Día 2 completado
Día 2 completado
With Anton Astapau, Timothy Adams, Pascal Lefrancois and defending champion Bryn Kenney signing up before the start of play on Day 2, the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $100,000 Super High Roller closed registration with 54 entries, 41 unique players and a total of 13 reentries.
Timothy Adams and Bill Perkins were the biggest contributors to subsidize to the $5,239,080 prize pool with $300,000 each. Both wouldn't make it count as they busted well before the money was reached. Adams found himself shoving short with pocket nines. Steve O'Dwyer, who won the $50,000 Single-Day here in The Bahamas last year, called with ace-jack and outflopped his rival. No nine on the turn or river for Adams and he parted ways with his stack and hopes of winning the tournament. Perkins was just as unlucky — he started out as one of the shorter stacks and never got things working out for him.
Adams and Perkins started out with a below-average stacks and did not make runs at it, but neither did the two players that started out on top. Nick Petrangelo, who had played like a bull on Day 1 according to Daniel Negreanu, started with over three times starting stack but busted well before the dinner break. He got it in with pocket kings in a pot worth well over 1 million, only to see Connor Drinan turn over pocket aces. Drinan, who had overtaken the lead from Petrangelo just before that pot, saw his hand hold up and send the Day 1 chip leader to the rail.
Steve O'Dwyer, who started out second in chips, wouldn't last much longer either. He hadn't great deal of chips anymore when he faced a decision to wager it all or not. Daniel Dvoress had pushed all in and O'Dwyer called it off with ace-ten. Dvoress had pocket jacks and saw his hand hold up.
Things were not meant to be for Kevin Hart. He busted late on Day 1 and bought straight back in, but did not run it up on Day 2. Down to just five big blinds, he shoved with ace-six. Dan Colman called with pocket threes to put the actor and stand-up comedian at risk. Hart flopped an ace but Colman hit a backdoor straight to send Hart packing.
As these things tend to go, players kept on busting till a final table of nine was reached with the departure of Sean Winter. With just seven spots paid, none of them were guaranteed walking away with cash just yet.
Leo Yan Ho Cheng was the one soft-bubbling the event. He value-bet his aces on a queen-nine-six rainbow flop and got a check-call from Charlie Carrel. The six on the turn had Carrel check again, and Cheng bet once more. Carrel check-raised all in and Cheng called with his overpair. Carrel showed six-seven suited for turned trips and Cheng had just two outs to stay alive. He hit neither of them; instead a queen completed the board gifting Carrel a full house and Cheng a ticket to the rail.
With eight players remaining, next to go out would go home empty-handed while the rest would be guaranteed $275,060 from that moment on, enough for everyone still left in to make a profit. Byron Kaverman and Sam Greenwood were the two with the shortest stacks, with the latter having the former just slightly covered. Greenwood would be the one bubbling the event, though. He shoved with king-jack and Kaverman called with jacks after some time in the tank. No king or any other form of help appeared and Greenwood was left with just a single blind. Greenwood, who finished sixth in this event two years ago, departed soon after. He got his last chips in with queen-eight against the king-jack of Charlie Carrel and saw his British adversary hit a flush.
That last pot didn't contribute greatly to Carrel's stack, but he did finish up top with just a starting stack shy of 4 million in chips. Carrel, who finished runner up in the last Super High Roller in Prague last month, has 93 big blinds to start with as there are just over 20 minutes left in the 20,000/40,000/5,000 ante level. He's followed by Big One for One Drop and 2014 GPI Player of the Year winner Dan Colman who'll bring 67 big blinds.
The player to return to the battlefield with the shortest stack is defending champion Kenney. He was the last one to buy in, and is already guaranteed to just about triple his investment. He'll bring 19 big blinds. Rounding out the final table that has $1,650,300 on the line are 2015 GPI Player of the Year Kaverman, last year's seventh-place finisher Dvoress, 2016 Seminole Hard Rock Poker Open winner Jason Koon and EPT Barcelona High Roller champ Drinan.
|Suit||Player||Country||Chip Count||Big Blinds|
|1||Dan Colman||United States||2,690,000||67|
|2||Bryn Kenney||United States||740,000||19|
|3||Byron Kaverman||United States||970,000||24|
|4||Charlie Carrel||United Kingdom||3,710,000||93|
|6||Connor Drinan||United States||1,455,000||36|
|7||Jason Koon||United States||2,305,000||58|
The last seven players return to the final table at noon local time. There will be no live stream covering the event — for updates the PokerStars Blog is your designated spot to follow along with all the action.
The same, but different. That's how PokerStars Department Head of Live Poker Operations Neil Johnson described the transition from PokerStars Caribbean Adventure to PokerStars Championship Bahamas yesterday. Today, we sit down with another PokerStars bigshot: Member of the Communications team, Lee Jones.
Jones has been a fixture at PokerStars live events, and he's been to all but two PCAs in the Caribbean. Like few others, he's able to compare this event to its predecessors.
What are your thoughts on the rebranding from PCA to PokerStars Championship Bahamas?
I think there are important reasons to have the branding change, and I totally understand them. We need everybody to see that these are all PokerStars events. We had EPT, APPT, LAPT and none of them mentioned PokerStars. PokerStars is a very powerful and well-respected brand so I totally understand to bring that name recognition to the events. That recognition will result in more buzz, more players, bigger fields and larger prize pools. And that's all the stuff that players look for in tournaments.
To be fair, the PCA already had PokerStars in the name.
Yeah, but who ever said PokerStars Caribbean Adventure? I'm sure this will get shortened too, but PCA was a bit different from the beginning. It had its own brand and identity, it was the rest of the tours that didn't. And with the PCA being part of the EPT was strange as well, it just magnifies why the rebranding makes sense. I mean, The Bahamas as part of Europe?
This is new, and yet it's not new. I think it's crucially important to all of us to understand that. The PokerStars staff, the media, and the players need to understand that, yes the name is different, but the customer service, the quality of the event, and everything else that we take so seriously, will and must continue. As far as all my colleagues are concerned here; yes this is a year-one of something new, but it's also year 14 of a very important event.
In 2004, the event was on a cruise ship and in 2005 it was here in Atlantis. I was there on the boat, and I was there the first year it was in Atlantis. We've been doing this for a long time, and this is a really big deal for us. This is a legacy. It's crucially important that we honor the reputation, the quality, the history and everything else that we've been building on for well over a decade now.
Is it really all the same? Or are there differences other than a different logo?
There's some exciting virtual reality stuff going on, I haven't seen that at this event before. I'm very excited to see what it's about. It's fun to see people experience virtual reality. I've had my first VR experience recently and it was very exciting. It was a tour of the Grand Canyon and it was insane! What I thought was really cool about it was that it made me want to go to the Grand Canyon. That to me was amazing. If it causes someone to want to experience the real world, maybe they should have something like that with Atlantis so people want to come play this event next year.
If you've been coming to the PCA, it's going to feel very familiar. The branding will obviously be different but the dealers and the floor staff, who are the best in the business, and the smiling PokerStars employees, there won't be any difference there.
What's the first thing you mention about this event to people that have never been?
The Atlantis is bigger than anything you can imagine. There's a big aquarium in the middle of the hotel, that alone is amazing. I try not to take those things for granted. I walk by every morning and say hi to the hammerhead sharks. There's just so many amazing things going on outside, this resort is alive.
When you walk into most casinos, they smell like stale cigarette smoke. If you go into the tournament room here, it smells like sunscreen. It's a completely different experience, a different vibe. The air of coconut oil. It's just a different feel.
Is that what PokerStars strives all Championship events to be? I don't mean smelling like coconut oil but a different experience.
Exactly, that's what PokerStars Championship is all about. These PokerStars Championships are elite events. The big buy-ins, with really life changing money at the top, is attracting the best players. The big names that you recognize from TV are going to be there. It will be a really intense poker experience.
Last year, the buy-in dropped from $10,000 to $5,000. Was there discussion about that for this year?
You have to go to where the market will go. Right now, $5,000 for the Main Event seems to be the sweet spot. There's just a lot of people for who $5,000 is doable, but $10,000 isn't.
I think we have to remember $5,000 is a whole lot of money. We, people in the poker world, sometimes lose our perspective. It becomes too easy to say that something is only $5,000. It's not 'just $5,000,' it's a whole lot of money. And besides, there's plenty of high roller events for those who can afford it.
$5,000 is a lot of money, but compared to the costs of getting here, it's not that much.
A lot of people come to the Atlantis as a vacation; they're here to play some poker and have the Atlantis experience. Trying to win back the costs of the vacation is not on their minds. That is the kind of thinking for professional players. For someone that's a professional player, this is a business trip. From their perspective; they have to cover their expenses to make this a worthwhile experience. But that's a very small percentage of the people that come here. Many people have won satellites, many people view this is a vacation.
So I'm really sorry Frank, but I don't see it that way. First place prize is going to be life changing money for someone!
Celebrity sightings aren't exactly unusual for PokerStars events at Atlantis Resort in The Bahamas, but one famous face onlookers can be almost sure they'll see is that of Sergio Garcia.
The famed golf pro made it a habit to show up for the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure for years, and that's no different with the event rebranded to PokerStars Championship Bahamas. He's back in action here once again in 2017, putting in some rare hours at the tables as he prepares for another long season on the links.
"I think it's a wonderful event," he said. "The venue's great. Obviously, PokerStars takes care of me and makes it easy for me to come and enjoy it every year."
The PokerStars Championship Bahamas is perfect for Garcia for a number of reasons. For one thing, it fits neatly into his schedule. As a professional golfer from Spain, Garcia participates in both the PGA Tour and the European Tour. Both tours schedule an extended break from open events from mid-December to mid-January, so Garcia can jet down to The Bahamas without fear of slacking off from work.
Second, a golf course sits a mere mile or so away from Atlantis. Oftentimes, Garcia heads over to the links and gets in his requisite practice rounds to keep his main game on point before heading to Atlantis for a different sort of competition.
"For sure, I have to," he said when asked if he's getting in plenty of rounds. "I can't just let it go and hope the game's gonna be sharp when I get back in the tournaments. I have to practice a little bit and stay as sharp as possible. Then, I can come here and play poker to disconnect from golf."
Indeed, the word grind isn't in Garcia's vocabulary when it comes to poker. While he enjoys the competitive aspect of the game, he's anything but serious with his attitude toward the game.
"For me, playing poker is fun, it's enjoyable, and I get to see some of my friends in the poker world that I don't see very often," Garcia said.
For casual sports fans, it may seem like Garcia has been around forever since he debuted back in 1999, but he's just a couple of days away from turning 37. He's amassed quite a ledger in the golf world, racking up nearly $70 million in winnings between the two tours. He's still looking to capture that elusive first major title, although he did take down "the unofficial fifth major," The Players Championship, back in 2008.
Garcia laughed when asked if his poker game is aging better than his golf game.
"My golf game [is aging better] for sure," he said. "If not, I'd be a poker player and not a golfer."
The results bear that out, if his cashes in poker tournaments are any indication. Garcia has put up some results, most notably a $35,000 score for 51st place in the Main Event here back in 2012. However, his total of $42,590 represents a tiny fraction of even his leanest year on the golf course.
One thing he does take from the links to the felt is the mental aspects of the game. Patience, he said, is critical in both games. They also both require shrewd decision-making — players must know when to shift gears from conservative play to aggressive play. And perhaps most importantly, players must have short memories.
"Sometimes it comes through and sometimes it doesn't," he said of moves in both poker and golf. "You just have to move on, winning hands or losing hands."
While Garcia doesn't let his golf game get rusty, he can't say the same about poker. The last time PokerNews caught up with him, Garcia was at European Poker Tour Barcelona and fresh off of an appearance for Spain in the Olympics, which featured golf at the 2016 Rio Games for the first time since 1904. Golf dominated his days in the midst of the season, and he said he hasn't played much poker since then.
Given that, Garcia was looking to work back into "game shape" here at PokerStars Championship Bahamas. He was getting his feet wet with a satellite to the Main Event when PokerNews spoke to him for a few minutes on break. Poker-wise, his game of choice remains no-limit hold'em but the Open-Face Chinese Poker craze has gotten to the golfer as well, as he's been playing that with friends lately.
Asked if he has any poker goals, Garcia said it's not really something he thinks much about but he did say he's got his eye on one thing.
"Obviously, I'd love to win one of the spade trophies," he said.
Fun remains the main goal, though, and that's why you likely won't be seeing Garcia firing away in any of the $25,000 or $100,000 high roller events that populate the schedule of any number of poker festivals around the globe. Kevin Hart hopped into the $100,000 Super High Roller here at PokerStars Championship Bahamas, and other celebrities like Richard Seymour have occasionally dropped in to splash around with the pros in the nosebleeds.
But while $70 million can cover a lot of buy-ins, Garcia just doesn't feel he's ready for that caliber of competition.
"I feel like I play decent poker, but I don't play enough to get into those events," he said. I don't think I have enough experience. And if I get into those events, it probably wouldn't be as much fun unless I do really well.
Bill Perkins is a busy man and he doesn't stand still often. But if you can't catch him standing still, you can always grab him for a walk and talk.
Sarah Herring picks his brain about his Twitch channel and the inspiration for providing 23 people with the opportunity to come to the PokerStars Championship Bahamas.
Photos by Neil Stoddart.
2016 GPI Player of the Year David Peters: "It's the Prestige and the Respect That Comes With It That's Important"
The PokerStars Championship Bahamas has kicked off a new poker year and with it, a new Global Poker Index Player of the Year race. It was an exciting race to keep track of last year. Fedor Holz led for most of it, but a lot of people got close on his heels as the year came to a close. In the end, the last big event of the year made all the difference. David Peters made a deep run in the PokerStars EPT Prague Main Event to overtake Fedor Holz; his third-place finish netted him 482.29 Player of the Year points and eventually secured him the GPI POY win.
Peters cashed an incredible 28 times in 2016, taking home the trophy five times, among them his first ever World Series of Poker bracelet. With his cashes totaling $7,564,647, it's sufficient to say that 2016 was a good year for David Peters.
The GPI title doesn't bring along a hefty prize. It's the honor of being named the top poker player of a year that matters to Peters, who's currently playing Day 2 of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $100,000 Super High Roller.
"It was a goal of mine and definitely means a lot to me," he said. "It's the prestige and the respect that comes with it that's important. To be in the same group as others that have won in the past is definitely a nice thing to accomplish."
While it was Peters' goal to win the GPI Player of the Year race, so it was for a lot of other players probably. He didn't plan his schedule in an attempt to win it; the victory just happened.
"I guess it didn't affect my schedule too much," Peters said, "I was probably going to play a similar schedule regardless."
While a high roller like Peters is likely to play a heavy schedule every year — there are just too many good tournaments to pass on — the race he was doing well in helped him a great deal.
"To have that in the back of your mind, it gives you extra motivation to be more focused and play your A-game," he said.
Three-handed in the last ever EPT Main Event, Peters had a healthy lead over his two opponents when discussions of a deal emerged. They did not reach an agreement, and things went sour quickly after that.
"I lost a couple pots and got pretty short," he said. "It was a pretty awkward situation after that with the chip leader having all the chips and we were kinda like battling for second place. I had to play way tighter than I wanted to."
That third place in the PokerStars EPT Prague Main Event gave him € 397,300 and a hammerlock on the POY race, but getting so close yet failing to grab the last EPT did hurt.
"That was very very frustrating," Peters said. "It was obviously nice to have a big cash and pretty much lock up player of the year, but not winning was really frustrating. To get my first EPT title was a goal of mine and I was so close and in such a good position three-handed. So for then to have things not go too well towards the end was pretty frustrating."
Every year, after the Player of the Year race has culminated, a discussion about the criteria emerges. To some, doing well in high roller events with small fields isn't what should make someone Player of the Year. Peters doesn't think the metric is flawed:
"They do have the minimum of 32 people, which is good. A lot of the ARIA ones don't even count — I actually have two firsts and a second in ARIA High Roller tournaments that didn't count towards the Player of the Year race. I think 32 is a reasonable minimum."
While not all of them counted, the ARIA High Roller tournaments have certainly had an impact on the world of poker. While a couple years ago it was something incredibly special if a $25,000 tournament ran, now they are on offer just about all the time. And not just at the ARIA, high roller tournaments were organized all over the globe. If one wanted, he or she could play a poker tournament with a buy-in of over $20,000 just about every week.
Being on the winning side of some of those, Peters obviously thinks that's a good thing.
"There's a lot of high rollers, that's for sure," he allowed. "There's people out there that want to play big so yeah, I don't see the problem with it."
When the first Super High Rollers started, people worried about the buy-ins possibly being too big. Some thought players had to be protected from themselves. They thought the poker economy could be in jeopardy if there would be a wildfire of big buy-in events. That concern wasn't shared by Peters.
"Most of the people that are playing these tournaments are smart and reasonable with how much of themselves they have," he said. "They know a lot of very rich people that can take pieces and stuff like that, so I don't think it's going to be too much of a problem. I think everyone's reasonable and have plenty of money to be playing these to begin with, so I don't think it's going to break too many people that are playing these."
So, Peters hopes they continue to run on a regular basis, and he plans to be there as long as they do. As for 2017's schedule though, a lighter load could be in store for the man from Ohio.
"I'm not exactly sure yet but I'm still going to play a lot," he said. "Maybe not as much as I did in 2016, but still a great deal. I'm just going to see what happens."
Right after the PokerStars Championship Bahamas, the Aussie Millions awaits. Peters isn't sure if he'll be going on the journey halfway around the world for his next high roller.
"I'm on the fence about Aussie Millions actually," he said. "I'm going to decide the coming week. I might take a break for a few weeks and just play online and put more time into studying and relaxing rather than playing. We'll see what happens."
|Year||GPI Player of the Year||Earnings||Cashes||Wins||Runner Up|
|2016||David Peters||$7,564,647||28||5||Fedor Holz|
|2015||Byron Kaverman||$3,481,463||20||4||Anthony Zinno|
|2014||Daniel Colman||$22,389,481||11||4||Ole Schemion|
|2013||Ole Schemion||$1,652,679||18||4||Daniel Negreanu|
|2012||Dan Smith||$3,739,797||18||6||Marvin Rettenmaier|
Back in 2011, at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure, PokerStars rolled out a new addition to the schedule that helped shift the landscape of how money is viewed in poker. High roller events had been growing more and more popular, and mere $25,000 events weren't cutting it as far as how big some of poker's most affluent wanted to play.
So, tournament officials added a $100,000 event to the schedule. Participation proved solid, with 38 entries in the event. When the dust settled, Eugene Katchalov emerged victorious over PokerStars Team Pro Daniel Negreanu, binking a two-outer with fours against fives to claim the first-place prize of $1.5 million.
The $100,000 series at PokerStars events was officially born, although the next one wouldn't run until the following year's PCA, when it was part of the European Poker Tour. Another €100,000 was added to the EPT Grand Final in Monaco schedule, and those two events continued to carry 100Ks every year until the retirement of the EPT at the conclusion of 2016.
Now, the dawn of the PokerStars Championship era has arrived. PokerStars Championship Bahamas is an event that in many ways strongly resembles the old PCA — as PokerStars' Neil Johnson outlined in an interview with PokerNews — and one way in which that's true is the familiar $100K that's back on the schedule.
Even so, we thought it would be instructive to look back on the history of the 100K events at PCA and EPT Grand Final and see which players have experienced the most success. Before we get into the numbers, it's important to keep a few things in mind. One, many of these events permit reentries. Without knowing who entered which tournaments how many times, it's impossible to say who has been the most profitable on a per-dollar basis. Second, although PokerStars sponsored the Aussie Millions for three years and that event includes a AU$100,000 event, conversion rates put it closer to a $50K than a $100K. Finally, for the purposes of the following chart, cashes have been converted into euros.
For brevity and readability, we separated out the top 10 and put the full list of winners at the bottom of this piece. Here are the players who have accumulated the most money in PCA and EPT Grand Final 100Ks since 2011:
Top 10 Cashers in EPT Grand Final and PCA 100Ks
|Player||Money Won||Wins||Top 3||Total Cashes|
American Bryn Kenney finds himself at the top of the list. He's among the most successful players as far as total cashes with three — only Scott Seiver, with four, has more. And when Kenney has cashed, he has made them count, as all three of his scores were top-three finishes. Foremost among them was a win in this very event last year for a little under $1.7 million. He also got third here in 2015 for $873,880 and third at that first event in 2011 for $643,000.
"It's fortunate because I get crushed in all the Main Events; I can't keep it together for five, six days straight," Kenney told PokerNews during the first break of the PokerStars Championship Bahamas $100K. "There's too many bad players around. When the good players come and the big events come, I've always showed up."
Kenney opened up to Sarah Herring earlier today.
Right behind Kenney is Max Altergott, who bested PokerStars Team Pro Jason Mercier heads up at EPT Grand Final back in 2013 for €1,746,400. He also finished third there in 2015 for €940,300. Although Altergott has not quite had the same level of success as Kenney, the fact that the Euro was a decent amount more valuable than the dollar puts him close to Kenney in total money earned.
Igor Kurganov is third and has the most cashes for any player without an outright win. On the other hand, Erik Seidel has cashed for the most of anyone with just a single cash. He collected €2,015,000 for winning at EPT Grand Final in 2015. That one also had the most entries of any of these tournaments with 71, so Seidel picked a great time to make his one big run.
One player of particular note on this list is Dan Shak, who would be considered by most the only recreational player in the top 10. Although he has yet to win a 100K, Shak has cashed for the eighth-most money in these events, with his most profitable finish being second at the 2014 PCA for $1,178,980.
Kenney registered late for this particular event but still finds himself in the hunt with the second break approaching at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas. While Altergott, Kurganov, Seiver and Schemion skipped this particular tournament, the rest of the top 10 plus Dan Colman have the opportunity to pass Kenney with a win here if Kenney fails to cash.
While Kenney allows that there's a major challenge to battling through huge fields filled with unpredictable amateurs, he maintains that high roller events are still the most difficult tournaments to conquer. He believes the quality of the players outweighs the quantity of the bigger fields with smaller buy-ins.
"You're playing a lot of deep-stacked pots as opposed to all-in pots in the beginning stages of the tournament," Kenney said. "It's definitely a lot more skill to crush these tournaments than any other ones because this is where anyone who thinks that they're the best in the world shows up to play."
The winner here at PokerStars Championship Bahamas will take home $1,650,300 if there is no deal at the end, and the first page of a new chapter of PokerStars 100Ks will be written.
Full List of EPT Grand Final and PCA 100K Cashers
|Player||Money Won||Wins||Top 3||Total Cashes|
|Ali Reza Fatehi||€828,500||0||1||1|
With the passing of each new year, people all around the world reflect on their lives and take stock of the things they would like to see and adjustments they would like to make.
The poker community is no different. Sarah Herring talks to players at the PokerStars Championship Bahamas about their personal and professional goals for 2017.
The tournament organization just released the prize pool information. The 41 unique players and 13 reentries made for a total prize pool of $5,239,080. The top 7 players finish in the money with first place taking home over $1.6 million.
Check the PokerStars Blog to see who's still in and have a chance to win it.