing in Pennsylvania.
It certainly is an exciting time for Pennsylvania poker players, especially with such an established brand like WSOP coming to town.
They can now play online with all the game variety, betting limit options, bonus offerings, and other perks that other states have been enjoying for quite some time.
Expect more states to follow suit soon as they go to legal online poker, which means this new software used by WSOP could soon be spreading its wings to far-flung corners of the United States.
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