12Jan
Eugene Katchalov Wins PCA Super High Roller Event

It was a pretty exciting day at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Super High Roller Event as Eugene Katchalov and Daniel Negreanu as they both sat down to battle it out for the top spot and the grand prize of $1,500,000. They both fought fiercely, but in the end, it was Katchalov who walked away with the loot. Negreanu did not go home a loser either, as he won a pretty sizeable $1,000,000 for taking down second place. He even managed to pass Phil Ivey on the all-time money list for poker with this recent victory of his.

The Final Table

The Final Table of the Super High Roller event was the embodiment of the term ‘Fierce Competition’. Seven people went back to fight for the prize and the prestige. However, the first elimination came soon enough – just 15 minutes after play started actually – in the form of Andrew “luckychewy” Lichtenberger. He was short-stacked in the first place, so it really was only a matter of time before he was eliminated, courtesy of Negreanu. Then, it was Sandor Demjan’s turn to be eliminated, courtesy of Katchalov. After this elimination, everyone who was left would finish in the money. Humberto Brenes was the next one to go, managing to hold on just a few minutes longer than Sandor in order to go home with cash in his pockets.

Then, Nick Schulman was eliminated at fourth place despite the fact that he entered the final table as the almighty chip leader. Then, it was Bryn Kenney’s turn to go. His pocket eights couldn’t win against Katchalov’s pocket queens, so he had to depart at third place. Finally, it was Negreanu and Katchalov left to battle it out on the heads up portion of the tournament.

Heads Up

What was amazing about this heads up match between Katchalov and Negreanu is that they practically started out equal in terms of chips. It was obvious that both players were very skillful. But as the final hand played out, it was Katchalov who would be taking down the title. Negreanu had pocket fives and Katchalov had pocket fours. Negreanu went all-in at the pre-flop and Katchalov, in an almost clairvoyant move, called. The flop turned out to be A-8-10, which didn’t help any of them but allowed Negreanu to keep his edge. Then the turn revealed a 4, and odds weighed heavily on Katchalov’s side. The tables were turned and unless Negreanu got a 5 on the river, the tournament was pretty much done for him.

Finally, then a 2 fell on the river and that was it for the PCA Super High Roller Event. Katchalov was the announced as the new champion and he walked away $1.5 million richer.

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