Miles Rampel, a newcomer to the PokerGO Studio with no prior recorded live cashes, won Event #9: $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha at the 2021 Poker Masters for $365,500. Rampel topped a field of 43 entries, beating AP Louis Garza in heads-up play.
After his win, Rampel talked about how he came up in poker before showing up in Las Vegas to score this breakout victory.
“I’ve been playing $1-2 and $2-5 no-limit [hold’em] for 10 years, starting in college,” Rampel said. “I went to UCSB so I played at the Chumash Casino in a little $60 max buy-in $1-2 game. I started playing PLO this year and enjoyed it a lot. It’s fun to think a little bit more. Then my friends and I just came to Las Vegas on a whim and saw that this tournament was here. I thought, ‘You know what, I’ll take a shot.’ On the morning of registration, I was hemming and hawing thinking I didn’t want to start the trip stuck $25,000 with it being all pros, but I said, ‘You know what? I’ll register.’ Lots and ups and downs.”
With his finish in second place, Garza moved to the top of the 2021 Poker Masters leaderboard and leads in the race for the Purple Jacket.