By Daniel Smyth, Rakeback.com Poker News Staff Writer
An all-star cast brought the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure to a dramatic end yesterday, but it was one of the tournament’s extras who stole the show. In total, 148 players found the cash and the resolve to enter this year’s $25,000 PCA High Roller event.
Lining the final table before the last “shuffle up and deal” was announced were some of poker’s toughest players. Isaac Haxton, Randy “Nanonoko” Lew and Jason Koon were all capturing the media’s attention in the pre-finale betting stakes.
Despite his pedigree, Lew was the first to hit the rail. Having set a Guinness World Record for the most hands played in 8 hours earlier this month, Lew was looking to continue his recent success by claiming his second major title. Fatigue finally caught up with the multi-table wizard as he busted in 8th place for $108,780.
Michael Telker, Govert Metaal, Nicolas Fierro and Jason Koon soon made their own exits. With the tournament now entering its final stages, the big guns were doing their best to assert their dominance.
With the bets flying it was Jonathan Duhamel who struck the first blow when he eliminated Isaac Haxton with Ac-Js. Haxton’s Kd-Qd didn't find any help from the board, and the heads-up specialist finished in 3rd place, pocketing $380,730.
With only 2 remaining it looked as though former world champion Jonathan Duhamel would plough through the relatively unknown Alex Bilokur. Things didn’t quite go the way that most spectators expected, as it was the stony-faced Ukrainian Bilokur who achieved victory.
After a tense heads-up battle the final hand saw Duhamel 3-bet shove with Kd-4h. Bilokur made the call with Ad-7c and after the dealer put an ace on the flop it was curtains for Duhamel.
After being mobbed by his friends, a jubilant Bilokur lifted the trophy $1,134,930 richer. It wasn’t all bad for Duhamel, however, as he took home $634,550 from this event and had a massively successful PCA (more on that below).
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