Look at any ranking points race or any other metric used to measure performance on the live tournament circuit in 2021 and you will find Ali Imsirovic’s name sitting at the top of the list. Imsirovic has been absolutely dominant on the high-stakes scene this year, leading the field in three of the most important categories used to track success: earnings, titles, and final-table finishes. The 26-year-old poker pro added to his lead in each of those columns by taking down the latest $10 000 buy-in no-limit hold’em high roller event held at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. Imisrovic defeated a field of 34 entries to win his ninth title of the year. He earned $136 000 for the win, increasing his earnings to $3 052 460.
Imsirovic has now won five more titles and made four more final tables than any other player on the live tournament circuit this year. He has $554,840 more in POY-qualified earnings than his nearest competitor Sean Winter, who also made the money in this event to bring his year-to-date total to $2 497 620.
This single-day event drew 34 entries to build a prize pool of $340 000. The top five finishers made the money, with three-time World Series of Poker bracelet winner and World Poker Tour main event champion Nick Schulman being eliminated on the direct bubble. Schulman ran J-10 into the pocket aces of Imsirovic and failed to come from behind.
Imsirovic took a slight lead into heads-up play with Worre. The decisive hand of their battle for the title began with Imsirovic raising to 75,000 from the button with K-K. Worre called from the big blind with Q-7 and the flop came down Q-7-3. Worre checked his top two pair and Imsirovic bet 100,000. Worre called and the K on the turn gave Imsirovic a set while Worre picked up a backdoor flush draw to go along with his queens and sevens. Both players checked and the 5 completed the board. Worre bet 325,000 and Imsirovic moved all-in. Worre called and was left with less than a small blind remaining in his stack, having just edged into the lead before this hand was dealt. He was eliminated the following hand, earning $88 400 as the runner-up finisher.
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