Upswing Poker coach Jake Abdalla returned to the live poker streets this week, final tabling the $10K 8-Game Mix at the Poker Masters Friday afternoon. Abdalla placed fifth for $36,000, his largest live tournament cash since 2017.
Abdalla, known for his online mixed cash-game prowess, also has had consistent success in live tournaments. The Boston-native entered the day with $364,031 in live career cashes.
Abdalla joined high-stakes regulars Nick Schulman, Brandon Adams, Cary Katz, Jared Bleznick, Mike Gorodinsky, and George Wolff at the seven-handed final table. Bleznick ultimately defeated Katz heads-up for a prize of $153,000 and a Poker Masters title.
Though he doesn’t play much poker anymore as he explores other ventures, Abdalla hasn’t lost a step. The mixed-games specialist cruised through the bubble, chip-leading at one point and entering the final table second in chips.
His fortune faded quickly at the final table in 2-7 triple draw. Abdalla saw his stack cut nearly in half when on the final street he drew the Q♥ with 7♣-4♥-3♥-2♥, falling to Cary Katz, who stood pat on the final street with T♣-8♦-6♠-5♦-2♣.
His final hand came at the 30,000/60,000 blind level when he raised his stack of 80,000 all-in pre-flop drawing two with 6♦ 5♠ 3♦. He was called by Gorodinsky in the big blind, who kept 7♦ 6♣. Unfortunately for Abdalla, Gorodinsky drew 5♦ 3♥ 2♠ and took down the pot, busting him in fifth.
If you want to learn from Jake Abdalla himself, check out his advanced Mixed Games Course. In the course, he teaches advanced strategies in Razz, Stud, Stud 8-Or-Better, Omaha 8-or-Better, and triple draw.
2019 Poker Masters Event #4 $10K 8-Game Mix Final Table Results:
- Jared Bleznick ($153,000)
- Cary Katz ($99,000)
- Nick Schulman ($67,500)
- Mike Gorodinsky ($45,000)
- Jake Abdalla ($36,000)
- Brandon Adams ($27,000)
- George Wolff ($22,500)
The 2019 Poker Masters, hosted at the PokerGo Studio at the Aria, features 10 tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. More information on the 2019 Poker Masters can be found on Poker Central.