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Poker Masters Prelims Put Jake Schindler On Top Of PA Poker All-Time Money List


Bryn Mawr, PA’s Jake Schindler has taken over the top spot on the Pennsylvania poker all-time money list. Thanks to back-to-back final table appearances in the final two Poker Masters $50,000 prelims at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada last week, Schindler is now the top earner in the state.

The 27-year-old professional poker player finished third for $312,000 and sixth for $97,500 in the final two of four $50,000 buy-in prelims at the inaugural Poker Masters series. The Poker Masters is a five-event high-roller series broadcast live on the poker content subscription service PokerGo.

Four $50,000 buy-in prelims ran from Sept. 13 through Sept. 17, 2017. The series wrapped up with a three-day $100,000 championship event from Sept. 18 through Sept. 20, 2017.

In addition to the various tournament prize pools, players are also vying for the Poker Masters purple jacket. The jacket will be awarded to the whoever earns the most money through the five-event series.

Schindler earns $400,000-plus in Poker Masters prelims

Schindler’s more than $400,000 in gross earnings through the first four Poker Masters events pushed his career tournament earnings up to $13,907,562.

As a result, he took over the top spot on the Pennsylvania poker all-time money list from 2015 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Joseph McKeehen.

McKeehen, who hails from North Wales, PA, has $13,862,958 in career tournament earnings. More than half of McKeehen’s winnings came from the $7,683,346 million he collected capturing the 2015 WSOP Main Event title.

The three players below Schindler and McKeehen include hedge fund manager and high roller Dan Shak, four-time WSOP bracelet winner John Hennigan, and Poker Night in America producer Matt Glantz. Each of these PA natives has more than $6 million in career tournament earnings.

Daniel Ott’s $4.7 million runner-up finish in the 2017 WSOP Main Event helped him move into sixth place on Pennsylvania poker’s current all-time money list. Plus, a huge August propelled Leechburg, Pennsylvania native Matt Berkey up to seventh.

The 2012 WSOP Main Event’s fourth-place finisher, Russell Thomas, is now eighth.

Rounding out the current top ten is EPT London winner Michael Martin, and Havertown, PA’s Matt Brady. Brady’s best cash remains the $1 million he earned winning the 2008 UltimateBet Aruba Poker Classic.

Schindler’s success at Aria continues

Schindler made it a tight race at the top of the list in May 2017. That’s when he finished runner up in the $300,000 Super High Roller Bowl at Aria for $3.6 million.

In fact, Schindler has enjoyed a ton of success in live high roller events. However, he initially built his bankroll as an online poker player. He previously played under the screen name CaLLitARUSH on PokerStars. Schindler won a PokerStars World Championship of Online Poker event in 2013.

However, Schindler did run into some trouble online in 2014, when his PokerStars account and the more than $250,000 balance it contained was frozen. This amid speculation he used a Virtual Private Network to disguise his location and played from inside the United States.

Online poker in America

Outside of New Jersey, where PokerStars has been operating in New Jersey’s fenced-in legal and regulated online poker market since early 2016, PokerStars had stopped accepting players from the United States. This occurred when the US Department of Justice unsealed an indictment and civil complaint against it and other online poker rooms on April 15, 2011.

PokerStars has since settled the case against it. Plus, Nevada, Delaware, and New Jersey have since legalized online poker. Pennsylvania is considering following suit as a part of its 2017 budget process.

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Martin Derbyshire has more than ten years of experience reporting on the poker, online gambling, and land-based casino industries for a variety of publications including Bluff Magazine, PokerNews, and PokerListings. He has traveled extensively, attending tournaments and interviewing major players in the gambling world.