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The coveted PokerStars Spade was up for grabs in yet another Single-Day High Roller at the ongoing 2019 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) series that is currently underway at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. The $50,000 Single-Day High Roller saw a hectic day of play with all the dramatic all-in and call ingredients, surprise and double knockouts. Eventually, Timothy Adams (cover image) was the last player left standing after defeating Stephen Chidwick heads-up.
The duo locked in a heads-up deal and added a fresh mix to things by introducing two jokers to the deck. Adams got dealt a joker on the final hand and put it to good use by claiming the title. He pocketed $372,508, even as Chidwick returned happy with a bigger payday of $423,822, courtesy the heads-up deal!
The event was originally billed as a $100,000 Single-Day Super High Roller but looking at the tepid response, the tournament organizers decided to lower the buy-in to $50,000. They even made the structure faster by bringing down the blind levels to 20 minutes each. Instead of unlimited entries, only a single re-entry was allowed during the first 10 levels of play in the event.
Once 12 players registered for the event, proceedings were flagged off and soon more players joined in. With a final entry-field of 26 entries (includes 8 re-entries) a prize pool of $1,274,130 was generated that was to be divided among the top five players.
A good number of accomplished high roller regulars were spotted in action and a few among them, including, Christoph Vogelsang and Mikita Badziakouski fired two bullets each.
Steve O’Dwyer was the first player to be eliminated with Team PokerStars pro Igor Kurganov going out next.
Chidwick went on to score a double knockout when his ace-ten flopped a ten that got the better of Isaac Haxton’s king-queen and Seth Davies’ pocket fives.
Haxton soon re-entered the event and played through several levels before busting his second bullet with pocket aces that were cracked by Talal Shakerchi’s pocket tens that improved to a full house on the river.
Another high roller phenom, Badziakouski made two unsuccessful attempts in the event. His first bullet was caught by Alex Foxen, whose ace-five of spades improved to a nut flush, cracking Badziakouski’s two pair. Unfortunately, his second attempt wasn’t any better either, as he steadily chipped down to under 10 big blinds eventually running his ace-deuce into Vogelsang’s ace-jack.
Cary Katz, Bryn Kenney, Daniel Dvoress, and Nick Petrangelo were among the other notables who fell short of the final table.
The first elimination on the eight-handed final table was Dominik Nitsche. Action saw Matthias Elbinger moving all in from the small blind and Nitsche, who was struggling with only 5,000 behind, made the call. Elbinger tabled ace-queen against Nitsche’s king-nine and with both of them failing to connect on the board, Elbinger scooped the pot, sending Nitsche back to the rail in eighth place.
The bubble burst soon afterward, with Alex Foxen taking down a double whammy! Talal Shakerchi moved all in for 170,000, and Foxen jammed all in over the top from the button for 210,000. Stephen Chidwick moved all-in with his entire stack of 100,000 from the small blind, putting big blind Matthias Eibinger at a tough decision. Elbinger asked what would happen if Chidwick would eliminate all three of them, and the floor confirmed that Elbinger would finish in fifth place since he had the bigger stack compared to Shakerchi and Foxen. After using all six of his time bank cards, Elbinger finally made the call, putting his entire stack of 610,000 in the middle.
The board ran and Foxen turned a set, to score the double elimination of Shakerchi (seventh place), and Elbinger (sixth place).
With Elbinger gone in sixth place, the bubble burst bringing the remaining five players into the money!
Igor Kurganov was the first player to finish in the money after losing a flip with to Chidwick`s . The hand was not without it`s fair share of drama as Kurganov took an early lead with a flopped two pair on the rundown . The on the turn all but won him the pot, but the on the river was a brutal blow!
The next hand saw another double elimination on the final table when Justin Bonomo moved all in from the button for 535,000 and Alex Foxen moved all in from the small blind for 890,000. Chidwick in the big blind had them both covered and made the call!
The community cards ran and Chidwick`s winning flush sent both Bonomo(fourth place) and Foxen (third place) packing.
Just a few hands into the heads-up play, both Stephen Chidwick and Timothy Adams shook on a deal and put an interesting spin on things by continuing play for the title with two jokers added to the deck. Though details of the deal were not disclosed then, in the first hand to follow, Adams managed to double up without a joker in his hand.
The details of the deal were revealed now where it was announced that Chidwick was to take home at least $423,822 and Adams $350,978. Both finalists were playing for the PokerStars Spade and the $21,530 left in play.
Soon, Adams extended his lead and in the final hand, Chidwick moved all in on the button for 1,800,00 and Adams wasted no time in making the call. Chidwick tabled versus Adams’ [Xx]. With a joker in his hand, Adams was firmly ahead. The board ran out and Adams used his joker as an extra queen to complete a set that won him the PokerStars Spade!
*denotes heads-up deal
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