Photo Blog: PCA Main Day1B Scores Big, $50K High Roller In Play

Take another trip around the tournament room at the 2019 PCA.

Even after the fanfare of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100K Super High Roller died down with Canadian Sam Greenwood earning his sixth career seven-figure score of $1.775M, the Imperial Ballroom at the Atlantis Resort & Casino was still buzzing.

Day 1B of the 2019 PCA Main Event was in full swing and, in the afterglow of the PokerStars NL Hold’em Poker Championship, players were eager for one more chance at a huge score to start the year.

Along with the Main Event, the superstars of the high roller scene continued to battle it out on the felt – this time in a $50K Single-Day tournament.

Enjoy some photos from around the room on this action-packed day.

$50K Single-Day

Mikita Badziakouski is a high fashioned high roller.


Mikita Badziakouski is a stone-cold killer in high roller tournaments and he’s got the results to prove it. He has over $20.8m in live earnings and also finished 34th in the 2019 PSPC as a Platinum Pass winner for over $86,000.

Christoph Vogelsang’s decision to cover up in this manner has sparked some debate.

Christoph Vogelsang is at the center of an ongoing debate/discussion on how to handle it when players use extreme measures to cover up any facial tells. At first, it was just a scarf, but Vogelsang has now moved to this current look. Say what you want about the Super High Roller Bowl winner – he has results and is currently Germany’s #2 leader in all-time cashes, right behind Fedor Holz.

Kurganov is consistently finding himself at high roller final tables. His last victory came in Dec. 2017.

Daniel Dvoress (left) pocket nines outrace Igor Kurganov’s AJ. When a nine hits the turn, the Jack on the river is nothing but a needle for the PokerStars ambassador Kurganov. Kurganov is coming off a sixth-place finish in the PCA $100K for over $378,000.

Dominik Nitsche has amassed over $17M in lifetime earnings.

Dominik Nitsche reflects on his time in front of a solver while contemplating a decision as Timothy Adams (left) looks on. Nitsche’s most recent high roller success was a fourth-place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100K for $370,000 in December.

PCA Main Event Day 2

Shots from around the room shortly after the dinner break.

Poker legend Barry Greenstein mixes it up in the PCA Main Event.

Beresford and The Bear. Along with Scott Stewart (right), we look over the shoulder of top-ranked UK online grinder Conor Beresford as he sits with the legend Barry Greenstein.

Ole Schemion (left) won the 2019 PCA National for over $148K.

Two of the final four in the 2019 PCA National are side-by-side once again in the Main Event. National champ Ole Schemion (right) chats with Alexandre Mantovani.

READ: Alexandre Mantovani WCOOP Score Into Live Success

Julien Martini finished as the runner up in the historic $25K PSPC for $2.9M.

PSPC Runner-Up Julien Martini (right) is still feeling good after his multi-million score. Here he sits with Netherlands pro Martijn Gerrits in the PCA Main.

Chino Rheem bubbled the final table of the 2019 PCA National.

Chino Rheem doing what he does best. Building big stacks in large field tournaments.

Leo Margets has over $1.1 million in live tournament earnings.

Winamax pro Leo Margets already made a deep run during the 2019 PCA National. Here’s she’s putting together some chips to make a run in the Main Event.

Has the covering of faces gone too far or is it just no big deal?

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