Luc Greenwood Wins PokerStars Championship Bahamas $25K High Roller

Luc Greenwood outlasted a tough field in the PokerStars Championship Bahamas ,000 High Roller (PokerStars Photo)

The final day of the 2017 PokerStars Championship Bahamas included the conclusion of two of the marquee events on the schedule. While Christian Harder and Cliff Josephy were headlining the Main Event final table, the $25,000 High Roller final table included some of the biggest names in the game – including possibly the biggest, Daniel Negreanu.

Following Bryn Kenney’s elimination in the ninth place, it took just another five minutes for the first elimination at the official eight-handed final table. Nick Petrangelo raised to 50,000 from UTG before Mark Radoja move all in from the small blind for 385,000. Petrangelo called and tabled KcKs while Radoja showed AsQs. The 7h2c2h flop was a bad one for Radoja and neither the 4d turn or 7d river were any help, eliminating Radjoa in eighth.

The next player to hit the rail was Stephen Chidwick. The British pro raise to 40,000 before Michael Rocco made it 120,000 to go. Chidwick announced he was all in for 6667,000 and Rocco snap-called and showed QcQs. Chidwick flipped over AcKs and watched the dealer run a 9s5d2s8s3c board to eliminate him in seventh.

It took just 30 minutes for the next elimination and once again it was Petrangelo putting his big stack to work. Nacho Barbero defended his big blind after Petrangelo raised to 60,000 from the hijack. Barbero then check-raised all in on the Js7h3c flop and Petrangelo called. Barbero showed 8c7c for middle pair but was behind Petrangelo’s QdJh that gave him top pair. The As turn and Ts river were both bricks and the popular Argentinian was out in sixth.

Despite starting the final table with the shortest stack, Negreanu managed to hang around through the first three eliminations thanks to a few timely double-ups. That good run all ended thanks to Petrangelo. Negreanu opened to 60,000 and after Michael Rocco called, Petrangelo raised it up allowing Negreanu to move all in. Rocco folded and Petrangelo called. Negreanu tabled AdJc and found himself dominated by Petrangelo’s AsQc. The QdQh3d flop was a terrible one for Negreanu and when the 3s hit the turn, he was out in fifth place. The meaningless river was the 9d.

Just a half hour later, play was suddenly three-handed. Luc Greenwood made it 70,000 from UTG before Byron Kaverman moved all in for 835,000 from the small blind. Greenwood called and tabled 8c8d and was behind Kaverman’s 9c9s. The KcJd4c flop was harmless as was the 2d turn but the 8h river gave Greenwood the suckout and busted Kaverman in fourth.

The final three players went at it for another hour and fifteen minutes before the next bustout. Rocco raised from the to 90,000 and Petrangelo came along for the ride from the big blind. After the AsTh3h flop, Petrangelo checked, Rocco raised to 75,000 and Petrangelo called. The turn was the 2h, Petrangelo checked again and Rocco bet 200,000. Petrangelo announced he was all in and Rocco called. Petrangelo showed 5h4h for a flush while Rocco had AdJh for top pair with a flush draw but the Qc river ended Rocco’s run in third place.

When heads-up play began Greenwood had a slight lead over Petrangelo and they quickly began discussing a deal. After a few minutes they agreed to a chop that paid Greenwood $749,268 and Petrangelo $740,032 with $30,000 and the trophy to play for.

It took just 10 minutes for Greenwood to finish off Petrangelo. From the button Greenwood raised to 200,000 and Petrangelo responded with a re-raise to 700,000. Greenwood called and after the Kc8s3h flop, Petrangelo bet 420,000 and Greenwood called again. The turn was the Ks and Petrangelo moved all in. Greenwood quickly called and showed KdQc for trip kings while Petrangelo tabled JdJh. The 7c river was no help for Petrangelo and he was eliminated in second place.

Final Table Payouts

  1. Luc Greenwood – $779,268
  2. Nick Petrangelo – $740,032
  3. Michael Rocco – $409,020
  4. Byron Kaverman – $335,020
  5. Daniel Negreanu – $268,780
  6. Nacho Barbero – $208,400
  7. Stephen Chidwick – $154,260
  8. Mark Radoja – $113,360