PCA 2019: Ole Schemion Claims 17th Live Title After Winning $1,100 National Event For $148,220, Ramandeep Gujral Finishes 62nd

Ole Schemion PCA 2019 National Champion
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  • Arpit Jain January 12, 2019
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The world-class Atlantis Casino in Paradise Island Bahamas is currently playing host to the 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) where the third High Roller event on the schedule recently crowned a champion!

The German brigade is a force to be reckoned with and are widely considered some of the best poker players of the modern generation. German`s have once again run through the field this series, as just two days after Rainer Kempe took down the $50,000 Single-Day High Roller, high roller specialist Ole Schemion (cover image) came out on top in the $1,100 PCA National event to win his 17th career live title!

It all began in 2011, when Schemion won his first tournament at the age of 19 at EPT Berlin. He has since won 16 titles including the Partouche Poker Tour Main Event in 2012 for $1,474,670, the Aria $100k Super High Roller in 2014 for $1,062,785, EPT Sanremo 2014 High Roller for $366,124 and the EPT Monte Carlo 2016 €100K Super High Roller for $1,807,078.

The moderately priced buy-in attracted a huge field of 812 entries over two starting flights where the top 125 places were assured a payday with a min cash worth $1,680. All 122 survivors coming back on the final day were set to book a profit and in the end, Schemion defeated Florida native Maurice Costigan in heads-up play to win the title and $148,220 in prize money, taking his total career winnings over $15 Million.

It had been a rather quiet trip so far from the Indian contingent, with all 10 PSPC contestants busting before the end of Day 2 in the inaugural PSPC.

Adding the first score for Team India this trip was PSPC Platinum Pass winner Ramandeep Gujral who finished 62nd in the PCA $1,100 National Event for $2,340 (~₹1.64 Lakhs). Indian-origin Harpreet Padda from Canada finished 34th for $3,120 (~₹2.19 Lakhs).

Raman Gujral
Raman Gujral

Final Day Recap

Uri Reichenstein came into the final day`s play in the chip lead with Eric Baldwin (470,000), Lawrence Bayley (416,000), Fernand Dos Santos Ferreira (336,000), and Antoine Saout (332,000) rounding up the top five stacks.

Notables who busted over the course of the day included Team PokerStars Online pro Randy Lew (17th for $6,560), Leo Margets (19th for $5,760), Indian-origin Harpreet Padda (34th for $3,120), Scott Margereson (48th for $2,700), Maria Ho (63rd for $2,340), Barry Greenstein (76th for $1,980), Joe McKeehen (94th for $1,980), Maria Konnikova (115th for $1,760), and Martijn Gerrits (120th for $1,680).

Down to two-tables, Markus Kuhnen left the tournament in 16th place and was quickly followed to the rail by Diego Palma Valencia at 15th place.

Rex Alarcon (14th place for $7,340), Mihai Manole (13th place for $8,140), Uri Reichenstein (12th for $8,140) and Justin Ouimette (11th place for $9,100), all went out in quick succession.

The final table bubble boy turned out to be Chino Rheem who opened from the small blind and the eventual champion Schemion shoved from the big blind. Rheem tank called with and Schemion tabled pocket nines. The board ran and Schemion eliminated Rheem to enter the final table in the chip lead.

Final Table Chip Counts

  1. Ole Schemion – 4,175,000
  2. Conor Beresford – 2,400,000
  3. Dragos Trofimov – 2,365,000
  4. Joseph Cote – 1,550,000
  5. Jack Sinclair – 1,340,000
  6. Aliaksei Boika – 1,250,000
  7. Timo Kamphues – 1,180,000
  8. Maurice Costigan – 825,000
  9. Alexandre Santos – 810,000

Final Table Recap

Joe Cote started the final table with the fourth biggest stack but lost a huge hand and was left with crumbs. Finally, his came up against Conor Beresford’s and with no help on the board, the former bowed out in ninth place.

Next to leave was Aliaksei Boika, who jammed from the cutoff holding and Beresford snap called with . Beresford hit the nut flush on the flop that left Boika drawing dead.

After a few hands, short-stacked Timo Kamphues shoved for 900,000 holding pocket deuces and Platinum Pass winner Drgos Trifomov called with . Trofimov managed to flop two pairs that knocked out Kamphues in seventh place.

Jack Sinclair then opened from early position and Schemion 3-bet in late position. Sinclair 4-bet shoved holding and Schemion instantly called off with a better . Sinclair couldn’t hit his three-outer on the board and exited in sixth place.

After a long lull another elimination came out. Conor Beresford opened, Alexandre Santos shoved with and action folded back to the former who called with . The board ran and Beresford busted the event in fifth place.

Schemion now started flexing his muscles and took out Alexandre Santos in fourth place. Action saw Maurice Costigan opening UTG, Schemion called on the button and Santos 3-bet jammed from the big blind with . Costigan folded and Schemion hesitantly called with . Schemion found an open ended straight draw on the flop and the dealer burned and turned the safe card for Santos. Schemion however completed his straight on the river, railing Santos.

Down to three-handed, Platinum Pass winner Dragos Trofimov open-raised the button to 250,000 and Ole Schemion 3-bet to 1,020,000 from the big blind. Trofimov shoved with pocket nines and Schemion instantly called with pocket kings. The kings held on through the rundown eliminating Trofimov in third place.

Heads-up, Schemion started with a 2:1 chip lead against Maurice Costigan and it took him under 30 minutes to wrap things up. On the final hand of the tournament, Schemion limped, Costigan raised and Schemion called to see the flop open . Action was checked around to the turn . Schemion fired a bet, Costigan check-raised and Schemion called to see the river . Costigan took no time in announcing all-in for his remaining 3,700,000 and Schemion called it off after just a few seconds of thought.

Maurice Costigan:

Ole Schemion:

Schemion`s rivered two pair won him the title, while Costigan settled for a runner up finish worth $90,080.

Ole Schemion PCA 2019 National Champion
Ole Schemion PCA 2019 National Champion

Final Table Results

  1. Ole Schemion – $148,220
  2. Maurice Costigan – $90,080
  3. Dragos Trofimov – $63,540
  4. Alexandre Santos – $47,660
  5. Conor Beresford – $37,580
  6. Jack Sinclair – $28,120
  7. Timo Kamphues – $19,780
  8. Aliaksei Boika – $13,900
  9. Joseph Cote – $11,040

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