Sean Winter has been crowned the winner of the first $25,000 Single-Day High Roller here at the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Atlantis Resort after it needed a second day. Winter defeated David Peters after only three hands on the second day to claim the first-place prize of $495,210 while Peters took home $352,040.
This win will take his lifetime earnings up to over 11 million in total according to Hendon Mob and will be his seventh largest cash ever. For Peters, this cash will take him close to the 30 million mark.
The first Super High Roller of the week attracted 75 entries which also includes 25 reentries. All those entries created a total prize pool of $1,800,750 with the winner walking away with $495,210 whenever the two remaining players will finish the heads-up battle.
During the first eight levels of the day, 68 entries were collected with another 7 players jumping in during the 80-minute dinner break. PokerStars Team Pro, Igor Kurganov, Steve O’Dwyer, Joe McKeehen, Isaac Haxton, Joe Cada, Jean-Noel Thorel, and Timothy Adams are some of the players who took their seats in the first level of the day.
Cada was one of the first unlucky players who was sent away from his table when he shoved on the trey-queen-seven-five-nine board with king-high and was called by O’Dwyer who held pocket nines. Many more familiar names joined the field just before the first break of the day, including Alex Foxen, Byron Kaverman, Cary Katz, Jason Koon, Manig Loeser, Matthias Eibinger, John Juanda, and Rainer Kempe.
When registration closed after the dinner break, it also signaled the end of the reentry period and players were sent to the rail in quick succession. Players like Ramin Hajiyev, Andras Nemeth, Steffen Sontheimer, Benjamin Pollak, Bryn Kenney, Elio Fox, Daniel Dvoress, and Ben Yu were all eliminated without cashing.
The bubble lasted almost two hours as only eleven players would be in the money for at least $45,020. Peters increased his chip lead when he shoved on O’Dywer who let his hand go on the river. Kaverman found a double through Ivan Luca with pocket tens while Luca held eights. Foxen tripled up with ace-queen against the jack-six of Winter and then the bubble finally burst when Jonathan Kamhazi finally put his last 10,000 in after having blinded down for a while and busted to Jack Salter. Kamhazi’s king-four couldn’t beat the king-nine of Salter as Salter had the higher kicker.
|Place||Player||Country||Prize (in USD)|
|1||Sean Winter||United States||495,210|
|2||David Peters||United States||352,040|
|3||Jack Salter||United Kingdom||230,500|
|7||Stanley Choi||Hong Kong||86,440|
|9||Byron Kaverman||United States||51,320|
|10||Erik Seidel||United States||45,020|
|11||Alex Foxen||United States||45,020|
Once the bubble burst, there was a flurry of action on both tables with Foxen being the first to cash when he ran ace-four into Winter’s ace-king. Erik Seidel was next to go when his jack-nine got no help from the board against Peters’ ace-king. With nine players left, it was time to combine the remaining players onto the final table.
Kaverman’s king-nine call when Kurganov shoved with king-queen on the flop didn’t earn him a double up as he was the first to leave the final table. Kurganov himself flopped top pair with ace-jack on the five-trey-jack-four board and decided to bet and call the shove of Peters. Unfortunately for the PokerStars Team Pro, Peters had the overpair with kings, and no ace or jack came on the river to save him.
Stanley Choi was taken down by Salter when his pocket eights got rivered as the ace came while Salter held ace-jack. O’Dywer’s king-jack were beaten by the king-queen of Winter, and then it was time for Luca to go when he ran king-six into the tens of Kempe. Kempe tried bluffing Peters and lost a huge chunk of his stack and then the remainder also got added to Peters’ stack when he shoved his last eleven big blinds with ace-four. Peters had called with queen-nine and made trips on the river to take the German out in fourth place.
Salter’s run was over a mere five minutes later when he called with his last chips with queen-nine when Winter had put him all-in with queen-trey. The queen-four-trey-trey-nine board did not help and Salter was happy to have managed to pick up quite a few pay jumps after having been short for quite a while.
Heads-up play lasted for around 90 minutes with Peters and Winter swapping out the chip lead and doubles back and forth. In the end, they had to bag up their chips as the tournament room was closing on the first day. They agreed that they wanted to play the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller first before closing out this tournament and decided to delay it for another day.
In the end, they both decided to finish the tournament on January 10, after play ended in the $100,000 Super High Roller. Once it was time to start, Peters managed to double up in the first hand with five-deuce when he had flopped two pair and his shove was called on the river by Winter who held nine-five.
In the second hand, Peters shoved on the button with nine-eight and Winter called with king-jack. Winter managed to double back up with the higher hole cards. In the third and final hand of the night, Winter had limped on the button and Peters went along. Peters check-called the continuation-bets of Winter on the seven-trey-queen flop and the ace on the turn. The eight came on the river and now Peters tank-called Winter’s shove with seven-deuce for Winter to claim the win with eight-seven as he had rivered the two pair.
They shook hands and as quick as they came to finish the tournament, just as quickly they left the poker room via the payout desk to collect their cashes.
This concludes the coverage of the first Single-Day High Roller here at the PCA with two more to come over the next few days so make sure to keep following the updates provided by the PokerNews live reporting team.