Four Wins for Canada at 2018 PCA
The poker season kicks off each year when PokerStars sets up their annual poker festival at Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Players from around the world gather in a post-holiday reunion and play a large tournament series in a sunny paradise.
This year, the series returned to the brand of PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) after spending one year as PokerStars Championship Bahamas. The buy-in to the Main Event also returned to $10,300.
Running from January 6 to 14, the 2018 PCA had more than 30 tournaments on the schedule. As usual, Canadians came in droves with swimsuits and sunglasses packed, escaping the bitterness of winter back home.
Canadians won four of those events. Bradley Ginet took down the $550 Event #10, collecting $17,485. Remarkably, this is only Ginet’s second tracked tournament result, and his other was also a win, coming out on top of the 2008 Canadian Open Poker Championship in Calgary.
As we previously reported, Chris Kruk also had a win at PCA. He pocketed $836,350 for topping the $25,000 High Roller, which was his third cash of the series.
The $25,000 level seems to be Canada’s forte, because Daniel Dvoress won Event #33 with the same ticket price. In fact, further proving the point, the tournament only paid three places and all three were Canadian. Dvoress collected $73,785 for the win, Timothy Adams earned $36,928 for second, and Sam Greenwood finished third for $34,487.
The fourth and final Canadian victory was in Event #26, and $330 bounty tournament. Alexandre Trudel earned the spadie and $5,318 for the win. That was his second cash of the series, having also taken sixth in a $550 tournament for $5,580.
The series kicked off with the highest priced tournament. With the ticket price set at $100,000, only the best and the wealthiest took part in the Super High Roller. Seven of the 48 entries collected a payout, including Sam Greenwood in seventh place for $248,720 and Daniel Negreanu in fourth for $521,140.
The next final-table appearance for Canada came in the very next event, a $550 tournament. Michael Farrow took fifth there for $5,960. Farrow also just missed the final table of the Main Event, finishing in 10th place for $75,640.
The next event was the $25,000+$10,000 REG Charity tournament where Daniel Dvoress collected third-place money of $151,497, proving again that this buy-in level is his sweet spot.
Canada was well represented in the $1,650 PCA National where Thomas Taylor just missed the final table, taking 10th for $7,380. Ryan Smith found sixth for $19,710, and Kevin Macdonald managed third for $41,140.
The next to get started was the $10,300 Main Event, though it didn’t come to an end until the last day of the series. Canadian Dan Coupal was at the final table, ultimately finishing fifth for $293,560. And Shawn Buchanan was runner-up, collecting $672,960 for second place.
In the $550 pot-limit Omaha hi-lo event, Canadian Kim Kilroy found third place for $3,080, adding to the national tally. Soon after, the $2,100 turbo saw David Bokor take seventh place for $9,300.
That was followed by a $3,300 event with two Canadians on the final table. Those two still remained with four players left, but then fell in quick succession. Francois Billard finished fourth for $49,560, followed by Damien Steel in third for $60,780.
In the $550 event that followed, three Canadians made the final table. Harpreet Gill was ninth for $2,460, Alexandre Trudel came sixth, as previously mentioned, and Peter Shonk finished fourth for $9,280.
Another $25,000 event saw two Canadians among the top eight who got paid. Chris Kruk found seventh this time, earning $71,580. Timothy Adams was third for $196,500.
In the $1,100 Event #19, Canada made up four of the top seven spots. Jeffery Gagnon (seventh — $9,420), Ryan Smith (sixth — $12,820), Jean LeBlond (third — $26,760), and Kevin Martin (second — $36,590) all represented our nation at the final table.
Another cash for Thomas Taylor was found in the $330 PCA Cup where he was runner-up, pocketing $10,570 while coming so close to the win.
Then, in the final event of the series, Sam Greenwood collected another payout in the $10,150 Event #31, finishing in fifth place for $43,750.
That’s it for another year of the famed PCA. Congratulations to the highly successful Canadian contingent.