The field of the PCA Super High Roller has been reduced to just five players who will return today to fight for the $1.77 million top prize
The $100,000 Super High Roller has over the years established itself as the most thrilling tournament on the schedule of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure festival. And although it was a bit outshined by the new PokerStars Players Championship this year, the high roller tournament still drew poker’s elite, just as it always does, and is capturing quite some interest.
The tournament kicked off Thursday at Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, the traditional host of the PCA. It attracted 61 entries, including 13 re-entries, who created a prize pool of $5,918,220. The money was split into payouts for the top eight finishers, min-cash worth $236,720.
By the end of the second day of contention, there were just five players left. The finalists are set to return at the host venue today to battle it out for the title. Action resumes at 1:30 pm local time and will go on until there is just one player left at the table. Each of the five remaining survivors are guaranteed a min-cash of $485,300. But the winner’s first-place prize of $1,775,460 is what these five are aiming for.
Day 2 of the Super High Roller saw a number of poker celebrities leave the poker tables, most of them empty-handed. Steve O’Dwyer, GPI Player of the Year Alex Foxen, and Mikita Badziakouski were among those to run pretty deep into the event but to bust out just a few spots before the money bubble.
Justin Bonomo, last year’s runner-up finisher in this same tournament, was, too, among those unfortunate players to leave without a payout.
The Five Finalists
The final day of contention will kick off with US player Chris Hunichen as the chip leader. The player bagged and tagged 4.555 million Friday night, good for 114 big blinds. The player was responsible for the elimination of Russian poker star and high roller Igor Kurganov in sixth place.
Denmark’s Henrik Hecklen collected the second largest stack last night. The player bagged 3.465 million to secure a comfortable start into the final day. Hecklen took the chip lead when the field was whittled down to two tables and never really moved from the top two positions until the end of Day 2 action.
Jesus Cortes Lizano from Spain bagged 2.885 million for the third largest stack. The player finished runner-up in the 2010 EPT Barcelona Main Event and hasn’t cashed since 2012. He now has the chance to head to his homeland with a seven-figure payout.
Canada’s Sam Greenwood ranks fourth in the temporary leaderboard with a stack of 2.675 million he put in his bag last night. Greenwood is no stranger to high roller action and it is to be seen whether his experience will help him conquer the Super High Roller top. Last but not least, Talal Shakerchi rounds out the final five with 1.67 million. The player finished eighth in the PSPC a few days ago and jumped directly into the Super High Roller.
As mentioned earlier, action resumes today at 1:30 local time for the final day of this year’s edition of the PCA Super High Roller.
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