$100,000 Super High Roller: Luck of the Irish
Irishman Steve O’Dwyer is the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) $100,000 Super High Roller Champion. O’Dwyer defeated American Roger Sippl to claim the first major event of the year and a top prize of $1,872,580.
Canada was well represented at the seven-man final table when play began on Thursday. The start-of-day chipleader Sorel Mizzi and Sam Greenwood both flew the Canadian flag. Greenwood, the shortest stack heading into play, managed to ladder one spot as Andrew Robl was the first player eliminated. Greenwood was then outed by German Christoph Vogelsang when his ill-timed shove with pocket sixes was called by Vogelsang’s pocket nines. Greenwood earned $396,920.
Vogelsang was the next to depart at the hands of Sippl. Mizzi would, unfortunately, be the next casualty. Mizzi was unable to win a race with his pocket deuces against the ace-jack of Bryn Kenney. A fourth-place finish was worth $695,400 for Mizzi.
The eventual champion O’Dwyer would then take control and eliminate Kenney and Sippl before claiming his victory. This is O’Dwyer’s second Super High Roller title in two months as he claimed the 2014 Asia Championship of Poker event as well.
LAPT Bahamas Field is Narrowed
When play began on Thursday for Day 2 at the PCA festival’s first-ever Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) Bahamas Main Event, 183 hopefuls returned to the felt. Only 11 would survive. American Josh Kay will lead them heading into Day 3.
Max Greenwood, brother of Sam on the final table of the Super High Roller, was the highest Canadian finisher. Greenwood was eliminated in 14th place for $18,280. Several other Canadians were able to make the money. Daniel Dvoress (20th - $14,400), Ryan Rivers (22nd - $12,440), Mark De Faria (28th - $9,040), Thomas Popov (45th - $7,000), and Kyle Palfrey (46th - $7,000) were a few to make a trip to the payout booth. Sam Chartier, Mike Leah, and Laurence Grondin were also able to score small cashes.
Jose Carlos Garcia, Dimitar Danchev, Mustafa Kanit, Martin Finger, Galen Hall, Taylor Paur, and Aaron Massey are among the 11 that will return to play down to a Champion on Day 3. They will all be battling for a first-place top prize of $367,928.
$10,000 PCA Main Event Kicks Off
A couple of online nosebleed cash game wizards were at the top when play concluded on Day 1a of the $10,000 PCA Main Event. Team PokerStars Pro Alex 'Kanu7' Millar (169,100) and Dani 'Ansky' Stern (145,200) built the two biggest stacks after eight levels of play.
Registration closed with 220 players in the field, 139 of whom would secure their seat on Day 2. Canadian pro Owen Crowe sits in fourth after bagging up 121,000. Canada’s Marc-Andre Ladouceur, Nenad Medic, Russell Carson, and Jean-Philippe Piquette will also carry the flag into Day 2.
Notable pros also seen around the room include Chris Moneymaker, Scott Seiver, Ankush Mandavia, Tony Gregg, Ole Schemion, Max Silver, and 2014 PCA Main Event Champion Dominik Panka.
A few not so lucky and busting on Day 1a were Canadian Xuan Liu, Justin Bonomo, Daniel Colman, Kevin MacPhee, Jean Robert Bellande, and Michael Mizrachi.
Stay tuned to PokerNews Canada on Friday as the LAPT Bahamas Main Event crowns a winner and the action heats up with the final day of qualifying for Day 2 of the PCA Main Event.