Main Event
Main Event
Day 5 Completed

Kornuth Leads PCA Main Event With Six Left

BrettC • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Chance Kornuth is in prime position for an EPT title
Chance Kornuth is in prime position for an EPT title

Day 5 of the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure commenced with the plan to play down from 24 to six players, and Chance Kornuth emerged as the leader after nearly 12 hours of play with 7.86 million. The Florida native has put together a successful live poker career with more than $1.7 million in cashes and a World Series of Poker bracelet in 2010, but if he can finish the job here at PCA and claim the first prize of nearly $1.5 million, it would be the biggest score he's had by far.

Joining Kornuth for the final day of the tournament will be Kevin Schulz (6.155 million), Diego Ventura (3.98 million), Niklas Hambitzer (3.1 million), Juan Martin Pastor (2.655 million), and Rami Boukai (780,000). Play stopped with the elimination of Pratyush Buddiga in seventh place with about half an hour left in Level 29 (40,000/80,000/10,000), which will leave everyone under 100 big blinds when play resumes on Wednesday for the conclusion of the tournament.

A couple of players doubled through Kornuth near the beginning of the day, knocking him down to the middle of the pack. Things turned when he picked up {a-Clubs}{a-Hearts} and snapped off Jim Collopy's four-bet shove, crushing his {a-Spades}{q-Hearts}. A bit later, a limped pot turned into a big one for Kornuth when he completed the small and saw big blind Felipe Ramos check. Kornuth check-called 45,000 on the {k-Diamonds}{q-Clubs}{8-Hearts} flop and then came out betting with 97,000 on the {q-Hearts} turn. Ramos went nowhere, and Kornuth forced the issue, putting his opponent all in for about 250,000 on the {q-Diamonds} river. Ramos called with {k-Hearts}{5-Hearts} for a full house, but Kornuth had run quads with {q-Spades}{6-Diamonds}.

Kornuth continued climbing from there, employing extreme preflop aggression to separate himself from the pack, at one point having more than 110 big blinds when the next best stack had 45. In the waning minutes, Schulz narrowed the gap by winning three big preflop all in to rocket up the counts. First, he doubled through Buddiga with {a-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds} against Buddiga's {a-Spades}{10-Hearts}, turning a queen and fading a backdoor flush. Then, he busted Dylan "ImaLucSac" Linde when Linde's {a-Spades}{k-Spades} didn't improve against {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}. Right after that, Buddiga jammed his last 1.415 million with {a-Clubs}{j-Hearts} only for Schulz's rush to continue with {a-Spades}{a-Hearts}. Even a {j-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs} flop couldn't stop Schulz from getting another elimination as two bricks fell.

Others who found the rail during the course of Day 5 play included Tim Reilly (23rd), Noah Schwartz (22nd), Maurice Hawkins (16th), Scott Baumstein (15th), Ratharam Sivagnanam (13th), Day 4 leader Eugenio Mattar (12th), Benjamin Pollak (11th), and Shyam "sdot_111" Srinivasan (10th). The latter came heartbreakingly close to back-to-back PCA final tables, only to have his {j-Clubs}{j-Hearts} outdrawn all in preflop by Schulz's {a-Hearts}{7-Clubs} when Schulz was able to run a straight.

Day 6 play resumes at 1 p.m. local time here in the Bahamas, with a delayed stream with hole cards firing up shortly thereafter. PokerNews will be on the scene until the EPT crowns a new champion.

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Final Table Lineup

123md • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

With the elimination of Pratyush Buddiga in seventh place, the players have bagged and tagged for the night. Here is how the table will stack up tomorrow.

1Kevin Schulz6,155,000
2Chance Kornuth7,860,000
3Niklas Hambitzer3,100,000
4Diego Ventura3,980,000
5Rami Boukai780,000
6Juan Martin Pastor2,655,000

Pratyush Buddiga Eliminated in 7th Place ($203,420)

123md • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Pratyush Buddiga - 7th Place
Pratyush Buddiga - 7th Place

Pratyush Buddiga shoved from under the gun for 1.415 million and Kevin Schulz called from middle position.

Schulz: {A-Spades}{A-Hearts}
Buddiga: {A-Clubs}{J-Hearts}

The flop fell {J-Clubs}{8-Clubs}{6-Clubs}, giving Buddiga a pair of jacks and a flush draw. However, he found no help from the {7-Diamonds} turn nor the {8-Diamonds} river, ending his run in seventh place.

Kevin Schulz us
Kevin Schulz
us 6,155,000 1,555,000
Pratyush Buddiga us
Pratyush Buddiga
us Busted

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Dylan Linde Eliminated in 8th Place ($140,900)

mnuwwarah • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Dylan Linde
Dylan Linde

Dylan Linde jammed his 1.905 million stack in the big blind after Kevin Schulz opened for a raise to 180,000 in middle position. Schulz said he probably couldn't fold, and he didn't.

Schulz: {10-Clubs}{10-Diamonds}
Linde: {a-Spades}{k-Spades}

Linde found no aces or kings as the board came {2-Spades}{7-Clubs}{9-Diamonds}{3-Clubs}{j-Spades}, and "ImaLucSac" was done in eighth.

Kevin Schulz us
Kevin Schulz
us 4,600,000 2,450,000
Dylan Linde us
Dylan Linde
us Busted

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Hambitzer Doubles Through Buddiga

mnuwwarah • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante
Niklas Hambitzer doubled up in a big race.
Niklas Hambitzer doubled up in a big race.

Pratyush Buddiga opened for 180,000 in early position, Niklas Hambitzer three-bet to 380,000 in the small blind, and Buddiga put him all in. Hambitzer was more than happy to make the call.

Buddiga: {a-Spades}{k-Hearts}
Hambitzer: {q-Clubs}{q-Spades}

Hambitzer had a foot out the door after the {3-Clubs}{k-Diamonds}{9-Spades} flop gave his opponent kings, but a glimmer of hope arrived with a straight in the form of the {j-Spades}. The river brought the saving grace {q-Hearts} for Hambitzer, giving him a winning set.

Niklas Hambitzer DE
Niklas Hambitzer
DE 3,210,000 1,325,000
Pratyush Buddiga us
Pratyush Buddiga
us 2,570,000 -1,045,000

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Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Returns Jan. 22-Feb. 11, 2015

donpeters • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

The Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open (LHPO) returns to Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, Jan. 22 through Feb. 11, 2015, held in the resort’s ballrooms. The series will feature 21 main events along with several secondary events and qualifiers. The exciting live poker action culminates with the Seminole Hard Rock WPT Lucky Hearts $3 Million Guaranteed Championship beginning Feb. 5-11, with a $3,500 buy-in and three starting flights. The live streamed Championship final table will be held at the resort’s Paradise Live theater in Seminole Paradise.

The LHPO schedule can be found at

The annual series kicks-off on Jan. 22 at 11a.m. ET with a four-day $570 buy-in deep-stack no-limit hold'em event featuring a $1 million guaranteed prize pool with six starting flights.

Super Bowl weekend will bring even more action with the WPTDeepStacks (WPTDS), which will kick off its 2015 tour at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. WPTDS is a one-of-a-kind partnership between the world’s most established poker tour, WPT®, and the world’s fastest growing poker tour, DSPT. The $1,100 buy-in, $300,000 Guarantee WPTDeepStacks-Hollywood will start Jan. 29 at 12 p.m. ET in the resort’s ballrooms.

Other highlight tournaments include a $350 buy-in deep-stack no-limit hold'em, $250,000 guarantee with five starting flights, from Jan. 25-28 and a two-day $150 buy-in no-limit hold’em $150,000 guarantee with eight starting flights from Jan. 28-31.

Satellite events for the Seminole Hard Rock Lucky Hearts Poker Open Championship will be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hollywood Jan. 22-Feb. 7, 2015.

Registration for all LHPO events will be open Dec. 15, 2015. To participate, players must obtain a free “Wild Card” at the Player’s Club or in The Poker Room at Seminole Paradise, located on State Road 7 (U.S. 441) in Hollywood, Florida. Take I-95, exit Stirling Rd. and travel west to 1 Seminole Way.

For more information and schedule visit

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Ventura Gets Some From Kornuth

123md • Level 29: 40,000-80,000, 10,000 ante

Diego Ventura opened to 180,000 from under the gun and Chance Kornuth called from the small blind.

They checked to the turn of a {Q-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}{4-Spades}{3-Spades} board where Kornuth bet 280,000. Ventura called to see the {8-Diamonds} river where Kornuth bet another 480,000.

Ventura called and Kornuth tabled {4-Hearts}{4-Clubs} for a set of fours. Ventura, though, tabled {K-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds} for a king-high flush to win the pot.

Chance Kornuth us
Chance Kornuth
us 7,600,000 -885,000
Diego Ventura pe
Diego Ventura
pe 4,600,000 1,125,000

Tags: Chance KornuthDiego Ventura