Biggest Winners from the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure

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2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure
Take a look at the biggest winners from the 2019 PCA in the Bahamas (photo: Neil Stoddart, PokerStars)

The 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure is in the books, with notable victories coming from Ramon Colillas in the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship, David ‘Chino’ Rheem in the PCA Main Event, Sam Greenwood in the PCA $100,000 Super High Roller, and Martin Zamani in the PCA $25,000 High Roller. Each of those players earned mammoth payouts from their victories, but where do they stack up on the 2019 money leaderboard? Let’s take a look.

The $25,000 buy-in PSPC was such an enormous tournament that the top three finishers from that event make up the top three spots on the 2019 PCA money list, with Colillas on top thanks to the huge $5.1 million score he earned. Runner-up in that event, Julien Martini, sits second on the list, and third-place finisher Marc Rivera is third on the list. Here are the top 25 money earners from the 2019 PCA festival.

Top 25 2019 PCA Money List

1. Ramon Colillas – $5,102,100
2. Julien Martini – $2,974,000
3. Marc Rivera – $2,168,000
4. Sam Greenwood – $1,954,860
5. Scott Baumstein – $1,657,000
6. David ‘Chino’ Rheem – $1,576,200
7. Jason Koonce – $1,304,000
8. Henrik Hecklen – $1,284,260
9. Rainer Kempe – $1,202,760
10. Jesus Cortes – $1,153,440
11. Stephen Chidwick – $1,084,322
12. Marc Perrault – $1,040,520
13. Talal Shakerchi – $994,300
14. Daniel Strelitz – $964,020
15. Alex Foxen – $904,040
16. Martin Zamani – $895,110
17. Farid Jattin – $746,000
18. Igor Kurganov – $697,100
19. Sean Winter – $673,120
20. Scott Wellenbach – $671,240
21. Chris Hunichen – $627,340
22. Steffen Sontheimer – $623,220
23. Dominik Nitsche – $606,360
24. Pavel Veksler – $560,240
25. Justin Bonomo – $533,370

As you can see, Greenwood sits fourth after having won $1.954 million from the 2019 PCA series. Greenwood’s big win was in the $100,000 Super High Roller when he scored a $1.775 million first-place prize, but he also added scores of $89,320, $69,100, and $20,980 to his bankroll. Greenwood was one of 21 players to cash at least four times at the 2019 PCA.

Another player to cash four times was the player 18th on the 2019 PCA money leaderboard, Igor Kurganov. He banked scores of $378,760, $129,780, $121,040, and $67,450 for a total of $697,100. The largest of those four scores was a sixth-place finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller that Greenwood was victorious in.

Other than Greenwood and Kurganov, no player cashed four times in the top 25.

Several players in the top 25 cashed three times, though, in addition to Greenwood and Kurganov, of course. Those players were Rainer Kempe, Jesus Cortes, Stephen Chidwick, Daniel Strelitz, Alex Foxen, Sean Winter, and Steffan Sontheimer. Kempe won the most money of that bunch with more than $1.2 million in payouts. He placed fourth in a $25,000 no-limit hold’em event before he won a $50,000 no-limit hold’em event and a $10,200 no-limit hold’em knockout turbo. The $50,000 buy-in tournament that Kempe won earned him $908,000.

Foxen doesn’t appear that he’s going to slow down after an epic 2018 saw him haul in more than $6.6 million in live tournament earnings. Foxen has already won more than $900,000 in 2019 thanks to his performances at the 2019 PCA. He placed 11th in a $25,000 buy-in event, second in the $50,000 event that Kempe won, and third in another $50,000 buy-in tournament. Foxen’s three scores were for $45,020, $651,980, and $207,040 in those three events, respectively.

Four players cashed five times each at the 2019 PCA, but none of them ranked higher than 75th on the 2019 PCA money list. Sitting in 75th overall with a total of $136,460 won was Ariel Celestino. Daniel Tang, Sean Legendre, and Fernand Dos Santos Ferreira were the others to cash five times during the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure tournament series.

How did the 2019 PCA change the festival’s all-time money list? With a little help from our friends at HendonMob.com, here’s a look at the new top 25 following the completion of the 2019 PCA.

Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List

1. Bryn Kenney – $6,262,731
2. Ramon Colillas – $5,102,100
3. Steve O’Dwyer – $3,910,382
4. Tony Gregg – $3,183,095
5. Poorya Nazari – $3,000,000
6. Julien Martini – $2,974,000
7. Scott Seiver – $2,970,620
8. Sam Greenwood – $2,927,337
9. Galen Hall – $2,877,080
10. Vanessa Selbst – $2,824,640
11. Jason Koon – $2,645,595
12. Isaac Haxton – $2,583,616
13. Justin Bonomo – $2,524,742
14. Bertrand ‘ElkY’ Grospellier – $2,484,120
15. Daniel Negreanu – $2,348,097
16. Harrison Gimbel – $2,329,220
17. Dan Shak – $2,323,840
18. Byron Kaverman – $2,307,235
19. Cary Katz – $2,257,420
20. Marc Rivera – $2,168,000
21. Mustapha Kanit – $2,077,000
22. Dimitar Danchev – $1,985,000
23. John Dibella – $1,960,700
24. Daniel Dvoress – $1,946,102
25. Tyler Reiman – $1,937,770

As you can see, Bryn Kenney reigns supreme. He came into the 2019 PCA with a big lead on this list, thanks to $6.245 million in earnings from the PCA, and Kenney added a small cash by his standards of $17,620 to move up to $6.262 million.

The most notable additions to the top 25 of the PCA all-time money list were three players we already talked about, Colillas, Martini, and Rivera. Those three finished first, second, and third in the 2019 PSPC. Colillas moved to second on PCA’s all-time money list, Martini jumped to sixth, and Rivera went up to 20th.

Another big jump was had by Greenwood, who entered the 2019 PCA with $972,477 in earnings from the series. After winning nearly $2 million this year, Greenwood shot up the all-time PCA leaderboard to eighth with nearly $3 million in earnings total from the event.

Justin Bonomo also increased his standing, going from 17th to 13th on the all-time PCA list after winning $533,370 at the 2019 PCA.

Notable departures from the top 5 PCA all-time money list were Christopher Oliver, Eugene Katchalov, Will Molson, and Nick Petrangelo.