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Congratulations to Eugene Katchalov for taking down the 2011 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure $100,000 Super High Roller event and winning $1.5 million!
When this event began three days ago, Katchalov was just one of many in the impressive field of 38 players who ponied up the enormous $100,000 buy-in. At the start of the final table today, he sat third in chips behind best friend Nick Schulman and Team PokerStars Pro Daniel Negreanu. From there, Katchalov went on to bust Sandor Demjan on the bubble with jacks versus tens to secure everyone left at least $200,000. He also busted third-place finisher Bryn Kenney with pocket queens to pocket eights.
With Schulman going out in fourth place and Kenney falling in third, the stage was set for a battle between Negreanu and Katchalov. When they began heads-up play, the two were virtually dead locked in chips and very deep compared to most tournaments. Shortly into their match, Katchalov scooped two big pots to take a commanding lead. First, he turned two pair against Negreanu to get to 6.9 million. Shortly thereafter, Katchalov boomed to 8.65 million after calling Negreanu's check raise on the turn before shoving the river. After those two pots, Negreanu fought as hard as he could in a time when many may just give up.
Negreanu even battled back to get close to an even three million, but could never seem to get over the hump he needed to in order to really get control of the match. It seemed as though every time Negreanu started coming back or had a nice double up, Katchalov would whack him right back down. On the final hand, Katchalov smacked a set on the turn beat Negreanu's pocket fives with his pocket fours.
A second-place finish and $1 million would be all Negreanu would have to settle for, but not after becoming the leader on the all-time tournament money list. By making it to the top two spots in this event, he surpassed Phil Ivey and now leads the way.
The first-ever $100,000 Super High Roller event held here at the 2011 PCA was a huge success. Despite lacking a few big names in poker, the event drew a whopping 38 players when many were only suspecting a field of 20-30. A prizepool worth $3,743,000 was up for grabs with $1.5 million going to the winner. That winner turned out to be Katchalov and he can now add this title to his trophy case and stout list of tournament results.
Final Table Results:
Congratulations to all the winners and especially to Eugene Katchalov, your 2011 PCA $100,000 Super High Roller champion! Don't forget that we're covering four big events here on PokerNews at the 2011 PCA. Don't forget to follow all of the action, including our ongoing coverage of the Main Event from our amazing Live Reporting Team.
Daniel Negreanu had the button and the Team PokerStars Pro raised to 160,000. Eugene Katchalov moved all in to put the pressure on the shorter-stacked Negreanu. Once Katchalov shoved, Negreanu sat back in his chair and began chatting to himself. He was playing it up for the cameras a bit and even flipped an imaginary coin in the air before saying, "Oh, what am I doing, I call." The cards were on their backs.
Negreanu had the best of it with fives and was in really good shape to double up and get right back int his thing. First up was the flop.
The flop came down . Negreanu held the only spade and still had the lead in the hand. The turn brought the and just like that, Katchalov took the lead by spiking a set of fours. Negreanu was quick to hush the crowd and point out the fact that he still had a flush draw.
The river card completed the board with the and although it was black, it was a club. Katchalov won the hand and won the tournament. The two shook hands and congratulated one another. Negreanu walked away with a cool $1 million for second place.
Daniel Negreanu raised to 160,000 from the button and Eugene Katchalov reraised to 420,000 from the big blind, putting the pressure back on Negreanu. He made the call and off to the flop they went.
The flop came down and Katchalov fired 300,000. Negreanu mucked and dropped to 1.45 million in chips. Katchalov has 8.05 million.
Daniel Negreanu raised to 160,000 from the button and Eugene Katchalov called from the big blind. The flop came down and Katchalov checked. Negreanu continued with a bet of 175,000 and Katchalov called.
The fell on the turn and Katchalov led out into Negreanu with a bet of 350,000. Negreanu folded and Katchalov won the pot, knocking Negreanu back to 2.2 million.
Daniel Negreanu raised to 160,000 from the button and Eugene Katchalov called from the big blind. The flop came down and both players checked to see the pair the board on the turn.
Katchalov checked and Negreanu bet. His bet was worth 225,000 and Katchalov called. The river then completed the board with the and both players checked.
Katchalov revealed the for two pair and won the pot.
Daniel Negreanu raised to 160,000 from the button and won the pot.
Katchalov raised from the button to 160,000 and Negreanu reraised to 380,000. Katchalov folded and Negreanu won the pot.
Negreanu raised to 160,000 from the button and won the pot.
Katchalov raised to 160,000 from the button and Negreanu called to see the flop come down . Negreanu checked and Katchalov fired 160,000. Negreanu raised to 400,000 and Katchalov mucked.
Negreanu raised to 160,000 and won the pot.
That's five in a row for Negreanu and he's back up to 2.6 million.
Eugene Katchalov raised to 160,000 from the button and Daniel Negreanu called from the big blind to see a flop of . Negreanu checked and Katchalov fired 160,000. Negreanu shoved in for 1.59 million and Katchalov went into the tank. After a minute or two, he folded his hand and Negreanu won the pot.
Eugene Katchalov raised to 160,000 from the button, and Daniel Negreanu called the extra bet to see a flop.
It came , and Negreanu checked to let Katchalov bet another 160,000. Kid Poker then snuck in a mini-checkraise to 320,000, and Katchalov let his hand go.
On a flop, Daniel Negreanu led out with a bet of 250,000, and Eugene Katchalov made the call.
The hit the turn, and Negreanu slowed down now with a check. Katchalov took his cue to bet 400,000, and that won him the pot right there.