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Brandon Adams Puts on Clinic at 2018 Poker Masters

The 2018 Poker Masters at Aria

Poker pro/author Brandon Adams is on an absolute tear at the 2018 Poker Masters in Las Vegas with three final tables over the first three events and over $500,000 in earnings.

Adams opened this year’s Poker Masters with a fourth-place finish in Event #1 $10,500 NLHE for a haul of $69,000. The very next day he entered the considerably bigger $25,000 buy-in Event #2 and cruised to an outright win for $400,000. Yesterday he added another final-table finish to his run by finishing fifth in Event #3 $25,000 buy-in Pot-Limit Omaha for a total of $74,000.

The 2018 Poker Masters, which takes place exclusively at the PokerGO studios outside Aria Hotel in Las Vegas, still has four more events on the schedule with a gigantic $100,000 event set to end the series on Sept. 13.

Adams Closing in on Masters’ Purple Jacket

The player who finishes atop the standings in the Poker Masters receives a purple jacket — a not-so-subtle nod to the original Masters’ green jacket — and Adams certainly has a legit chance to win it this year.

He is already up to $543,000 in earnings and 510 points after scooping one tournament and making three final tables. His closest competitor is seasoned grinder David Peters, who’s up to 300 points.

Last year German pro Steffon Sontheimer won the inaugural Poker Masters by winning two events and making four final tables. The buy-ins were much higher last year so his total haul was a seismic $2.7 million.

Adams had a good run in last year’s Poker Masters as well as he won a $50,000 buy-in event for $819,000, which was his biggest live tournament score ever.

Leading up to this year’s Poker Masters, Adams even told organizers that he thought he had a good chance at taking the purple jacket. He also said that he prefers the Poker Masters to even the fabled WSOP Main Event.

Adams specifically stated that getting off to a hot start early on is the key to success in a short series like the Poker Masters where that early momentum can carry you for the entire festival.

Trading Cash Games for High-Stakes Tourneys

Adams has a long history in the poker industry that dates all the way back to the early 2000s.

A legit intellectual, he graduated from college with degrees in finance and real estate at just 19 years old. At 21, he started making trips to Biloxi, Mississippi, to play $4/$8 limit cash games.

Adams continued to study, however, and joined the Harvard Poker Club while he was attending the university. He credits the club with taking his game to the next level.

Right around the time of the poker boom in 2004-06, Adams started taking trips to Las Vegas to play in the legendary high-stakes cash games at Bobby’s Room at Bellagio.

Adams was very successful in the games and managed to get several high-profile sponsorships. He also went on to write several books including “Broke: A Poker Novel,” which was tangentially about his experiences in the poker world, and “Setting Sun: The End of US Economic Dominance.”

In recent years Adams has found significant success in the high-stakes international circuit with huge scores in the Aussie Millions, the Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown and the aforementioned Poker Masters. Here’s a complete look at his biggest scores over the last two years:

Sept. 9, 2018Poker Masters $25,000 PLO5th$74,000
Sept. 8, 2018Poker Masters $25,000 NLHE1st$400,000
Sept. 7, 2018Poker Masters $10,000 NLHE4th$69,000
April 15, 2018SHRPO $25,500 High Roller1st$370,000
Sept. 16, 2017Poker Masters $50,0001st$819,000
Aug. 14, 2017SHRPO $25,500 High Roller3rd$351,000
Jan. 20, 2017Aussie Millions $25,000 Challenge2nd$447,363

The remaining Poker Masters tournaments —  including the first-ever short deck event — will all be streamed live on PokerGO.