David Yan Conquers Tough Field to Take Down $50,000 PCA 6-Handed Event ($485,690)

David Yan

David Yan outlasted a tough field in Event #14 $50,000 6-Handed to take the title after almost 14 hours of play. Yan defeated Orpen Kisacikoglu after reaching a deal during heads-up play, claiming the largest piece of the prize pool and the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure trophy at the Baha Mar Resort in The Bahamas.

The field of 31 entries created a total prize pool of $1,509,948, with the final five players earning a return on their investment. Chris Hunichen took third place ($245,400), followed by Ben Heath in fourth ($177,400) and David Peters earning the minimum cash ($143,400) in fifth.

$50,000 PCA Single Day High Roller (6 Handed) Final Table Results

 1stDavid YanNew Zealand$485,690*
 2ndOrpen KisacikogluTurkey$458,058*
 3rdChris HunichenUnited States$245,400
 4thBen HeathUnited Kingdom$177,400
 5thDavid PetersUnited States$143,400

*Denotes a heads-up ICM deal

“I’m pretty grateful for the experience," Yan told PokerNews after his victory. "When you play such a little amount, it’s just basically anything can happen. Today I just ran insane; the field was one of the tougher ones we’ve seen".

Early Day Eliminations

Justin Bonomo
Justin Bonomo

Yan kick-started his day with an early elimination of Justin Bonomo. The good fortune continued by knocking out Christoph Vogelsang as the field moved closer to the money.

Mikita Badziakouski was among the players to enter a second time, only to see his run cut short against Nick Petrangelo shortly after the late registration period closed.

Cary Katz was also among those using a second entry, but saw his run end on the bubble of the final table.

Final Table Action

Yan took a commanding chip lead into the unofficial final table of seven players, and scored the first elimination against Petrangelo.

That left the field on the direct money bubble, where Fedor Holz fell at the hands of Hunichen after the American flopped a set of nines.

Fedor Holz
Fedor Holz

In the Money

Once the field reached the money, the eliminations happened rather quickly. Peters was the first to go, losing to Kisacikoglu's pocket pair to finish fifth.

Then came perhaps the hand of the night, when Yan's kings scored a double elimination to reach heads up play. Heath's short stack left him in fourth place, while Hunichen earned the pay jump and the podium finish.

From there, Kisacikoglu and Yan traded the chip lead a few times before reaching a deal. Yan was all-in twice during heads-up play, but was never at risk as Kisacikoglu folded both times. In the end, Yan's pocket pair finished the job against Kisacikoglu to take down the title.

Yan said that his victory has not really impacted his plans to play a busier schedule. "I think I’ll probably spend quite a bit of time at home with family, maybe play some but didn’t really plan too much".

That closes out PokerNews live reporting team's coverage of the $50,000 PCA Single Day High Roller (6 Handed) in The Bahamas. Be sure to check out all of the action as the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure continues.

  • The long trip from New Zealand to The Bahamas paid off for David Yan because he's just won $485,690.

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