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Just like every other year going back to 2004, a fresh start to poker's yearly tournament calendar kicks off with the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas. This year brings a heightened level of excitement with the PokerStars Players NL Hold’em Championship headlining the event in what is lining up to be a record-setting PCA. Speaking of records, in anticipation of the 2019 PCA festival, PocketFives went looking through the poker history books at HendonMob to find the biggest winners in history from PCA. Here’s what was found. Thanks to a gigantic $3 million payday in 2009, Poorya Nazari holds the record for the largest first-place prize at PCA. He won the 2009 PCA Main Event from a field of 1,347 entries to claim that prize. Three other times in history has the PCA Main Event winner taken home at least $2 million. In 2008, Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier took home $2 million, Harrison Gimbel won $2.2 million in 2010, and in 2011 it was Galen Hall scoring $2.3 million. But, none of those players is the top all-time money earner from PCA. That title currently belongs to Bryn Kenney, and it doesn’t appear that Kenney is going to be caught anytime soon. Top 25 PCA All-Time Money List PLAYER EARNINGS 1 Bryn Kenney $6,245,111 2 Steve O'Dwyer $3,800,542 3 Tony Gregg $3,096,596 4 Poorya Nazari $3,000,000 5 Scott Seiver $2,970,620 6 Galen Hall $2,877,080 7 Vanessa Selbst $2,824,640 8 Isaac Haxton $2,583,616 9 Jason Koon $2,555,555 10 Daniel Negreanu $2,521,490 11 Bertrand 'ElkY' Grospellier $2,484,120 12 Harrison Gimbel $2,329,220 13 Dan Shak $2,278,140 14 Cary Katz $2,257,420 15 Byron Kaverman $2,213,355 16 Mustapha Kanit $2,020,200 17 Justin Bonomo $1,991,372 18 Dimitar Danchev $1,985,000 19 John Dibella $1,955,300 20 Ty Reiman $1,937,770 21 Chris Oliver $1,834,160 22 Eugene Katchalov $1,763,220 23 Will Molson $1,750,735 24 Daniel Dvoress $1,607,302 25 Nick Petrangelo $1,581,665 As you can see, Kenney is worlds ahead of the competition, winning more than $2.4 million more than anyone else on the list. That $2.4 million gap alone is good enough for 12th place on this leaderboard. Kenney's largest score from PCA came in the 2016 Super High Roller, an event with a buy-in of $100,000 that saw him win $1.687 million. The following year, Kenney won a $50,000 and $25,000 buy-in no-limit hold’em events for $969,075 and $392,876, respectively. He also has a trio of third-place finishes over the years worth $873,880, $686,960, and $643,000. Steve O'Dwyer is the second highest money earner from PCA entering 2019, taking home more than $3.8 million in prize money throughout the years. O'Dwyer's a pretty good chunk of change away from Kenney, and he's also more than $700,000 ahead of Tony Gregg in third place. Knowing some of the performances O'Dwyer has put together over the years combined with what's on the schedule for 2019 doesn't make it out of the realm of possibilities that he can catch Kenney in 2019. O'Dwyer has one win in a $100,000 buy-in event and two wins from $50,000 buy-in events at PCA for $1.872 million, $945,495, and $760,500, respectively. The 2019 schedule features the $25,000 buy-in PSPC, three additional $25,000 buy-in tournaments, one $50,000 buy-in event, and two $100,000 tournaments, there certainly won’t be a lack of opportunities for O'Dwyer to win a ton of money in the Bahamas this January. That's not to mention the PCA $10,300 Main Event as well. Looking at the rest of the list for players we could see make big moves on the leaderboard after 2019, Isaac Haxton, Jason Koon, and Daniel Negreanu are a few of the ones to watch, given their appetite for and success in high buy-in tournaments coupled with the robust schedule to suit their palate. Negreanu's largest score out of PCA came in 2011 when he finished second to Eugene Katchalov in the event’s inaugural $100,000 Super High Roller. Negreanu earned a cool $1 million for that result. He followed that finish up by returning to the final table of the event in 2012, when he took fifth for $250,900. In 2018, he took fourth in the same event for $521,140. Another big score Negreanu had from PCA came in the 2017 PCA $25,000 High Roller. In that one, he took fifth for $268,780. Byron Kaverman and Justin Bonomo are also ones from this top 25 list to keep an eye on. For players not currently in the top 25, don't be surprised if you see Mikita Badziakouski, Alex Foxen, Stephen Chidwick, or David Peters take home a ship full of money from the Bahamas and find themselves listed on the updated list of top 25 winners from PCA when the 2019 version is all said and done. Action from the Bahamas kicks off Sunday, January 6, 2019, with the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship from Atlantis Resort & Casino. PovketFives will be on site all the way through until the event's final day on January 16, so stay tuned for more coverage from the 2019 PCA poker series.
The PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship is one of the most highly anticipated poker tournaments ever. The event comes with a rake-free $25,000 buy-in, hundreds of Platinum Pass qualifiers and $1 million added to first place prize. The momentous event takes place January 6-10 in the Bahamas and the PocketFives team will be there to cover it from start to finish. The biggest question ahead of the event is, of course, just how big will it be? Poker pro Chance Kornuth recently asked the question on social media and it appears many are pegging PSPC to be enormous. https://twitter.com/ChancesCards/status/1078708641665073152 The largest $25,000 buy-in poker tournament in history was the Season V World Poker Tour World Championship. The event took place in 2007 when poker was booming all across the globe. It attracted a whopping 639 entries who ponied up $25,500 each to create a $15.495 million prize pool. Carlos Mortensen won the event for $3.97 million, and the top three spots each took home seven-figure paydays. If the PSPC generates 640 entries, it will become the largest field ever in a $25,000 buy-in live poker tournament. That would also set the record for largest prize pool from a $25,000 buy-in live poker tournament, but the fact that the PSPC event is a rake-free tournament means it needs just 620 entries to set the record for largest prize pool generated by a $25,000 buy-in live poker tournament. Here's a look at the top 10 largest prize pools in poker history from live tournaments at the $25,000 buy-in level. YEAR TOURNAMENT ENTRIES PRIZE POOL 2007 Season V WPT World Championship 639 $15,495,750 Winner: Carlos Mortensen ($3,970,415) 2006 Season IV WPT World Championship 605 $14,671,250 Winner: Joe Bartholdi ($3,760,165) 2008 Season VI WPT World Championship 545 $13,216,250 Winner: David Chiu ($3,389,140) 2005 Season III WPT World Championship 452 $10,961,000 Winner: Tuan Le ($2,856,150) 2018 partypoker MILLIONS World 394 $10,000,000 Winner: Roger Teska ($2,000,000) 2004 Season II WPT World Championship 343 $8,342,000 Winner: Martin de Knijff ($2,728,356) 2004 Season VII WPT World Championship 338 $8,196,500 Winner: Yevgeniy Timoshenko ($2,149,960) 2014 EPT10 Grand Final High Roller 214 $7,257,852 Winner: Philipp Gruissem ($1,378,059) 2016 EPT12 Grand Final High Roller 231 $6,531,825 Winner: Alexandru Papazian ($1,381,499) 2015 PCA High Roller 269 $6,456,000 Winner: Ilkin Garibli ($1,105,040) Another question some have had is whether or not the PSPC will replace the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event. That seems unlikely. It's more likely that the PSPC is a one-off event that doesn't happen every single year. That said, what does the PSPC need to do in order to become the largest prize pool in PokerStars Caribbean Adventure history? Here's a look at the biggest prize pools to come out of the PCA. YEAR TOURNAMENT ENTRIES PRIZE POOL 2011 PCA Main Event 1,560 $15,132,000 Winner: Galen Hall ($2,300,000) 2010 PCA Main Event 1,529 $14,826,800 Winner: Harrison Gimbel ($2,200,000) 2009 PCA Main Event 1,347 $12,674,400 Winner: Poorya Nazari ($3,000,000) 2012 PCA Main Event 1,072 $10,398,400 Winner: John Dibella ($1,775,000) 2014 PCA Main Event 1,031 $10,000,700 Winner: Dominik Panka ($1,423,096) 2013 PCA Main Event 987 $9,573,900 Winner: Dimitar Danchev ($1,859,000) 2008 PCA Main Event 1,136 $8,562,976 Winner: Betrand Grospellier ($2,000,000) 2015 PCA Main Event 816 $7,915,200 Winner: Kevin Schulz ($1,491,580) 2007 PCA Main Event 937 $7,063,842 Winner: Ryan Daut ($1,535,255) 2015 PCA High Roller 269 $6,456,000 Winner: Ilkin Garibli ($1,105,040) The largest prize pool in PCA history belongs to the 2011 PCA $10,300 Main Event. That year, the PCA Main Event drew 1,560 entries and generated a $15.132 million prize pool, with a $2.3 million first-place prize that went to Galen Hall. The PCA Main Event was also above $10 million in prize pool money for the years of 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2014. The largest first-place prize in PCA history went to Poorya Nazari, who won $3 million when he took down the 2009 PCA Main Event. So there you have it. For PSPC to become the largest prize pool for a $25,000 buy-in tournament, it needs to surpass the WPT World Championship's figure of $15.495 million. To become the largest field size ever in a $25,000 buy-in poker tournament, it will need 640 entries. To become the largest first-place prize from $25,000 buy-in tournaments, the $3.97 million that Mortensen won is the number to beat. For PCA-only records, PSPC will need to surpass a $15.132 million prize pool and a $3 million first-place prize. Action from the Bahamas kicks off Sunday, January 6, 2019, with the $25,000 buy-in PokerStars Players NL Hold'em Championship from Atlantis Resort & Casino. PocketFives will be on site all the way through until the event's final day on January 16, so stay tuned for more coverage from the 2019 PCA poker series.
Sunday was the busiest day on the partypoker POWERFEST schedule by far with 25 different titles on the line. The biggest winner on the day was UK grinder 'SpiritDNA' who banked $154,000 in a Super High Roller event. He wasn't the only big winner though. A former PocketFives #1-ranked player won a title as did a WSOP Europe Main Event champ. 'SpiritDNA' outlasted 133 other players to win Event #36-SHR ($5,200 8 Max) for $154,033. Runner-up 'limitless' also got a six-figure score after earning $110,550 while third place finisher 'ucantrybut' had to settle for $80,400. Elio 'donzledurbru' Fox won Event #37-HR ($2,100 PKO 8 Max) for $101,098, with $59,423 of that coming by way of bounties, by outlasting 229 other players. 'MinusEve' finished second for $41,624 plus an additional $5,643 in bounties. 'BITMEXREKT' finished third for $29,689 and $10,565 in bounties. Belgium's 'La.Brouletterie' topped the 626-player field in Event #34-HR ($530 Slow 8 Max) to score $57,654.60. The final player in his way, 'spinner2255', took home $41,034.30 while 'BlueEyedArab' won $27,825.70 for finishing third. Chris 'GettinDaize' Oliver, who was ranked #1 on PocketFives twice in 2010, won Event #40-HR ($530 PKO Turbo Mix Max) for $10,983,96 and another $14,195.63 in bounties. 'Mr.Master98' picked up $10,971.41 for finishing second and added another $6,304.12 to his bankroll thanks to the bounties he collected. Sami 'LarsLuzak1' Kelopuro wound up third for $7,804.62 and $3,765.26 in bounties. Event #34-HR: $530 Slow 8 Max 626 entries, $313,000 prize pool La.Brouletterie - $57,654.60 spinner2255 - $41,034.30 BlueEyedArab - $27,825.70 bfzhang - $19,155.60 rafaelmoraesgm - $13,396.40 runningtheworld - $9,734.30 andstar555 - $7,011.20 PassTiltNoir_72 - $4,976.70 Event #35-HR: $1,050 Deep 8 Max 367 entries, $367,000 prize pool tropicALi - $71,198 ilushan - $51,380 ch1ck3nrobb3rr - $35,599 COL_Moutarde - $25,506.50 onepunch - $18,166.50 DamianLillard - $13,648.90 RedPant - $9,358.50 Partyycular - $6,826.50 Event #36-SHR: $5,200 8 Max 134 entries, $670,000 prize pool SpiritDNA - $154,033 limitless - $110,550 ucantrybut - $80,400 rdcrsnn - $56,950 PokerG1rl69 - $40,200 nipa3p3 - $31,825 CanadianSanta - $25,326 FrioPequeno - $20,100 Event #37-HR: $2,100 PKO 8 Max 230 entries, $500,000 prize pool Elio 'donzledurbru' Fox - $41,675 + $59,423 in bounties MinusEve - $41,624 + $5,643 in bounties BITMEXREKT - $29,689 + $10,565 in bounties GewoonBoef - $21,950 + $8,268 in bounties PokerBrothersTM - $15,478 + $16,964 in bounties x_zola25 - $11,819 + $8,071 in bounties onehundredeyes - $8,723 + $7,218 in bounties Sheparentao - $6,472 + $7,087 in bounties Event #38-HR: $530 Turbo 8 Max 236 entries, $120,950 prize pool COL_Moutarde - $24,661.75 ReQui3m4 - $17,900.60 Isildur1 - $12,760.22 NoisiaRadio - $9,434.10 BuyThaPot - $6,652.25 Iqq1974 - $5,079.90 ojanOmaha - $3,749.45 JimyTransaction - $2,781.85 Event #39-HR: $1,050 PKO Fast 8 Max 308 entries, $314,160 prize pool VamosAlaPlayaR - $24,220.85 + $39,487.50 in bounties Iqq1974 - $24,190.01 + $13,308.75 in bounties GangbaaangBob - $16,977.41 + $5,135 in bounties SchelampigaUhu - $12,345.84 + $8,775 in bounties Baila Conmigo - $8,740.84 + $5,265 in bounties Mrakobes20 - $6,555.63 + $1,681.25 in bounties Algorhytm - $4,622.56 + $2,860 in bounties rafaelmoraesgm - $3,361.86 + $1,170 in bounties Event #40-HR: $530 PKO Turbo Mix-Max 250 entries, $128,125 prize pool Chris 'GettinDaize' Oliver - $10,983,96 + $14,195.63 in bounties Mr.Master98 - $10,971.41 + $6,304.12 in bounties LarsLuzak1 - $7,804.62 + $3,765.26 in bounties MAM0HT_T - $5,701.30 + $1,870.32 in bounties oi-oi-oi - $4,249.41 + $1,115.61 in bounties Tartaruga13 - $2,832.94 + $1,640.62 in bounties
With the World Series of Poker kicking off in Las Vegas just a few days ago, players from all over the world made their way from the virtual tables to the live felt, but despite this, there was still plenty of action on a busy Sunday for online poker. For the first time since its reduced $109 buy-in began, the PokerStars Sunday Million fell short of its $1,000,000 guarantee. The 8,984 entries were the lowest the revamped tournament has achieved, but the event still came with a $108,784 top prize. The final table was dominated by a Brazilian presence with five of the last nine hailing from the South American nation, including 'KKing James', who hit the rail in fourth place for $41,575, and 'igoretH10' who collected the bronze medal for $57,290. When all was said and done, Brazil was rewarded with a champion after 'pimenta7' defeated Russia's 'evgeny0777' heads-up to net the top six-figure prize. 'WATnlos' topped a PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller final table full of online regulars to bank $47,008. The former Sunday Million winner saw world ranked #1 'Lena900' hit the rail in fourth place for $21,296, before Finland's Tomi 'elmerixx' Brouk exited in third for $27,728. Malta's 'MoTTaGeNiaL' was then the unfortunate player to be denied at the last and exited as runner-up for $36,103, which left 'WATnlos' as the victor. 'serggorelyi7' won the PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller for the second time and banked a cool $73,708. Sweden's 'eijseijs' was eliminated in third place for $19,933 + $1,953 in bounties before Argentina's 'rojorulez' saw their bounty lost at the last for a prize worth $27,194 + $5,359, and the victorious 'serggorelyi7' picked up their second title in this event just seven months after their first. 'deivid29' came through a 786 player-field to win the PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up for $26,708. The tournament crept over the $150,000 guaranteed prize pool and when just three remained, 'dadowiec' saw their chances ended for $14,065. The final battle ultimately saw Brazil's former Sunday Million final tablist 'chicalltreta' miss out and collected $19,382 as runner-up. 'SpiritDNA' won the partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator for over $46,000. partypoker Team Online pro Jeff Gross made a final table appearance but was first to go in ninth place when the action resumed, and the American was quickly followed to the virtual rail by world #1 'Drulitoo' in eighth. When the field had been cut from 90 players to the final three, 'ojanOmaha' collected the bronze medal for $12,717 + $2,362 in bounties, before 'x_zola25' was the last to lose their bounty and exited with the silver medal alongside $18,088 + $7,612. But 'ojanOmaha' and 'x_zola25' were not done for the day and soon after found themselves in another three-way title battle in the partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator, with the outcome also not so different. This time it was 'x_zola25' who exited with the bronze medal and added another $8,534 + $4,030 in bounties to their bankroll, before 'ojanOmaha' tasted defeat at the last for $11,942 + $10,855, as 'megustaestrecha' claimed their scalp and the gold medal for $11,955 + $19,656. There was also a Sunday to remember for 'chan593' after they turned $10,000 worth of GGPoker Sunday Blade buy-ins into over $82,000. 'chan593' claimed fourth place in the $100,000 guaranteed event which saw 'Joeri_van_heetan' awarded the $64,059 top-prize, but soon after it was 'chan593' celebrating victory after they navigated through a 34 player-field in the $50k guaranteed event. The tournament ultimately collected a $161,500 prize pool, and 'chan593' took the win for a $68,893 payday, after a heads-up battle against 'PyramidOfSkulls.' PokerStars $109 Sunday Million $1M Guaranteed 8,984 entrants, $1,000,000 prize pool pimenta7 - $108,784 evgeny0777 - $78,944 igoretH10 - $57,290 KKing James - $41,575 Coco de Coc - $30,171 Eerie123 - $21,895 Taitensens - $15,889 KaikeSilva - $11,530 LiroLa - $8,367 PokerStars $2,100 Sunday High Roller, $135k Gtd 102 entrants, $204,000 prize pool WATnlos - $47,008 MoTTaGeNiaL - $36,103 elmerixx - $27,728 Lena900 - $21,296 fishbones11 - $16,356 OLD TIME GIN - $12,561 raidalot - $9,647 Negriin - $7,409 caipsa - $5,690 PokerStars $530 Bounty Builder High Roller, $325k Gtd 878 entrants, $439,000 prize pool serggorelyi7 - $37,100 + $36,608 (in bounties) rojorulez - $27,194 + $5,359 eijseijs - $19,933 + $1,953 Kot_Spartac - $14,610 + $6,093 Squa1l - $10,709 + $1,843 bk0705 - $7,850 + $1,726 mararthur1 - $5,754 + $4,968 theNERDguy - $4,217 + $562 MonkeyBausss - $3,091 + $9,764 PokerStars $215 Sunday Warm-Up $150k Gtd 786 entrants, $157,200 prize pool deivid29 - $26,708 chicalltreta - $19,382 dadowiec - $14,065 VIP.Player - $10,207 Vlada2108 - $7,407 powerpokerBR - $5,375 Picasso 2 - $3,901 a Bull 67 - $2,830 xKoSSSx - $2,054 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller DeepStack $125k Gtd 120 entrants, $125,000 prize pool VictorVazquez - $30,625 iamrebuhlegov - $21,875 SandwichBacon - $15,625 Saiid92izi - $10,937 doremetal - $8,125 WWWpartyC0M - $6,250 chadi6969 - $5,000 fullntidht - $4,062 partypoker $320 Sunday Gladiator - $150k Gtd 625 entrants, $192,500 prize pool STORTjavlaGL - $13,544 + $19,782 (in bounties) boulton1994 - $13,525 + $2,839 vuks0n - $9,178 + $2,303 PaquesigasCerdo - $6,318 + $2,648 arczi999 - $4,418 + $3,008 king_of_tainha - $3,210 + $3,309 runningtheworld - $2,312 + $355 Blocs - $1,641 + $1,513 partypoker $2,100 Sunday High Roller Gladiator $150k Gtd 90 entrants, $184,500 prize pool SpiritDNA - $18,106 + $28,284 (in bounties) x_zola25 - $18,088 + $7,612 ojanOmaha - $12,717 + $2,362 Quatroe3ehFLIP - $8,804 + $4,725 morant3 - $6,847 + $3,150 rdcrsnn - $5,135 + $7,284 Drulitoo - $4,157 + $3,937 JeffGross - $3,423 + $1,312 partypoker $1,050 Sunday High Roller Terminator - $125k Gtd 127 entrants, $129,540 prize pool megustaestrecha - $11,955 + $19,656 (in bounties) ojanOmaha - $11,942 + $10,855 x_zola25 - $8,534 + $4,030 ifearpanic - $5,974 + $1,560 MAM0HT_T - $4,438 + $2,275 A23456789 - $3,413 + $5,265 SandwichBacon - $2,731 + $1,300 rdcrsnn - $2,219 + $260 888poker $100,000 $215 Sunday Mega Deep 480 entrants – $100,000 prize pool rmilheiro - $19,350 REFpussy - $14,500 WowAceDude - $11,000 xane7a - $8,250 WadoIchimonj - $5,700 DvaBe - $4,400 Madalina084 - $3,400 PokerJoe332 - $2,400 gregorypek34 - $1,750 GGPoker $5,000 $100k Gtd Sunday Blade 30 entrants, $142,500 prize pool Joeri_van_heetan - $64,059 SasukeUchiha - $39,371 PokerBluff1 - $24,197 chan593 - 14,871 GGPoker $5,000 $50k Gtd Sunday Blade 34 entrants, $161,500 prize pool chan593 - $68,893 PyramidOfSkulls - $40,705 HectorHermano - $25,621 godiswithme! - $16,127 olekonjole - $10,151