Harvard professor Brandon Adams proved to his Poker Masters opponents that smart guys finish first this weekend. The former Full Tilt pro took the series lead after scooping Event #2 for $400,000 after previously finishing 4th in Event #1.
The player who accumulates the most points throughout the seven-tournament series wins a slick purple jacket. Last year’s champion, Steffen Sontheimer, has yet to cash in two events.
On Saturday, Adams busted in 4th place from the $10,500 no-limit hold’em buyin event for $69,000. David Peters, the 2016 GPI Player of the Year, took it down for $193,200, outlasting 69 players.
Poker Masters Event #1 Final Table Results
David Peters ($193,200) 300 pointsBrian Green ($138,000) 210 pointsRainer Kempe ($89,700) 150 pointsBrandon Adams ($69,000) 120 pointsCord Garcia ($55,200) 90 pointsIsaac Haxton ($41,400) 60 pointsAdams Seeks Better Outcome
Adams then registered for Event #2, the $26,000 No-Limit Hold’em event on Saturday. By the end of Day One, he had the chip lead heading into Sunday’s final table.
Jared Jaffee seized control of the lead early on at the final table. But it was short lived as Daniel Negreanu, holding pocket tens, moved all-in and ran into Adams’ pocket queens. The board ran out blanks for Kid Poker, the 6th place finisher ($75,000).
Jaffee then took his turn busting a player, this time Jason Koon (5th place for $100,000). That put the New Yorker back out in front. Jake Schindler then took his turn sending Bill Klein to the rail in 4th for $125,000.
Despite entering the final table with the chip lead, Adams was quickly reverted to being fairly short-stacked. But he patiently waited for opportunities to rebuild and before long, he was back out in front — only to tumble back to being the short stack again.
The blinds had gotten so big at this point that the player who ran the hottest was going to win. It was that simple. And that stroke of good fortune fell to Adams.
Luck was definitely on the Harvard economics lecturer’s side in the sickest hand of the day against Jaffee. Adams got his remaining chips all-in with rockets against Jaffee’s flopped set. A runner-runner full house gave Brandon the nuts after getting his money in with a two percent chance of winning for a brutal defeat for Jaffee.
The suck out left Jaffee with less than 20 big blinds. But he was able to outlast Schindler, who lost a flip to Adams to bust in 3rd place for $175,000.
Poker Gods Get Cruel
That set up an unfavorable heads-up match for Jaffee, who began at a 5-1 chip disadvantage.
It took just two hands for Adams to finish off his opponent. He won yet another flip to end the second Poker Masters event of the year and earn $400,000. Jaffee went home with $262,500.
The prof wasn’t in denial about how much luck played in his smashing down his opponent.
“Well, I don’t know if you watch the table, but I did get really lucky at one point,” he told Maria Ho with a smile as he looked over at Jaffee. “It’s always nice. I’ve had my share of tough beats but I’ve never experienced anything like that, drawing so thin there. Hitting the runner-runner, that was insane. So, I ran good.”
Proving that even Harvard grads sometimes forget the difference between an adverb and an adjective.
Adams’ run propelled the former Full Tilt pro to the top of the Poker Masters leaderboard with 420 points. He has a 120-point lead over David Peters with five events remaining.