Day 3 Completed
|Blinds||250,000 / 500,000|
Day 3 Completed
That's all she wrote from the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure! After a grueling three days of competition among poker's elite, it was Ilkin Garibli who was able to rise to the top and earn the trophy, the SLYDE watch, and $1,105,040 in first-place prize money.
Garibli found himself heads up with Joe Kuether and the two made a heads up deal that earned the latter $1,050,000 in winnings. From there, the two played heads up in a marathon 2.5 hour heads up match for the watch and the trophy.
This was a unique experience for Garibli, not only because he won over one million dollars in just three days, but also because it was his first live tournament cash ever. Garibli, who hails from Azerbaijan, is not a tournament circuit regular, but rather a cash game player. He was convinced to participate in the PCA festival by his friends and it turned out to be arguably one of the best decisions that he ever made.
The day began with 11 players returning to the felt, each vying to claim the highest possible portion of this record-setting prize pool. It was apparent that the pressure levels were high, as no player would relent their stack for the first two hours of play. In the end, it was Bryn Kenney who was the first person to hit the rail. Kenney could not win a preflop race against Kuether and he was eliminated from play in 11th place. Following Kenney out the door and missing the official final table were Dominik Nitsche in tenth and Lee Markholt in ninth.
Dan Hemiller had a rocky start to his day, losing a significant chunk of his one sizable stack before the final table was reached. Shortly thereafter, Heimiller became the first victim of the final table, falling at the hands of Faraz Jaka. Despite scoring this elimination, Jaka was the next player to make his way to the rail. Jaka was crippled during a preflop all in confrontation with Jean-Pascal Savard, leaving the former with just three big blinds. Despite an immediate triple up, Jaka was eliminated the following hand with Savard finishing off the job.
Six-handed play lasted quite some time with the next elimination failing to occur until after the dinner break. On his final hand, Nick Petrangelo open-shipped from the hijack with only to run into Kuether's in the small blind. Petrangelo failed to improve and he was forced to settle for a $301,500 payday. From this point on, Garibli remained at the top of the chip counts while the rest of the players exchanged chips in some interesting confrontations where the player holding the worse hand seemed to consistently come from behind and win. Unfortunately for 2013 PCA Super High Roller champion and Day 1 chip leader Scott Seiver, one of those occurrences led to his demise. On a flop of , Seiver flopped middle set with against Garibli. Seiver check-raised all in on the flop and Garibli called, tabling in the process. Seiver looked primed to score a key double up here, but a turn and river of and the gave Garibli a higher diamond flush to eliminate Seiver in fifth place for $398,340.
Savard was the next player to go when he was unable to improve during a preflop all in against Oleksii Khoroshenin. Savard's fourth place finish was worth $508,080, netting him more than eight times his previous lifetime live tournament winnings. From there it was Khoroshenin who was the next to go, losing his final hand after a preflop all in with Kuether. Despite having Kuether dominated before the flop with a bigger ace, Kuether made a straight on the community cards to thrust the tournament into heads up play.
Despite the duo making a deal around 10:30 p.m. local time, they each took the heads up match very seriously. Double up after double up occurred as the chip lead changed hands and the two competed for the trophy and the watch. On the final hand, Kuether limped the button and Garibli shoved from the big blind. Kuether called for his own tournament life and the hands were revealed.
The board came down , pairing Garibli's king and allowing him to win one of the most prestigious events of the year.
*denotes heads-up deal
That does it for our coverage of the 2015 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure! Thanks for following along and goodnight from Atlantis Paradise Island!
Joe Kuether limped on the button, Ilkin Garibli shoved from the big blind and Kuether called all in for 6.55 million.
The flop fell , giving Garibli a pair of kings to take the lead. Kuether needed to catch one of the remaining jacks, but neither the turn nor river were any help, ending his run in second place for $1,050,000.
Joe Kuether has recently doubled two times in a row. During the first hand, he was all in and at risk for 1.6 million with against Ilkin Garibli's . The board came out and Kuether's kings and eights won the pot.
During the next double, Garibli moved all in from the button and Kuether called for 3.25 million from the big blind.
The board came down securing Kuether another double.
Ilkin Garibli made it 800,000 from the button and Joe Kuether called from the big blind.
The flop fell down and Kuether checked to the raiser. Garibli fired 1.05 million and Kuether came over the top with a check-raise all in. Garibli called for his tournament life and the hands were tabled.
Garibli led with top pair and retained that lead through the on the turn and the on the river. He scored the massive double and now sits at 11.8 million.
Joe Kuether completed from the button and Ilkin Garibli made it 900,000 to go from the big blind. Kuether called and the flop came down . Garibli bet 1.15 million on the flop and Kuether came over the top with an all-in raise. Garibli folded and Kuether assumed the chip lead with 7.4 million.
After working his stack back up a bit, Joe Kuether open-shipped all in for 2.9 million from the button. Ilkin Garibli called from the big blind and the cards were turned on their backs.
The board came down , giving Kuether a straight to the king for a win. He's now back up to about 5.9 million in chips.
Joe Kuether called from the button and Ilkin Garibli raised to 650,000 from the big blind. Kuether called to see a flop.
The dealer fanned and both players checked to see the on the turn. Garibli checked for a second time and Kuether opted to fire 925,000. Garibli called and the fell on the river. Garibli checked, Kuether bet 1.85 million, and Garibli called.
Kuether showed for top pair of kings, but was bested by Garibli's for a flopped set of deuces. With this hit, Kuether's stack is down to just 1.825 million.
Joe Kuether called from the button and Ilkin Garibli checked his option. The flop fell and Garibli checked to the raiser. Kuether continued for 300,000 only to have Garibli come over the top for 850,000. Kuether three-bet shipped for 2.2 million and Garibli called.
The board completed with the and the , keeping Kuether's tens in the lead and allowing him to double to 5.08 million.