The Super High Roller event held as one of the first Poker tournaments of the PokerStars Carribbean Adventure (PCA) 2011, has concluded with a win for poker professional Eugene Katchalov.
38 players paid the $100,000 buy in for the Super High Roller event, creating a prize pool of just over 3.7 million dollars. Day 2 of the event saw 23 players return and these were whittled down to just seven who came back to the felt. Well-known professionals Daniel Negreanu from Canada, Bryn Kenney and the Costa Rican star Humberto Brenes were amongst these survivors.
The short stack of Andrew Lichtenberger meant he was very quickly eliminated by Negreanu and was soon followed by Sandor Demjan in sixth place – both players missing out on any part of the prize money that would start at $200,000 for the fifth-pace finisher who turned out to be Brenes. The Costa Rican now has lifetime earnings of $5,820,731.
Americans Nick Schulman and Bryn Kenney fell to the heads-up finalists, Negreanu and Katchalov respectively. The remaining $2.5 million in prize money created an epic battle between these two rather successful players. Eventually coming out on top, 29-year-old Katchalov took home the $1.5 million first-place prize that means his lifetime earnings are now up to $6,452,384. The Ukraine-born North American received his first batch of real attention when he became the winner of the largest single prize for a non-championship event in the World Poker Tour (WPT), earning $2,482,605 for his victory in the 2007 Doyle Brunson Five Diamond World Poker Classic.
Even if Negreanu couldn’t manage to win the tournament, the $1 million runner up prize he banked put him back on the top list of all-time earners with $13,995,908, evicting Phil Ivey from the spot on the top of the ranks.
The Super High Roller event was the second official event of the prestigious PCA festival of poker being held at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The first event, also now over, was a novelty event that combined both fishing and poker. The fishing competition was won by Dana Weeks, an amateur poker player who runs a family fishing-lodge business in British Columbia’s Haida Gwaii Islands. The poker section of the event was won by Minor League baseball pitcher Wade Townsend, whose third place finish in the fishing meant he claimed the overall crown.