Adam Hendrix denies FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver the title at Poker Masters Event #4


Less than a year away from a second place finish in 2021 World Series of Poker $10,000 Limit Hold’em Championship Event, Thirty-five Founder Nate Silver once again found himself heads-up with a prestigious poker title at stake. For the second time, the editor-in-chief of the data-driven news company narrowly missed out on victory. It was Alaskan poker pro Adam Hendrix who emerged victorious and $192,400 as the Champion of Event #4 of 2022 poker master, a $10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em tournament.

This was Hendrix’s third title and 10th final table finish of the year. The 420 card player The player of the year points he earned for winning that event was enough to propel him to eighth place in 2022 POY Race standings presented by Global Poker.

Hendrix also earned 192 PokerGO Tour Points for his second money of the series, enough to put him second in the Poker Masters Purple Jacket race. He now has nearly $4 million in career tournament earnings, with nearly $1.5 million of that coming from his 38 in-the-money finishes this year.

Nat silverSilver took home $140,600 in runner-up, the second-highest score on his resume. The former semi-professional poker player-turned-media connoisseur now has more than $515,000 in recorded tournament earnings.

Of the 73 entries that surfaced in PokerGo Studio ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, only the top 11 cashed in this event. Big names making the money but not making the second day included Chris Brewer (11th), three-time bracelet winner Nick Schulman (8th) and World Poker Tour World Champion Justin Young (7th).

The final day began with Hendrix in the lead and nine-time bracelet winner Erik Seidel in second chip position. Although Seidel started the day at the top of the leaderboard, he ended up being the first to hit the rails. The 62-year-old Poker Hall of Famer lost a large chunk of his stack when AK faced short stack Victoria Livschitz’s pocket jacks. He then clinched the last of his stack with pocket jacks against A-6 for Xuan Liu, who pushed from the small blind after he folded to her. Liu flopped an ace and held from there to send Seidel home with $44,400.

This was Seidel’s 13th final table finish of the year for over $3.2 million POY Revenue accrued across these scores. With the 140th POY Points he earned for his sixth place has moved him up to 9th on the leaderboard.

Ed Sebesta’s run in this event ended when his pocket sevens collided with the pocket kings of silver. All chips went in preflop. The larger pair stayed ahead after the board ran out, sending Sebesta to the rail with $59,200 for his efforts.

The four-handed game lasted more than an hour and a half, with plenty of swings along the way. The stalemate ended shortly thereafter when Hendrix moved all in with AQ from the button and was called by Livschitz’s pocket queens. Hendrix flopped trip aces to double, leaving Livschitz with just a handful of blinds. Not long after, she moved all in with AK and was in a dominant position against Liu’s AQ. But again AQ came from behind. As a result, Livschitz was eliminated in fourth place, earning $74,000. This was the second-highest result on her tournament resume to date.

Xuan LiuXuan Liu was down to eight big blinds when her elimination hand showed up. She moved all in from the button with Q-5 and hit Hendrix’s AJ in the big blind. Hendrix flopped an ace to gain a big lead, and a blank on the turn left Liu dead. She earned $96,200 in third place. This was her fourth highest recorded score. It took her tournament earnings to more than $2 million in her career.

Heads-up play began with Hendrix holding 6,625,000 to Silver’s 2,625,000. Silver doubled in the early stages with pocket sevens overtaking A-10. Hendrix retreated to the front after intercepting a bluff from Silver. While Hendrix was sniffing out the bluff in that hand, Silver was able to force a big fold in later position, causing Hendrix to flop a king high flush when a fourth spade hit the river.

Hendrix stormed back in front not long after that wild hand and won a big pot with flopped trips against the silver queens and fives showing. Hendrix narrowly held a 2-1 chip lead when the final hand of the event was dealt. Silver limped in from the button with 7 for a total of 150,000heart suit4heart suit and Hendrix raised to 525,000 with Aclub suit9club suit. Silver called and the 9heart suit8thdiamond suit6spade suit hit the flop. Hendrix bet 600,000 in a pot of 1,200,000 with his top pair and Silver moved all in for 2,600,000 with his straight draw and backdoor flush opportunities. the 9spade suit on the turn and 2heart suit on the river secured the pot and the title for Hendrix, ending Silver’s run in second place.

Here’s a look at the payouts and leaderboard points awarded at the final table:

location player merits POY Points PGT Points
1 Adam Hendrix $192,400 420 192
2 Nat Silver $140,600 350 141
3 Xuan Liu $96,200 280 96
4 Viktoria Livschitz $74,000 210 74
5 Edward Sebesta $59,200 175 59
6 Erich Seidel $44,400 140 44
7 justin young $36,500 105 37
8th Nick Schulman $29,200 70 30

Credit: PokerGO / Antonio Abrego.


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