October 1, 2023
Darren Elias Books a Win in Opening Weekend of 2023 Poker Masters

Darren Elias Books a Win in Opening Weekend of 2023 Poker Masters

Darren Elias

The at PokerGO kicked off the eighth season of their popular Poker Masters series this and the first two winners have already hit the payout window.

The series, which includes 10 events, will run through September 28 — when the top player across all tournaments will win the famed purple jacket. All tournaments will be no-limit hold'em — with the buy-ins increasing before the $50,000 finale.

Tamasauskas is Here

Event #1 kicked off what might be the emergence of one of poker's next final bosses. Vladas Tamasauskas came from near the bottom of the leaderboard in the $10,000 event to win the top prize of $239,000.

A total of 114 entrants turned out for the opening tournament — enough for a prize pool of $1,140,000. The Lithuanian also picked up 239 PokerGO Tour points for the effort.

Vladas Tamasauskas
Vladas Tamasauskas

Poker Masters Event #1: $10,000 Results

Rank Player Country Prize PGT Points
1 Vladas Tamasauskas Lithuania $239,400 239
2 Aram Zobian United States $171,000 171
3 Ren Lin China $125,400 125
4 Filipp Khavin United States $102,600 103
5 Victoria Livschitz United States $79,800 80
6 Samuel Laskowitz United State $68,400 68
7 Scott Jacewicz-O'Kelly United States $57,000 57

Tamasauskas followed that up with a sixth-place finish in Event #2 before qualifying for the final table of Event #3, an event that will play to its conclusion on Monday afternoon.

Elias Wins Event #2

Weng continued his banner 2023 with the top bag in Event #2 after a 1 that saw 97 entrants create a prize pool of $970,000. Ultimately it was a meant for BetMGM Darren Elias, who defeated Eric Baldwin in heads-up play for $223,100.

Ben Weng
Ben Weng

Weng settled for second while Erik Seidel made a run to fourth for $77,600 and Alex Foxen showed in seventh place for $48,500. The aforementioned Tamasauskas bagged $58,200 for the sixth-place effort with more on the table in Event #3.

Poker Masters Event #2: $10,000 NLH Results

Rank Player Country Prize PGT Points
1 Darren Elias United State $223,100 223
2 Eric Baldwin United States $155,200 155
3 Bin Weng United States $116,400 116
4 Antonio De La Cruz United States $97,000 97
5 Erik Seidel United States $77,600 80
6 Vladas Tamasauskas Lithuania $58,200 58
7 Alex Foxen United States $48,500 40

Action will continue in the Poker Masters series with the conclusion of Event #3 and the beginning of Event #4 on Monday, September 18. Be sure to tune into PokerGO for live coverage and check in with for a recap of the winners throughout the series.

– Photos courtesy of PokerGO

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Matt Hansen

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Las Vegas-based PokerNews Live Reporting Executive, originally from Chicago, IL

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