The 2012 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $25,000 High Roller is all said and done. Coming out on top after besting a great final table was Leonid Bilokur. He'll walk away with the $1,134,930 first-place prize.
Bilokur came into the final table fourth in chips. He played very steady throughout the final table and some might say even a bit too tight at times. Despite what people may say, he played very solid and began to pick up more and more steam as other players at the table were eliminated. As play progressed, Bilokur began to pick up chips and open up his game. That proved to be the recipe for success as he soon found himself heads up against Team PokerStars Pro and 2010 World Series of Poker Main Event champion Jonathan Duhamel.
Duhamel had eliminated start-of-the-day chip leader Jason Koon in fourth place and then Isaac Haxton in third place to set the stage for the heads-up match. When it began, Duhamel held the lead with 5.43 million in chips to 1.96 million for Bilokur.
From there, Bilokur clawed and scratched to get himself right back into the mix before taking the lead over Duhamel. At one point on the commentary, it was mentioned by Barry Greenstein that Duhamel was simply trying to "outplay" Bilokur too much and that's what caused him to slip.
On the final hand, it was Bilokur's versus Duhamel's all in preflop. The board ran out and Bilokur's full house was the winning hand.
For his runner-up finish, Duhamel walked away with $634,550 in prize money and will add that to the $571,420 he's already collected from the 2012 PCA. He previously took fourth place finish in the $100,000 Super High Roller for $313,600. first place in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em for $239,830 and fifth in the $5,000 No-Limit Hold'em Turbo for $17,990.
Final Table Payouts
Congratulations to Bilokur for his victory and also to all of the other winners in the event. Next up on the PokerStars tours will be EPT Deauville at the end of the month, so be sure to follow along with all of PokerNews' coverage coming up.