PCA Side Event Recap

PCA Side Event Recap

Lee Davy brings you a short recap of the first 13-side events at the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure in the Bahamas.

The PokerStars Caribbean Adventure (PCA) is one of the most prestigious events outside of the World Series of Poker (WSOP). The winner of the $100,000 Super High Roller, $25,000 High Roller and $10,000 Main Event will all take home paychecks containing a lot of zeroes.

PCA Side Event RecapThose three tournaments are what make the PCA special, but it’s the depth of side events that makes the PokerStars live events the most attended outside of the once a year jaunt to the desert.

Here’s a short recap of the action that has gone down during the first 13-events.

A fresh new year, and it seems as if the poker economy is going to be strong. Both the $100,000 Super High Roller, and $25,000 High Roller events attracted record numbers (50 & 269 respectively), and at the time of writing Steve O’Dwyer has banked $1.8m as the $100,000 winner, and there are 11-players vying for the $1.2m first prize, with Dominik Nitsche a potential Triple Crown winner, in the $25,000 event.

For the first time since its inception, the Latin American Poker Tour (LAPT) came to the Bahamas and Josh Kay defeated a field of 532 entrants to win the first prize of $367,928 in the Main Event.

Three more six figure winners to catch up on.

Nicholas Immekus took home $161,810 after defeating the Canadian Marco Caza, in the heads-up phase of the $5,300 No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) 8-Handed event: Anthony Gregg (3rd), Jonathan Karamalikis (4th), Justin Bonomo (6th) and Cliff Josephy (7th) starring in that one.

Bonomo followed up that final table appearance with an outright victory in Event #15 $5,300 Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) 8-Handed. He defeated 27-entrants, including Tobias Hausen (2nd), Vladimir Troyanovski (3rd), Jason Koon (4th) and Jeffrey Rossiter (5th) to take the $48,450 first prize.

The Russian Aleksandr Denisov was victorious in Event #16 $5,300 NLH Turbo. He beat 91 entrants to take the first prize of $117,250, after wading through a final table that included: the European Poker Tour (EPT) Grand Final Main Event winner Antonio Buonanno, Marc Etienne McLaughlin (3rd), Galen Hall (4th), Ivan Soshnikov (6th) and Sorel Mizzi (7th).

Finally, Nicholas Petrangolo won Event #9 $5,300 NLH Turbo for $113,853, and fellow American Paul Volpe won his third EPT side event title when he defeated the Brazilian Joao Sousa, in heads-up action, to take the $89,140 prize in Event #14 $2,000 NLH.