Poker Masters 2022 Underway; Jeremy Ausmus Captures Event #1; Two Cheaters Banned 23 Sep

Poker Masters kicked off on Wednesday in PokerGO Studio in ARIA Resort & Casino, where top high roller players will fight for the Purple Jacket and additional $50,000 in prize money. The first Poker Master winner in their inaugural season in 2017 was Germany’s Steffen Sontheimer, before Purple Jacket when to Ali Imširović in 2018, Sam Soverel in 2019 and Michael Addamo in 2021 after 1 year hiatus due to COVID.

12 events are scheduled with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 up to $50,000 and players who register before the event starts will not have to pay fee on their tournament entry, but this will not apply for late registrations and re-entries. This series is also part of PokerGo Tour (PGT) and will count towards the overall leaderboard.

Jeremy Ausmus wins Event #1 for $204,000

The winning ways continue for Jeremy Ausmus in 2022 as he grabs his first Poker Masters title, beating 85 players in #Event 1: $10,000 NLHE tournament for $204,000.

Just a few days ago Ausmus won his fifth WSOP bracelet in $365 NLHE Online event at, beating Nick Schulman heads-up. And now the pair squared again in Poker Masters heads-up and Schulman got the short stick once again.

Ausmus now has $12.8 million in career tournament winnings with $2.5 million just from 2022 alone. In the span of one year he won three WSOP bracelets live and one online, took down two US Open tournaments, Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open, WSOPC ring and his first ever Poker Masters title.

2022 Poker Masters Event #1 Final Table Results

Place Player Country Prize
1st Jeremy Ausmus United States $204,000
2nd Nick Schulman United States $144,500
3rd Erik Seidel United States $102,000
4th Anthony Hu United States $85,000
5th Jacky Wang China $68,000
6th Cole Ferraro United States $51,000
7th Cary Katz United States $42,500

PokerGO suspends Ali Imširović and Jake Schindler

PokerGO Tour announced on Thursday the indefinite suspensions of Ali Imširović and Jake Schindler from tour play, effective immediately. The suspensions will extend through at least the 2022 PGT season, upon which time a review will take place.

Both were accused by fellow high roller top pros of live collusion, multiaccounting online, using real-time assistance (RTA) 3rd party tools to gain unfair advantage and were banned from GGPoker because of it.

With the suspension they are no longer part of PokerGO Tour leaderboard. The duo was placed in 2nd (Jake) and 4th place (Ali) and with their elimination plus results from Poker Masters, Stephen Chidwick is in the lead with a single point ahead of Phil Ivey.

Top 21 players will battle in an invite-only freeroll to crown the 2022 PGT Champion, who will take home winner-take-all $500,000 top prize.

PokerGo Tour Leadearboard

Place Player PGT Earnings Wins Cashes PGT Points
1 Stephen Chidwick $5,786,276 4 24 2,975
2 Phil Ivey $5,762,610 5 16 2,974
3 Michael Duek $4,957,705 0 5 2,294
4 Jason Koon $5,324,913 1 14 2,288
5 Alex Foxen $6,433,629 4 18 2,212
6 Espen Jorstad $10,152,900 1 3 2,192
7 Danny Tang $3,830,315 1 12 2,139
8 Daniel Dvoress $4,234,995 1 10 2,003
9 Mikita Badziakouski $4,067,369 2 8 1,936
10 Sean Winter $2,681,327 2 15 1,761