One of the most prestigious high rollers of the year came to a conclusion on Saturday as Sam Greenwood defeated the 61 player field in the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller for $1,775,460.
Late on Friday night, the tournament saw the money bubble burst when Gregory Jensen bowed out in ninth place. The players could have opted to end the day of play right there returning for the live streamed final table with a full table. However, they continued to play to the end of the level.
During that time they lost three of the eight remaining players including U.S. Poker Open champion Stephen Chidwick in eighth ($236,720), Steffen Sontheimer in seventh ($301,820) and PokerStars ambassador Igor Kurganov in sixth place ($378,760).
When they returned on Saturday, the table was five-handed with Canadian Chris Hunichen with the chip lead.
The first elimination of the day took place during a clash between Talal Shakerchi and Greenwood. Greenwood raised holding . When the action made it to Shakerchi, he shoved just over 20 bigs with . Greenwood made the quick call. The flop paired Shakerchi and the , while improving Greenwood’s hand, provided Shakerchi even more outs. The river was not one of them and Shakerchi, who made his second final table of the PCA in as many events, settled for fifth place and another $485,300. This result brings Shakerchi’s total 2019 PCA earnings to $994,300.
Hunichen had lost his chip lead after taking providing Greenwood a double up earlier in the day. He quickly found himself with a 10 big blind stack.
Hunichen subsequently lost another hand to Greenwood and was running on fumes. His tournament came to an end when he made an all-in call holding against Henrik Hecklen’s . The board never really provided much of a sweat and ‘Big Huni’ bowed out in fourth place for $627,340, a new career-high cash.
Hunichen has been on a run as of late as this result comes on the heels of his third-place place finish in the WPT Five Diamond $100K, where he won his previous largest cash of $592,000.
Greenwood then separated himself from both Jesus Cortes and Hecklen and at one point had a greater than 2:1 chip advantage over each of them. Not long after Hunichen’s departure, Greenwood and Cortes faced off in a massive cooler that claimed Cortes’ tournament life.
Greenwood opened on the button with and Cortes flatted on the big blind with . The action flop provided Greenwood a flopped straight and a set for Cortes. Cortes checked, Greenwood bet, Cortes flat called. The turn was the and after Cortes checked again, Greenwood placed in a larger bet. Cortes, again, just called. The river brought the . Cortes checked for the third time. Greenwood, covering Cortes, shipped all-in. Cortes could not get away from the hand and after seeing the results, headed for the cashier in third place. He collected $828,560 for his efforts. The score almost exactly doubles the total of his previously recorded live cashes of $828,201.
With a commanding chip lead headed into heads-up, it didn’t take long for Greenwood to close out the tournament.
Greenwood open limped from the small blind with and Hecklen moved all in with . Greenwood instantly made the call and the pair saw the flop of leaving Hecklen with very few outs. The turn was the providing no help. The river sealed the deal for Greenwood, giving him the victory.
This was another amazing showing for Denmark’s Hecklen, who finished in second place for a career-high cash $1,284,260. It comes on the heels of his victory in the EPT Prague €10,300 High Roller where he dominated the table from start to finish picking up $568,680. In total, Hecklen now surpasses $3M in total career live earnings.
Greenwood, a PocketFiver, picked up the PCA Super High Roller trophy and takes home $1,775,460 for his performance. This is his second largest cash in his impressive career, one that now includes six seven-figure scores. Greenwood now exceeds $14.5 million for his career and climbs to 37th place on the All-Time Money List.
PCA $100K Final Table Payouts
1. Sam Greenwood – $1,775,460
2. Henrik Hecklen – $1,284,260
3. Jesus Cortes – $828,560
4. Chris Hunichen – $627,340
5. Talal Shakerchi – $485,300
6. Igor Kurganov – $378,760
7. Steffen Sontheimer – $301,820
8. Stephen Chidwick – $236,720