On Sunday, the final six players of the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $5,000 Bounty Shootout returned for the $213,000 winner-take-all finale. It took nearly twelve hours to determine a winner, which ended up being none other than Canadian Andrew Chen. While Chen took home $269,000 for his performance, he didn't come by it easily.
The final table at the start of the day was about as tough as they come. Joining Chen were William Pilossoph, Scott Baumstein, Marko Neumann, Shaun Deeb, and Michael Binger. All eyes seemed to be on Binger, who played heads up for nearly five hours in Round One only to face off against his brother, Nick, in Round Two. Not only did Binger win that table, he personally eliminated his brother on his way to victory.
The first elimination of the day didn't take place until after seven hours of play. It occurred when Pilossoph checked, Chen bet 7,000 under the gun, Deeb called, and Pilossoph check-raised all in for 42,000 more on a flop. Chen called with while Deeb got out of the way. Pilossoph was way behind with and couldn't improve as the board ran out the and .
Eventually, Neumann followed Pilossoph out the door in fifth place. After a couple more hours of play, Scott Baumstein hit the rail in fourth place. Perhaps the defining hand of the tournament happened shortly thereafter when Deeb raised to 10,000 on the button and Chen reraised to 25,000 from the big blind. Deeb pushed back to the tune of 55,500, Chen moved all in, and Deeb called for 156,300.
The pot swelled to 427,600 and was the biggest pot of the tournament. The flop was no help to Deeb and neither was the turn. In order to eliminate Chen, Deeb needed a ten on the river; unfortunately for him, it came the and Chen doubled to 427,600.
A few hands later, Binger raised to 10,000, Chen three-bet to 25,000 from the small blind, and Deeb moved all in for right around 25,000 from the big blind. Binger thought for a bit and had an interesting decision on his hands. He couldn't let Chen eliminate Deeb because then he would be out of the running for the $25,000 bounty bonus. Binger decided to make the call and the action was three ways to the flop, which came down .
To make a long story short, Binger ended up all in on the hand and the cards were turned up:
The on the turn gave Chen the flush, the double elimnation, and the tournament. Congratulations to all the winners and especially to Andrew Chen, your 2011 PCA $5,000 Bounty Shootout champion!
Final Table Results: