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Dominik Panka Denies Mike McDonald Second EPT Title, Wins The 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event

Sometime after 5 a.m. on January 14th, 2014 22-year-old Dominik Panka made European Poker Tour history by topping the field of 1,031 players in the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 10,000,000 guaranteed main event to become the first ever Polish player to win an EPT main event.

“There a lot of very good poker players from Poland and I was expecting somebody else to be the first,” said Panka after his win. “But I was able to bring the glory to Poland and I am very, very proud to do it.”

In addition to the title he also earned $ 1,423,096 in prize money, the trophy and a swiss watch from official EPT watch sponsor Slyde.

In addition to forever etching his name in the poker history books he also prevented Mike “Timex” McDonald from making history of his own by becoming the first player to ever win two EPT’s, a feat that has been elusive for over nine and a half seasons so far.

Mike McDonaldAs an 18 year old McDonald won the 2008 EPT Dortmund main event for more than $ 1.3 million. Panka defeated McDonald heads-up to cap off 16 hours of final table action and prevent him from achieving that record-setting win.

The final table began with Estonian Madis Muur in the chip lead but with McDonald not far behind. McDonald was able to wrest the chip lead away after winning a number of big pots, including eliminating Argentina’s Fabian Ortiz in eighth place with QHeart SuitQDiamond Suit versus Ortiz’s ASpade SuitKHeart Suit.

2007 Card Player Online Player of the Year Isaac Baron took out seventh-place finisher Pascal LeFrancois and Panka busted Shyam Srinivasan in sixth place, Daniel Gamez in fifth place and Madis Muur in fourth to take a chip lead into three handed play. At that point Panka, Baron and McDonald took a break to talk deal, eventually agreeing to set $ 100,000 from the prize pool set aside to play for, while agreeing that each would at least earn the following payouts (based on ICM):

Dominik Panka - $ 1,323,096
Isaac Baron – $ 1,207,599
Mike McDonald – $ 1,064,000

Isaac BaronDuring three-handed play Baron’s stack dwindled down to just 3.8 million in chips before his final hand arose. Panka raised to 325,000 on the button and Baron moved all-in. Panka made the call with the ASpade Suit9Spade Suit and was ahead of Baron’s KDiamond SuitQHeart Suit. All of the tension of the sweating the runout was diffused after a flop of 10Spade Suit7Spade Suit3Spade Suit left Baron drawing dead, with Panka’s flopped nut-flush securing him the giant pot and sending Baron to the rail in third place ($ 1,207,599).

With that heads-up play began with Panka holding a slight lead over McDonald. That lead was quickly erased, and then McDonald was able to build a lead of his before the next key hand arose. Panka raised to 400,000 on the button and McDonald three-bet to 1.2 million. Panka moved all-in for roughly 13.1 million and after a moments thought McDonald called with the KClub SuitJSpade Suit. Panka was ahead with the 9Heart Suit9Diamond Suit, and McDonald was not able to make a better hand after the board ran out 10Heart Suit8Club Suit2Diamond Suit8Spade Suit2Club Suit.

As a result of that hand Panka took the lead and from there was able to steadily increase his chip advantage until he had a lead of roughly 5-to-1 before the final hand arose. Panka raised to 500,000 from the button and McDonald all-in for 5.4 million. Panka made the call with the ADiamond Suit2Club Suit, which was ahead of McDonald’s 7Club Suit4Club Suit. The flop didn’t really change much as it brought the JHeart Suit5Spade Suit2Spade Suit, but the 7Heart Suit on the turn put McDonald in the lead and made him a big favorite to double up and keep his dream of making EPT history alive. The AClub Suit on the river dashed those hopes however, sending McDonald to the rail in second place ($ 1,064,865) and securing the title for Panka.

“When the hands were turned up, I was like, ‘If I win this pot, I win the tournament. If not, then we are going to battle once more.’ I was happy when the hand was over, but I didn’t feel particularly strong emotions during the hand,” said Panka of the final hand. “It is a little bit overwhelming. The amount of money and how large of a success this is, in a tournament like this, it has not hit me as of right now. But in a few days or few hours I will probably be like (screeches).”

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at this final table:

  • Denotes payouts according to three handed deal.

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Jake Schindler Wins The 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller

Jake Schindler has won the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 25,000 no-limit hold’em high roller, earning the first-place prize of $ 1,192,624 after overcoming Greg Merson to secure the title. The two made a deal once heads-up play began, setting aside $ 200,000 from the prize pool and splitting the remainder to assure Schindler at least $ 992,624 and Merson $ 948,996 based on their chip counts, leaving the trophy, a swiss watch from Slyde worth $ 17,500 and the extra money to play for.

On the final four hands of play Merson moved all-in preflop without looking at his cards, and on the final hand Schindler agreed to also shove blind. “That was his idea,” said Schindler after play ended. “At first I was going to wait for a good hand to call with, Q-7 or better, but I didn’t feel like waiting anymore.”

Greg MersonSchindler’s KHeart Suit10Spade Suit held up against Merson’s 9Spade Suit4Club Suit, with both players making one pair on a board of 10Club Suit8Spade Suit3Spade SuitAClub Suit4Spade Suit. With that Schindler sent Merson to the rail with as the runner-up, falling just short of his fourth live career title and his third seven-figure live score. With that Schindler secured his largest career score, taking home a total of $ 1,192,624.

“I’m pretty numb right now,” said the former Pennsylvanian who now lives in Florida. “I don’t know to think. I’m kind of speechless.”

Early on the third and final day of play the record-setting field of 247 was narrowed down to just eight players, with a number of tournament poker’s top professionals looking to add the next huge score. From rising superstar Ole Schemion to Robert Mizrachi to Merson, there was plenty of heavy-hitting talent at this final table. The storyline that drew the most attention, however, was Vanessa Selbst’s run at defending her win in this event in 2013. Last year she topped a field of 204 to win over $ 1.4 million.

Selbst had already had an impressive run at the 2014 PCA, finishing third in the $ 100,000 super high roller for $ 760,640 and then making a deep run in the $ 10,300 main event, ultimately busting in 42nd place. She entered the final day as the chip leader, and made it to three handed play with the lead before losing a few big hands to become the shortest stack.

Vanessa SelbstOn her final hand she got all-in with A-9 versus Schindler’s AClub Suit10Heart Suit. The board ran out ASpade SuitQHeart Suit3Diamond Suit5Spade SuitKClub Suit to send Selbst to the rail in third place, earning $ 607,580 for her impressive run at a title defense.

When asked what his thoughts were on his final table competition, Schindler said, ” I thought it was going to be pretty tough, which it definitely was. It was really hard to put them on hands and assess their ranges and what not. It was definitely a really tough experience but a really awesome one.”

When asked who he had the most trouble against he admitted, “Vanessa. She just doesn’t give up. She’s super resilient. She keeps battling.”

Here is a look at the payouts awarded at this final table:

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Defending Champ Vanessa Selbst Leads 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller After Day 2

By the time registration closed at the start of day 2 of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 25,000 no-limit hold’em high roller there had been 247 entries made, blowing away last year’s record turnout of 204 entrants to establish a new high-water mark for this event. The event feature 198 unique entrants and 49 re-entries. As a result of this 21 percent increase in number of entries year-over-year the event built a gigantic $ 6,051,500 prize pool, with nearly $ 1.3 million going to the eventual champion.

At the end of day 2 only 14 players remained, with defending champion of this event Vanessa Selbst in the chip lead with 1,633,000. Last year Selbst topped a 204-player field to earn the title and the first-place prize of $ 1,424,420. That win is also notable because it was the score that propelled her into the lead on the female all-time tournament earnings list.

Greg Merson on day 2Selbst has had an impressive run so far at the 2014 PCA, finishing third in the $ 100,000 super high roller for $ 760,640 and then making a deep run in the $ 10,300 main event, ultimately busting in 42nd place. Now she is in a strong position to make a run at defending her title from last year.

Attempting to stand in her way are plenty of top poker professionals, including 2012 WSOP main event champion Greg Merson (1,112,000), Marvin Rettenmaier (1,014,000), Robert Mizrachi (856,000), Dani Stern (837,000) and 2013 Card Player Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu (723,000).

Only the top 31 finishers made the money in this event, with the money bubble bursting late on day two. Kyle Julius was the last player eliminated outside of the money, calling an all-in shove from the button by Vanessa Selbst with the ASpade SuitKSpade Suit only to lose to her 8Spade Suit7Club Suit when the board ran out 9Diamond Suit5Spade Suit4Heart Suit7Spade Suit10Diamond Suit. With that the remaining players were guaranteed paydays of at least $ 53,260.

Notable eliminations in the money include Faraz Jaka (15th – $ 89,560), Philipp Gruissem (16th – $ 80,480), Chris Klodnicki (17th – $ 80,480), Oliveier Busquet (21st – $ 65,260), Ana Marquez (22nd – $ 65,260) and PCA $ 100,000 super high roller champion Fabian Quoss (26th – $ 59,300).

Here is a look at the chip counts for the 14 remaining players:

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Madis Muur, Mike McDonald Lead 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event Final Table

A total of 1,031 players made the trip to the Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas for the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 10 million guaranteed main event. After five full days of play there are now only eight players remaining to battle it out for the title and the first-place prize of $ 1,820,420.

Madis MuurThe chip leader heading into the final table is 27-year-old Estonian poker pro Madis Muur with 6,205,000. Muur play primarily online, only participating in his first few live main event’s on the EPT after qualifying online.

The Talinn resident finished 12th in the European Poker Tour Barcelona main event last fall for $ 77,981. Prior to playing this tournament that was by far his largest live cash, but by making the final eight in this event he is guaranteed to add at least $ 173,220 to his career earnings.

Canadian poker pro Mike “Timex” McDonald will enter the final day in second chip position with 5,605,000. The 24-year-old has over $ 5.8 million in career live tournament earnings, with his largest ever score coming from his win in the 2008 EPT Dortmund main event for more than $ 1.3 million. McDonald is looking to be the first player in EPT history to win two main events, a feat that has been elusive for over nine and a half seasons so far.

Mike "Timex" McDonald“I have kind of a bad seat at a final table, but I still think my chances [of winning] are probably the best of anyone in the tournament, so I’m feeling pretty good,” McDonald told Card Player after play concluded for the day. When pressed to put a number on his likelihood of emerging victorious McDonald offered, “22 percent.”

Other notables at the final table include Canadian 2010 World Series of Poker gold bracelet winner Pascal Lefrancois (5,595,000), 2013 WSOP main event 17th-place finisher Fabian Ortiz from Argentina, 2007 Card Player Online Player of the Year Isaac Baron (2,995,000) and online tournament specialist Shayam “g’s zee” Srinivasan (1,505,000). Srinivasan is the shortest stack, but is not in desperation mode as he will start play with nearly 38 big blinds with the forced bets at 20,000-40,000 with a 5,000 ante for the remainder of level 26.

Play ended with the elimination of Max Silver in ninth place. That hand began with a raise to 85,000 by Pascal Lefrancois and a call from Isaac Baron and Silver, who was in the big blind. The flop brought the KHeart SuitQDiamond SuitJDiamond Suit and all three players checked. The turn brought the 8Heart Suit and Silver moved all-in for 600,000. Lefrancois made the call with the KDiamond Suit10Heart Suit and was ahead of Silver’s ADiamond Suit4Diamond Suit. The river sealed the deal when it brought the KClub Suit, securing the pot for Lefrancois and sending Silver to the rail. For his deep run the recent EPT Prague sixth-place finisher earned $ 135,400.

The final table

Here is a look at the chip counts heading into the final table:

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Jonathan Jaffe Leads 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller After Day 1

A total of 229 entries were made on day 1 of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 25,000 high rolle, with 190 unique players and 39 re-entries building making this largest $ 25,000 high roller field in PCA history, smashing 2013’s record field of 204 entries and in the process building the prize pool above $ 5.6 million with registration still open until the start of day 2. After 10 hour-long levels of play only 104 players remain with Jonathan Jaffe ending the day as the chip leader with 422,000.

Other players who navigated this stacked field to end the day with huge stacks include Ole Schemion (347,700), 2013 Card Player Player of the Year Daniel Negreanu (344,500), Philipp Gruissem (290,300), Max Altergott (250,800) and Faraz Jaka (199,600).

Vanessa SelbstDefending champion of this event Vanessa Selbst ended the day in 25th chip position with 185,700. Last year Selbst topped a 204-player field to earn the title and the first-place prize of $ 1,424,420. That win is also notable because it was the score that propelled her into the lead on the female all-time tournament earnings list. Selbst jumped into the event shortly after being eliminated from the PCA $ 10,000,000 guaranteed main event in 42nd place. Selbst also finished third in the PCA $ 100,000 super high roller just days earlier.

The official prize pool and payout information will be determined on day 2 after registration closes at the start of day 2 on Sunday, Jan. 12th at noon local time.

Here is a look at the chip counts of the 104 survivors heading into day 2:

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2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event — Max Silver Leads After Bubble Bursts On Day 3

Just a few hours into day 3 of the 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure main event the money bubble burst, ensuring that the remaining 151 players would all cash for at least $ 17,600. Surely they all still had their eyes on the title and the more than $ 1.8 million first-place prize, however. At the end of the day only 72 players remained, with Max Silver holding the chip lead heading into day 4 with 1,453,000. Silver finished sixth in the EPT Prague main event less than a month ago for €160,200. The current Dublin, Ireland resident has roughly $ 1 million in prior live tournament earnings and is poised to add a lot more after this event is finished.

Roger TeskaRoger Teska will enter day 4 in second chip position with 1,406,000. Those chips will not be in action right away, however, as Teska will begin they day with a one-orbit penalty as a result of some vulgar gestures made by the apparently intoxicated Teska towards the EPT television crew.

There are plenty of notables remaining in the field, with the most well-chipped being recent PCA super high roller third-place finsher Vanessa Selbst (911,000), Antoine Saout (668,000), Jude Ainsworth (618,000), Matt Berkey (607,000), Vladmir Schemelev (578,000), Matt Stout (433,000), Isaac Baron (433,000), Loni Harwood (394,000) and Mike McDonald (355,000).

Play began on day 3 with 215 players remaining, but only 151 were fated to make the money. Some of those who busted out short of a payday in this event include Taylor Paur, Joe Cassidy and Amanda Musemeci.

Andreas Kynsveen was the unfortunate bubble boy, busting during a relatively short period of hand-for-hand play. Zo Karim had opened to 6,500 and Kynsveen called as the next player to act. Grzegorz Derkowski called from the big blind and the flop was dealt, bringing the AClub Suit8Club Suit8Diamond Suit. Derkowski and Karim both checked, prompting a 5,000 bet from Kynsveen. It folded over to Karim, who raised to 13,500. Kynsveen moved all in for approximately 70,000 total and Karim snap-called with the AHeart Suit8Heart Suit for a flopped full house. Kynsveen’s ADiamond SuitKSpade Suit was left drawing dead for the whole pot after the turn brought the QSpade Suit, and the JSpade Suit sealed the deal.

Notable eliminations after the money was made include Jared Hamby (150th – $ 17,600), Ole Schemion (144th – $ 17,600), Jason Mercier (142nd – $ 18,200), Antonio Esfandiari (140th – $ 18,200), David Baker ( 130th – $ 18,200), 2010 PCA champion John Dibella (106th – $ 20,300), 2012 WSOP Main Event champion Greg Merson (98th – $ 20,300) and Maria Ho (85th – $ 22,800).

Also worth noting is the fact that the three Greenwood brothers; Sam, Max and Luc all made the money in this event. Luc finished 91st for $ 22,800 and Max finished 78th, also for $ 22,800. Sam will enter day 4 with 760,000 in chips, putting him in 11th chip position.

Here is a look at the chip counts for the remaining 72 players heading into day 4:

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$10 Million Guarantee Met On Day 1B of 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Main Event

For the first time event the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure featured a guaranteed prize pool in 2014, and this was not just some small token guarantee: PokerStars insured that players in the main event would be battling for their share of at least a $ 10,000,000 prize pool.

The PCA $ 10,300 buy-in main event has consistently been one of the largest tournaments of the year, drawing more than 900 players every year since 2007, with a high point of 1,560 entrants in 2011. The 2013 running drew 987 players, so it seemed like a sure thing that the $ 10 million guarantee would be meet this year.

And then winter storms and freezing cold swept across North America, causing massive delays and cancellations that left many players stranded at airports or stuck at home. Possibly as a result of those travel problems Day 1A of the main event had a somewhat low turnout of 295 players. That meant that more than 705 players would have to play on day 1B in order to avoid an overlay.

Atlantis Paradise IslandIn fact, 710 turned out, meaning that the guarantee was indeed surpassed.

Card Player spoke to David Carrion, PCA & Latin American Director of Live Poker Operations, about day 1B’s success.

“We had a very dedicated and detailed plan regarding how we promoted the event. The real risk, in terms of having a good number, was the cash buy-ins from the United States. So when the weather delays started it was like, ‘uh oh.’ But it is not so much about having to put up the money to meet the guarantee, but about fulfilling player expectations,” Carrion continued. “They want it to be big, and you want people to be happy and have a good experience. So it’s very thrilling to see it all coming together. We are still getting players arriving today after days of flight delays.”

Carrion also gave his thoughts on the continued success of this event over 11 years.

Day 1B chip leader Shankar Pillai“We were trying to make this PCA as accessible as possible, compared to previous years. I think that worked out well, and at the end of the day any event that grows these days is a success, but in a $ 10,000 event in a place like the Bahamas, it’s just remarkable. The event remains really relevant in the yearly calendar around the industry and we are thrilled to be able to continue to build on what we learned this year.”

From the 710 that played on day 1B only 448 survived to day 2, joining the 184 from day 1A to make 632 for day 2. The end of day chip leader was Shankar Pillai with 173,900. Other notables who survived the day with large stacks include Noah Boeken (117,000), 2012 PCA main event champion John Dibella (115,000), David “ODB” Baker (112,000) and Antoine Saout (105,000).

Here is a look at the top 20 chip counts from the end of day 1B

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Shaun Deeb Wins 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure Open Face Chinese Event

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Dylan Hortin Leads After Day 1A of 2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10 Million Guaranteed Main Event

The 11th-annual PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $ 10,300 buy-in no-limit hold’em main event kicked off today at the Atlantis Paradise Island, with 295 players choosing to enter on day 1A and take their shot at part of the $ 10,000,000 guaranteed prize pool. At the end of the day only 184 remained, with American poker pro Dylan Hortin at the top of the leader board with 160,500 in chips.

“I was just able to make a lot of hands post flop and I think I played pretty well overall, just slowly built it up. I won a big flip with jacks against ace-king as well,” Hortin told Card Player after play ended. “I’ve played the PCA main event four times and I’ve never made day 2, so I really wanted to have a good showing this year and I’m very excited about the next few days.”

Actor Jason AlexanderHorton was one of many notable poker pros who ended day 1A with solid chip stacks, with others including Joseph Cheong (127,800), recent EPT Prague finalist Max Silver (111,800), and Calvin Anderson (88,000).

There was also plenty of star-power in the field, with actress and WSOP bracelet winner Jennifer Tilly finishing the day with 77,000, while fellow celebrities Jason Alexander (of Seinfeld fame) and three-time NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas failed to survive the day.

Other notable eliminations include 2013 PCA main event finalist Faraz Jaka, Vanessa Rousso, Phil Laak, Sorel Mizzi, Matt Giannetti and Adam Levy.

Here is a look at the chip counts of the surviving players:

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2014 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $10 Million Guaranteed Main Event Begins Today

The highlight of the 11th-annual running of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure off today: the $ 10,300 no-limit hold’em main event. For the first time this tournament features a guaranteed prize pool, with at least $ 10 million to be distributed among those who make the money.

Cards get in the air at 12:00 PM EST, with players beginning with 30,000 in chips and starting blinds of 50 – 100. There will be 60-minute blind levels through the ends of days 1A and 1B, with 90-minute levels beginning for level 9 at the start of day 2. This is a single-entry event, with players able to enter on either day starting day. Registration will close at the start of day 2.

2013 PCA champion Dimitar DanchevOver the past decade the PCA main event has consistently been one of the biggest events on the tournament circuit every year, always making a huge impact on the Card Player Player of the Year race.

The winner has finished inside the top ten in the POY race four out of the last six years, with prior champions including the likes of Gus Hansen (2004), Ryan Daut (2007), Bertrand “ElkY” Grospellier (2008) and Galen Hall (2011).

In 2013 PCA main event champion Dimitar Danchev earned $ 1,859,000 for topping a field of 987 players, defeating Joel Micka heads-up for the title. Micka took home $ 1,190,000 for his runner-up finish.

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