Shawn Daniels wins Venetian High Roller poker tournament for $ 175,500
Shawn Daniels had 48 profitable hours playing high stakes tournament poker this week. The Placerville, Calif. Native finished second out of 77 entries in the Venetian High Roller $ 10,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em event on Thursday, May 27, cashing in $ 146,300. The next day, he improved on that second place by emerging victorious in another $ 10,000 buy-in high roller, beating the field of 65 entries to win an additional $ 175,500. The $ 321,800 he earned from that pair of podiums took his live tournament earnings to $ 1.3 million.
In addition to the title and money, Daniels also received 360 Card player Player of the Year points for this last victory. Combined with the 350 and the points he earned at two final tables earlier in the year, Daniels now has 1,250 points in total, placing him in 28th place in 2021. POY race sponsored by World Poker.
This event is part of the very first season of the PokerGO Tour. Daniels racked up 322 classification points for both with his two solid finishes in these top events. He now sits in 12th place on the PokerGO Tour Ranking, The following results in high stakes tournaments with buy-ins of $ 10,000 or more throughout the year.
This one-day tournament kicked off at The Venetian Poker Room at 2:00 p.m. local time and continued until Daniels won the final hand at nearly 3:30 a.m. with
German poker pro Manig Loeser eliminated on the money bubble.
John Riordan (10th – $ 19,500) and Sean Winter (9th – $ 26,000) were eliminated soon after, setting up the final table of eight with Spaniard Vicent Bosca in the lead. Shannon Shorr, who finished fourth in the high roller a day earlier, was the first to hit the rail. He arrived at the final table with just a few big blinds. He went all-in with 65 and flopped flush and straight draws in a multi-lane pot, but couldn’t improve any further and was sent back in eighth place ($ 26,000).
Seth Davies was next to be eliminated, with his nine pockets coming up against the pocket kings of Cary Katz. The top pair held firm and Davies settled for $ 32,500.
As Bosca entered the final table with the lead, he passed John Morgan during the six-man game to drop to the bottom of chip count. He finally got his last handful of all-in blinds with Q-9 against 43 Daniels in the big blind. Daniels threw a straight for KO Bosca in sixth place ($ 39,000).
Cary Katz lost a pre-flop run with A9 against Sergi Reixach’s pocket six to be sent home with $ 52,000 for fifth place. Soon after, Morgan and Daniels faced off in a massive pot. Both have all-in on a J98 flop with Daniels holding Jten for top pair and a draw, while Morgan had 65 for a color print. The Q turn and JRiver watched Daniels win the pot with trip jacks, knocking out Morgan in fourth place.
Daniels continued his knockout streak by beating Chris Brewer’s A-6 with his AJ. Brewer won $ 84,500 for his third place finish. It was the seventh POY– End of the 2021 qualified final table, with $ 834,000 accumulated along the way. He climbed to 17th place in the POY breed accordingly.
The head-to-head game started with Daniels holding 4,850,000 against 1,650,000 from Sergi Reixach. The two continued to fight for over an hour, with Reixach able to pass the lead at one point. However, Daniels eventually regained control and had a massive chip advantage by the time the final hand was dealt. Daniels button push with K8 and Reixach called from the big blind with Q5 for a handful of blinds. The board missed AKQJ7 and Daniels got the pot and the title with his pair of kings. Reixach won $ 130,000 as a finalist. He had finished sixth just a day earlier, bringing his transport total to $ 176,200 for the series.
Here is an overview of the payments, POY PokerGO Tour points and points awarded during this event:
|In law||Player||Earnings||Card player POY Points||PokerGO|
|1||Shawn R. Daniels||$ 175,500||360||176|
|2||Sergi Reixach||$ 130,000||300||130|
|3||Christopher Brewer||$ 84,500||240||85|
|4||John morgan||$ 65,000||180||65|
|5||Cary katz||$ 52,000||150||52|
|6||Vicent Bosca||$ 39,000||120||39|
|7||Seth davies||$ 32,500||90||33|
|8||Shannon Shorr||$ 26,000||60||26|
|9||Sean Winter||$ 26,000||0||26|
|ten||John Riordan||$ 19,500||0||20|
Daniels photo credit: PokerGO.