Poker Vlogger Ethan “Rampage Poker” Yau Wins Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian Major Event
1 of poker’s more nicely-known vloggers earned his first key reside tournament victory and a six-figure score to go with it.
Last weekend, Ethan Yau, identified for his “Rampage Poker” YouTube channel, took down the $1,one hundred Mid-States Poker Tour Venetian primary event. Yau, who also won a Globe Series of Poker bracelet throughout the 2020 on the internet series, bested a 1,741-entry field to earn the title and $230,379, the largest score of his profession.
The final 3 players agreed on an ICM chop, which gave Yau the lion’s share of the prize pool. Jeremy Felicetti earned the runner-up finish for $163,641 and Mickey Ma claimed third place and an even $160,000.
Most of Yau’s content material on YouTube is primarily based around his adventures playing money games. Right after initially playing $1-$three and $2-$five no-limit in the New England region, he not too long ago started traveling around the nation and hopping in high-stakes games.
“This feels awesome,” Yau told PokerNews reporters after the victory. “I genuinely love the tournament grind and battling it out with some of the ideal poker players.”
He also admitted that his reside tournament knowledge is limited, but said that in the big spots, Lady Luck had his back. The effectively-timed optimistic variance inspired him to play more tournament poker in the future.
“It was a actually tough field with a lot of truly very good players,” stated Yau. “I know not obtaining as a lot expertise in tournaments didn’t help me, but I had such a great time playing in this event and was capable to run great when it counted. I will undoubtedly be playing far more of these in the future without having a doubt.”
The final table was in fact set late on Day 2 and Bradley Beetz hit the rail before the day’s finish, which left the remaining eight players coming back on Day three to battle it out for the title with everyone seeking up at Boris Kolev on the leaderboard. Yau was a single of the numerous players bunched with each other below Kolev, although Nick Ahmadi was the clear brief stack with just six massive blinds.
Ahmadi laddered up the payouts when Thuy Nguyen got his last nine large blinds into he middle preflop with AQ against Robert Clark’s 109. The flop came ten-higher and Nguyen in no way enhanced on the turn or river which sent him residence in eighth-place for $33,601.
Just a minutes later, Ahmadi got his brief stack into the middle with Kfive against Kolev’s Qten. The Q9two vaulted Kolev into the lead. The J turn and the three river officially eliminated Ahmadi.
Then Yau got the best of World Poker Tour champion Ilyas Muradi. Yau raised on the button and called a 14-big blind jam from Muradi out of the little blind. Yau tabled A8 and was in a dominating spot against Muradi’s A6.
The board ran out A9479 and the most achieved tournament player at the final table earned $55,442 for his efforts.
Following Muradi’s exit, Yau held a commanding chip lead, followed by Kolev. Felicetti, Ma and Clark all had sub 20-massive blind stacks and were neck-and-neck for each third in chips and the brief stack. Early into 5-handed action, Clark turned the nut straight against Yau’s top two pair to place a dent in Yau’s lead, but the early double up didn’t avert him from becoming the next player eliminated.
Ma doubled via Clark with Aten against Qten and got in an eerily similarly dominating spot to send Clark to the rail in fifth. Ma picked up Aten and got all the chips into the middle against Clark’s K10.
The QQJ8Q runout secured Clark’s fate and gave Ma sufficient chips to survive long adequate to make the eventual ICM deal.
Kolev, who was the chip leader at the start of the day’s action just a handful of hours earlier, located himself as the brief stack. He raised to nearly his complete stack with A3 and then known as off his final couple of massive blinds when he was raised by Yau.
Yau was in a great spot with A7 and flopped Kolev nearly dead on the 87six flop. The 6 came on the turn, which meant Kolev was officially drawing dead to the meaningless four river.
Yau held a enormous chip lead at the start off of 3-handed play, although Felicetti and Ma had been close in chips, but far behind the YouTube star. According to the reside updates, it was Felicetti was started the chop discussions and after hunting at the numbers, the final three players agreed to a deal that gave Yau the trophy and the largest score of his young career.
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