Ali Imsirovic, a newcomer to the tournament scene, is a Masters champion. The Washington native picked up his greatest score ever ($462,000) for winning Event #5, $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em. By defeating a brutal final table, and he did so.
Imsirovic started playing high stakes tournaments in the last year. Prior to that, his Hendon Mob record shows results for championships mostly in the $200 to $1,500 that have totaled $1.14 million.
His career earnings are now above $1.6 million after winning a high-stakes event against a tricky field. He beat a final table that included some of the greatest players in the world such as Brian Rast and Daniel Negreanu.
Imsirovic started the final table of six players on Wednesday in third position. Two pros with $28 million in lifetime earnings united, Ben Yu and jake Schindler, started with the largest stacks.
A half-hour into the session, after Negreanu had already been eliminated in sixth place ($99,000), he flopped top two-pair and busted Jason Koon in fifth position ($132,000), who was holding top pair.
The 1.5 million chip pot moved Imsirovic to the chip lead at over 2.5 million. But it didn’t hold for long. While Ali lost nearly half his stack over the next hour Yu and rast started piling chips.
Moments later, Schindler pushed his in from the small blind with 8-6 and got snap-called by Imsirovic. The best hand held up and a crucial flip was won by the eventual champion.
Schindler was out taking home $165,000 for his second money of the sequence.
Early on in three-handed play, Imsirovic won the largest pot of the tournament up to that point. Against Rast who was holding A-5, he travelled all-in pocket jacks and won a 4.5 million chip pot to become the chip leader again.
That lead was not squandered this time around. He delivered the short-stacked Rast into the railings in third place ($214,500). Soon after, he won a race against Yu (second place for $330,000) to polish off the biggest win of his poker career.
“I’m really surprised that it came this fast,” Ali Imsirovic told Maria Ho on PokerGo about his early success in high-stakes poker. “I’m super fortunate and just need to take one second to dedicate this win to my daddy. Growing up, we played with all these strategy games and he taught me poker, so I’m very satisfied with how I played, so this one’s for him.”
Poker Masters Purple Jacket Standings
With their top two finishes, Imsirovic and Yu move to a third-place tie in the chase for the 2018 Poker Masters Purple Jacket. At 360 points, both are now within striking distance of Isaac Haxton (480) and Brandon Adams (510).
, closing tabling the first 3 events. That includes a name in Event $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em. But he’s cooled off since then, and will likely need a deep run in the $100,000 series finale, which begins to hold off the competition.
Both 2018 Masters champions, David Peters and keith Lehr, are within striking distance at 300 points.
Last year’swas a no-show this week. He is busy streaming the PokerStars WCOOP online series and competing in.