Sam Greenwood Wins PCA $100,000 Super High Roller for $1,775,460

Sam Greenwood is widely considered one of the best in the world when it comes to no-limit hold'em poker tournaments, so when the cards fall his way, it can seem positively unfair for the other players.

"I just had the best hand a lot of times. I think most players, if they had my cards today, would have won."

That's exactly what happened in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller, as Greenwood absolutely demolished the competition on the final day, eliminating three of his final four opponents to raise the trophy in less than four hours.

"Everything worked out today," he admitted to Joe Stapleton after the win. "I just had the best hand a lot of times. I think most players, if they had my cards today, would have won."

$100,000 PCA Super High Roller Final Table Results

PlacePlayerCountryPrize (USD)
1Sam GreenwoodCanada$1,775,460
2Henrik HecklenDenmark$1,284,260
3Jesus CortesSpain$828,560
4Chris HunichenUnited States$627,340
5Talal ShakerchiUnited Kingdom$485,300
6Igor KurganovRussia$378,760
7Steffen SontheimerGermany$301,820
8Stephen ChidwickUnited Kingdom$236,720

The champ described Day 3 as "easy" and "smooth" but a Greenwood show hardly seemed like the most likely outcome when the final day began since he sat fourth of five chips, albeit plenty deep with almost seventy big blinds.

However, the Canadian won the first three pots of the day to triple his stack and take a commanding lead with half of the chips in play. The most critical of those saw start-of-day chipleader Chris Hunichen cold four-bet over a Greenwood open and a Henrik Hecklen three-bet. Greenwood shoved for almost 90 big blinds with his aces and Hunichen couldn't get away from ace-king.

Greenwood then eliminated Talal Shakerchi with another monster pair, this time queens when Shakerchi tried ripping over an open with jack-nine.

Shakerchi followed up his eight-place finish in the PokerStars Players No-Limit Hold'em Championship with a fifth-place here and has now collected just a hair under $1 million in prize money at the PCA 2019.

Shakerchi is having quite the PCA so far
Shakerchi is having quite the PCA so far

Hunichen managed a couple of doubles but would still fall in fourth after Greenwood outkicked him for most of his chips and then Hecklen finished him off.

Greenwood's amazing run of cards continued when he busted Jesus Cortes. This time, it was a savage cooler as the least-known player at the final table flatted queens and flopped middle set only to have Greenwood flop a straight. The board failed to pair and Cortes called bets on the flop, turn, and river, the latter for his stack.

Finishing off Hecklen heads up was a mere formality as Greenwood had a 10-1 chip lead. Sevens against ace-six did the job for Greenwood.

"I came second in Barca, second in Prague, so I need to go for the clean sweep."

It's the Canadian's sixth seven-figure cash and his second win in a PokerStars $100K event after shipping the one in Monte Carlo last year. He now has over $14 million in live tournament cashes.

Still, Greenwood joked that he's unsatisfied.

"I still need to get a little more," he said when Stapleton asked if he was ready to call it a career. "I came second in Barca, second in Prague, so I need to go for the clean sweep."

Indeed, he "only" has runner-ups in those $50Ks, from 2016 and 2015, respectively. However, those will have to wait, as Greenwood has more pressing business: the $50K Single-Day High Roller here at PCA, which he hopped in almost immediately.

No time to savor victory when there's more money to be made, it seems.

Sam Greenwood and Henrik Hecklen
Sam Greenwood and Henrik Hecklen

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