Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Schindler and Negreanu at Opposite Spectrums on Final Table of Event #5: $25,000 No-Limit Hold'em

Daniel Negreanu

They played into the wee hours of the night but when all was said and done, another spectacular final table of six emerged into the spotlight. Daniel Negreanu barely survived elimination and will have his work cut out for him when he returns to his less than seven big blind stack. Leading the way will be none other than high-stakes regular, Jake Schindler after accumulating 2,725,000 chips.

Negreanu played the game of survival throughout most of Day 1, managing to reach his second final table of the Poker Masters thus far. In the second event of the series, Negreanu joined Schindler and Jason Koon on the final table as well but wound up finishing in sixth place. Looking for a different result this time around, Negreanu will have to come up with some magic and double up early to change his fortunes.

Meanwhile, Schindler is in a position he knows all too well, sitting at the top of the leaderboard. Holding one of the bigger stacks throughout most of the day, it felt like just another day at the office for the poker pro with over $21 million in career earnings. Among the six final tablists, Schindler is the one with the highest point total in the race for the Purple Jacket and will be looking to secure the maximum number of points to set himself up for a run at the title.

As mentioned, Koon will also be returning to a second final table with 905,000 chips along with Ben Yu (1,695,000) who made the final table of the Pot-Limit Omaha event. The other two players will be making their first appearance but Brian Rast (1,200,000) and Ali Imsirovic (1,615,000) are no strangers to the high-roller scene.

Poker Masters Event #5 Final Table

SeatPlayerChip Count
1Brian Rast1,200,000
2Jake Schindler2,725,000
3Ali Imsirovic1,615,000
4Daniel Negreanu215,000
5Jason Koon905,000
6Ben Yu1,695,000

The action will continue on level 18 with a few minutes remaining in the level. The blinds will be 15,000/30,000 with a 30,000 big blind ante and each level will be 30-minutes in length. The players will return to the PokerGO studio at 12:00 noon and the livestream will begin one hour later. Everyone is guaranteed at least a $99,000 payday but will have their sights set on the first-place prize of $462,000.

Follow along with the PokerNews live reporting team as we bring you all of the updates throughout the event until a winner is crowned.

Tags: Ali ImsirovicBen YuBrian RastDaniel NegreanuJake SchindlerJason Koon